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Opinion Letters

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in this year’s annual Franklin Christmas Parade. It was obvious that many people spent hours putting together their floats and parade entries for all to enjoy this year. Without the hard work and effort that goes into creating the entries there would be no Christmas Parade and we appreciate all who give freely of their time and talents. We appreciate the cooperation from the participants who helped us to make the parade safer this year by handing out their candy instead of throwing it from the floats.

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I wanted to write to thank fellow Franklin residents who generously gave of their time and means to help impact thousands of hurting kids this Christmas. Together we were able to pack 3,034 shoe boxes — filled with toys, school supplies and basic necessities — for Operation Christmas Child. Our packed shoe box gifts, joined by millions of others, are now on their way to needy children in 100 countries. During the 2012 collection season, Operation Christmas Child reached a milestone — more than 100 million children have been impacted by the power of a simple gift since 1993.

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At the most recent town aldermen meeting, I was dismayed when the board did not even apologize for Alderwoman Patillo's verbal abuse and bullying insults to local newspaper reporter Brittney Parker who suffers from multiple disabilities including having recovered from being paralyzed and hospitalized extensively. This noble young lady has overcome remarkable adversity and was horribly insulted until she had to leave the room crying. She was in tears over the insults which, unbeknownst to the Alder lady, were directly about symptoms of her disability. Ms. Parker stood before the board and informed them of the incident. But she was not even dignified with ANY kind of response from the board, much less an acknowledgement. A simple “I'm sorry” works wonders!

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The season of joy and giving is now upon us. The Franklin Lions Club will be hoping for the kind generosity of this community once again. Over the next few weekends, you will see members of our club out in front of local businesses collecting from what we fondly refer to as our "dime boards." This is our annual project to raise money to take children in our community shopping for new clothes at Christmas. As part of our "Santa Pal" event, the children we venture to make a better Holiday Season for will receive breakfast, shopping and a visit with Santa (where toys are involved!) We gladly accept all donations with gratitude.

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