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Opinion Letters

My name is Judie Johnson, and as many people know, I am fighting a battle with cancer. I would like to take this opportunity to express my appreciation to all those who played a part at the benefit that was recently held in my honor.

The sponsors, the planners, the cooks, the bands, and all those who attended, bought tickets or hot dogs, and made donations - you have all made my life a little easier just by caring enough to contribute in some way, and for that I will forever be grateful.

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The 2012 Election results are in and it gives me hope. Tip O'Neill, the former distinguished Democratic Speaker of the House, said "All politics is local." The sweeping Republican victory in Macon County tells us that we are on the right track. No matter what the Presidential results, Macon County and the State of North Carolina are moving "forward" and that is reason for hope and change.

The Democrat's dominance of the past is fading. The leadership of the Democratic Party is out of sync with the citizens. We look forward on the local, regional and state level to reduced debt, reduced regulation, educational reform, economic reform and reduced unemployment. Thank you Jim Davis, Paul Higdon, Mark Meadows, Pat McCrory, Melissa Evans and God Bless Macon County and the State of North Carolina.

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We all have said the pledge of allegiance to the flag, as well as other pledges. It seems as though it can become so common that we take little time to think of why and for what reason I'm pledging. A pledge is a life commitment or an alliance we share as in our flag and “United States Constitution.” Most of us born in America, take little thought why or how these ideals came into being, and our citizens that have come from other countries have been taught a more in-depth civics than most have, and look a these pledges and commitments with more appreciation than most. Also the origins of these pledges come from great sacrifices of people that fought hard and thought deeply of securing a freedom which would last as long as there was human life. These men and women studied and knew that never in history had a nation or a society ever lasted but a brief period of time.

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Vietnam Veterans of America, Smoky Mountain Chapter 994, would like to express our sincere appreciation to The Macon County News and Shopping Guide for their outstanding coverage of the dedication of the Nathan B. Henry Bridge on Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.

It was an honor for Chapter 994 to be a part of the dedication ceremony. Nat Henry is an inspiration not only to veterans but to all citizens of Macon County. His sacrifices as a P.O.W. can never be repaid. All we can do is honor Nat in the highest and most meaningful ways, such as the dedication of the Nathan B. Henry Bridge.

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