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Opinion Letters

I thought only conservatives complained about one-sided reporting by the “lame stream media.”

But in a recent letter to the editor, Shirley Ches, an outspoken Macon County liberal, was also complaining about the “lame stream media.” Initially it had me wondering if I had unknowingly been transported to Alice’s Wonderland. Near the end of the letter it became evident its actual purpose.

Ms. Ches wanted to specifically complain that the “lame stream media” hadn’t provided enough of its usual glowing reporting for President Obama’s recent speech on “climate change.” Or was it on “global warming,” or “catastrophic global warming,” or “carbon pollution,” or whatever the latest focus group terminology for the subject is?


A recent editorial in the Asheville Citizen-Times got me thinking. How will Dr. Jim Davis's vote to deny expanded Medicaid coverage affect citizens of Macon County. Surely a medical professional like Dr Davis would vote for the best interests of his constituents, or would he?

The N.C. legislature in its infinite wisdom voted to deny expanded Medicaid for the state. Basically, that will deny health insurance coverage to about 500,000 citizens of the state, cost the state about $1.3 billion in increased state domestic product, and create real financial difficulties for the state's health providers. Since this money comes from federal tax dollars, we as N.C. citizens have already paid our share of this money. Our tax money will now go to other states like New York. So how will this decision affect us living in Macon County?


We [Kitchen Gourmet] had the opportunity to take part in a Cash Mob event sponsored by Venture Local Franklin (a group of engaged citizen helping to stimulate retail business in the Franklin area).

Cash Mob is a one-hour event usually held on a Friday night from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. We provided wine and cheese, and decided to give back 10 percent of the sales to the Franklin Garden Club. They volunteer their time to maintain the square in downtown Franklin.

We had a "Mob" of about 50 people. They had agreed to spend at least $20 each. In one hour, we did two and a half days of sales. It was a great event for us. The "Mob" had a good time, and socialized for the hour.


My neighbor Vic Drummond has earned the highly esteemed honor of being allowed to join in the ranks of the Flat Earth Society with his powerful remarks in a recent letter to the editor in The Franklin Press. He used the most effective communication method of our society which was first espoused by Joseph Goebbels: "If you tell a lie big enough and often enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually believe it."

Drummond forthrightly criticized Obama for trying to attack this "non-existent climate change crisis." He continued "why does he (Obama) think he can modify nature?" Drummond so wisely didn't even try to argue against the fact that 97 percent of climate scientists in published scientific articles between 1991 and 2011 agree that there is severe climate warming and that humans are causing it.


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