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Opinion Letters

In all times of the world and in all nations, people have been in extreme turmoil as to what great building, or what great temple to worship God and of what popular religious name to be called.

Now, at your time of worship do as Jesus Christ suggested: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Matthew 18:20.

Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

Alert for North Carolina voters

Are you planning to vote in 2014? The North Carolina legislature will likely enact a Voter ID law soon. Voter fraud cases in this state are almost nonexistent. An estimated half a million legally registered voters in N.C. may lose their right to vote should this law be enacted. We all know elderly family members, disabled persons, college students, etc. who are eligible to vote but lack the proper identification that will be required. Familiarize yourself with the provisions of this proposed law and be prepared now. There are no make-up days for registration or voting. “Forewarned is forearmed.”

On Election Day you must present a valid driver’s license or a state issued photo ID. The information on your license or ID must match the voters’ rolls. Is your driver’s license up to date? Have you moved or has your license expired? Renew and update it now.


The Macon County School Board (MCSB) believes it will have to reduce spending by $1.95 million, about five percent, this fall unless it gets more money from its funders — state, federal, and county taxpayers.

The MCSB is in a tough position because it is limited to spending only the money it is provided, like a child’s allowance from their parents. It is also in an enviable position because it can lobby county commissioners for more money, without being directly accountable to taxpayers if property taxes increase.


After all the time and effort put forth by the citizens of Macon and Swain Counties, the NCDOT is back again wanting to pave Needmore Road. It seems the public get to have their input, but does anyone listen? We have our say, but we are not heard. Things seem to be settled for a short period, but then its right back again. Most of the people do not want to see their history, heritage and our beautiful God-made mountains and rivers destroyed. Why destroy what is already enjoyed the way it is?


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