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Opinion Letters

During this time as our country pulls together to respond to the millions impacted by Hurricane Sandy, we must not forget the unwavering support that our military service members provide for us every day at home and around the world. Over this holiday season, many service members will find themselves celebrating far from loved ones stationed in remote locations or recuperating in military hospitals.

This Veterans Day, you can show your support for our military heroes at home and abroad by giving a gift from our 2012 Holiday Giving Catalog:

• For a soldier stationed overseas: Phone cards ($20) connect a lonely soldier far from home with their loved ones, and make the distance a little more bearable during the holidays.


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.


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.


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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