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Opinion Letters

Back in the 1990s I was privileged to serve several years on the Planning Board, 6 of those years as Chairman. During that time I served with a good number of persons, some of whom had personal agendas, but most of whom were caring people who only wanted to help maintain some of the characteristics which make Macon County such a great place to live.

It would be very surprising to any person who never served on an advisory board how much research, study and learning about other places and other ways, and attempting to adapt plans and regulations which serve well in other places to local problems, goes into any suggested ordinance which is presented to the Commissioners.

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During the Christmas holiday, my wife and our two daughters, ages 9 and 4, went to Big Bear Park to enjoy the warm day with my sister, brother-in-law and their four-year-old son who were here in Franklin from California for a family visit.

The park was quite busy as the sun was shining. My youngest daughter and I went to the upper part of the park to swing and my family drifted up behind us. While we were swinging, two young teenage boys rode up on bicycles along with a mediumsized dog. They occupied the two swings closest to the parking lot. My youngest daughter was in the swing closest to them and I was pushing her. My eldest daughter was next and then my four year old nephew.

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I would like to send a heartfelt THANK YOU to John McGaha and Nathan's Paint & Body Shop for stopping and helping my husband and I rescue our new mattress from the middle of the highway. With the blistering cold and high winds last Saturday it would have been impossible for the two of us to get our mattress back in the truck alone.

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President Obama’s newest mantra to accompany his class warfare strategy is “fairness”…….let’s be sure the “playing field is fair” for all says he. Let’s take a look at the “fairness” record of the President and his Democrat followers.

Is it fair that 47% of Americans pay no federal taxes while the President calls for increased taxes to “soak the rich”? If fairness is the goal, Obama and Democrats would support the Fair Tax or Flat Tax plan.

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