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Norman Hoffman has his facts wrong about the Trayvon shooting. Based on my experience in teaching the pistol carry permit classes here in the use of deadly physical force, and what I read in the news, and my experience as an NYPD Detective, here is my opinion on what happened. Zimmerman had a legal right to be where he was. He wasn’t on a hunt but was out to observe and report. There is no obligation to comply with a 911 operators suggestion not to follow someone. At the entrance to the community there is a sign that says the neighborhood watch is on patrol and that the police will be called. What the press didn’t tell you is that the neighborhood had eight break-ins by young black men in the last fourteen months. All the residents felt threatened.


In celebration of National Volunteer Week, Macon County Care Network is saluting its many volunteers who serve clients in need and those who work at the Thrift Shop. These dedicated folks put the “Care in CareNet” all year long.

We also offer our thanks and appreciation to those who voluntarily donate food, funds and thrift shop items which support our mission of assisting those who need a helping hand.


If I voluntarily put my name to a document obligating me to a fixed term of military or naval service, that is one thing. If a government agent comes to my house with drawn gun and takes me to the draft office and forces me to put my name to a document obligating me to a fixed term of armed forces service, that is another thing. And these two things require no discussion. The reader can readily discern the difference. (If a person is asked to serve, during time of declared war, and refuses, that person should thereafter be denied the benefits of government, but to force anyone to serve is greatly immoral.)


There has recently been some misinformation about where our current Senator Jim Davis campaign money came from. To set the record straight, only 6 percent, $25,380, of it came from people in his district. And much of that came from a few maxed-out donors and their families, people who could afford the $4,000 maximum per-person contribution. The figures are recorded in the N.C. Board of Elections web site.

According to that database, Davis raised a total of $500,337, not counting loans to his campaign. Davis was the beneficiary of over $265,000 in Super Pac money, which was traced back to Art Pope and his various front groups.


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