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Opinion Letters

My compliments to those responsible for setting aside an area for a Dog Park In Franklin. It's an ideal setting and has an area for both small dogs and larger non-vicious dogs. However, it seems few people are using the facility and dog owners I have spoken with do not know where it is or that there is even a special Dog Park. A lot of people do not read the local newspapers so have not been made aware of its location.

Having done a great deal of research on Dog Parks for my previous home in Florida, I have visited several successful Dog Parks, and there are several things that would make Franklin's "Bark Park" more successful. But these things need money and support.

First it needs a good sign on the main street in front of the entrance to the main park. I have offered to contribute to the sign and I am waiting for the official to provide me with an estimate.


Yet again, the facts have not fared well in Ed Morris’s hands. His Aug. 30, opinion letter to The Macon County News illustrates his preference for personal bias over truth.

If Federal funds = apples and State funds = oranges, then Morris serves up a fruit salad extraordinaire. Problem is, when one wants to evaluate what the N.C. General Assembly did with the education budget, it is at best disingenuous to omit the distinction between Federal and State funding.

When they controlled the General Assembly, legislative Democrats and John Snow shoved thousands of N.C.’s public school teachers onto the Federal payroll, with full knowledge that this one-time money used to pay teacher salaries would soon run out. To fund teachers with non-recurring revenue was a recipe for disaster.


American politics will not change until there is a realization that the middle class is being manipulated by the super smart/super rich people (the one percent) mostly through the Republican Party.

Capitalism without compassion is a self destructive force and when it reaches the tipping point where too much money lies in the hands of too few people (like now), then the corruption of truth becomes the rule of the day.


Last Saturday afternoon, Aug. 11, hundreds of people traveled to Jackson County to attend a rally which featured the North Carolina Council of State and other Democratic candidates. This rally was an historic happening, and was put together with Ben Utley of Macon County acting as the spark plug in getting the event organized. He traveled the 17 western counties of the state for weeks at his own expense, working with different groups of people, and especially with the different Democratic Women’s Clubs to bring this exciting event into existence. A similar event was held on the morning of the same day in Marion, N.C., for the counties surrounding that area.


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