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Opinion Letters

I was bored and in search of some excitement, so I armed myself and went down to the biker rally, motivated with memories of the movie “Wild One” with Marlon Brando, and “Easy Rider” with Peter Fonda. Plus, I love to see those biker chicks.

The first thing I did there was scope out the food, and I had a great tasting sausage, peppers and onions sandwich, which really tastes better with a beer, but they had no beer at the rally. I was so disappointed. There were no drunken riders doing wheelies or burning rubber. None of the girls were fighting. So, I went around talking to all those people wearing leather and colorful patches. Things were so sedate, it seemed like a version of “Picking On The Square,” with a different form of dress and a little harder rock and roll music. The stage show was entertaining and everyone was sitting around chatting and listening to the show. People were telling me about the great restaurants they went to in town, and the nice stores they shopped in. Most were staying in local hotels. They all gassed up for their trip home. My mind was clicking like a cash register. It became clear to me that they spent a few bucks in our town.


I can’t hardly stand to read the Letters to the Editor anymore. Civil discourse, the backbone of any democracy, has sunk to a new low here and across the country. Name calling, overgeneralization, and denigration have become the new norm. Whatever happened to researched facts, sound reasoning and fair play?

Yes, the stakes in this election are high. But do the ends truly justify the means? We are on the verge of national disintegration and Balkanization. Is this the best we can do?


Thank you Norm Roberts for your efforts to find out accurate factual information about the very important issue of public education funding. You or Jim Davis suggests in your letter to the editor in The Franklin Press Aug. 24 that the information on the Democratic Headquarters sign about cuts to public education funding is a lie. There is clearly a discrepancy between the information on the Democratic sign about massive cuts to public education and the information that Jim Davis presented to citizens of Macon County at the League of Women Voter’s Forum. As chairman of the Macon County Democratic Party, I can say with absolute conviction that the local Democratic Party and our candidates are committed to presenting accurate, reliable, factual information to our citizens. We do our best to find reliable sources so voters can judge what the facts related to different positions truly are. Of course it is possible that without intention I used incorrect information so I rechecked the facts.


Wow, what a great weekend. Thank you to all who came out to the 4th Annual Mountain High BBQ Festival & Car Show this past weekend. You helped to make this our biggest BBQ Festival yet.

Thanks to those who brought their cars. We appreciate you sharing your prized possession with us.

Thanks to those who gave financially and those who gave in-kind. We couldn't do it without you all.


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