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Opinion Letters

I’d like to take up a little space in The Macon County News to let me tell the people in Macon County how much they mean to me. They have made me feel like a real “local lady” since I moved to the mountains. I had to learn one new expression that I had never heard before moving to Franklin. That expression was “you uns.” And I quickly learned to love “you uns!”

I moved to Franklin in August of 1979 as a divorcee and mother of two sons to teach kindergarten at East Franklin School. It took me a year to even get an interview in the Macon County School system mainly because I was not a “local.” When I first started applying for a teaching position here in Franklin, Dr. Joe Hill was the superintendent. He was certainly not a “local” and he didn’t stay in Franklin long. He even told me that I would have a much better chance of getting a teaching position if I went ahead and married the “local man,” Sam McClure, that I was courting at the time.

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I would personally like to say thanks to everyone that was involved and helped me with my fundraiser for Relay for Life/Singing for a Cure on March 26. Every dollar counts and yours just might be the one that finds the cure.

My special thanks go out to Empty Pockets-Donnie Clay, Conrad Heffner and Rhonda Bateman, Bruce Hedden and the Gospel Mountaineers, Curtis Blackwell and the Fescue Four, Kirsten Hedden and Michella Hedden. They provided very great singing and entertainment.

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The N.C. General Assembly is confronting many urgent and contentious issues in the 2011 session. Among these are the budget shortfall, redistricting and a trough-full of social issues arising as the result of the power shift of the last election. But, one very promising ray of light appearing through the haze of political maneuvering is the introduction of House Bill 135 and Senate Bill 367. These companion bills each are entitled “The Efficient and Affordable Energy Rates Bill.” There are currently 14 legislators who have attached their names to these bills as sponsors, including Western North Carolina House members Patsy Keever and Susan Fisher.

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March 25th was the 100th anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire of 1911 in NYC. The fire started on the ninth floor. Fire truck ladders could only reach the sixth floor. One-hundred and forty-six young girls and a few boys died either within the factory or from jumping out windows. The door that was not engulfed in flames was locked, as the owners said, to deter theft. At the trial it came out theft amounted to $15 -$20. They also wanted to keep union organizers out.

These were the same girls who in 1909 organized for better working conditions and better wages. They were beaten and arrested. At the time of the fire most wages were $0.14 per hr. Adjusted for inflation that would be $3.18 today. The aftermath of the fire was public outrage and new laws to protect workers.

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