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Opinion Letters

Long before Rep. Shuler announced his retirement, Cecil Bothwell had determined that he was willing to do what, in the current political climate, some would consider almost foolhardy— but also darned admirable. Bothwell is no ordinary man; no conventional candidate—he already was running.

If a person of Cecil Bothwell’s caliber is willing to apply the time and energy demanded to stand for the 11th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, citizens are going to have the first opportunity, in my long life, to vote with confidence that ‘We the People’ will be represented. My wife and I have spent two evenings listening to him, including his answers to an extensive range of questions.


Don Swanson is the Director of Macon County’s “Freedom- Works.” If it is, as he says, an “independent” organization, then his other position, as Treasurer to Republican Senator Jim Davis, appears to represent some conflict of interest. I could not tell whether Mr. Swanson’s response to Margery Abel’s March 28 letter to the editor was supposed to have been written to represent FreedomWorks or Senator Davis-as a representative of Senator Davis Mr. Swanson’s view is not independent and unbiased.

Mr. Swanson is correct in clarifying that North Carolina prohibits candidates from receiving financial contributions from corporations and lobbyists. But what he failed to mention is that they can take money from Political Action Committees (PACs). The Supreme Court decision, Citizens United, does indeed retract hundreds of years of campaign finance law and allows corporations to contribute unlimited amounts, so long as the money does not go directly to local candidates but goes to PACs, which act as their “front groups.”


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.


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