Thanks to all from group of local veterans
Thank you from a group of veterans after enjoying the Veterans Day, the parade, the ceremony and all the wonderful citizens of Macon County and the powers that be in Franklin. We were in our local VFW enjoying each other plus the great chili they had for all, I was asked to write a letter of thanks from us veterans. You all outdid yourselves, the large crowds, the applauding as we passed was more than we expected. To all, thank you. What a treat to live in a great town like ours. God bless you all.
Wm. Trapani — Franklin, N.C.
Country was birthed on Christian principles
In light of the many, many evil things that are happening throughout our country, I am compelled to write this open letter to:
1. The Supreme Court of the United States
1.1 I believe the single most important reason this country is in the sad state it is: The decision about separation of church and state and the trickle down bans on moral and ethical principles everywhere except inside the church.
1.2 This has caused a critical spiritual drought throughout our country.
2. Satan After School for Children
3. The ACLU
4. Planned Parenthood
5. Freedom From Religion
6. The Unconcerned and Misguided
8. All other like-minded individuals, regardless of race.
Just because you don’t believe in God and Jesus does not mean they are not real. If you are in this group, your future is as follows:
“Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Rev. 20 11-15 (ESV)
Please find out how to get your name written in The Book of Life before it is too late, (hint: Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life).
In addition, our founding fathers gave birth to this country on a firm belief in God and in Christian principles. Separation of church and state means the church cannot be the state and the state cannot be the church, period. Christian teaching and principles still apply in all things.
Richard W. Osborne — Franklin, N.C.
Roadways and medians need attention
In total disgust I write this letter directed to the many inconsiderate and ignorant people who are littering the road ways in our county with garbage. A little over a month ago I noticed finally a crew out on the highways picking up garbage. And they picked up tons of it. Look now at the roadways and medians and there it is again, an unbelievable amount of garbage courtesy of these inconsiderate goons who consider our roadways as their own private garbage dump. On two different occasions I was witness to passengers in pickup trucks throwing garbage out the passenger’s window. The other was a white crew cab with a decal on the door which threw their large soft drink cups out as they travelled north on the bypass. Had I been able to turn around I would definitely caught up and reported their act. Since then I have now installed a dash cam and look to catching someone with camera evidence.
On a recent trip to Asheville, driving through Jackson County I noticed again their crews picking up garbage on their roadways, the third time this year that I recall. Even more impressive was that their organizer had the smarts to schedule the mowers to cut their medians right after the garbage was picked up. In Macon County, they cut or I should say swath the medians and roadways about once a year and always before any planned garbage pickup, if in fact they even schedule additional garbage pickup. Their lack of planning results in the numerous pieces of garbage becoming thousands of minute pieces that no doubt will probably be there until spring.
While we are on the subject of road maintenance, let’s take a look at the disgusting condition of the Burning Bush and trees planted along the median of Hwy. 441. The once beautiful colorful medians are now looking like an abandoned homestead. Bushes are broken and some even dead, and numerous wild trees have sprung up everywhere between the Burning Bush. In areas where there are flowering pear trees, numerous trees have half the tree broken off by storms with the branches still lying in the easement. Also, I have noticed that grass and weeds growing out from the road edge like fingers, breaking up the asphalt. This condition has been there for over a year where other counties have had crews either scraping up this growth or spraying it to eliminate the growth.
I have to ask, who are the people that administer the maintenance on our county’s roadways? Are they the same intellects that have brought us that wondrous waste of taxpayers’ money like the truck turn around on Highlands Road and that marvelous debacle on the Cat Creek Road and the bypass? Whatever the reason is for such deplorable roadways, whether it is a budget problem from the state government or just plain negligence on the part of our county, someone needs either to smarten up or go do something else for a living.
G.G. Puckett — Franklin, N.C.
Forefathers assured freedom for all
After the election some individuals had Facebooked my daughter and were strongly verbally outraged using some profanity that his/her rights were being violated in not getting the candidate they desired and felt this would hamper their life in some form or another. My daughter (17 years old) had stated that God was in control and that the will of the people had spoken, which would even be true if the results were different. This unaccepted, unexpected results is seen as some take to the streets chanting “Trump is not my president.” Either side must realize where the value of rights come from.
Many young and old alike fail to realize that these rights in expression, moral values, checks and balances, truth, sanctity of life, rule of Law rather than the authority of man, are all written and given within our American history and founding documents, and many have forgotten the origins. The early Mayflower Compact, Declaration, Constitution, oaths, currency, all reflect God and our recognition of a Supreme Being within the Judeo – Christian worldview, and all 50 states have realized this, but for some this is unacceptable. It’s too restrictive, old, irrelevant – some parts we like, as in freedom, (but without restrictions), and equality for all, but the acceptance and accountability towards a God to which accountability is to be given and taken seriously is too narrow. The direction and guidance of our nation’s future is many times in question. Our nation’s destiny is only known by one who we should hold our allegiance to, who came in human form, “Emmanuel” God with us. This destiny is questioned and seems unclear to many, but none the less it is certain. This destiny is like a ship that has a beginning port of origin and we all are on it, but it carries us and life forward, we eat drink and be merry, life, death, joy, love, the success and failure of life and living are all realized as we move together, but many never realize or consider that we all arrive at a final destiny, and this destiny remains steadfast and certain.
It is obvious that America is unique, a nation set apart as no other. To many it’s a beacon of hope and freedom as no other nation has realized or experienced. But the question is what foundation is such a nation and people built upon, how and why has this come about? Do we follow this path our forefathers set before us, or do we seek something different?
Life has no guarantees, our nation also has no guarantee. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other,” (John Adams 2nd U.S. president). Our destiny is held by the One who we owe our rights to, as well our very existence.
Deni Shepard – firstname.lastname@example.org