‘Experts’ wrong: Panthers are here
April 24, 2013 12:10 AM | 1562 views | 5 5 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
DEAR EDITOR:

Regarding Tuesday’s Around Town column about the possible panther siting in Marietta: A friend recently told me he had seen a panther on Burnt Hickory Road.

A U.S. Park Ranger told me that panthers had been seen on Kennesaw Mountain.

Several years ago I saw a panther in South Carolina, not far from Highlands, N.C. Fortunately, it did not see or smell me. When I reported it to authorities, I was told I was mistaken — that panthers had been extinct in that area since 1800. But later I received an email from a U.S. Forest Service surveyor who said he believed my story and in fact had been attacked by what he believed was the same panther I saw.

You will find many reports of panthers in the area of South Carolina near Hilton Head. There are people in the Highlands area who say there are panthers in their region.

There are newspaper reports of sitings in the area where I saw the panther. There is an area up near Clayton called Panther Gap. There must be some panthers around despite what the experts say.

Allen Hirons

Marietta
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Hirons again
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April 24, 2013
Panthers gap is what is in between your ears Allen.
imactuallythepanther
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April 24, 2013
#PANTHERPARTY2013
WarrenH
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April 24, 2013
Wow! Hilarious joke, coward, for not putting your name to it. I bet you don't believe in dragons either.
Allen Hirons
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April 28, 2013
Dear Hironsagain: It is really a shame that we cannot have a discussion about a non-political subject without seeing unpleasant and rude personal attacks. What you said about me does not bother me. It is the method used which bothers me.Civil discourse in America is suffering from such rudeness. Rather than discussing ideas, people who disagree with a speaker call them nasty names such as bigot, racist and hater. Stop and think about how harmful it is to call some one a racist or a bigot, and to do so so casually. Regrettably, most of this intolerance of debate comes from the Left. Smear, and shut up. That is the tactic. I would prefer that ideas be discussed,as if among friends, who may disagree, but who can debate without hurting each other. If we approached civil debate civilly, this country would be a lot better and a lot less divided.
imactuallythepanther
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June 26, 2013
Allen, after much consideration with the other existing panthers, we've decided to make you part of the honorary pack. Hope you take us up on the offer, if you don't we probably won't bite you. Keep it real and keep believing brother.

P.S. Thanks for the Gabriel's cake.
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