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Some believe or question that there is no evidence for God, so therefore faith is foolish and belief is nothing more than wishful thinking, it is only science that is based on evidence and is trustworthy. This is much of the thinking in atheism and people such as Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and others. This is now part of modern thinking, and it's now politically correct to question anything in reference towards God, and it’s only acceptable if kept in the confines of church. This steering away from faith is evident within politics and any form of education. But science too, has tremendous faith in what can't be proven physically. Science gives sources for energy, gravity, and light, but where are its origins, where do these come from? Gravity keeps our feet to the ground, holds our earth, solar system and universe in place, but where do we point to its beginning source? Does guessing or wishful thinking get us there? Does science say of gravity, belief in gravity is just a crutch for living because you can't point to a physical piece of gravity? They ask you this if you have faith and belief in God.

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Perhaps it's time to rethink college basketball, beginning with the designation, college basketball.

Think about it. We contrived kindergarten decades ago to basically supplant parents and extended families who once taught their children the basic common knowledge to prepare them for school. That worked so wonderfully well, "Pre-K" was devised in order to lessen parental influence and responsibility even further.

So why not label college basketball something more down-to-earth, more practical and move the pretense there's anything remotely collegiate about basketball and call it what it is, Pre-Pro.

This year the Kentucky Wildcats will lose their top seven scorers (most of them underclassmen) to the NBA draft, a routine event for a "feeder" school environment often described as "one-and-done" (meaning one year at UK for the "student" before entering the NBA). These boys will go on to multi-million dollar contracts in sports and advertising and presumably academia the furthest thing from the cash-register (ca-ching) minds of the students or the school whence they came.

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Thank you Senator Davis for raising my taxes. As with the majority of North Carolina citizens who earn less than $84,000 a year, my total state tax bill went up. Most of the promised tax cuts went to the higher income taxpayers and large corporations. So much income was lost by these cuts that the state budget is now in the red. You have to admire Senator Davis faith in "trickle down economics" even though that economic philosophy has never been proven to work.

Thank you Senator Davis for supporting the redistribution of wealth. He supports legislation that redistributes sale tax revenue to "poorer" counties. That could mean the loss of about $1.5 million for Macon County and a loss of $44,000 for the town of Franklin. This is money you and I would have to make up with our local tax dollars. Could it be that most of those "poorer" rural counties vote mostly Republican, and most of those "rich" counties vote mostly Democratic?

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When does it want it? Now!

On March 31, 2015, Governor McCrory signed into law Session 2015-2 (Senate Bill 20). This was an update from a January 1, 2015, bill that decouples North Carolina (NC) from the federal “Tax Increase Prevention Act” of 2014 that extended federal provisions of tax breaks that ended in 2013.

What? N.C. wants to decouple from a tax prevention act? What does it mean?

Well on April 1, 2015, an update to NC Department of Revenue (DOR) site hidden in NC, D-400 Schedule “S” instructions, qualified six changes for this year’s tax filing, made retroactive to the first of the year. Now these changes come at the end of the tax filing season, several days before Easter break and two weeks before end of the filing deadline. They also state that anyone who has already filed, (most everyone by now) must file an amended return by April 15, or be subject to interest and late penalties.

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