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Opinion Letters Honest questionnaire or deceitful telephone ad?

Recently “SSI Surveys” popped up on my caller ID and in a moment of curiosity I answered my phone. I figured it was a political questionnaire and it was. What I didn’t anticipate was a veiled attempt by Jim Davis and/or his operatives to misrepresent Davis’s Senate voters while misquoting and selectively editing the positions of his State Senate opponent Jane Hipps.

For example, would I be more or less likely to vote for Jim Davis knowing he voted for an 11 percent raise for North Carolina’s school teachers? Left unsaid was this was a one time raise given at the expense of tenure and future raises and would cut teacher assistant jobs. I replied less likely. How about if you knew he “lowered your taxes?”

Truthfully, this “tax cut” benefits only the wealthiest 20 percent in our state. Poor and middle income citizens will see higher taxes with the repeal of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the movement to a flat tax system where 4 of 5 North Carolinians will pay more in taxes. I emphatically replied, less likely.

After a series of similar questions I was asked questions in the same format about Jane Hipps, “who wants to raise your taxes?” I replied she wanted to increase education funding and increase jobs for the middle class by returning to fair taxes on millionaires and corporations. There were other additional questions. You get the picture.

I want to know who paid for this deceitful “survey”. Was it Jim Davis’ campaign or “dark, out-of-state” money? Either way, this type of campaigning does not belong here in the mountains. Jane Hipps will be outspent, but hopefully real people (like me) can use their voices, letters and votes to overcome money, half-truths, misrepresentations and manipulation of the facts.

Good, honest debate and comments on issues are important and vital. This “survey” is a travesty and dishonors our political process.

Barbara Morris — Franklin, N.C.





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