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Opinion Letters

The Administration has reached a new low on the stupid scale. Secretary of State John Kerry was over in Europe participating in high-level talks on a disarmament of Iran agreement when he decided he needed to work off the excess energy of his 71 year old body by going bike riding in the Alps. Bike riding in the Alps!

Looking for all the world like a giant extra-terrestrial insect in his stylish biking headgear, he crashed his bike and broke his leg, causing a cancellation of the remaining two days of talks.

I’d like to make a snarky remark on the idiocy of his irresponsible act but it transcends comment. Don’t they have workout rooms in five star hotels over there? Of course they do, I’ve seen them myself. Not a very exciting locale for a photo op, riding a stationary bike firmly attached to the ground, but a whole lot safer for the fourth in line of presidential succession.

I give up.

Don Swanson — Franklin, N.C.

On Friday, May 15, at noon, the annual Memorial for Fallen Police Officers was held on the square in Franklin. A solemn occasion, with a history of being well planned and presented. Attorney General Roy Cooper was in Franklin, and in attendance at the event. Organizers knew he would be there, and it was initially understood that he would make a few remarks.

For whatever reason, that never happened. Mr. Cooper was placed on the back row of dignitaries, and was not asked to speak at all.

How embarrassing. To sit the top law enforcement official in our state on the back row, and refuse to allow him to speak, at an event for fallen law enforcement officers, no less. It shows a lack of common courtesy, and evidences an extreme lack of protocol.

An innocent mistake, or a sign of the times? One wonders.

Joe Collins — Franklin, N.C.

This past Monday was a great show of respect to our veterans. The service at veterans park was spot on. All the service organizers did a wonderful job and deserve a big thank you.

The only thing I notice was the poor showing of our flag by many, many businesses in town. To the businesses who took the time to fly a flag in honor of our veterans, we thank you, to the ones who didn’t, shame on you.

By the way, thanks for lunch, the American Legion ladies.

With respect,

William Trapani — Franklin, N.C.

Referring to a recent letter to the editor the writer suggested that anything or any opinion that disagreed with his/her own was a lie and that folks should avoid watching Fox News, I can’t help but wonder where all these attempts at censorship are going to lead us?

In Russia, Venezuela and other countries too numerous to name here, one can end up in jail for being critical of the government or challenging the “Great Minds” that run their country.

I have no doubt that if they could, some liberals and leftists would gladly flip a switch and shut down any television or print media they disagree with. And lately, the illiberal left has been showing their male intolerance for women who work at Fox News, referring to them as “dumb blondes.”

A Duke University professor is being fired because he made the connection that Asian immigrants tend to use American names for their kids but black Americans tend to use African or Muslim names for their kids. To him, it meant that black Americans were failing to assimilate but Asians were. Understanding a problem was censored.

There are some eternal problems in censoring opposing ideas and opinions. First of all, whose opinion is the right opinion? What “Great Mind” should we all bow down to and obey? Does anyone really have all the answers and has anyone figured out exactly and precisely what’s best for humanity?

Over the years I’ve had the pleasure to meet many highly talented and intelligent people in my life but sadly, their knowledge was limited to narrow fields and lacked wisdom outside their field of endeavor. Obviously, no one has a handle on wisdom.

Liberals claim a complete understanding of human nature and how the universe works, but frankly I have never met one that impressed me although they would force me to believe, if they could, they hold the only truth.

Religious Conservatives seem to be influenced by a variety of religious ideologies, all of them different and confusing.

Some Republicans at least understand what makes an economy tick.

Not sure there are many Democrats left and seem to have been hijacked by the Leftists and illiberals.

That leaves us with the growing Independent movement in America and these are the people who weigh all sides to an argument. They understand no one group holds all the answers, regardless of what they claim, there are no “Great Minds” we should obey.

All this tells us that we need to keep open minds and listen to everything being said in all media.

So yes, continue to watch Fox News, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, CNN and all the rest lest you suffer the fate of being narrow-minded and having a closed mind. North Korea is a good example of when some idiotic “Great Mind” is pulling all the strings.

Surely, most are intelligent enough to weigh all factors and don’t need to be told what to watch or read, much less what to think. Challenge those who would censor you.

Bob Wilson — Franklin, N.C.

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