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Opinion Letters

Researcher Shere Hite has stated “the breakdown of the family is a good thing,” because it liberates us from restrictive roles and rules. (“The Case against Family Values,” Washington Post, 10 July 1994) Most would think this a harsh statement, but if you have the thought that the modern family can mean most anything, then the structure of the family is not built on anything. Marriage can be defined by however you'd like to define it, for the self decides what is right and dare anyone who says otherwise. This thinking has been evident for some time, even then First Lady Barbara Bush, was confused on how to define the family when she stated, “However you define the family, that's what we mean by family values.”

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Last week I sent a letter to the editor about President Obama's remark, "I've got a pen and I've got a phone." In that letter I urged readers to contact their Congressman about Barack Obama changing laws by executive order. I thought you might be interested in the response that I received from Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss (after the jump).

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The Macon County Department of Social Services would like to extend our appreciation to the following sponsors for their generous contributions, which helped to brighten Christmas for our children in foster care:

Sheriff Robert Holland and Shop with a Cop Program, Life Church, The Fun Factory, Lisa Welch and the FHS French Club, Sunrise Sanitation, Burningtown Church of God, Susan Ball & Farm Bureau Insurance, Elaine King, Maureen Pruett, Marcia Egan, Bill Allen & Sugar Fork Baptist Church, and Junaluska Masonic Lodge #145.

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If you have been following the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, you have recently learned that 85 individuals control more wealth than the less wealthy half of the world’s population… that’s 3.5 billion people. It just underscores the extreme differences in wealth in our world. With that on my mind, I couldn’t help but think of North Carolina’s hardworking teachers who are now ranked 46th in pay in the country. I’m sure you are aware of the decision by our state legislature to give a bonus of $5,000 over four years to 25 percent of the teachers in each school district. This 25 percent are to be chosen, somehow, by the principals and superintendents, leaving the other 75 percent to wonder why they were not included. Oh, and of course, the teachers are also giving up their recourse to due process, which opens the door to political based control.

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