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I really hope that the candidates running for Franklin City Council will consider the pending unpopular efforts by the NCDOT to prohibit a left turn at Hwy 441 and Cat Creek Road. In two public meetings on the subject, the audiences were unanimous in their opposition to this ridiculous effort. This area is in the city limits and is policed by the Franklin PD.

The DOT representatives laid out a bunch of statistics that they say will prevent further accidents by disallowing the left turn and running the traffic 600 yards west to a special left turn. How utterly ridiculous to think that they intend to take this large volume of traffic off Cat Creek Road and have them turn right then dive across the fast double lane of traffic barreling down the hill at 55 mph plus and have these vehicles go from a standing start and maneuver across the two lanes to get into the left turn lane, accomplishing this in under 600 yards.

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Editor’s note: A letter that appeared in last week’s issue listed certain line items in the Affordable Care Act. The line item criticisms began to be circulated around the internet in 2009 and refer to a version of the health care bill that was never passed by Congress. A few sites to visit: PolitiFact.com; Snopes.com or Factcheck.org or read through the bill yourself at www.gpo.gov.

I was a bit taken aback reading a letter to the editor from Marshall Miller regarding the Affordable Care Act. There were several outrageous parts of the bill that I couldn't believe were true. So, I went to the bill, readily available on the internet at www.gpo.gov. I found nothing resembling the comments made by page or line, or otherwise.

So, I googled Judge Kithil, the alleged originator of this information. Surprise, Surprise! I was led to www.snopes.com who confirmed that this “information” was nonsense and originated in an email that began circulating in 2009.

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Editor’s note: A letter that appeared in last week’s issue listed certain line items in the Affordable Care Act. The line item criticisms began to be circulated around the internet in 2009 and refer to a version of the health care bill that was never passed by Congress. A few sites to visit: PolitiFact.com; Snopes.com or Factcheck.org or read through the bill yourself at www.gpo.gov.

This is in response to Mr. Marshall Miller’s letter of Oct. 24, which is shot through with inaccuracies, misleading statements, and just plain lies. Mr. Miller is a conservative blogger, and like so many conservatives who will do anything in their power to hamper Obamacare, instead of offering their own solution for a broken medical system, decide the next best tactic is to just throw statements out there, and hope some of them stick.

So, let’s summarize Mr. Miller’s claim and see what the bill really says.

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Editor’s note: A letter that appeared in last week’s issue listed certain line items in the Affordable Care Act. The line item criticisms began to be circulated around the internet in 2009 and refer to a version of the health care bill that was never passed by Congress. A few sites to visit: PolitiFact.com; Snopes.com or Factcheck.org or read through the bill yourself at www.gpo.gov.

As I was reading the letter to the editor from Oct. 24 entitled What's really in the bill is 'scary', I was ready to write my congressmen and complain because I was really concerned about what I was reading. Before doing so, however, I decided to look at the Affordable Care Act (which was the bill referenced in the title), also known as Obamacare, and check it out for myself.

Page numbers were given for each of the "scary" items listed in the letter to the editor. However, when I went to the document none of those "scary" parts were on the pages listed.

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