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Opinion Letters

ALEC is a conglomerate of corporations and congressmen who work in support of never-intended “rights” bestowed on corporations by the 2010 Citizens United Supreme Court decision. When the U.S. Constitution was adopted, state corporate charters granted only “privileges.” Now corporate “rights” sanction their buying of elections and subsequently the instructing of federal and state legislation. ALEC-written-legislation is sent to elected state and federal representatives who seem unable to resist the wanton ALEC bribes because of money they need for reelection. Quid pro quo exemplified.

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An alarming report from the Center for Disease Control highlights why a new law in North Carolina could not have been passed at a more critical time. According to the CDC, rates of women aged 45 to 64 dying of overdoses increased five-fold over the past decade, the vast majority of them on prescription pain medication. The rough total of mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters lost was 15,300 in 2010. The number of male deaths also more than tripled during this time period, totaling 23,000 in 2010. The CDC assessed that about 70 percent of the fatalities were unintentional and considered accidental.

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By now, most of Franklin has heard and read about the departure of the Overlook Players from the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. I would like to applaud the article in The Macon County News in the Aug. 15 edition written by Scotty and his team. It shows what a class act these people are and their dedication and hours and hours of hard work to make the theater and the performances so enjoyable for all who had the privilege to attend. Coming from Atlanta and moving to a small town was very eye-opening for us. Being theater loving patrons and experiencing larger and more expensive venues, I honestly can say that those do not hold a candle to what the Overlook players brought to our small community.

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This week the North Carolina Legislature passed, and Governor McCrory signed, a bill requiring a photo ID in order to vote. This bill will disenfranchise a large number of voters in our state, especially the elderly (which includes the Greatest Generation, who saved our country for democracy), and the first-time voters. In addition, the bill eliminates one week of early voting, which has been extremely popular with older folks.

Some real examples: a friend is 94 years old. She served as a nurse in WWll, has always been very active in her church and community, her husband was a state senator for several terms. She has voted in every election since she was old enough, but now she can’t vote, because she has no “valid” ID. Another friend is 87, has never driven because she is blind, she and her family have worked tirelessly for their church and community, but now she can’t vote.

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