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Opinion Letters

Since I started working part-time in 2012, I have not been able to afford health insurance. I was willing to buy health insurance but it just was not in my price range. My only affordable alternative for care has been the Community Care Clinic. I'm grateful for the care I have received, and I'm glad that I can free up that resource for others now that I can afford to pay to see a doctor.

After receiving guidance from Macon County's Health Care Navigator, Cynthia Solesbee, I signed up for Blue Cross Blue Shield using HealthCare.gov. She helped me to set up an account on the website and walked me through my alternatives. No sales pitch, just a free visit with her at the Senior Center to learn about my available plan choices.

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We have heard much from Governor McCrory and some leaders in the state legislature about our “failed” Medicaid program. This “fix” is despite the fact that Community Care of NC(CNCC), which manages care for 1.4 million of the 1.6 million state Medicaid patients, was recognized nationally in April 2013 as the model for delivery of Medicaid services.

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) presented an award to CNCC from the Healthcare Leadership Council, a national group of healthcare CEOs, for quality AND efficiency and in particular praised the high quality of care delivered to patients in rural areas.

However, Art Pope’s Civitas Institute has allocated funds to discredit the Medicaid program, the purpose seeming to be to further reduce funding to the program.

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I had the pleasure of attending the Vida Guitar Quartet performance at Macon Middle School on Monday, Feb. 3. Their performance was excellent, both in its artistic merits and in involving their young listeners. I was just as impressed by the outstanding behavior of all the students. They were a model audience.

Not only could you really hear a pin drop when the quartet was playing, their attention was riveted on the performers to the point that its force could be felt throughout the room. I commend these young people for being a world-class audience that would be at home in any major concert hall. And I commend the Macon Middle School administration, staff and teachers for guiding these middle schoolers to behave in an exemplary way.

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All too often the people who are out protesting something are the very ones who don’t have to pay the price and have nothing to lose.

Unions are famous for hiring street people to go out and picket for them, picketing by remote control while union members continue to work at their jobs.

We have the environmentalists who are able to stir large crowds in behalf of some tiny fish in California and prevent fresh water from being used by the farmers who are losing their farms and going broke because they can’t grow anything without the water. Never mind that tens of thousands of farm workers are out of jobs and the poor pay higher prices for food.

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