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Opinion Letters

You're 83 years old, on a fixed income of out of state retirement and Social Security, living in Franklin, N.C. Your 2013 North Carolina state tax was $37. You get your 2014 state tax done by AARP as usual, you are informed that you owe $227 N.C. State tax. Your income has not increased, you own no property, nothing has changed, just the tax laws.

“How is that possible?” you scream. You are retired in another state, under the new tax law passed by the legislators in their Raleigh power center, this leaves you deprived of the tax deduction you were always entitled to. That's the explanation given.

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Do grocery stores discriminate? Why is that of the three of them in Franklin, none can carry Boar’s Head products or offer a deli and coffee shop? Stores of the same name in the area that I know of offer these services. Why not Franklin?

I am appalled at the amount of trash I see daily along our scenic highways and byways. Why are there so many folks willing to sully our otherwise beautuful mountain area, when we have abundant user-friendly recycling center available? Perhaps a spring cleanup campaign or a litter awareness program is in order. Let’s stop this travesty.

Francis Chicoine — Franklin, N.C.

We are truly blessed to have such a wonderful volunteer fire dept. and EMS and First Responder service, here in Otto. These men and ladies are smart, calm, confident, patient, thoughtful, caring, warm and friendly.

It was so good to see them come up my hill to my home. I knew all would be well as soon as they came in the door.

They all were wonderful and I thank them for everything.

God bless them all.

Ginny Gonzalez — Franklin, N.C.

Obama says poverty and lack of education are causes of terrorism. He says we need to lift them out of poverty and see that they get a good education. (Oil rich nations should have no poverty and have good schools to provide education.) He says not addressing their grievances is another cause of terrorism. He wants the world to follow this plan.

Do you think the terrorists care about poverty education or treatment of the people? They kill their own people. It is their ideology that makes them terrorists. The terrorists have high-jacked the Islamic religion and are using it to shield their ideology.

Vice President Biden says that marginalizing immigration is a cause of terrorism. In other words, the world needs to open their borders and let them in without limit.

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