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Opinion Letters

As a child of the Great Depression, history has been my teacher as I lived it and read it. The greedy, corrupt manipulators of Wall Street, banks and our interconnected financial systems, all hand-in-glove, collasped our national economy. Leaving the wreckage of human lives without jobs or safety nets. History does repeat itself; As I had to watch President Goerge Bush and his Republican cohorts provide a safe haven (well hidden during his reign of eight years) for the same type of greedy, corrupt financial manipulators of financials sytems that brought on the many years of the Great Depression, and the “great recession” that started erupting before 2008.

Are we really as stupid and uninformed as the Republican Party obviously believes us to be? Lets look at the presidential, Republican hopeful Mitt Romney; as he really is without his public facade.

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Do you wish that your child got less attention from the teacher because teachers and their aids are getting laid off while enrollment increases? Do you wish that you could subsidize other peoples’ tuition at private schools? Do you wish that your child’s college tuition would continue to go up because of cuts to higher education budgets?

Do you wish that your friends or relatives with asthma would have more and worse attacks because regulations on ozone producing air pollution have been relaxed? Do you wish that emergency responders response time would slow down because so many have been laid off? Do you wish that you and your children would have more salmonella and listeria infections because there are fewer inspectors of the food supply? Do you wish that your children would have more sickness from playing in the river because water treatment plant maintenance and inspections have been reduced?

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To hear the Republican candidates for president and vice president, one must think that our senior citizens are a very selfish group. Romney and Ryan continually assure us that, “Today’s seniors will not be affected by any changes to Social Security or Medicare.” OK, that's fine for me - but I am concerned not only about myself and my contemporaries, but about my children and grandchildren. What are the proposed changes going to mean in their later years?

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With regard to the only contested race for county commission this year there is some background that should be considered.

Bobby Kuppers, who is up for re-election has been a vigilant steward of the taxpayers interests and money over the last four years and did not come in to office with preconceived solutions to problems. He is a member of a bipartisan center on the county commission that aims to deal fairly with the practical matters that dominate the commission agenda and shares values in keeping with most Maconians. He doesn't mind how small a constituency he listens to - he worked hard for Nantahala folks to gain county support for a swimming area on Nantahala Lake. He supports a compromise that will save the historic McCoy Bridge on the Little Tennessee. He voted for a motion to make historic Cowee School a community center that would attract tourism and support the economy.

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published: 10/18/2013
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