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Opinion Letters

“In my life there's been heartache and pain. I don't know if I can face it again. I can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life, - - I wanna know what love is, - - I want you to show me.”

This is the title and the words sung by the group “Foreigner.” As with many songs, they reflect what the heart is searching for. We create through music, art, and written words of what we experience, whether it's heartache, joy, or the search for meaning, we're all looking for a fulfilled life. But the greatest search of all mankind, is fulfillment and depths within “love.” But why is this so difficult?

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There will be no end to the damage wrought by the health "reform" in this country as long as people allow the goverment to dictate to them what they are "mandated" to buy. A goverment lead by a man that railed against George Bush for allowing high gas prices and growing the national debt is certainly not fit to espouse a plan that has divided the country and has major legal flaws.

Somehow, the proponents of this plan have determined that putting the insurance industry in bed with the goverment is going to make everyone "healthy." No, putting a vast goverment/ insurance bureaucracy between patients and health care is just piling more big government on the backs of the taxpayers while giving more power to the pencil pushing drones. This is not "health care," it is giving more power to intrusuive, overpaid and overprivileged elected representatives.

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Is the Affordable Care Act an example of socialism in our country? The head of our government, the president, said more than once that, "If you like your doctor, you can keep him. Period," and "If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it. Period." Who is responsible for providing my health care? Me, or the president? From these remarks, the head of government tells me that he is responsible for my health care. The federal government has now become our uninvited "guardian," socializing our health care system.

This is a major change, which leads some to the conclusion that health care is no longer a privilege, but a "right," endowed by the U.S. Government. Is this what the American citizens want, something imposed on us by the central government of the U.S.? Does this sound like a radical departure from the freedoms promised us in the U.S. Constitution?

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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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