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Opinion Letters

I am amazed how nearly 50 years later there are still some Americans who still subscribe to the theory/philosophy, "that I cannot find a job or my standard of living is less," because of the "equal opportunity laws." I am sorry it has to stop and that "old" lie must be forever withdrawn. The laws were put into place because of this way of thinking and the practices behind it. Let’s be honest, if you children or grandchildren are not getting the opportunities you and they feel they deserve, it’s not because of "equal opportunity laws," it’s probably because they are "not qualified"; and placing blame on women and people of color is any easy escapegoat, rather than facing yourself in the mirror and saying "I was not qualified."

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In a recent letter titled "New laws bring advantages to N.C. citizens," the writer stated, "It's time to speak the truth about the gain made by the N.C. legislature in its 2013 session." While most of the facts stated are true, the writer didn't tell the whole truth. The rest of the truth follows in the areas addressed by the writer.

Education: It is true that the appropriation is $361 million more than the previous year but it is $120 million less than what the state budget office said was necessary to maintain education at the 2012 level.The rest of the education story: $10 million in public funds were allocated for private school vouchers; 5,200 teaching positions lost and 4,580 teacher assistant positions cut in the new budget; starting salary for N.C. teachers is $30,800 which is less than $15 per hour; 2,400 at-risk children are cut from pre- K. How do these budget realities bring advantages to N.C. students and teachers?

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I am very concerned by town alderman candidate Angela Moore's request for the Town of Franklin to not offer grants to local non-profits. I’m sure Mrs. Moore had good reason to leave and miss the very non-profit requests she deemed improper, but the information shared was vital. The organizations requesting grants from the town have been and remain crucial to our community. They rely on grants from local, state and federal funds to provide services to our residents that would not otherwise exist.

KIDS Place is a non-profit organization that requested funds to operate. KIDS Place sole purpose is to aide Macon County law enforcement and DSS in handling children who have been physically or sexually abused. Their prosecution rate for child abuse cases in Macon County is more than 90 percent and is evidence of their committed staff.

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I am not a resident of Macon County but my parents have owned a home there for almost 30 years. I do spend time there so I often read local news. I recently read a letter in your paper where someone took issue with having to have a valid ID in order to vote.

I cannot for the life of me understand why any adult citizen here legally in the United States, would have a problem with obtaining a valid, government issued form of ID. I don't care if they are 18 or 118 years old. Even a blind person can get a photo ID, even though they may not be able to see it, others will. I am sure at some point someone they know whether a parent, relative, caregiver, etc., would take them to get an ID. I also have no idea why they couldn't pay for it. Why should theirs be free, mine wasn't.

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