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Opinion Letters

Throughout America’s history courageous women have struggled to achieve social and political freedom and equality. They have fought against laws and cultural and religious traditions assigning them subservient roles in American society. This long struggle has produced many heroines.

Colonial American Anne Hutchinson defied laws forbidding women to speak publically and interpret the word of God. Forbidden the right to defend herself, she was tried and convicted of heresy, and banished from Massachusetts Colony. Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, over her frustration regarding the inferior role of women in America. This meeting, attended by 68 women and 32 men, marks the birth of the women’s rights movement.

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What a pleasure to finally read an opinion from the Macon County News' editor that I thoroughly agree with. In your Opinion column of 9/13/12 entitled “The Culture of Unemployment” I found mirrored many of my feelings about the dependency and apathy of the unemployed. While these attitudes will not be those of all the individuals who are unemployed or have given up searching for a job, I have heard people in those situations express the feeling that it is the duty of the government to solve their problems.

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In the 1980s I was a computer coordinator and data processing manager in a school system. (I was also a science, chemistry and math teacher for 10 years.)

When the comptroller put together our budget for the year he used hard numbers whenever possible and never used optimistic estimates of teacher absence, vacation days, or utility consumption. Using such unrealistic data to project a budget is looking for trouble. Our budget was presented to the Board of Education where heated discussions always resulted in repeated revisions. Exceeding the budget just did not happen.

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Like many people who read your recent correction of a mailer from the Davis campaign, I was a little confused about how he misrepresented your paper’s report. It is very common for campaigns to cite a paper as a source, but then to put their own interpretation on what the paper reported. Your paper reported that, “John Snow stated that the funding that was taken away from Planned Parenthood while the General Assembly was led by a Republican majority, not only places stress on services such as abortion.....” So, the paper reported this and the Davis mailer simply used you as a source where someone could find proof of it.

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published: 10/18/2013
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