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Opinion Letters

When I was a young man in college, trying to expand my horizons with broader thinking and new ideas, I entered this environment a bit naive in not understanding the thinking that crept into the era of the late ’60s and ’70s. The norm for the younger generation was to question authority and the culture of the past. The Vietnam War had gone on for too long and I along with many didn't fully understand it. But too late realized, that in pulling out we let many die at the hands of a brutal regime. These were some of the issues within the college culture as well as the thinking, God was dead and nonexisting. If you’re around 50 or less you may not relate to this because you are within part of this cultural shift whether realized or not.

I found myself as a Christian in a very uncomfortable environment. My professor at the time was anti-God, and belief was just wishful thinking. This was the thinking of Friedrich Nietzsche, which made known the “God is Dead” philosophy, and he himself was at one time a Christian, turned atheist, and eventually died from mental illness. No one really seems to know what exactly caused him to lose his faith, then fight so hard against it. But this thinking, although in different forms, has always been with us. I also, but not to the same extent, seemed to lose or question my faith during a time of questioning.

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I don’t like abortion. I don’t know anyone who does. I would like to see a world in which abortion was totally unnecessary.

Unfortunately, most of the politicians who want to outlaw abortion also cut food, housing, and health assistance to women with children. These supposed “pro-life” politicians show their true colors when they stop caring about children and their mothers as soon as the children are born.

This is hypocrisy at its worst. Check the voting record of your representatives. Raleigh and DC are awash with phony “pro-life” politicians. They cut food stamps, deny Medicaid, and fight against affordable health care for those who have none. What is wrong with these people?

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The worst thing that can happen to any people of the whole world is for families, consisting of a husband, a wife, a child and children to be divided, one from another. In St. Matthew 12:25, Jesus gave the word, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” “Now I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them.” Romans 16:17

Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

The U.S. Advisory Panel on Dietary Guidelines has finally mustered the courage to recommend that Americans eat less meat and dairy products.

And not just to lower our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity, but also because it slows the rate of climate changes, with its own devastating consequences.

The 572-page report released on Thursday notes that half of all Americans have preventable diet-related chronic diseases and that two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight. It concludes that a dietary pattern higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is more health promoting and associated with lesser environmental impact than the current U.S. diet.

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