61st Annual Macon County Fair :: September 17-20 @ Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center - 441 South, Franklin, NC

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Opinion Letters

This upcoming election is the most important election of our lifetime. I pray Americans do not get it wrong. I lived in Washington, D.C. area for over 45 years. I was working in an office building between the Capitol and the White House during the Cuban missile crisis.

Our current situation is more dangerous for our country than ever before. People living in so many countries around the world are burning our flag, destroying our embassies and killing our embassy personnel. We have an escalating debt that is almost impossible to repay. We are fearful to travel on an airplane.

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At the county and state government levels budgets are about choices, and those choices have moral implications, not just economic ones. Since he has participated at both government levels, you would think Sen. Jim Davis would appreciate that principle, but he doesn’t.

At a time when Sen. Davis and Republican lawmakers were making dramatic cuts in the state’s education budget, they created a tax loophole putting up to $3,500 into the pockets of wealthy business owners.Though heralded by Republican leaders as a $50,000 tax exemption for small business, no cap was placed on the size of business that could claim this benefit. As a result, this loophole now applies to roughly 480,000 corporations and business owners such as lawyers, doctors, and even orthodontist like Davis.

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We really have a lot to think about this election. A lot of things Pres. Obama wanted to get done, but with a Republican Congress could not get any thing passed. If you think back, the first day Obama was sworn in, the GOP said their main goal was to see him fail. Not to help him or the people, just see to it he fails. Had he not helped the auto industry, does anyone realize how many people in this town alone that would have lost their jobs.

Also the GOP in some states are taking voting rights away from a lot of veterans who fought for our voting rights. They have gotten old and in nursing homes and no IDs anymore like drivers license or property owners any more.

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I often read in this column of disapproval of North Carolina’s Republican-led legislature. Many of us have far more serious concerns than those typically expressed in this column. Principles such as the sanctity of life, the sacredness of marriage between one man and one woman, the dignity of earning one’s own way according to ability, personal accountability, and many other fundamentals are at the heart of our concerns.

I was a Democrat, but as I have heard so many others express, the Party left me. My former Party, once guided by altruistic paradigms, is no longer familiar to me. I cannot defend the Party’s position against God, communicated so loudly and clearly at the Democratic National Convention. That dishonest charade was an insult to every conscientious American.

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