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

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Opinion Letters

Jim Davis is apparently living in a world in where up is down, less is more, and the truth in our world is the opposite in his. In a recent “Senate Update” (Aug. 17, 2012), he is talking about his accomplishments since he took office and wrote the legislature “cut the gas tax.” The month before he took office December 2010, the N.C. gas tax was 31.9 cents/gallon. The gasoline tax today is 37.5 cents/gallon.

Maybe in Jim Davis’s world 37.5 cents is less than 31.9 cents. This increase represents approximately $300 million more per year or almost $600 million since Davis took office. The vast majority of this increase is paid by average, middle class citizens like you and me. I’m sure Davis will probably say he actually did cut the gas tax after he raised it.

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Re the straight-line, dogmatic, partisan voting record of Senator James Davis, our man in Raleigh, I was reminded of a character in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore”:

“I grew so rich that I was sent

By a pocket borough into Parliament.

I always voted at my party’s call

And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.”

Robert Michael Jones — Sylva, N.C.

I found rare agreement with Sen. Jim Davis in his statement implying that stay-at-home moms benefit their children. Personally as a mother who stayed home when my children were young and as a professional who worked with children and families for 30 years, I believe that ideally the best setting for a child to develop is a nurturing home environment with mature, caring parents.

But Sen. Davis is incorrect in saying that the greatest gift a father can give his kids is their mother at home. The greatest gift a father can give his kids is first and foremost to acknowledge they are his children. From that essential step, fathers could become responsible for their children, be a part of their daily lives, participate in their care and guidance, and support mothers in the demanding and toilsome task of raising children.

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It appears Mitt Romney has committed the unpardonable sin. He told the truth and now must pay the price. What ever the number of Americans dependent on government actually is, it is unnecessarily high and as much as Democrats would like to believe otherwise, womb to the tomb care is unsustainable, as Europe is sadly discovering.

Helping someone temporarily in need is one thing but when four generations in the same family are on Medicaid and receive other government handouts over decades, that's something else again. There comes a time when the so-called "safety net" becomes a web from which it is next to impossible to escape. Your surrender to that life style becomes a permanent part (as Governor Romney pointed out) of the Democratic Party base.

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