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Opinion Letters

As a young man growing up in rural western North Carolina, my parents and grandparents raised me to believe that making money via righteous and industrious means was actually a good thing, something to aspire to. Remember that notion? My folks would point out people in the community who worked really hard and got rewarded for the goods and/or services they provided. Whether business owners or hourly employees, there was something to be said for being self-sufficient or as we called it, making an honest living. It was a matter of pride and depending on the government for anything was unthought-of. The very last thing anyone wanted to do was ask for a hand out.


The most irresponsible statement ever uttered by a legislator; “We have to pass the bill so we can see what’s in it.” Well now we are beginning to “see what’s in it” and it is scary.

Judge Kithil of Marble Falls, Texas, is the second official to read the Obama Care document and point out the following very disturbing parts of the bill:


What has been happening in Washington is more than a catastrophe. Congress is allowing unshared economic growth and prolonged economic insecurity for millions. One in five North Carolinians live in poverty. One in four children live in poverty and hunger. Here, in Macon County, 65 percent of our students now qualify for free or reduced lunch. Medical costs have risen so much since Medicare lost the ability to contract pricing that people are having to do without critical medicines and treatments. By dismantling many of our support nets and antipoverty tools like the earned income credits and failure to invest in schools, our own legislature has added to the problem. Meanwhile, lawmakers in Washington seek to make deep and prolonged cuts in all vital safety net programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, preschools programs, SNAP which work for those among us who fall into lower social economic levels.


Thank you for Ms. Brittney Parker’s excellent article “Mental health services costly in Macon County” which appeared in the Oct. 17 issue of your newspaper. Ms. Parker did a great job explaining the problems associated with the 375 percent increase cost of mental health commitments to the Sheriff’s Department. It is true much of the reason for this increase in cost is the decrease in the number of psychiatric hospital beds in the state. However, the main reason for this increase is, at the same time the state reduced the number of psychiatric beds, they also all but eliminated the funding for local outpatient treatment that made hospitalizations unnecessary. The end result of the legislature’s action has been an increase in the most expensive form of treatment for this population – hospitalization.


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