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Opinion Letters

For the past few months some of the people in Western North Carolina who write letters to the editor want to blame Governor Pat McCrory for the sorry state of affairs in the state. He knew what he was getting into. He knew his popularity would suffer as he carried out his plan to get the state moving again but that his popularity would improve if he could increase employment and add more revenue to the state’s treasury.

North Carolina was broke when he took over. It is going to take several years to repair the problems he inherited when he became the governor. He worked with the legislators to fix our tax laws that have hurt out state. Companies were not coming to our state because of our tax laws. Do you remember when Hickory, N.C., was the furniture capital of the world? They left the state partially because of our tax rates.


The Tea Party people believe that one is responsible for his own health care, not the government; and any attempt to force one to buy private health insurance is Socialism.

If you really believe that, then there should be no Medicare, and Medicaid, and we should not pay for someone else's emergency room visit.

Just now, the government requires hospitals to provide emergency room services to any uninsured person who shows up. Just now, the cost of that service is paid by all of us through our insurance premiums.


The entire country, from TV celebrities, to the smallest town, has just completed a celebration of October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is a time for celebration because of the tremendous progress made in early detection, treatment, and even cures. This success is possible only because of the years of publicity and promotion of breast cancer awareness. “Pink” is everywhere: from all-pink newspapers to pink shoes on pro football teams. All this attention has brought funding; funding means research; research means cures. We rejoice in every life that has been saved.

However, recently, I have heard several versions of, “I am sick of pink; what about MY cancer?” Perhaps it is time to simply promote “cancer awareness.”


We had one of the largest turnouts for a great veterans Day parade and program on the square. I noticed that we had very few teenagers in attendance. This has been true for the past three or four Veterans Day parades. The only time I can remember when there were a number of them there was the year that school was in session, we had the Franklin High Band march in the parade. We wish they could do it every year and add live music to the program.


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