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Opinion Letters

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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I'm 76 years old, I have voted in every presidential election since age 21.

I was a Democrat for 41 of those years. I left the party in 1998 because the party of the people had moved too far left of my convictions.

Today I have seen this party taken over by the left wing extremist.

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Many voices clamor for our attention. Who do we listen to, and why do we think we can believe them?

The current political season abounds with much rhetoric, sounding extremely negative, destructive and sometimes downright volatile, each candidate declaring he/she is the one who speaks the truth.

You can sense the resulting confusion. All sound sincere and make their point effectively. However, how can we know if they are really telling the truth?

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I have been toying with the idea of writing this letter to the editor about lazy drivers for a few weeks. After having been forced out of my lane on a curve last week and having another close call with a poor driver, I decided it was time to write.

Why can't drivers around Franklin keep their vehicle in their own lane? I can't count the times a driver has gone over the double yellow lines into my lane while we were on a curvy mountain road (sometimes on a straight stretch too). As you know those lanes aren't extra wide to begin with, so having another motorist try to share my side of the road is unnerving.

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