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Opinion Letters

It seems as of late, we have been hearing of many dire consequences of low state spending for education in N.C.

Here are some facts you might want to check out.

According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, 3,198 public state-funded education jobs have been added this year. Since the Republicans have held the majority, 7,811 total teaching jobs have been added!

Also, some TV ads are saying education funding is being severely cut by half a billion dollars. Nope, wrong again.

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Franklin North Carolina, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful places in the southeast. Folks come from all over the place to enjoy the outdoor activities that our area has to offer. Activities such as hiking, camping, running, fishing, zip-lining, and, yes, even bicycling. In fact, that's the main reason my wife, Pam and I moved to Franklin over 12 years ago. While our passion at the time was mountain biking, we quickly became road cyclists. Franklin has some of the best road biking that I've experienced. Heck, it's no wonder people from all over the country come here to ride our roads!

Before I got into cycling I was like most Americans, I didn't get much exercise. I was part of that "less than one percent" of us who didn't achieve 30 minutes of physical activity on any given day. Really? Less than one percent?! When I used to see someone my age biking, I'd be like, what's that guy doing?! Why is he on the road? Is he crazy or something? I didn't realize until later that I was right. Cyclists are crazy, they're crazy about biking. Some are even a bit obsessed with it.

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I find it hypocritical that our leaders in Raleigh want to limit local government's ability to rule themselves but they are quick to chastise the federal government when they limit the ability of states to rule themselves.

With regard to fracking, education and many other issues, our statewide elected leaders should leave as many policy decisions as possible to the counties and municipalities. The further you take government away from the people, the less effective government becomes.

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Naturally any critique of baby boomer protestors is going to meet with ... Protest.

In his response to my earlier opinion the writer says that the 1960’s protestors were a continuation of the “Greatest Generation” ideals and that just like the Greatest Generation many paid the “Ultimate Sacrifice.” I see, then those protestors carrying signs in Washington DC, most in a marijuana induced haze, chanting their slogans over and over were equal in courage and purpose to the soldiers storming Omaha Beach on D-Day 6th of June 1944.

And the writer claims that if not for the same type of protest that we would still be sending our taxes to England with no equitable representation. Ah! I see! Then these same sign-carrying Woodstock attending college kids are of the same breed and hardy stock as those Revolutionary War soldiers freezing to death at the winter camp of Valley Forge with George Washington. Everything I have heard from them regarding our Founding Fathers is that they are nothing but a bunch of racist old white men whose name should be stricken from history. All I can say is this; does their narcissism know no bounds?

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