- published 3/27 (Larry) - unpublished ?

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Opinion Letters

I am writing in response to your article about the unfortunate death of an elderly couple, one member under hospice care, who chose to end their lives with violence. We force such decisions upon people by failing to make a more reasonable choice available to them. It is sad that we, as the makers of our laws, refuse to allow those with terminal or debilitating illnesses to end their lives with dignity. Further, a non-violent death may not leave the family of the deceased with such a high level of sadness and possibly guilt.

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I know this is difficult for some to believe, considering the tackles delivered and postmidnight illegal formations, but public education keeps pushing down the field of nation building. Public education has been hit hard by the difficult economy, and by opportunists who wish to make a profit off of education. Recently a highly, questionable play singled out educators from all state employees and disallowed payroll deductions. This legislative play will be reviewed by the courts and by the voters that are tired of such embarrassing behaviors by some legislators. Despite no-win plays, the good news is: progress continues with abundance, in our schools!

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State Representative Jim Davis had an excellent idea. He suggested that anyone who wondered about contributions to his 2010 campaign could just check out the NC. Board of Elections web site. I did.

Here is what I found. He raised a total of $500,377, not counting loans to his campaign. Every contribution over $50 is listed by person, address and amount. There were a lot of reports to go through, but the Board of election does a great job of laying it out. Check it out for yourself. Go to, www.ncsbe.gov/ “campaign reports”.

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The North Carolina League of Conservation Voters recently gave North Carolina's Legislature the lowest score it has received since the League started issuing a yearly scorecard in 1999. You might expect some lowering with a new Republican majority in both chambers of the legislature in Raleigh. OK, but surely from a politically healthy perspective of different temperaments, geographic areas, and interests Republicans, including our own Republican Senator Davis, must have showed some variation in how they voted. But this was not the case. Every single Republican Senator voted in a lockstep pattern that earned an 8 percent rating for each of them, including Senator Davis. Where did they get this overreaching agenda? Not from the people of North Carolina and not from a broad-based Republican party but from a Republican party that has been skewed to the right by corporate interests.

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