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Opinion Letters

A rich man, a middle class man and a poor man walk into a bar. They sit at a table with 12 cookies. The rich man takes 11 cookies and then tells the middle class man that the poor man is trying to steal the last cookie. Such is the state of American political landscape at the beginning of the 21st century.

The Koch brothers are the rich man. They are going to raise and spend almost $1 billion on the next presidential campaign. They are going to tell the hard working middle class that the money given to the less fortunate in our society is being taken away from them.

They are going to spend more money in this election cycle than the whole of the Republican Party, or for that matter, the Democratic Party spent in 2012. And that was the most expensive campaign in history.

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One of the best things a responsible pet owner can do for their cat or dog is have him or her spayed or neutered. By doing this, you are helping your pets to have a healthier life. In addition, pets who have been spayed or neutered are less likely to roam, meaning that they are less likely to get into fights with other animals, get hit by a car, or be abused by cruel people. Finally, pets who are spayed or neutered do not add to the heartbreaking tragedy of overpopulation.

Because “ it’s not just rabbits who multiply like rabbits “ The Appalachian Animal Rescue Center wants everyone to help be part of the solution. If you know a neighbor or a friend that needs a helping hand to have their pet spayed or neutered, volunteer to help them.

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Don’t remember who coined the phrase Peter Pan Politics but I love it. It refers to Peter Pan telling kids that if they believed strongly enough, they could fly too.

In this case, however, it refers to President Obama seeming to say that if we raise taxes so the government can grow everyone will become successful in life. Where have I heard this before?

Oh yes, I remember. 90 years ago, the Russian Communists took control and they too had their day in the sun with Peter Pan Politics. We all know, or should know, Communism failed entirely and the only rich folks that came out of it were the political rulers.

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When planning for my daughters 16th birthday party, and she wanting to do a ’50’s theme and in listening to some of the ’50's music, I realized just how innocent things were. The songs of “Be Bop,” love, and youthful relationships warmed the heart of an era gone bye. Then for the fun of it, we listened to some of the ’60's music, the “Be Bop” was gone, and the love and relationships were more strained and the innocence was fading quickly. This was a dramatic change within our culture, the ’60s questioned anything and everything of the past, and the authority of parents, government and God were in question. Anything that seemed to have structure was frowned upon. The upheavals of the ’60s have passed, but it seems to have settled as the norm of the present.

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