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Opinion Letters

Well, with all the negativity floating around the air waves these days, it is time to step into reality. When Franklin Roosevelt, a Democrat, introduced the Social Security (FICA) Program he had a very different plan in mind for Americans. Participation in the Program was to be completely voluntary and the participants would only have to pay one percent of the first $1,400 of their annual incomes in to the program. Money put into the program would be deductible from income for tax purposes each year. He also intended that money the participants put into the independent “Trust Fund” rather than the General Operating Fund, would be used to fund the Social Security Retirement Program and no other government program. Thus, the annuity payments to the retirees would never be taxed as income.


In an effort to decrease stigma associated with mental illness, the U. S. Congress established the first week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW). This is an opportunity to learn about serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and PTSD. The U.S. Surgeon General has reported that stigma is a major barrier to people seeking help when they need it. That’s why MIAW is so important. We want people to understand mental illness. The more people know, the better they can help themselves or help their loved one get the treatment and support they need.

Our Macon County public libraries will have a display of books and videos relating to many aspects of mental illness, along with brochures and information provided by NAMI Appalachian South, our local affiliate of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Books Unlimited on Main St., Franklin will have a selection of books for purchase.


Jim Davis is apparently living in a world in where up is down, less is more, and the truth in our world is the opposite in his. In a recent “Senate Update” (Aug. 17, 2012), he is talking about his accomplishments since he took office and wrote the legislature “cut the gas tax.” The month before he took office December 2010, the N.C. gas tax was 31.9 cents/gallon. The gasoline tax today is 37.5 cents/gallon.

Maybe in Jim Davis’s world 37.5 cents is less than 31.9 cents. This increase represents approximately $300 million more per year or almost $600 million since Davis took office. The vast majority of this increase is paid by average, middle class citizens like you and me. I’m sure Davis will probably say he actually did cut the gas tax after he raised it.


Re the straight-line, dogmatic, partisan voting record of Senator James Davis, our man in Raleigh, I was reminded of a character in Gilbert and Sullivan’s “HMS Pinafore”:

“I grew so rich that I was sent

By a pocket borough into Parliament.

I always voted at my party’s call

And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.”

Robert Michael Jones — Sylva, N.C.

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