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Opinion Letters

Duke Energy has applied to the N.C. Utilities Commission for yet another rate increase in an attempt to force ratepayers to finance the cost over-runs of their ongoing construction on the new, un-needed coal-burning power plant at Cliffside, in Rutherford County. This time Duke is asking for a residential rate increase of 17.4 percent on top of the five percent they just received for the increasing cost of fossil-fuels. The cost of street lighting for local governments (and taxpayers) will rise another eight percent, if Duke’s request is granted.

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I am writing to announce this year’s life chain event. What is the life chain? It is a nation wide silent protest against abortion that takes place every October. For one hour we stand holding signs with prolife messages. This year we will meet on Sunday, Oct. 30, in front of John Cleaveland Realty at 2 p.m.

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We taxpayers bailed out the financial industry when its greedy practices led to near collapse. We should do right by students and graduates who’ve done nothing wrong by forgiving student loan debt. This debt is now more than $946 billion, will likely top $1 trillion, and exceeds our national credit card debt.

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Thank you to all who came out and gave blood at Otto Community on Oct. 2. Without your help we would not have been a success. We were able to get 27 usable units, 27 people presented to donate. Look for the next drive. Thanks to all the businesses and churches that put up the announcements.

Phyllis Castle
President Otto Community Development
Red Cross volunteer

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