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Was having an otherwise intelligent conversation with one of my more liberal acquaintances the other day when I was blown away by one of his radical statements. He told me how awful it was that medical insurance companies make a huge profit of 15 percent on their insurance and that government could do it cheaper. I could only assume he has been watching altogether too much television and his favorites programs are about space aliens and finding Big Foot and that Paris Hilton would make a great president.

In his mind, government is just something up there and knows only that it exists in Washington and assumes federal employees work for free. He doesn’t comprehend that government is made up of human beings that need to be paid and that their unionized salaries are considerably more than any insurance company pays its employees.

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I am writing in response to last week’s article. I do agree with some of what you are saying. We do need more places to shop. I don't think they will let Home Depot or anything else like them because of Lowe’s. They are like Ingles. Why do we need three of them? We need better jobs for this town. Bring back the factories. We should take our tax monies to bring back jobs. If the county is not going to do that, then we should do it for them. They do not care if jobs leave this town. They only care about the out-of-towners. I, myself, like Roses, Family Dollar. That's why I like going to Sylva. Even though they have a Wal Mart they still have those two stores.

The county wants Franklin to be a retirement town. That's what they have wanted for years.

Vickie Ammons — Franklin, N.C.

I was saddened to read of the actions of the Macon County School Board’s decision to become a party in opposition to School Vouchers. Why should the government hold almost total domination over our children’s education? Why should money taken from the taxpayers for education not follow the student?

Why should parents have to constantly defend their right to say how their children are educated? Why should the public schools not have to compete for students? If they do a better job of educating children than other institutions, they need not fear of becoming irrelevant. Also, properly structured, why can’t teachers’ benefits and retirement follow them as well wherever they choose to teach? Yes, freedom is fast slipping away in America.

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The drumbeat of complaints about the Affordable Care Act (ACA-Obamacare) from the political right wing leave me a bit mystified.

The cries of creeping socialism and government take-over of medical care either mark the duplicity of those making such claims, or demonstrate a very low opinion of the intelligence of the public they serve.

So why is the ruckus about the ACA blatant hypocrisy? Many of the core ideas in the ACA were in the plan developed by the Conservative Heritage Foundation and later applied in Mitt Romney’s health plan in Massachusetts.

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published: 10/18/2013
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