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Opinion Letters

The Tea Party members in Congress are demanding cuts to Medicare, the government insurance program that provides health care to millions of elderly and disabled Americans.

Unfortunately, they are taking a “Band-Aid on a bullet hole” approach to cutting the costs of this program.

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The Tea Party Triumverate (Bob Wilson, Don Swanson, and Vic Drummond) have all had their turn at vilifying a previous letter writer who had the audacity to humorously yet clearly spell out beliefs counter to theirs.

I am surprised some local papers accepted these letters, but I think everyone, including the original letter writer, is still privileged to think, speak and write their own beliefs by that very Constitution the Tea-folk claim to hold in such high esteem.

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At no point in the Dillsboro Dam controversy in Jackson County do I recall Duke Energy proposing to use that small dam as a part of their/Jackson County disaster plan. Working in cooperation with Southwestern Community College, Western Carolina University and Harris Regional Hospital, Duke could have led in a plan to assure electric power for the hospital in the event of a disaster (such as an attack by a rogue enemy that results in an electromagnetic pulse in our region.)

The frightening novel, “One Second After,” by William R. Forstchen and the “Report of the Commission to Assess the Threat to the United States from an Electromagnetic Pulse Attack” show the need to keep small hydoelectric plants operating as “islands” of electric service.

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I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following businesses and individuals for their support and generosity in helping provide services and donations for our Relay for Life of Highlands Survivor Dinner held on August 2, 2011.

Alcon Labs, American Cancer Society, Beiersdorf, Bi- Lo’s, Blue Laser Group, Center for Plastic Surgery, Christopher T. Dyer, Costco, Highlands Dermatology, Ingles, Kerr Drug, Kodak, Macon Bank, Main Street Pharmacy, McDonalds, McGee Dermatology, Norsdstrom, Center for Plastic Surgery, Sams Club, Subway of Highlands, The Candy Store, Toccoa Dermatology, Wachovia Bank, Wal-Mart, and Whole Market Foods.

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