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Opinion Letters

Today when I was in town I noticed in one of the apartment complexes an elderly woman in her 80s trying to remove some snow with a plastic house broom in the parking lot around her car. Than I looked around the complex and saw more snow and ice around their dumpsters for them to slip and fall down on. I am very upset by this.

My first thought was why are we not helping our elderly neighbors? This is one of many elderly rental complexes in the Franklin area. Is it that costly or so difficult for us that we cannot look after the needs of our neighbors, the people who pay rent and put money in our pockets?

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Where is the common sense in Washington?

We spend $350 billion a year on people that are not citizens of the U.S., that are basically criminals, yet we have millions of taxpayers that have lost their jobs and homes and are living on the streets, their cars, in tents, and with family if they are lucky.

Instead of sending troops to our borders, why don’t we just cut the money off? If you are not a legal citizen when you have a child in this country, then the child should not be legal. If you come into this country legally, you should be able to support yourself without any government handouts. You should pay taxes in this country for at least five years before you can get any type of government aid.

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The horrific tragedy in Tucson, Ariz. has prompted the usual suspects on the Progressive left to falsely accuse anyone who disagrees with them politically as somehow responsible for the despicable acts of a lone gunman. Further investigation has revealed the man is possibly deranged and also regarded the “Communist Manifesto” as one of his sources of inspiration. Even with this information becoming available, these commentators and even some congressional members are still calling for restrictions on citizens’ ability to express their opinions and seek redress for grievances in the political arena. Do they intend to restrict our freedom and resurrect the infamous Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 or Wilson’s Sedition Acts of 1917?

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Fully 30 percent of Americans are obese, while in Japan that figure rests at three percent. This obesity epidemic validates a dedication to food as a primary source of comfort. On average we eat 156 pounds of sugar, 200 pounds of meat, and 85 pounds of fat each year. That’s a lot of comfort, and Mickey D’s is not the only place getting the message.

Most media outlets, ministers, and politicians are following the same marketing scheme - giving us what we want and pretending to serve our best interests.

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published: 10/18/2013
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