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Opinion Letters

I’m going to be as “tacky” in my public response to Mr. Swanson as he was in his response to Ms. Abel.

This gentleman, in his attempt to kill a message, kills the messenger. This is not the first time, and seems his usual method. Confusing the issue is his forte’. But, to give credit where credit is due, he does respond quickly. Perhaps that’s why his diatribe shows little thought and clearly misunderstands the point of Ms. Abel's message.

She does not advocate, nor hint that she advocates “Higher Taxes, More Government, OR Less Freedom.”


Let me be perfectly clear. Obama Care is the reason I am finally able to get good health insurance after 15 yrs. of not having any. I thank God for it.

I am a retired special ed teacher, a home and property owner, a voter, and have a post graduate education. I also have type 2 diabetes. No one would insure me for any amount until Obama stepped in. Now I have a great plan which I pay $412.00 per month for. I have finally been able to have the tests needed when someone goes through menopause. I can have bone screenings, blood work, medications to manage my diabetes, and much, much more.


I would like to say thank you to all that helped with Singing for a Cure. A very special thank you to Donnie Clay, Conrad Hefner, Curtis Blackwell, The Gospel Mountaineers, Keirsten Hedden & Band, and Sarah Bishop-Relay for Life Community Manger. The Music was great and was enjoyed by all in attendance. Thank you to my grandsons for their help and all my family for their support.

Also, thank you to the ones that brought cakes, ice, drinks, popcorn, etc. or helped in any way. Your dollar donated could be the very dollar that finds the cure!


Anguish, distress, woe, heartbreak, visceral pain. That’s what I felt when I read our town was considering dropping health insurance coverage for spouses and children of town employees.

These are our town employees. They are our family. They make sure our roads are safe, our water is clean, and our electricity is restored during bitter storms. They protect our families, put out fires, and rescue us. And they do it all, rarely hearing a word of praise or gratitude, because it is too easy to take for granted the numerous services they collectively provide. But one tangible way to show gratitude is by offering health insurance to employees and their families. And our town has happily always provided that.


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