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Opinion Letters

The Democrats believe in a single payer plan, called a universal health care system, which is affordable health care for all citizens. Vermont has the only single payer plan in America, and it is a democratic state. The people in the state of Vermont have free health coverage called the Green Mountain System. Many states already have affordable health care coverage for everyone, but not our state. North Carolina voted to cut federal health care coverage for the working poor. North Carolina is certainly one state that needs affordable health care coverage because so many people in the state of North Carolina fall under the line of poverty even though most of them work.

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President Obama’s inflationary policies are quickly eating away the security of our retirees.

Apparently afraid that retirees may march on Washington in protest, the IRS has done a good job of striking fear into their hearts and the media has demonized the Tea Party groups who essentially represented the nation’s 40 million retirees.

Retirees are the folks who stashed away a few bucks here and there, lived in modest homes, raised their families and paid into company and union retirement funds Their money grew through their investments and previously felt secure about retiring.

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It is said that it takes a village to raise a child. By the same token it takes a team to educate a child. I married into my Parker family, gaining a sister-in-law that taught first grade nearly 40 years, with several relatives also public educators, with a passion and heart for their profession and the children they taught; for those not so able, as well as the very able. Public education changes their lives, every child, the late bloomers, the disadvantaged, etc., have equal affordable opportunity. Our system of public education with professional educators has been a catalyst to make our country the greatest in the world. Yet, radical Republicans like Sen. Jim Davis and Representative Roger West are engaged in defunding it, joining other state radicals.

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Probably one of the oldest traits in human beings is to look for a messiah, someone to come along and solve all of our problems. History is filled with all sorts of gods dating back long before even ancient Greece and their multiplicity of gods.

Ancient tribes needed good leaders in order to survive and even the smallest of tribes had their leaders, often someone who was strong enough to kill the opposition or smart enough to outwit them.

In modern times, we elect people who hopefully, will solve our problems, which is what a democracy is all about. We root for our favorite candidate, just like we do for our favorite football team. But, sadly, we sometimes root for someone who is a great speaker but lacks ability and I would have to put the blame squarely on the television media for this problem. We are beguiled by charm and charisma and on television you only see the good side to the candidate. Many would vote for Justin Beiber for president because he’s a celebrity.

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