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Opinion Letters

I am closing in on 80 years young. Born in New York but spent a large part of my life in and around the South. Sure I’ve been called, and I quote, “That dam yankee,” and I have said, and I quote, “that dam redneck,” but it was all in good fun. We Americans, north or south, have always enjoyed rubbing it in to each other.

What happened to all those wonderful people in that church is a loss to all of us. But to jump the gun and demand the flag to be removed at the capital and the memorial will only fan the fires of hatred in a few crazies and give them an excuse to create more problems. Please remember many Americans from the South died for it and their beliefs. It’s time for all to show respect to each other. It’s time for all of us to show forgiveness to each other. Just think, I didn’t cause suffering a hundred years ago and you didn’t also. In my opinion, leave the flag where it belongs. It’s our North or South history.

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A little while back [The Franklin Press] ran a pie chart survey with results that showed almost 50 percent of the respondents indicating they didn’t understand the new voting regulations.

A couple of thoughts immediately came to mind. First, suppose they didn’t understand the law because they just didn’t take the time to acquaint themselves with its provisions as pertained to them (parts of the law don’t apply to everyone). And, rather than understand the common sense reasons for the new law, they have relied on the rantings of the opposition about how it would be a burden for some to comply. This coming from the political party that professes to be the champion of the downtrodden, the elderly, the poor, and every minority imaginable. All the while actually doing nothing but squawk.

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On Wednesday, June 17, my certified service dog Wallace – a 95-pound Golden Retriever who is now nine years old and was professionally trained by CARES, Inc. in Concordia, Kan., a reputable service dog agency that trains service, medical alert, and therapy dogs for a rather large fee – and I were returning from a visit with my primary care internal medicine physician Dr. Timothy Beck located in Clayton, Ga. Since I am a three-time cancer survivor (pancreatic stage IV, skin stage II, and breast stage III) with a history of severe osteoporosis, anemia, and numerous digestive issues, I rarely drive and rely on the services of Macon County Transit or friends. Lyn Scott, a professional dog trainer and former employee at The Pet Stop in Franklin, had graciously offered to drive me to see Dr. Beck and on the return trip back to Franklin had suggested that we stop at a local shop to get an ice cream cone. It was another really hot day, so both of us were looking forward to just getting some ice cream and then heading home. However, this little visit would create humiliation, embarrassment, confusion, and discrimination for being classified as “different” and for being disabled by using a service dog for balance, support, and mobility.

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Before any people of any age or time can completely receive the fullness of God, like the born again experience, “and by Him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.” Acts 13:39.

And like healing of the body, “and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” James 5:15. And like being filled wth the spirit: the Holy Ghost. “For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.” Acts 1:5.

This Bible verse, Hebrews 10:9, imparts the truth and nothing but the truth. “Lo, I come to do thy will, O God, he taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.”

Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

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