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Opinion Letters

When planning for my daughters 16th birthday party, and she wanting to do a ’50’s theme and in listening to some of the ’50's music, I realized just how innocent things were. The songs of “Be Bop,” love, and youthful relationships warmed the heart of an era gone bye. Then for the fun of it, we listened to some of the ’60's music, the “Be Bop” was gone, and the love and relationships were more strained and the innocence was fading quickly. This was a dramatic change within our culture, the ’60s questioned anything and everything of the past, and the authority of parents, government and God were in question. Anything that seemed to have structure was frowned upon. The upheavals of the ’60s have passed, but it seems to have settled as the norm of the present.

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My friend, Kelly, at age 47, a hardworking and independent farm girl, has been a poster child for good health all her life. No illnesses, no shots, few doctor visits.

Last Christmas, at a party no less, a healthcare facilitator, Cindy Solesbee, met Kelly, spoke about the benefits of affordable insurance and Kelly signed up.

This October 26, Kelly, riding her four-wheeler from feeding goats back up to house, somehow tripped up and fell under her vehicle and lay bleeding.

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For people who need an uplift of their faith in God, there is no greater elevation than Romans 8:11, which reveals, “But if the spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Jesus from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spriit that dwelleth in you.”

It is well and good to respect the faith of others, but it is better to rely on your own faith.

Once, to a woman who was healed by her own faith, Jesus said in Matthew 9:24, “Thy faith hath made thee whole.”

Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

An unfortunate aspect of humanity is that we tend to run in herds and follow someone off a cliff as lemmings reportedly do.

In recent weeks, we’ve seen the results of parents refusing to have their kids vaccinated against measles based on a unproven theory about vaccinations causing autism in kids.

The idea started with a doctor in London, England, who managed to get an article published in a British medical journal based on some very fuzzy tests he had done. As it turned out, the magazine retracted the story but the damage had been done and the story managed to get to the U.S.

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