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Opinion Letters

In his letter, Robert Michael Jones (MCN- 10-1) stated that "if Bernie Sanders is a Socialist, I am the Prince of Wales." Well, Mr. Jones, congratulations on your advancement, I assure you, Bernie Sanders is indeed a Socialist and revels in the fact, it's not a putdown.

Before moving south in 1996 my wife and I lived in Vermont where "Bernie" (as he is known) is a U.S. Senator. I've spoken with Bernie several times, the first occasion was when he approached me in a Mall in Barre, Vt., and asked for my vote when running for Vermont's lone congressional seat.

Bernie considers himself a social Democrat, always has, his campaign language (it's not rhetoric) hasn't changed much in 50 years, certainly not in the 25 years I've known him. He thinks and acts independently and is an Independent in the Senate but caucuses with the Democrats. He's running for president as a Democrat in order to participate in the debates. Both parties, you see, eliminate independent and third party competition by denying access to us who vote. Will he run as an Independent if he loses to Clinton in the primaries? Very unlikely knowing he would be handing the election to the Republican.


I am not much of a religious scholar, but I did have 16 years of excellent Catholic education. I did very well in my collage "Logic" course. The Dominicans Fathers were gifted teachers. As a result I am having a tough time understanding why conservative Christians are so enamored with today's Republican party.

Biblical doctrine exhorts us to contribute to the ministry and the common good according to our financial ability. The richer you are, the more is expected from you. But when it comes to this society in which we all live, and with the Social Security in particular, the tax burden falls on the poor and the middle class, while the wealthy get a pass. Republicans want to solve the Social Security solvency problem by cutting benefits to the people who need it most, instead of requiring the wealthy to pay the same percentage of their income as you and I.


Mr. Jim Sottile calls Bernie Sanders a “Socialist.” In the old days when we didn’t agree with somebody we called them a “communist.”

Now the country has moved so far to the right that even the word “moderate” has become a bad word. Labels, of course, are the tools of the simple-minded and are used by both extremes of the political spectrum to cloud reality.

In most cases, they don’t hold up under the hard light of the truth. If Bernie Sanders is a Socialist, I am the Prince of Wales.

Robert Michael Jones — Sylva, N.C.

Recent letters have presented opposing views on the future funding for Planned Parenthood. Some are based on factual information concerning the function and operations of that organization, and others are based on a fabricated narrative created with a highly edited video.

Planned Parenthood provides a variety of needed services to lower income women ranging from cancer and sexually transmitted disease (STD) screenings to birth control and pregnancy support. Without these services we would undoubtedly see increases in premature deaths, increases in STD incidence and increases in unplanned/illegitimate births. They also provide abortion services. However, by federal law no tax dollars are used to support these activities. Repeat, NO tax dollars are used for abortion services. By law, abortions are legal in this country whether you agree with the procedure or not.


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