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Vic Drummond requires concrete proof of the success of the Affordable Care Act. Those truly interested in facts need to research the impact of expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act in the Republican dominated states of Arkansas, Arizona and Kentucky, as well as its impact in Washington State.

All of these states have experienced a dramatic decrease in the number of uninsured people, vast economic benefits to their health care systems and economic growth. North Carolina has 500,000 uninsured citizens and each day this state returns $4.9 million to the federal government. It is unproductive to speculate about future outcomes since no one of us can predict the future. What is the current status of North Carolina's health care system resulting from the state's rejection of the Affordable Care Act?

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I can’t tell you how many small towns I’ve driven though in recent years that have storefronts looking dark, empty and sad. When “The Bowery” came into Franklin, I was delighted to see that storefront space come to life again. Even better, I saw business coming from them to local businesses. Also, we have some new jobs in town. How wonderful, I thought, that we have a new employer in our little town and a beautiful restaurant that we could be proud of. In my opinion, we needed one that was a bit more “fine dining.” My husband and I are retired and don’t eat out a lot, but isn’t it wonderful to have a great place to go especially on special occasions.

Then ... “Sidewalk dispute could spell end to The Bowery” hit my eyes! Are you kidding me? I was shocked when I saw that article in Thursday’s issue of The Macon County News. As I read further into the article and saw where Alderman Curtis called the owners of The Bowery “thieves” I was even more shocked! I don’t know about you, but I would never call someone a thief who just invested untold amounts of money and effort into my town!

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Ed Morris’s recent letter to this newspaper criticized a letter I had written to The Franklin Press regarding a front page article they published. That article used information from a report titled “The Economic and Employment Costs of Not Expanding Medicaid in North Carolina: A County- Level Analysis” written by a George Washington University (GWU) professor.

It forecast an economic boom for N.C. if N.C. would add an estimated 500,000 N.C. residents to Medicaid under ObamaCare. After reading the report, I felt that article citing the report was opinion, not news, and should have been on that paper’s opinion page.

Morris complained I can’t separate fact from opinion. He apparently believes everything in the report is a fact and challenged me to “report to readers of this newspaper the precise, actual factual information that is wrong in the study …”

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I am just another Floridiot who transplanted to the Franklin area a few years ago, after having owned a summer house here since 2005. I love the area and try to do my small part to contribute to my Otto community. My only regret is that I do not live in the Franklin city limits so that I can vote in the municipal elections.

If I could vote, I would do my best to oust the four aldermen serving as dead weights on the backside of progress in Franklin, as evidenced most recently by The Bowery and promotional banner issues.

The residents, visitors, and plucky business owners of the downtown area deserve every effort the city can provide to promote the vibrancy and charm of our little town.

Hang on, Bob, Barb, and Patty – hopefully reinforcements will arrive in the next election!

Sandy Deakins — Franklin, N.C.

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