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Opinion Letters

I hate paying taxes. So when someone promises to lower my taxes, they have my attention. Most people feel the same way. In 2010 every Republican running for office in N.C. promised to lower my tax bill. They all got elected. And sure enough they lowered taxes. The problem is they did not lower my taxes. You see I don't make more than $84,000 a year. I make less, so my taxes went up, just like 8 out 10 N.C. citizens.

How could a lower tax rate cause my taxes to go up? Easy; you eliminate those tax breaks for the middle class and the poor. Gone is the Earned Income Tax Credit; a program actually started by Conservatives to aid poor working families. Gone are the deductions for college saving accounts. The personal exemption allowance is eliminated. Business pass-through income deductions and private pension deductions are eliminated. These and many other "adjustments" to the tax code directly result in higher taxes for most of us.

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Tenure for people in the teaching profession was to allow for academic freedom without fear of being fired. It is also a consideration given to professors and judges. Why it applies to public school teachers now days is a mystery to me.

I dare say these people are allowed very little academic freedom as they have a well laid out curriculum to follow.

What is so wrong about having teacher contracts renewed and salary increases based on teacher evaluations? It's what employees in most businesses expect.

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Franklin’s new mayor, Bob Scott, said he wants to encourage more young people to become entrepreneurs in the city of Franklin.

The only problem I can see with his idea is that for it to work well, it would need a larger population base and probably would have to include the entire county rather than the somewhat small population of Franklin alone.

There appears to be another problem in that we don’t have any venture capitalists in our area, or none that I know of. Ideas are sometimes born in a garage as we know but those ideas were brought to fruition by investment groups willing to take a chance on a new business inspiration.

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We put our trust and faith into what is true and trusted, the evidence of things proven. Science, when it takes a ideal or hypothesis and continually tests it and if shown true, then establishes a law which we all benefit in its working of everyday life. Even if some of us do not fully understand the workings of these laws we all are governed by. Gravity and energy have been discovered but yet are not fully known where they start or come from. The old science of the past believed our earth was flat and we feared falling off its edges. As we've grown or caught up in our understanding of how these laws govern our world and universe and how it affects us, we seem to worship our universe, nature or ourselves as we discover in science, something that has always been here. We seem to go to extremes in not wanting to find or recognize the “first cause” that set all this in motion and our place within this, as, “In the beginning, God created.”

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