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Opinion Letters

There are many songs that ask for love and peace within the world which we live. From the Beetles song of, “All you need is love,” to countless others, both past, present and most assuredly in the future as well. The world seems so desperate for love, but it seems there's so little to be found, and our world is starving for it. But it is refreshing and gives hope within humanity when love shows itself in the most unusual settings, as in a resent clip I discovered on “you tube” entitled “An Extraordinary Code of Honor – A Higher Call,” it’s about a German war pilot, who against his officers and country’s ethics, saved the life of an enemy B-17 pilot and his crew. And over 50 years, never seeing or knowing of each others whereabouts, were re-united showing a special love and care that warms the heart, for a hope that's within all of us.

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After much thought I changed my registration to Republican in Macon County.

Well, decided to attend the Republican convention being held here in Franklin. I went in with my registration in hand, met a nice lady at the front desk, asked for help telling her I was a new Republican. I didn’t know where to go. She took my card and said she would find someone to help. She did. A lady that I met this past year at the Republican headquarters here in Franklin last election. I went there to meet with Jim Davis about a meeting. I guess I didn’t impress her.

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My name is Buster. I am a condemned prisoner, chained and left in solitary confinement. Somebody brings mush and water once a day. I get no exercise or socializing and it’s so boring that I am jumpy and anxious and lonely and terribly unhappy. Thing is, I’m innocent! So I send out SOS calls the only way I know: I bark. Yes, I am a dog. We are sentient beings just like you humans, but treated like we are mere possessions, “underdogs” if you know what I mean.

Why do some humans neglect and abuse us when we need to be useful pals? We can’t protect our owners while on chains. We don’t bark selectively at someone prowling around because we yelp at everything, often bothering neighboring households. We want to play and run and maybe go for walks with our human friends but instead are shackeled by collars often too heavy and tight. We are innocent, but no one is representing us.

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Politicians cutting food stamps, medicaid, housing and fighting against affordable health care does not cause abortions. An unwanted or inconvenient pregnancy resulting from a man or woman or both not being responsible for their actions causes abortions.

If individuals would accept responsibility and have only the children they can provide health care for, educate, feed, house and clothe, then there would be no need for the government (our tax dollars) to be the one to provide for the children.

Jesus values all life. Jesus would want the children to have life, the best health care, education, food, housing and clothing. It all comes down to responsibility.

Pauline Burch — Franklin, N.C.

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