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Opinion Letters

I don’t like abortion. I don’t know anyone who does. I would like to see a world in which abortion was totally unnecessary.

Unfortunately, most of the politicians who want to outlaw abortion also cut food, housing, and health assistance to women with children. These supposed “pro-life” politicians show their true colors when they stop caring about children and their mothers as soon as the children are born.

This is hypocrisy at its worst. Check the voting record of your representatives. Raleigh and DC are awash with phony “pro-life” politicians. They cut food stamps, deny Medicaid, and fight against affordable health care for those who have none. What is wrong with these people?


The worst thing that can happen to any people of the whole world is for families, consisting of a husband, a wife, a child and children to be divided, one from another. In St. Matthew 12:25, Jesus gave the word, “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.” “Now I beseech you brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them.” Romans 16:17

Floyd Cruse — Franklin, N.C.

The U.S. Advisory Panel on Dietary Guidelines has finally mustered the courage to recommend that Americans eat less meat and dairy products.

And not just to lower our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and obesity, but also because it slows the rate of climate changes, with its own devastating consequences.

The 572-page report released on Thursday notes that half of all Americans have preventable diet-related chronic diseases and that two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight. It concludes that a dietary pattern higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is more health promoting and associated with lesser environmental impact than the current U.S. diet.


On Feb. 12, Macon County had another close call with wildfire and the loss of structures. I am a retired wildland firefighter/ manager with many years of wildfire experience. When I retired I thought I might develop a business to help homeowners avert the disaster of losing their homes. There are some things that can be done to make homes or structures more likely to remain intact. I went to a local business class for entrepreneurs to see if I could get something started. The idea would be to minimize the chance for a structure to ignite when encroached on by a wildfire from forested/ brushy land. What I found out was that in at least one case even if money was provided to the homeowners by a government grant, almost all homeowners declined to get any help for improvements to their homes or landscapes to make them more fire resistant. Needless to say this concerns me.


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