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Opinion Letters

Back during World War Two, there was a saying in the Air Corps, “Head Up And Locked.” It meant, among other things, that a pilot was not attentive to his instruments and had landed his aircraft without extending his landing gear. His wheels were still up inside the aircraft and locked into position.

We veterans, however, have been given “second sight.” Our brains are extended. We know when we are being used as a political football. We know, for instance, that the phony “Concerned Veterans for America” is just a hole in the wall in Arlington, Va., being used as a front for the twisted ultraright-wing Koch Brother Billionaire Empire, so noted for buying-off political leaders in Washington and throughout the States.

In North Carolina the tentacles of the Koch Empire are cast by means of the media and a barrage of slick post cards from the CVA targeting veterans to vote for someone other than the outstanding U.S. Senator, Kay Hagan.

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While reading the article “School board reviews end of grade test results” in The Macon County News and Shopping Guide in which the local EOC (End of course) test scores were compared with Region 8 and state scores, I was reminded of the old phrase, “figures don’t lie, liars use figures and (expletive) liars use statistics.

Further on in the article, the school superintendent says, “Now we need to sit down and think about what we can do to push more students into higher categories.” One great place for him to start would be to stop giving those standardized tests and segregating the students based upon those test scores. Is it not true that the EOC test for 4th graders determines the level of instruction that the students will receive in the 5th grade at MVI. Is it also true, as it is rumored on the street, that the supposedly more advanced (as determined by the EOC score) students get better, more challenging instruction, more field trips, lockers, etc. than do the regular students? If additional perks are given to some, than the criteria given in the definition of discrimination appears to have been met.

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The dictionary definition of "conservative" is, "Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation." How does that definition square with today's elected Republican actions and agenda?

By definition you would think Republicans would want lower taxes for as many people as possible. That is a very traditional value. Yet unless you make more than about $90,000 a year, your overall taxes went up. A conservative business man, when facing hard times, would cut his expenses and do everything possible to increase his income.

Yet the "conservative" NC legislature cut the states' income by giving the largest tax breaks in state history, to the wealthiest 1% of our citizens. The state is now facing a very serious deficit. This will have to be made up either by additional cuts to education and Medicaid or by increased taxes on the poor and middle class and more increased fees for every possible service.

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Parents who have children who are approaching the age of obtaining a drivers license need to consider very carefully who you vote for in the upcoming election. The state legislature has deleted the monies for driver education in the coming school year (2015-2016). They want you as an individual family to foot the bill for your child to take driver education. What you need to understand that the cost will be between $265-$450. If the state does not provide enough money for driver education it will be very expensive for your child to take driver education and it would come from your pocket. This varies from one school system to another.

Those who support your paying for your child to take driver education say they and others should not have to pay for it. I wonder who paid for them. Taxpayers that is who paid. Some say if you can't pay for your child to take driver education, you shouldn't have the children. I don't believe that. Others say if you can't afford to pay for your child to take driver education then you wouldn't have a car anyway. I don't believe that either.

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