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Opinion Letters

During Sunday’s commemorative Selma voting rights march here in Franklin, our biggest challenge was making it back up town hill. Fifty years ago it took real courage to cross that bridge and face mounted state troopers with hate in their eyes, armed with batons, tear gas and the legal right to bash in skulls. Real blood was spilled that day 50 years ago.

Those sacrifices in Selma lead directly to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which guaranteed equal access to the voting booth for all citizens. When that law was gutted in 2013 by a conservative Supreme Court, many states of the old Confederacy immediately enacted new laws to limit voting rights. Those new laws would have been prohibited by Voting Rights Act. Once again North Carolina lead the way back to the 1950s by quickly passing the worst voter suppression law in the country.

The rationale for these voter suppression laws is always the same. Laws must be enacted to stop rampant voter fraud and to protect the sanctity of the vote. They argue that you need proper ID to get a driver license or to buy a pizza, so why not to vote? Apparently these lawmakers forgot that you don't have a Constitutional protected right to buy a pizza, but you do to vote.


The Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is proof that our healthcare system in America is beyond broken. As a father of four and a small business owner, I understand the importance of access to healthcare. Notice I did not say access to health insurance. I realize that without health insurance, in today's marketplace, it usually means no access to healthcare; but does Obamacare really fix that situation? If you cannot afford the premium and the deductibles and co-pays, do you really have access to healthcare? From my perspective, it appears the American people, through their representatives and senators, have sold their future to insurance companies, not healthcare providers.

When 87 percent of the 11.4 million people enrolled in Obamacare are receiving an average subsidy of $3,312 per year, I find that figure alarming. Why should the federal government be subsidizing health insurance, much less healthcare? I realize we do not have a true free market system but subsidizing health insurance to the tune of more than $10 billion a year just for Obamacare is going to take us further off track from allowing average Americans access to healthcare. I suggest that our healthcare is so good (or overpriced) the average American cannot afford it, even with Obamacare subsidies.


I’m sure a lot of you would join me in shouting hallelujah if just for a while we could turn on the television or pick up a national newspaper and not have politics thrown in our faces.

For once it would be great if we could just get news and not have all the politics shoved down our throats.

Politics has never been and never will offer a cure for anything and in fact politics probably causes more problems than anything else in our country. The root problem is that politics is all about power and control of others and not about helping people.

We have seen this in Chicago where black Americans find themselves in a plantation-style welfare situation with no way out. The Democrats have controlled Chicago politics for around 100 years and their way of controlling the black population is to keep them on welfare, believing that someone on welfare is going to continue to vote for them.


I'm angry. In fact, I'm more than angry, I'm incensed. One might even say, I'm "postal" livid.

I've been licensed to drive a motor vehicle one year shy of 60 years, my wife three years less than I. We have 25 years of school bus driving between us without an injury of an accident. I've driven a school bus in eight states and Canada. I haven't had a ticket in over 40 years, I've never had a DUI, lost my license, driven on a revoked license or without a license, registration or insurance (and that includes seven years in Great Britain and Germany. We haven't made a car insurance claim in decades and I want to know why the cost of our insurance policy goes up every time it's renewed?

We had coverage with one company for fours years (here in N.C.) and the cost went up every six months, even after the third year when we received a ten percent discount for driving three years accident free, it still cost more. After the fourth year we switched agents and carriers and this month (renewal time), sure enough, the cost increased about $50, and I think we deserve to know why.


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