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Opinion Letters

Now Democrats have once again dredged up the fabricated notion that Republicans are waging a war on women. That claim is as old and worn as Hillary Clinton the leading Democrat candidate for president. What we do have is a war on babies that is strongly supported by Democrat leaders.

As soon as the Planned Parenthood baby parts sale was revealed, Democrat leaders such as Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman and Harry Reid and most Democrats throughout the country jumped in to support Planned Parenthood funding by taxpayers.

Republican leaders, including every presidential candidate on the debate stage on Aug. 6, call for the defunding of Planned Parenthood, the leading abortion mill in the U.S., and for diverting those funds to clinics that are truly providing health services to women.


On July 29, Bernie Sanders spoke to the entire country, using the Internet. It was an incredible event. Our tiny group of Bernie supporters suddenly exploded, in much the same way support for Bernie has exploded all over the country. The tiny town of Sylva, N.C., had two locations participating with a total of close to 70 people showing interest. And it was a diverse group of people. The oldest member at our event was in his ’90s, and retired from NASA.

And we had a group of teenagers who were excited to get their hands on voter registration forms so they could vote for Bernie, now that their 18th birthdays were getting close. We had people from Highlands and from Franklin, schedule their own house-parties to support Bernie.

What we did not have at the event was the media. We know that major corporations own the media and are suppressing information about Bernie Sanders. But we didn’t even have the local newspapers report on the event, and for this I am very disappointed.


When I was 15, I left home because my drunken parents abused me physically and sexually. There was no love, only pain and suffering. I knew there was more to life than this, but I knew it would tough to do it on my own.

I found a part time job, and a “flop house” to stay at for $20/week and walked from my job to school and back to the “flop house” daily for two and a half years. I was not very responsible and many times forgot to pay my rent. The “flop house” kicked me out many times and I ended up living under bridges, and destitute, lonely, angry, and hopeless in the Michigan winters.

I'm telling you this because I know what it is like to be homeless. I was not a Christian at that time and could not figure out why people would bring me food and clothing. I know now that the Bible compels Christians to help the homeless and less fortunate (Job 31:19, Psalms 41:1, 72:13, 82:4). Even if you’re not a Christian, it's the right thing to do.


The controversy in South Carolina revolving around the Confederate Flag has made me think about my southern heritage. I grew up in Georgia and spent most of my working life in South Carolina. The rationale offered by those who support prominent display of the flag is to honor their southern heritage and their ancestors who fought in the Civil War. Over 600,000 Americans died in that war, more than any other war in American history.

This war was indeed about states rights – states ensuring the right of landowners to not only own the land, but to enslave other human beings to work that land. That’s it. If that’s the heritage we’re supposed to be celebrating with the flag, I’ll pass.

Similarly, characteristics such as high levels of poverty, poor education, and ill health that characterize many of the states of the old Confederacy are part of the legacy, but hardly worth honoring or celebrating. That being said, I choose to live in the south and there are many things worth celebrating.


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