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Opinion Letters

David Snell's letter of June 5 concerning the murderous attack by Israel on the USS Liberty illustrates the lengths to which Israel will go in their self serving policies and clearly proves once again that no politician dare criticize anything Israel does, regardless of how damaging to our interests. To criticise Israel one risks the label of being an "anti-Semite" which is nonsense but very effective in curbing criticisms.

Israel was in a state of war with Egypt and wanted the USA to become involved with our troops and assets, but they knew that short of a violent provocation or attack that was not going to happen. So Israel decided to attack the Liberty and claim that the Egyptians had committed the atrocious act so we would join their efforts. But they got caught and instead made the bogus claim that they made a mistake.

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The N.C. Senate and House voted to lift the moratorium on fracking and Gov. Pat McCrory is signing the bill. The bill will not allow cities to ban/limit fracking and does not require the companies to disclose the chemical content of the fracking fluid.

I realize a lot of people do not know what fracking is. There have been reports on the news about earthquakes related to fracking but that would be a blessing if that were the only side effect. “Fracking” is hydraulic fracturing, where natural gas is extracted from rocks beneath the surface by drilling into the ground and pumping a mixture of water and chemicals into the rocks to cause cracks, releasing the gases. The fluids released into the ground are some of the most harmful substances we can be exposed to and since they are being put into the ground, it contaminates the drinking water.

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In light of the recent VA issues, it is a real pleasure to pass on to the Franklin Community Based Outpatient Clinic my sincere “job performance well done!” The receptionist, nursing staff, lab personnel, and others who are involved in patient care have been exemplary in conduct and service. They have emitted an attitude of genuine service unencumbered by the usual falsetto of “have a nice day” crowd.

Surely this is noteworthy in a difficult environment of providing care to veterans. And from my experience sorry to say, some of us can be a bit crotchety. In addition the building has always been clean and uncluttered. Way to go housekeeping!

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Talk is cheap.

Our country has just observed another Memorial Day. The print, TV, and social media and politicians have all waved the flag and urged us to thank our veterans and honor those who sacrificed all. But, if anyone suggested that we all pay enough taxes to keep our promises to the veterans and those presently serving, I missed it. Yes, we owe our freedoms to them. The corporations and billionaires, who have become rich in many cases by the military spending, are not required to pay their fair share of taxes.

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published: 10/18/2013
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