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At a local meeting on Saturday, Major Andy Shields from Macon County Sheriff Department spoke regarding the man hours spent on people with severe mental health issues.

Since early 2000, funding in all states for mental health facilities has diminished, and there has been a focus to take some severe patients from secure facilities and integrate them into society. Independence Training ensued of some higher functioning patients, with an end goal of rehabilitation and part-time work. It sadly succeeded for a very few, and for several others had tragic consequences.


It's been stated there's a double standard within Christian thinking, in that we talk against discrimination in racism, but yet discriminate against homosexuality, and this seems like a contradiction to many. This subject, which no matter how you identify this, you will more than likely offend someone, which I'll try to approach in kindness towards all, because all of us are affected in some way.

Let me first state that the reason Christianity is opposed to racism, is because the individual is sacred no matter what race you or I come from. God places the ultimate value in human life and the soul of every individual. But also within Christianity, sexuality is also “sacred” and should not be violated, but considered a treasured gift from God. So if both are sacred, both are to be protected and held with respect and high regard. Protecting the individual made in the image of God, as well as marriage, where God has made man and woman for each other.


Red flag warnings that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) a.k.a. Obamacare is a flawed bad law have been flying around from the “git-go.”

The bill was ram-rodded through Congress during a Christmas Eve session in the Senate. Who would have been paying attention on the eve of a serious U.S. holiday? House of Representatives Democrat Speaker Nancy Pelosi demanded that, “We have to vote for the bill to know what is in it.” Pelosi and Democrat leaders did not want anyone to know what is in it because this bad law, over 2,000 pages long, raises taxes, penalizes businesses therefore kills jobs, steals funding from Medicare, burdens younger citizens with high premiums and deductibles, is loaded with confining regulations, costs government far more than originally predicted and creates more than 150 new agencies, boards, and commissions made up of unelected people who are not accountable to us. Red flags!


Sometimes it is very embarrassing to learn a lesson. I have just learned that you should never repeat anything you read on the internet unless you research it personally.

My thanks go out to the fine folks who pointed that out in regard to my recent letter to the editor and my apologies to those who read it and actually believed it to be true. Lesson learned and forgiveness requested.

Marshall Miller — Franklin, N.C.

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