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Opinion Letters

President Reagan famously once said, “There you go again!” I believe I uttered that same statement when I received Jim Davis’ most recent mailer. It’s long on sensation, but falls short of the truth. Once again, as this election draws near, these deceitful mailers have begun filling my mailbox.

It seems the Davis campaign is willing to spend a lot of outside money on mailers hoping people aren’t fact checking what they receive. One of their mailers was already debunked by The Macon County News as being misleading; they would know because it cited that very same newspaper as its source.

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Throughout America’s history courageous women have struggled to achieve social and political freedom and equality. They have fought against laws and cultural and religious traditions assigning them subservient roles in American society. This long struggle has produced many heroines.

Colonial American Anne Hutchinson defied laws forbidding women to speak publically and interpret the word of God. Forbidden the right to defend herself, she was tried and convicted of heresy, and banished from Massachusetts Colony. Elizabeth Cady Stanton organized the Seneca Falls Convention in 1848, over her frustration regarding the inferior role of women in America. This meeting, attended by 68 women and 32 men, marks the birth of the women’s rights movement.

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What a pleasure to finally read an opinion from the Macon County News' editor that I thoroughly agree with. In your Opinion column of 9/13/12 entitled “The Culture of Unemployment” I found mirrored many of my feelings about the dependency and apathy of the unemployed. While these attitudes will not be those of all the individuals who are unemployed or have given up searching for a job, I have heard people in those situations express the feeling that it is the duty of the government to solve their problems.

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In the 1980s I was a computer coordinator and data processing manager in a school system. (I was also a science, chemistry and math teacher for 10 years.)

When the comptroller put together our budget for the year he used hard numbers whenever possible and never used optimistic estimates of teacher absence, vacation days, or utility consumption. Using such unrealistic data to project a budget is looking for trouble. Our budget was presented to the Board of Education where heated discussions always resulted in repeated revisions. Exceeding the budget just did not happen.

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