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I've heard all the speeches and read all the legislative fantasies, and I'm still not satisfied with what I've heard about the state of the schools. The stories don't match. One question I cannot get the answer to is: Is the figure used by the state legislature for school budget before or after the reversion monies? When did the reversions start? Why? Since 2008 it has been one attack after another on schools and teachers. Teachers lost the right to payroll deduction for NCAE dues (We are not a union state. North Carolina Association of Educators is a protective group to assist teachers when they needed help – against unfair practices, legal assistance and answers, group insurance, etc.) No teacher raises. Constant attacks against classrooms, cutting the teacher-student ratios, doing away with teacher assistants. But nothing beats the cuts this year. Staff development, instructional supply money, textbook money, money to repair and replace school buses, changes in all formulas related to school support hit the fans.


“In my life there's been heartache and pain. I don't know if I can face it again. I can't stop now, I've traveled so far, to change this lonely life, - - I wanna know what love is, - - I want you to show me.”

This is the title and the words sung by the group “Foreigner.” As with many songs, they reflect what the heart is searching for. We create through music, art, and written words of what we experience, whether it's heartache, joy, or the search for meaning, we're all looking for a fulfilled life. But the greatest search of all mankind, is fulfillment and depths within “love.” But why is this so difficult?


There will be no end to the damage wrought by the health "reform" in this country as long as people allow the goverment to dictate to them what they are "mandated" to buy. A goverment lead by a man that railed against George Bush for allowing high gas prices and growing the national debt is certainly not fit to espouse a plan that has divided the country and has major legal flaws.

Somehow, the proponents of this plan have determined that putting the insurance industry in bed with the goverment is going to make everyone "healthy." No, putting a vast goverment/ insurance bureaucracy between patients and health care is just piling more big government on the backs of the taxpayers while giving more power to the pencil pushing drones. This is not "health care," it is giving more power to intrusuive, overpaid and overprivileged elected representatives.


Is the Affordable Care Act an example of socialism in our country? The head of our government, the president, said more than once that, "If you like your doctor, you can keep him. Period," and "If you like your health insurance plan, you can keep it. Period." Who is responsible for providing my health care? Me, or the president? From these remarks, the head of government tells me that he is responsible for my health care. The federal government has now become our uninvited "guardian," socializing our health care system.

This is a major change, which leads some to the conclusion that health care is no longer a privilege, but a "right," endowed by the U.S. Government. Is this what the American citizens want, something imposed on us by the central government of the U.S.? Does this sound like a radical departure from the freedoms promised us in the U.S. Constitution?


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