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Opinion Letters

The Franklin Community has once again proven how supportive they are. The Franklin Lions Club would like to thank all of our supporters. Without their generosity we would not be able to continue all of our many projects.

Recently we held our annual Chicken BBQ on the 4th of July. This is our only fundraising event to supply our scholarships. We proudly give one high school senior a $1000 scholarship every year for the four years they attend college. We believe in our youth and their future.

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The Affordable Care Act after the Supreme Court Ruling is now without any doubt the law of the land. Citizens have the right to know truthfully what is in the law for them. The following are already in place and improving health care in N.C.:

Preventive Services with no deductible and no co-pay. The law requires new insurance policies and Medicare to cover preventive services like mammograms free of charge (600,000 N.C. women already used this provision).

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My Bed Time Stories published recently, have invoked comments. They have ranged from being in favor to opposition to my stories. I am happy to say most were complimentary. To those I say, thank you. Also those that opposed were civil. No name calling, only discussions. One lady wrote a glowing rebuttal of her perspective on the “great depression.” She and her siblings were college graduates during that time. How many do you know that were able to afford college back then? Most families struggled to have their children graduate from high school and do not share her view.

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The 4th of July, America’s birthday, is a time for celebration and reflection. A look back to the beginning of the 20th century provides us with a measure of how far we have progressed up to now. Unregulated big business dominated American life at the beginning of the 20th century. Capitalists like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller and Hurst amassed great wealth and built themselves palatial homes. Average Americans struggled to pay for housing and put food on the table. The poor made up the largest class of society.

The goal of big business was to accumulate the greatest possible profit. In 1900, the beginning of the 20th century, unions were very weak. Workers labored for low wages. Environmental concerns and safety standards were sacrificed to enhancing the wealth and power of corporations. Teaching was a lowly, poor paying, profession.

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