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Opinion Letters

With an important election coming up, campaign advertising is all around us. Much of it is attack ads meant to make us vote against particular candidates. These ads are full of misstatements and just plain lies. Behind the attack ads is money, and behind the money is that old devil greed.

When an ad is focused on making one of the candidates look bad, we need to consider some questions.

1. What is this? It's an attack ad. There may or may not be truth in it, but if there happens to be any, there's no way you can tell it from the lies.

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I opened a Family Medicine Practice in Franklin in 1978. Medicare made it possible for me and my staff to provide, and my Senior patients to receive outstanding affordable medical care. Before Medicare was created only half of older adults could afford health insurance because Seniors had half the income of younger people and paid three times as much for health insurance. Republicans realize how much our Seniors depend on and appreciate Medicare so they say don't worry Seniors we will only privatize Medicare for people under 55.

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The jobless rate in western North Carolina is among the highest in the country.   Republicans won many legislative seats by claiming they would create jobs and lower taxes to stimulate small businesses.  They have not passed even one effective jobs bill, but they did lower taxes on businesses.  Yes they did.  But, “small” got left out of it.  Surely, this was a “misunderstanding.”  It also gave big businesses that tax break.  This little “misunderstanding” cost the taxpayers one third of a billion dollars in lost revenue.  This would have restored a significant part of our education underfunding.
 
Likewise, another “misunderstanding” allowed businesses the tax break even if they did not create a single job.  $340 million tossed away as a gift to big business.

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It is totally reprehensible to use the United Nations as a fearmongering tool in Macon County political discourse.  I write as a person with some knowledge.  While I have never been a UN employee, I have on occasion collaborated on UN-supported programs – not in this country, but in Costa Rica and Panama.  One of them specifically supported private property rights by assisting small landholders to acquire legal title to farms they had worked for many years.  That some of the beneficiaries reacted to enhanced property value by selling their properties was not the intended result, but it certainly gives the lie to the image of the UN as anti-private property zealots.

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