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This is in response to the letter from Sandi Dotherow in the Sept. 27 edition of MCN. Ms. Dotherow’s letter repeats several myths and falsehoods about Social Security that float around on the internet. Based on these myths, she then attacks several Democratic presidents for, among other things, “taking away our freedoms,” and suggests we “not vote blindly” in the upcoming election. I would like to set the record straight.

Social Security was never a voluntary program as Ms. Dotherow claims President Roosevelt “promised,” nor could it have been. While in its early days the law applied to the occupations of only about half of wage earners, everyone employed in those job categories was always legally obligated to pay into the system – participation was not voluntary. Today, with rare exceptions (mostly state and local government employees who come under an alternative system) nearly all occupations come under the law.


No matter how it's rationalized, a recent Jim Davis political mailer yet again made a purposely misleading claim detailing Mr. John Snow's statements (and remarks he never made) as “attacks.”

Mr. Davis’ current letter writing defender, suggested he only “characterized this criticism as an attack.” Somehow “characterization” makes it acceptable to claim the “information” printed in the recent mailer is an “attack.” This is a disingenuous rationalization. A mistake? doubtful. Twisted rhetoric? A fib? No let's just call it what it is, - just another lie. Choosing another word, which changes the concept, intent and actual meaning, is indeed, lying.

The writer’s next statement attempts to demean and diminish Mr. Snow's valid response as “silly” and declares their choice of the descriptive word “attack” as “simply a subjective term.” Oh? Simply? How does this compute?


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.


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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