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Opinion Letters

The Constitution serves the purpose of regulating the government. We The People are regulated by laws. When The People want to regulate the behavior of Government, we amend the Constitution. James Madison once argued that there should be no Bill of Rights because by listing what the government cannot do, some may incorrectly assume that what is not listed within the Bill of Rights will by default become a right of the Government.

Homosexuality is nothing more than sexual nonconformity. The government has no business regulating either sexuality or nonconformity. Thomas Jefferson said, “It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are 20 gods or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.” Gay marriage neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg. In fact, it’s already illegal in our State.

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If you have listened to TV news or seen the national print media since Tuesday, May 8, you have heard and read some of the most disgraceful, denigrating referrals to the state of North Carolina and North Carolina voters. Why? Because by an over 60% margin North Carolina voters passed a constitutional amendment that states marriage here is between one man and one woman.

Of course there are people in North Carolina and throughout the nation who disagree with the amendment. On the other hand, 31 states, over half of the states in the United States, have also voted for a similar status that marriage is between one man and one woman.

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The Republican Party pioneered the right of women to vote and was consistent in its support throughout the long campaign for acceptance. It was the first major party to advocate equal rights for women and the principle of equal pay for equal work.

The Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848 marked the beginning of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States. Two years later there was a nationwide meeting in Worcester, Mass.

By 1870, the Massachusetts Republican State Convention had already seated two suffragettes, Lucy Stone and Mary A. Livermore, as delegates. In addition, the National Republican Convention of 1872 approved a resolution favoring the admission of women to “wider fields of usefulness” and added that “the honest demand of this class of citizens for additional rights ... should be treated with respectful consideration.”

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“Oh what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.”(Sir Walter Scott)

Senator Jim Davis’s letter to the editor in the May 2, Smoky Mountain News disputes remarks made by Ed Morris’s April 25th letter in the Smoky Mountain News. Dr. Morris wrote that Sen. Jim Davis wrote that teaching jobs had been fully funded. To quote Davis - “What he (Ed Morris) heard me say is the present state budget funded 2,100 more K-12 teaching jobs than the previous budget…” Davis also blames the 800 fewer teaching jobs on the loss of federal stimulus money. I don’t know what Dr. Morris may or may not have heard Senator Davis SAY. However, in a letter in June 6, 2011, Franklin Press, Senator Davis wrote “The 2011-2012 budget funds all teachers and teacher assistants.” In guest commentary in the September 18, 2011, Asheville Citizen Times Senator Davis wrote “It is a fact that teachers and teacher assistants were fully funded in the new state budget.”

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