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Opinion Letters

My, that was quite a headline on Margery Abel’s letter appearing in the March 28th edition of the Franklin Press. “Buying local elections – this is how FreedomWorks.” The headline is as fallacious as the story that followed. Where to start? Ms. Abel is apparently still smarting over Sen. Jim Davis’ defeat of John Snow.

For openers, Ms. Abel states “FreedomWorks, a national organization funds local candidates for election who will promote its agenda.” Our agenda, so you will know what she is talking about, is “Lower Taxes, Less Government, More Freedom.” Shame on us. Evidently Ms. Abel advocates “Higher Taxes, More Government, Less Freedom.”

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I read with interest your recent article (March 22 edition) about Hayden Rogers. It was as interesting for what it left out as for what it said.

Rogers, following in the footsteps of his boss, Heath Shuler, is a “blue dog,” which is another way of saying he is a Republican trying to disguise himself as a Democrat. Now that Shuler has decided to cash in and become a high-paid Washington lobbyist, Rogers wants the job as our Congressman for himself.

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For the sixth time since the end of the 2011 legislative session in North Carolina, the state is once again making national headlines for its inability to adequately protect dogs in commercial breeding facilities, known as puppy mills.

800. That’s how many dogs were rescued from North Carolina puppy mills since June 2011. It is good news for those dogs, but for countless others who continue to spend their lives breeding in the estimated 250 to 300 inhumane, commercial breeding facilities in the state, these rescues have not helped.

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The recent alleged killing of Afghanistan men, women and children by a U.S. Army sergeant not only brought back memories of my own combat experience, it also made me realize how I may have contributed to these killings. My combat experience and knowledge of history reveal that these events are not unusual and/or unique in a combat zone. If we are going to be involved in war, we should expect these events. What is unusual and unique is this soldier was serving his fourth tour of duty in a war zone. To meet our military obligations, we have become dependent on an all volunteer army, which has resulted in repeated tours.

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