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One of the most alarming statistics of the current decade is the number of deaths from prescription drug overdose. In North Carolina, overdose rates have tripled since 2000 and continue to rank above the national average. Last year we lost over 1,000 lives to preventable death from overdose. It’s insane that no legislator has come forward to propose simple, cost-effective solutions to the epidemic. Overdose rates could easily be slashed through comprehensive overdose prevention legislation at no cost to the state.

With today’s budget crises throughout the nation, it’s important to consider the cost-effectiveness and the regulatory burden of new legislation. But in the case of drug overdose, simple proposals exist that are free and impose no new governmental intrusion. In fact, they take the government out. Access to Narcan is a good example. Narcan, or naloxone, is a safe, effective antidote to opiate drug overdose. Long used by paramedics, it blocks opiate receptors to the brain and can reverse a potentially fatal drug overdose within minutes. Narcan cannot be abused or used to get high, and it is safe to administer even by people with no medical background. But barriers to its access remain.


The Friends of the Scottish Museum wish to thank the Main Street businesses for their support of "Burns Night," held on Saturday, Jan. 19. We also greatly appreciate, as always, the use of Tartan Hall for this event. The Presbyterian Church congregation has added quite a few new banners along the hall. No other site in Western North Carolina could enhance the occasion better.

We thank Boy Scout Troop #298 (Rick Moninghoff and Bill Edwards, leaders) for serving the meal and to the Troop Committee for cleanup. We appreciate Martha Peek, the chef from Angel hospital for the elaborate Scottish menu she prepares, and to Sue Ann McMaster for making scones for everyone.


A month or so ago, I saw a interview of a young man that was going to sell or put up for bid the rights of his last name. I didn't catch all of his reasoning for all of this, but he did state that he came from a dissolved family of a dad and several step-dads and as far as he could see, his family name had no value or purpose for him. Although this seems strange, I believe this is the sentiment of many in today's modern society, especially our younger generation. They may see value in life because their age group is the largest growing age group against abortion, largely due to science showing it’s not a glob of tissue but an actual form of a human being within weeks after conception. But the finding of their own value and purpose in life seems far reaching and difficult.


In the Jan. 2 edition of The Franklin Press, a person sent in a rant concerning the use of musical instruments in church.

Their rant read: “Whatever happened to just an organ and piano in church? Some of the music in churches nowadays is inappropriate. The Bible says make a joyful noise but not an inappropriate one.”

The Bible says make a joyful noise unto the Lord. It does not say anything about appropriate or inappropriate.


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