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As a wildlife correspondent and North Carolina resident, I am appalled by Brasstown’s planned New Year’s Eve “Opossum Drop.”

During the event, a live opossum who has been snatched from the wild is suspended above a raucous crowd in a Plexiglas box for hours before being “dropped” about 40 feet, a terrifying ordeal for a timid animal who naturally avoids human contact. The frightened opossum is subjected to a screaming crowd, fireworks, and gunfire. It’s no wonder that eyewitnesses have reported that opossums used in previous years were shaking in fear. Afterwards, the traumatized opossum is apparently released in a parking lot, putting her in danger of being hit by a car.


To all 99 percenters! You had better be paying attention to what Newt Gingrich and his cronies are proposing for the future of your country! Get informed about what is being thrown out there. Then, get involved! YOU matter and your vote matters come next November. Don’t think it’s too early! The Republicans and Tea Partiers are not waiting to take control of your lives. They already have a good foothold. You may not agree with all that your President has done but don’t forget what has been accomplished.


I,___ , pledge to the taxpayers of the state of___, and the American people that I will:

ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses; and

TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.


When asked why he robs banks, the notorious John Dillenger famously said, “Because that is where the money is.” So, if the idea of taxation is to raise money to support the government, then you need to tax the people who have the money.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the top 1% own 34.6% of national wealth, while the bottom 90% , own only 25%. So, with this reasoning, if a 100 people had to split $100, then 90 of them would have to share $25.


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