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Advice from a 13th-century philosopher about idols

I never pretend to be an expert on current events. In fact, I mostly avoid the news because so much of it is doom and gloom or the same old political rhetoric.

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Democracy or fascism?
 

Democracy or fascism?

To the Editor:

Some people still believe that America is involved in a traditional Democratic/Republican political struggle.

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Washington won’t fix health care

North Carolina’s Medicaid program will  expand on December 1  to offer fully subsidized health plans to virtually every legal resident whose household income is at or below 138% of the federal poverty line.

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The perils of an increasingly technocentric society

At four o’clock in the morning, I am fumbling around in the dark trying to make some hotel coffee for the road.

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Elections bill is partisan power grab
 

Elections bill is partisan power grab

To the Editor:

The passage of SB 749 in the North Carolina House of Representatives on Sept. 19, 2023, a bill ironically called “No Partisan Advantage in Elections” removes the selection of local county election boards from the counties and gives that authority to the General Assembly in Raleigh, which at the present time is controlled by the Republican party.

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A measure that could save a child’s life

Sylva town commissioners are considering putting a Safe Haven Box in an appropriate place somewhere within their jurisdiction. I for one certainly hope they take this small step that could save the life of an innocent child. 

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The overlooked importance of education
 

The overlooked importance of education

To the editor:

When young men of Ancient Athens reached the age of 17, they took what was known as “The Athenian Oath.”

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Voltaire’s wisdom endures
 

Voltaire’s wisdom endures

To the editor:

I read David Parker’s letter in last week’s paper. It made me think of this quote from Voltaire: “Once fanaticism has corrupted a mind, the malady is almost incurable....”

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Rule of law proven a farce amid corruption
 

Rule of law proven a farce amid corruption

To the editor:

Remember the saying from Vietnam days that we had to destroy the village in order to save it?

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