Letters to the Editor for December 6, 2018

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Oversight would assure pothole patch was done

While North Carolina boasts a two-day pothole repair law, it appears to be nothing more than another Raleigh joke. On Nov. 21, I reported, via the website, a pothole on the Tom Bryson bridge over the Cullasaja River. Tracking number PAE3UKCDH7. On Friday, Nov. 23, I noted that the report had been received and forwarded to bridge maintenance crews. On Saturday, Nov. 24, I reported it again and noted nothing done from my first report. Tracking number R2SC0Q2V5T. On Nov. 26, 8 a.m., pothole still untouched. I again checked the website to find bridge crews notified and report closed as was the first report. Sometime during the day on the 26th, the pothole was patched, but not nearly within a two-day time frame. Is there any provision in the law for providing oversight to see that the work happens as is supposedly required by the law? If so, it obviously isn’t working. The pothole was in the traffic lane and hard to dodge on a bridge especially at night. This began along holiday weekend, timely repair could have saved many vehicle front end alignment issues which can be very costly to the motoring public. Could all of the trash that we see along the highway be a public pushback for the state’s attitude toward highway maintenance? Maybe the trashers have a good idea afterall. If we all threw our garbage on the roadside, maybe the wind would blow some of it back into the potholes in a timely manner and help cushion the blow.

David A. McClure – Franklin, N.C.

Bernie Sanders’s drug plan will cost lives

There are those who are driven by a sense of greed. We have those who are greedy for money and wealth but we also have those who are simply driven by a sense of satisfaction of being wealthy. To the latter, money really means nothing other than it is a measure of their success. To them, it means a “job well done.” Then, lurking in the dark corners of our society are those whose greed is entirely for power and they can get scary. Their greed is almost to the point of insanity and possesses them like a demon and they will do anything to satisfy their greed. It has become clear that Hillary and Bill Clinton fall into this last category and we would have to be blind to not see that in them both. Most threatening at this time, however, is a man who has sold his soul in his greed for power and that man is Bernie Sanders as a Socialist, He believes humans have come as far as they can go and that there is no need for creativity or innovation. This is the same mistake Communist Karl Marx made when he taught that humans had invented everything they needed back in the 1800s. Like a vulture hanging over a dead carcass, Bernie Sanders is preying on the vast majority of Americans who don’t understand economics and certainly not how the pharmaceuticals operate. His plan now is to force pharmaceuticals to charge the same prices as do European countries. We all know that Americans are paying the entire bill for research and development while the Europeans pay almost noting, leaving us to foot the bill. Well, what does his plan do to our drug companies? Research and development is extremely expensive and without those so-called high profits, there won’t be any new drugs coming on the market and this may mean thousands, if not millions of people will die at some point in the future and certainly our kids and grandkids. Bernie Sanders is not stupid but is willing to sacrifice lives to satisfy his greed for power over the people. If, in Bernie’s plan, the pharmaceuticals don’t comply with his orders the state will confiscate their patents, much like the Communists did in the now collapsed Soviet Union. This, followed by reducing doctors and hospital fees by 40 percent will devastate our medical system. Many of the smaller nonprofit hospitals will go into bankruptcy and doctors won’t spend six to eight years of their lives to become doctors. We end up with fewer hospitals and doctors. The end result will mean that we will follow other countries in their failed socialized medical programs. If you want good medical care, then you will have to buy insurance coverage from an insurance company on your own, much as they must do in countries like Germany, Canada and England. Otherwise, you end up waiting months to just see a doctor, much less get treatment. There is vast and unlimited number of medical discoveries out there waiting for us. Let’s not blow it on half-baked mediocre programs such as Bernie Sanders has proposed. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

Bob Wilson – Franklin, N.C.

What a sad day for us all

Manafort continues to lie, even after he pleaded guilty to 175 pages of exceedingly detailed evidence of a multiplicity of federal and state crimes, such as state tax evasion, fraud, money laundering, etc. The inclusion of the enumerated state crimes means that when the Virginia Attorney General brings those charges in a state court, Manafort has already agreed under oath that he is guilty. Manafort was already facing what is effectively a life sentence even if he had cooperated fully. Going fallaciously through the motions of cooperating with Mueller was likely a signal to Trump for a potential pardon. We know now that Trump and Manafort have been in contact to coordinate stories and buy time. Having now received Trump’s written responses to queries from the Special Counsel, Mueller will compare Manafort’s lies to Trump’s anticipated lies. If they match, then Trump is guilty of witness tampering and obstruction. Trump and Manafort have just enough hubris and idiocy to try it. What a sad day for us all when federal prosecutors can make their case because they can assume without challenge that our president is a liar.  John Barry – Franklin, N.C.

Put your trust in that which does not change

Change is something most of us don’t care for, especially as we get older. The lines, wrinkles, and grey hair start, and it reminds us of our mortality. We get some comfort by focusing on that which does not change. Sometimes change is good. But it seems that more often, it’s not. Moral, ethical changes always seem to be for the worse. Election results change after Election Day, but always in only one direction. We have a Constitution to try to make it hard for our government to change, because the Founders believed that change could be dangerous to our Republic. The second law of thermodynamics says that everything in the universe is winding down. It is changing, but it’s generally not regarded as positive change. There are two things that never change: God, and His Word. By His very nature, God does not and cannot change. He is immutable. This attribute of the Divine can be, and is a great comfort to many of us as we face the inevitable uncertainties and changes in our lives. “I am the Lord, I change not…” (Malachi 3:6) “Now there have been many … priests, since death prevented them from continuing in office; but because Jesus lives forever, He has a permanent priesthood. Therefore He is able to save completely those who come to God through Him, because He always lives to intercede for them. Such a high priest meets our need – One who is holy, blameless, pure, set apart from sinners, exalted above the heavens. Unlike other high priests, He does not need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for the sins of the people. He sacrificed for their sins once for all when He offered Himself.” (Hebrews 7:23-27). As Phil Robertson has pointed out, we have a problem: We die. We can’t fix that. Some have tried with cryogenics (freezing a dead body with the hope of one day finding a solution to the problem that killed them). But Phil says, “I wouldn’t bet on it.” We already have a solution to our biggest problem. His name is Jesus. Because He rose from the grave and lives forever, He is the only One who can solve our sin and resultant death problem. Phil says, “What’s wrong with Jesus?” Indeed. If God has a perfect solution for us, and is willing to provide it to us at His own expense, why wouldn’t you take it? Here is the link to Phil’s 1.2 million views video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5JFZyX76zA God’s Word also is unchanging. The longest chapter in the Bible is devoted to describing the “word” of the Lord. We can trust His Word, because He is immutable. “Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens.” (Psalm 119:89). Jesus said, “… the Scripture cannot be broken…” (John 10:35b) We can trust the Bible because it is the Word of the unchangeable God. How can we know this? Moses gave us the answer to this question in Deuteronomy 18:21-22, “You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?’ If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.” The Bible is filled with hundreds of prophecies. Those that were supposed to be fulfilled have been fulfilled exactly, every time. Some examples include: Micah 5:2 which tells us where the Messiah would be born; Daniel 9:24-27 which tells us exactly when He would be born, 490 years before it happened; Isaiah 53 which tells us why He would come, and predicts His resurrection from the dead, about 700 years before it happened. We can’t trust politicians to keep their word because they usually don’t. But we can trust God, because He has a perfect track record of keeping His promises. You might as well trust Him. No one else offers a solution to the death problem. What have you got to lose? This great hymn by William Monk, quoted in part, sums up well: “Swift to its close ebbs out life’s little day; Earth’s joys grow dim, its glories pass away; Change and decay in all around I see; O Thou who changest not, abide with me! Hold Thou Thy cross before my closing eyes; Shine through the gloom, and point me to the skies; Heaven’s morning breaks, and earth’s vain shadows flee! In life, in death, O Lord, abide with me!’

Ed Hill – Franklin, N.C.

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