Your View: Feds have dictated to us long enough

Aug. 15, 2013 @ 06:27 PM

While reading the Opinion page on Saturday, Aug. 3, the state of affairs not only in our state, but also in our country became perfectly clear and simple. The old way of doing things in this country — individual freedoms, hard work, to be in control of your destiny (great letter by Rheumell Prangley) — is a thing of the past!
We must now toe the line and do as we are told because we are not smart enough to know what is best for us. We now need to be protected from ourselves! We have always had a ruling class, but up until now they haven’t had quite as many people who will buy what they are selling. The older generation was not buying it and neither was the middle class. Not much of a middle class anymore!
So which party, or who is to blame? That is the trillion-dollar question!
Look at areas that are mostly Democrat (Detroit?) or mostly Republican (south of the Mason-Dixon Line?) ... your choice, your opinion! I personally don’t need, nor do I want someone from New York, Washington, etc., dictating to me what I should or shouldn’t be doing as long as it is lawful and not infringing on the rights of anyone else.
The federal government was set up to be an arbiter, and not a dictator to the states, but things have clearly changed in that regard. It appears to me that our current group of state legislators are tying to correct this problem. I say give them a chance as they are trying to fix the problems that have been 100-plus years in the making, and if what they do works, and you’re still not happy, move to a place that best suits you.
The writer lives in Davidson County just outside of High Point.

Obama needs to fix the mess he’s made
Why can’t the people in Washington see what they are doing to us?
Every time you turn on the TV or read the paper, you can’t help but see just how dumb they are, except for what they hide from us. Don’t they know that if you take a little here and give a little there, pretty soon there is nothing left to take or give?
President Obama tells us to cut back. Why does he not practice what he preaches? Between Obamacare, welfare, green projects and giving illegals citizenship, he will cost us all.
Then he goes on a goodwill stupidity tour to Africa and gives away $7 billion, but he tells us we can’t afford tours of the White House. Do you see a little something wrong with this?
We need to take care of this country first. Pay our own bills before we give away what we don’t have already. It’s time for Obama and the rest to get off their rear-ends and find a way to fix what they messed up before there is nothing left to fix.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed into law a bill that changes numerous N.C. voting statutes, including voter ID requirement, early voting and use of paper ballots. What’s your view? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to or go to under Opinion and post a comment. Here are two responses:
• Voter ID + Virtually Unlimited Anonymous Corporation Campaign Contributions?  BAD, BAD, Really BAD. North Carolina, the new Mississippi.  Goebbels would be proud.
• Voter ID should not present any problem for anyone. Needed for most everything else. Cutting early voting time is no problem as enough time is left for anyone to be able to vote.