Last updated: June 01. 2013 3:06PM - 268 Views
Karen Martin, Staff Writer

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After nearly 50 years of trying and several failed attempts by Democrats and Republicans (dont forget Nixon), the much maligned health care reform is done, for now.
Slap me if Im wrong, but the sun came up the next morning with birds still chirping and Fido making another poo on the carpet.
Yes folks, life as we know it did not shudder to a grinding halt.
Whats left? For those who supported the idea and not quite the entire reform package, the undeniable feeling that it was the right thing to do.
For those opposed, they believed reforming Americas health care system was long overdue, but not using the Democratically-produced blunt instrument of legislation.
The debate will, unfortunately, continue to rage on gathering steam now that several states attorney generals have announced they will challenge the constitutionality of the legislation.
One can only imagine the millions, perhaps billions, of taxpayers dollars and thousands of hours of manpower that effort will cost on a pursuit that most experts believe is a legal long shot. Perhaps the GOP can make that effort the foundation of its newest job creation proposal.
Snarkiness aside, the rancor from some elements of the right wing bordered on hysterical.
At the end, the hate speech going on out there was simply outrageous and completely unacceptable.
And frankly, use of the terms socialism, communism and progressivism is growing tiresome.
Those are only code words used by health care reform opponents to stoke the fires of a populace fearful of a future where long-term unemployment and continued financial uncertainty remain the only real threats to our continued success as a nation.
The health care reform bill debate has been a gut-wrenching exercise for our country, pitting brother against brother and friend against friend.
While the issue has yet to be completely settled, it is now time to put aside yesterday's differences and alignment ourselves once more.
One of America's greatest patriots Patrick Henry recognized our true strength over 200 years ago when he declared only two months before his death, united we stand, divided we fall.
I'm still in a state of wonderful amazement from watching the 2010 Elkin High School's class of 2010 perform their senior play Little Shop of Horrors Saturday night. Folks I encountered all week who saw the play had the same opinion, it was incredibly done.
In my review of the play, there was a small production error that left the last line of the review hidden. Unfortunately, these thing happen from time to time. For the parents of the senior performers who may have cut out the review for a scrapbook, the last paragraph is below. Simply cut and paste, or tape.
The Elkin Elementary School continues its fundraising effort for the upcoming Outer Banks trip. There will be a gospel concert from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at Dixon Auditorium at Elkin High School featuring the Bledsoes and Mountain Heritage. Snacks and drinks will also be on sale. Dont miss it.
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