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When we cast our votes during early voting, Im afraid many of us carried something dangerous into the voting booth with us if we carried with us the plaintive expectation that our vote would solve all the problems of Macon and Bibb, and that nothing more will be required of us.
It is unrealistic to expect that we can find a leader who will absolve each of us, individually, of our ongoing responsibilities of daily citizenship. I am thinking of a warning by T.S. Eliot: Beware of dreaming of systems so perfect that no one has to be good.
The spirit and the accomplishments of the consolidation of city and county government will be the sum total of what each of us contributes to it. Our elected mayor and commission cannot bring us together and do the job without our help.
Im thinking, even more important than how we voted, is how we determine to live and work the next three years.
-- W.H. Hammonds
When I first read James Hubers piece in the Oct. 20 paper, I thought he had screwed up by telling the perverts who broke into the dog rescue kennel that bragging would get them caught. Then it dawned on me that the sewer dwellers had to be so extremely mentally retarded they couldnt possibly read a newspaper. Since they obviously didnt have anyone to teach them about the civilized world, its probably an inherited mental defect and no one in their family would be able to read it to them.
On the same page, Dave Grant made the statement that Obama refused to talk to Congress until he got his way. For his information, Grant and 40 tea baggers in the House of Representatives is not the Congress of the United States.
Yes, Tommy Parker, the shutdown is the Republicans fault and he will realize the outcome after the next elections. A.M. Yaughn sure finished up his piece with an asinine statement when he called Sens. Ted Cruz and Mike Lee real leaders. When Yaughn mentioned less government, did he even know what that is Republican code for? It means less taxes on the rich and more taxes on the middle class. Since the Republicans took over in Atlanta and we have less government, we have to pay taxes on groceries again and they are adding a $5 a month phone charge on the poorest people in the state. The taxes on groceries must have been good for us; Sonny Perdue got a $19 million fish pond and a $100,000 tax break. Without less government, how would we have paid for it?
-- Dennis Arthur
Talking out of both sides
Thanks to Douglas Harden for his very interesting article on the danger of the proliferation of nuclear weapons in countries such as Iran and North Korea and the secret spread of information on nuclear weapons technology in the greater Middle East by Dr. A.Q. Kahn. I recently received an article from Oak Ridge Environmental Protection Agency which discusses a new nuclear weapons plant planned for construction at Oak Ridge, Tenn.
The United States is the only nation that has ever used nuclear weapons against human populations when we dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945. It seems understandable that other nations would want nuclear weapons to protect themselves against the United States and other countries that already have them. It seems far fetched that the United States might consider attacking Iran if weapons grade nuclear materials are processed there at the same time that we are planning to build a new nuclear weapons plant in Tennessee.
-- Sam Marshall
Its often far too easy to underestimate the importance of cancer research until you hear the words you have cancer. Those three words can make all the difference between simply absorbing news about developments in cancer research and truly appreciating the power of what scientists like those funded by the American Cancer Society do each and every day.
This November, scientists arent the only ones who will be making a difference. Residents of our community will have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to enroll in the American Cancer Societys third Cancer Prevention Study which seeks to help us better understand the factors that cause or prevent cancer.
Individuals between the ages of 30 and 65 who have never been diagnosed with cancer and who are willing to make a long-term commitment to the study will be able to enroll over three days in Warner Robins. You can see all the locations and times of enrollment by visiting www.cps3houstonga.org.
I am a seven-year survivor and attribute my early detection to information from prior studies which taught me what to be on the lookout for. I encourage, implore and challenge all who qualify for this study to sign up, take part and make a difference so that my grandchild, her children and future generations, will never have to hear the words you have cancer. I also call on my fellow cancer survivors to spread the word by asking friends and family to enroll in their honor.
-- Joyce Phillips
Die by suicide
Abraham Lincolns address before the Young Mens Lyceum of Springfield, Ill., Jan. 27, 1838. At what point shall we expect the approach of danger? By what means shall we fortify against it? Shall we expect some transatlantic military giant, to step the Ocean, and crush us at a blow? Never! All the armies of Europe, Asia and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest; with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force, take a drink from the Ohio, or make a track on the Blue Ridge, in a trial of a thousand years. At what point then is the approach of danger to be expected? I answer, if it ever reach us, it must spring up amongst us. It cannot come from abroad. If destruction be our lot, we must ourselves be its author and finisher. As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide.
Our current Republican tea party folks have us pretty close to this becoming a reality in 2013.
-- Robert Moll
Prayer for Today
Father, help me to watch and pray. For these are the last days and the devil knows he doesnt have but a short time to take advantage of Gods people. Thats why hes coming at us from every side using everything he can to get our attention so we lose sight of what you want us to do. Father, help me to keep a prayer in my heart and to be on the lookout for the devils tricks. In the name of Jesus I pray. Amen.
-- Bessie R. Brown
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