The picture on the front page of The Telegraph on Wednesday, Oct. 23, was worth a thousand words. Iggy (one of the dogs injured at the All About Animals Shelter by persons intent on evil -- was demonstrating the unconditional love dogs display. I do not know what harm Iggy suffered at the hands of a human before coming to the shelter but he wouldnt have been there had not some human treated him inhumanely. The picture of Iggy licking the chin of the volunteer says it all.
You can kick them, abuse them, starve them, but the real nature of a dog (reverse that and it is God) is unconditional love, just as it is with God. Thank you, Telegraph, for your wonderful coverage of this shameful thing at the shelter.
-- Carole Perry
The village is dead
Hillary R. Clinton based her 1996 book, It Takes a Village on the ancient African proverb, It takes a village to raise a child. Change village to government and the proverbs reality and the books purpose materializes. Those embracing this proverb and the books philosophy see nothing wrong with children being raised by nurseries and day care operators, baby-sitters, foster parents, juvenile officers, judges and teachers controlled by a godless governmental bureaucracy.
In yesteryears children were raised to please their parents, to respect their elders and to love and obey God; whereas todays children raise their parents to please them. Schools taught students to think, challenge, dream and the value of hard work; were held accountable for their actions; required to understand what was taught and to grasp their purpose for being. Today, students are taught theyre the product of monkey evolution and to pass tests designed by government bureaucrats.
Our dysfunctional educational system is the product of a spoiled population whose sole purpose is self-gratification. Children are no longer a blessing from God to be cherished, loved, nurtured and sacrificed for; but a burden to be endured with the help of a morally bankrupted and spiritually dead village.
-- Travis L. Middleton
The leaders we deserve
Our community is blessed with bright, smart, intelligent individuals who choose not to offer themselves as citizen servants (a term that describes the members of the New Mexico legislature who serve without pay). Are we getting the government we rightfully deserve? Are we getting people with dreams, human relations skills, character, integrity, honesty and compassion? Are they fair and objective? Do they honor service above self, practice SMART (Smart, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timely) activities and encourage accountability of self/others? Do they favor political correctness with a strong eye toward ethical behavior, think globally and act locally? Do they take personal responsibility? Do they have a curious mind? Acknowledge value in all with whom they cone in contact?
Were getting what we get because we really dont care. In the main, we are not intelligent voters. We dont research the candidates or the issues. We have settled for whomever, for many and varied reasons, people who cant pass the smell test. We dont demand better. We are getting people who, at the very least, lack good character; have had criminal charges filed against them, been sentenced and fined; avoided congressional censure; pandered to a select segment of the electorate; have had no leadership experience or training. And, among many other things, cannot speak correct English and that prevents them from effectively influencing others.
I want better than what we seem to be getting. I look at our leaders from the local to the national levels. Do we have the leaders we need, respect and can honor? Is it too much to ask for honesty, compassion and understanding in our leaders? Additionally, as President Harry Truman said, How far would we go as a society if we werent concerned with getting credit? Are we in service to our community or to our EGO (Edging God Out)?
I believe we all need to keep all the preceding in mind. Please, please, please, lets not settle for the government we rightfully deserve.
-- Bob Berlin
I support the candidacy of Chuck Shaheen for the Warner Robins at large council seat. His mayoral experience and accomplishments will be true assets when he is elected. Chucks deep knowledge of how our city government works will enable him to hit the deck running. His cheerful personality and large group of friends and supporters of all types and persuasions will likely ensure his effectiveness and promote harmony and cooperation in our city council. And thus help make our city a better, more efficient and supportive entity for all of us.
-- Frank W. Gadbois
Oppressive taxation has been with us at least since Bible times. Recently, the Gullah-Geechee community on Georgias Sapelo Island was hit with big tax hikes that could force residents from the lands their families have owned since their ancestors were freed from slavery. The African-American residents of the tiny Hog Hammock community are now victims of soaring appraisals propelled by wealthy mainland buyers driving up land values while seeking property along the Atlantic coast. This unfair taxation may violate protections enacted to help preserve the islands indigenous inhabitants.
William and Maggie Banks saw a single acre of undeveloped land they own rise from an appraised value of $10,000 two years ago to $181,250. Julius and Cornelia Bailey saw the appraised value of the single acre on which they have a home, a convenience store and a small inn loft from $220,285 in 2011 to $327,063 last year; their tax bill went from about $800 to $3,000, although island residents receive virtually no county services such as schools, trash collection, police or fire protection and only one paved road.
About 97 percent of the island is owned by the state of Georgia and is managed by the Department of Natural Resources, but they seem to be uninvolved in any way. Robert Hudley, chairman of McIntosh Countys Board of Equalization that hears appeals of property values, said his board is powerless to deal with zoning violations and urged Hog Hammock residents to keep up their fight even to Superior Court.
-- John Wayne Dobson
Let me add my support to Ruby Daviss criticism of the Shoe comic strip that ridiculed the Donner Party. What did the Donner Party do that was so wrong? They were, after all, merely exploring alternative sources of protein.
-- Alan K. Bickford
Im surprised at the behavior of individuals supposedly working together for a better Warner Robins. With the upcoming election, it is already apparent that we are getting more unprofessional/negative campaign comments mimicking the same childish actions regularly seen with our City Council.
An example is Mike Daleys WMAZ interview in which he indicated that Chuck Shaheens decision to run for council was A bad match and like the team coach switching to a lesser position on the team.
Running a city is serious business and making negative comparisons using a bad sports metaphor is inappropriate and inaccurate. A more fitting comparison would be to a CEO and board of directors. Every good board consists of CEOs that understand day-to-day operations and bring that seasoned perspective. CEOs put a high value on working with knowledgeable council.
Give it a chance
On Tuesday night, Oct. 22, I logged into healthcare.gov, expecting to have long delays and lots of problems according to all the reports I had heard. Much to my surprise, I found the process very easy to navigate through and had absolutely no problem filling out the application.
I had a question and got in touch with a very friendly and helpful operator on the help line. Im sure people may have experienced some issues, but I had none and would tell anyone dont be swayed by all the bad press and talk you keep hearing. Just give it a chance.
-- Don ONeal
Correct me if I am wrong, but did the news media report the arrest of Rep. John Lewis for demonstrating at a closed public monument. If I am correct, the law enforcement establishment which took the congressman into detention need to return to kindergarten for some much needed education.
ARTICLE 1, SECTION 6, CLAUSE 1, of the Constitution of the United States, reads as follows: The Senators and Representatives ... shall in all cases, except treason, felony, and breach of the peace, be privileged from arrest during their attendance at the session of their respective houses, and in going to and returning from the same ...
I cannot, under any stretch of the imagination, support the actions of the police in this instance.
-- Ken Brown
In a photo following Congress solution to the shutdown, Speaker John Boehner is shown clutching his fist like he just made the winning putt at the Masters. All Boehner, and his cohorts did was throw away $24 billion. No kidding; they accomplished nothing. Their glee is simply a reflection of todays mindless narcissist congressman looking for a camera.
-- B.J. Survant
I just wanted to thank the person who found my Epi-pen at Panera Bread in Warner Robins. Unfortunately, they decided to take it instead of turning it in. Their selfishness could have cost me my life if I had needed to use it for an allergic reaction.
-- Therese King
New logo for Washington
The owner of the Washington Redskins is under pressure from the president, NFL and a lot of pundits to remove Redskins from the teams name. May I present a suggestion? Washington should change its name to reflect the city they play in. I think their name should be changed to The Washington Socialists. An appropriate logo would be a politician holding gobs of money in their clenched fists. Now I have to work on another offensive team, the Atlanta Braves.
-- Lou Stennes
Prayer for Today
Generous God our Father, healing Jesus our Savior, and ever-present Holy Spirit our helper and advocate! Thank you so much for this wonderful and blessed day. Im deeply grateful to you for all my earthly family including my relatives, friends and confidantes, acquaintances, strangers and perceived enemies. I appreciate all of their time they have invested in me to become the person who I am. God, you know that I am frequently no picnic to be around, but thank you for the people who still love me, bear with me and invest their time in me. Amen.
-- Chris Westbrook
Grace Fellowship Church
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