WR Groundhog Day
Is this a bad case of déjà vu or is Warner Robins suffering through its own version of the movie Groundhog Day. Four years ago, council pulled a power grab on Mayor Donald Walker; council candidates were running on transparency and ethics; the city attorney was hiding to avoid misdeeds on council; Chuck Shaheen was running on becoming a Georgia Municipal Association certified City of Ethics; and, poor Faye, the mayors assistant, was whining about how badly Mayor Walker treated her.
Now, four years later, the council is power grabbing and lowering the bar for ethics and transparency. The city attorney is hiding to avoid ethical issues on council. The mayor failed to get the City of Ethics certification because only one councilman would support it, and poor, pitiful Faye is again complaining about how poorly she has been treated.
We deserve better. Vote for candidates who support the City of Ethics certification. Give the city attorney an ethics board to answer to so he can do his job. And somebody please help Faye find her happy place.
-- David Cooke
It sure was nice of Councilman Ed Tucker and Mayor John Harley and the Eagle Springs Homeowners Association President Richard Beladino to put out their propaganda on taxing the elderly. It seems that the homeowners association is a captive audience and the triumvirate decided to push their agenda there. Beladino likes to speak for Centerville, for some reason. But to come to an association meeting and push their version of Obamacare is not appropriate, I dont believe.
This Robin Hood plan to take more money from seniors, so a new fire truck can be bought (Tuckers words, not mine) is as reprehensible as the Affordable Care Act pushed down our throats by Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.
Seniors, get out and vote down this terrible piece of legislation. It is our money, and an agreement was made that if you are over 70 you dont pay property taxes. To now try to change the rules is underhanded at best, down right chicanery at the worst.
-- Marty England
I totally agree that when an officer of the law sees someone who is intoxicated they should get them off the road. But I totally disagree with the roadblocks, as they are designed for one purpose, and thats raising revenue. Here in our great town of Macon, I feel much more threatened by violent criminals than I do by drunk drivers. There are way more murder victims, rape or sexual assault victims, armed robbery, burglary victims than there are DUI victims. Cant help but think our city would be much better served if law enforcement spent more time patrolling the streets and being more proactive in preventing violent crime instead of trying to ruin someones life coming home from a restaurant having had a couple glasses of wine with their meal.
Macon, on average, has about 18-plus murders a year and usually less than 15 traffic fatalities and less than half of those have anything to do with alcohol. So get the murderers, home invaders, gang bangers off the streets and I will take my chances with the drunks.
-- Gilbert Irby
Turn indicator etiquette
When a driver faces the windshield, clutching the steering wheel at the recIommended 10 and 2 position, a lever can be observed protruding on the left of the steering column. This lever is the turn indicator lever. The key word is indicator.
When the turn indicator lever is engaged in the upward position, lights on the exterior of the car flash indicating the drivers plans to make a right turn. Conversely, when its engaged in the downward position, lights on the exterior of the car flash indicating the drivers plans to make a left turn.
Failure to properly engage the lever prior to making a turn can result in rear ending, T-boning and lengthy traffic back ups. Sadly, many drivers appear unaware of the valuable function of the lever. One of the worst examples of this lack of information is the intersection of Rivoli Drive and Wesleyan Drive when Tattnall and Springdale dismiss school in the afternoon.
A recent unscientific count resulted in an 87 percent failure rate of drivers using their turn indicator levers when turning right from Rivoli onto Wesleyan. The result was a traffic backup that extended nearly to Oxford Drive. This is a consistent phenomena.
In the interest of safety and traffic flow, please refer to your cars owners manual for more information on the use and functions of the turn indicator lever.
-- Ruth Stevens
Taxpayers are welcoming the advent of accountability. Although too few new faces are to be on board, the knowledge that mandates are in place for true reductions in all areas are comforting.
We all know there are too many department heads for our January business plan. So the first test of the quality of our leadership should be fast and furious. There will zero room for keeping folk just because they have connections or only lack four years to retire. The last five years taught us all that reality is extremely impersonal. The merging of all departments is going save millions of dollars in personnel costs. Outsourcing garbage, eliminating vehicles and cost savings should be priority one.
There is one individual who is known to have been elected that should cause the others to prepare for an immediate understanding of equality and the rules that dictate behavior. Hopefully this new beginning will not be anything like the circus of the past.
-- Joe Hubbard
No need for ICBMs
Wednesdays front page article on continued nuclear weapons surety problems at U.S. missile launch facilities reinforces the reality that land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles are no longer relevant to our defense or deterrent capability. ICBMs have no military utility, are hugely expensive, take away funding for more urgent practical defense needs and are clearly relics of the Cold War which ended over 20 years ago. These obsolete systems do not make us safer or more secure but create conditions that can lead to an unwarranted nuclear exchange.
The Nuclear Threat Initiative estimated in September that the U.S. will spend at least $179 billion in direct costs on nuclear weapons over the next nine years to operate and maintain the nuclear triad of bomber, ICBM and submarine-launched ballistic missile systems. Ploughshares Foundation estimates it to be closer to $380 billion. The costs of nuclear weapons programs are spread throughout and hidden within the federal budget so it is hard to determine total costs.
Elimination of ICBMs would reduce unnecessary Pentagon spending while enhancing our safety and security. Navy SLBM and a stockpile of 300 warheads would provide a highly credible nuclear deterrent far cheaper and more effectively than done now with less risk. Our nation can no longer afford a defense based upon every imagined situation, particularly when they are outdated or improbable. It is time to do away with land-based ICBM systems which serve no realistic purpose and are having the problems we read about regularly as a result.
-- Bob Farquhar
Do you remember the slogan, Macon on the Move? Well it has moved some businesses to Presidential Parkway, Rivergate, and Sub-South and other businesses and people have moved out of the county. There are basically two groups of people who live In-town, those who have committed themselves to trying to make town home and those who are stuck there. These groups will not grow because of lack of support. Support from local government goes to the north and west sides of town. More evidence of this is the insistence to widen Forest Hill Road, Something that is not supported by most, not needed and will only support more erosion of downtown, east and south Macon. Maybe there should be investigations as to what small groups profit from such needless abuse of citizens of Macon. Politicians dont just shuffle people around. To grow you must improve from within.
-- Bobby W. Chastain
Oops, we killed another one. It is with sadness that I read that a good man, Walter Leggett, was killed while riding his bike. A cyclist going against a 4,000 pound vehicle at 55 mph has about as much chance of surviving as a gnat hitting a windshield. Unknown to many, Georgia has a new three-foot safety margin around cyclists that drivers must give when passing a cyclist. So how do you safely pass a cyclist? Just like passing any other vehicle, wait until the left passing lane is clear and move fully into the left lane to pass. For their part, cyclists must carefully observe all traffic laws, wear a helmet and highly visible clothing. The cyclist you see on the road is someones son, daughter, mother or dad, all loved and cherished. Lets all be careful out there and be mindful of the three-foot safety law.
-- John Trussell
Here we go again. Those from the my way or highway factions on both sides of the aisle are so self-righteous they are willing to take us to the brink and beyond again, if necessary, to get their way. Theyve delayed for a few more months decisions they should have made long ago. Dont accuse them of acting like children. They are acting like politicians.
Negotiation is necessary. Negotiation leads to compromise; compromise leads to settlement; and settlement, in this case, leads to the smooth running of our federal government. Winston Churchill, one of the greatest leaders of the last century, believed that it took a diplomat to negotiate. We need diplomats, not politicians, if our bicameral, two-party system is to be viable and our nation is to remain the worlds leader.
-- Robert Lehane
Kudos and contempt
Congratulations and many thanks to Macon City Council members Lauren Benedict, Ed DeFore, Tom Ellington, Charles Jones, Beverly K. Olson, Larry Schlesinger, Frank Thompkins and Nancy White for their intelligence and compassion in voting for the neuter/spay plan for Macon.
It is always amazing to me when a plan is proposed to help prevent the continuing problem of unwanted pets, even as those same pets are put to death, that plan is voted against. Who are these representatives of the public who oppose this smart and effective plan to help our animal overpopulation?
They are the very ones who seem to create strife and contention when anything positive concerning animals is raised. I name them: Henry Ficklin, Henry Gibson, Elaine Lucas, James Timley, Virgil Watkins and Gary Bechtel on the county side who voted against this ordinance.
If they represented my district, I would go see them face to face and demand to know why they are opposed to reducing the number of animals (healthy animals) that are killed in the animal shelter on a regular basis.
Gordon Turner of Macon Kennel Club says, mandatory neuter/spay punishes responsible pet owners. What? Does that make any sense? Responsible pet owners already have had their animals fixed.
One thing I know for certain, mandatory neuter/spay works in other areas and is the most sensible program thus far to make a dent in reducing pet overpopulation.
-- Judy S. Veal Lawrence
Prayer for Today
O Father, grant me the serenity to accept the things that I cannot change, courage to change the things that I can, give me wisdom to know the difference. Father, help me to make this prayer a part of my daily life. In Jesus name. Amen.
-- Bessie R. Brown
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