Dennis Arthur (Viewpoints Oct. 24) has a very high opinion of, well, his opinion. Like all true liberals, Dennis doesnt think much of other folks opinions, right, wrong or indifferent. I think Dennis repeat offerings are an attempt to preempt Frank Gadbois as Middle Georgia Curmudgeon in Chief. Its all fun except for his tea bagger comment. That nasty pejorative should be retired from public discourse like the F-bomb and the N-word.
Is there anything you like, Dennis? Old dogs? Children? Watermelon wine?
-- John Brogden
Following the government shutdown, both political parties are playing the typical blame game. I have been especially entertained by the name calling aimed at the tea party and Fox News. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., played the race card by distributing a flier comparing the actions of tea party members to former KKK members. U.S. Senator Harry Reid and U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi have behaved in a manner that reflects their inability to debate rationally.
In 2013, the House Republicans compromised on federal income tax increases for individuals earning over $400,000 a year. The Occupy Wall Street crowd actually won a victory as the top 1 percent had their federal tax rates increased. To many bureaucrats, there is no extremism or anarchy in any of these liberal activists.
The results of increased federal income taxes, more federal regulations and the all of the costs affiliated with Obamacare include the following: Approximately 65 percent of jobs created in 2013 are part-time; the labor force participation rate is at the lowest level since 1978; the GDP has consistently remained under 3 percent.
My advice to younger generations and future leaders is not to be intimidated by childish name calling. The U.S. national debt just climbed over $17 trillion, and Detroits recent bankruptcy will not be an isolated event.
-- Alan Preston
All the best
I was quite saddened to read in Sundays Telegraph the obituary for Emory Joseys weekly Outdoors article. Outdoors was marvelously written every week and the knowledge and insight Josey passed on in each column made this one of the highlights of the entire weeks worth of The Telegraph.
Often, I found myself wishing Joseys columns were longer. I wanted more of what this good man had in his head. He wrote so well that everything he offered was cogent, relevant and useful. In his writing, one could feel the heart of a man who cared, not only about outdoor life, but about helping others enjoy it as well.
I suspect his column was read by many more readers than the oft overly lengthy columns presented by syndicated writers whose words fill the Opinion page and some of the local columnists as well.
Josey did not just fill up space, he graced the page. He was a great communicator. The passing of Outdoors is a significant loss, but Im sure his readers sincerely wish him all the best for the future.
-- Larry G. Julian
Many people knew my dad as the guy who shared his opinion in Viewpoints and if you were a reader of his submissions you know he had a wide variety of interests.
Dad was mentally sharp for his 92 years. He was an avid reader of science, astronomy, theology and history. He was a lifelong learner until the end of his time.
He spent well over 50 percent of his awake time reading and studying new things. He could name his six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren in the order of their birth, and never forgot a birthday. He was a true Southern gentleman and was always putting others needs as a priority over his own. He saw beauty in all of nature from viewing the constellations to watching birds on the bird feeder from the sunroom.
W.H. (Bud) Stuckey went to his heavenly reward on Oct. 10 at the age of 92. He would have been 93 on Nov. 9. He has left a legacy for our family, teaching us kindness, patience and reminding us to always look for something good in everyone and in every situation.
We want to thank The Telegraph for faithfully publishing his submissions, especially since they were typed out on paper, mailed in, and had to be typed for publication. It would have been easy to toss them aside and choose one that did not have to be re-typed.
We want to thank the staff and residents at Plantation Suites (Baptist Village) for providing him with five years of care, assistance and friendship. And finally, the staff at Pine Pointe Hospice for supporting the family and giving him excellent care and comfort in his final days.
-- Jim Stuckey
Last Thursdays paper contained an opinion piece by Dr. Walter E. Williams, professor at George Mason University. The article was entitled They say they hate America, but most want to come here. The column made it sound as though certain foreigners were hypocrites, simultaneously saying they hated America and yet wanting to immigrate here. The title was misleading, however, in that they apparently refers to American intellectuals in universities, while the most refers to the people in various Third-World countries who expressed the desire to emigrate to the United States. The polls he cites, Ten Countries That Hate America Most at http://tinurl.com/lqgtm42, list those countries as being Pakistan, the Palestinian territories, Algeria, Lebanon, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Greece and Serbia, whereas the countries where people most wanted to move to the U.S., per 150 Million Adults Worldwide Would Migrate to the U.S. at http://tinurl.com/6rtwczu, were, in terms of percentage of the population, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Dominican Republic, Haiti, etc.
In short, there was no correspondence between the lists. This makes the article rather pointless. Williams sums up: Im wondering how the hate America/blame America first crowd might explain the fact that so many people in the world, if they had a chance, would permanently relocate here ... If I may answer Williams: I have no respect for Bernie Madoff, but I sure would like to live in the house he owned before he got thrown into prison.
-- Scott Buchan
I believe that if President Obama wanted to do something great for America he should; shut up, pack-up and get out of town.
-- Walter Huckeba
Parks not stores
The citizens of Macon near Zebulon Road do not need another shopping center or church. If anything, what this area needs is a park. There are no playgrounds, no courts, no duck ponds, no walking paths, no outside areas at all. There is nowhere for families to go other than church playgrounds or the playgrounds at Sonny Carter Elementary School.
The closest parks are the Amerson River Park, which is great, but too far and scorching hot, Henry Burns Park, just as far, with old equipment and little parking, North Macon Park which is hard to get to and has no playground.
Listen to me, we do not need more stores. Please put an open area recreation park somewhere near or around Zebulon Road. Please dont contribute to more sprawl in Macon.
-- Clint Suttles
Prayer for Today
My holy Jesus, you came down from heaven to reach the hearts of man. You walked among the rich and the poor. You spent time with the sick and the lost. Lord, you are the author of our lives. We receive your love in every way. You go before us as we live and see us through the many pitfalls that lie ahead. May we seek you in the morning and when the sun goes down. We thank you, Jesus, for every opportunity to serve you with thanksgiving in our hearts. In your blessed name, I pray. Amen.
-- Sheila Bennett
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