Who is the bad guy?
Our states 2014 legislative session is expected to consider allowing firearms on college campuses. If there is a shooting incident on one of our college campuses and the police arrive, how will they know who the bad guy is if students and visitors are armed? The shooter will not likely be wearing a shirt that says I am the bad guy.
-- Frank W. Gadbois
Time to move on
The Backlog of Blight in Bibb -- BBB as I abbreviate it, not the Better Business Bureau -- affects all residents and businesses in Bibb. The blight -- old houses, debris -- we observe traversing the city/county is the primary result of the insidious blight that confronts our community. This more serious blight is not unique to Bibb and is found, to some degree in many, in most communities. The components of this blight we have includes:
Inept and/or biased political leadership of the public school system
Governmental disharmony of old City Council
Based on subjects in letters to the editors and some columnists in The Telegraph, many need to reconcile themselves with life as it is now and let past issues impact today. We may not be able to impact columnists, but we can impact ourselves. Too many keep fighting a Civil War that ended 150 years ago, Reconstruction, racism, especially that in Georgia, that can be remembered by some while acknowledging the growth of harmony achieved over recent years.
There were white politicians of the 30s, 40s, etc., who used racism in its most crass manner to be emulated by African Americans today, mostly for their own power. Dr. Catherine Meeks needs to determine if she can compose helpful columns without including race in each to avoid the irrelevance of the new Bibb.
Suggestion: I strongly urge every resident of Bibb to read, Two Souls Indivisible, about two heroes of Vietnam, Col. Fred Cherry and Comdr.. Porter Halyburton who endured years as POWs and overcame their inbred racism and then forgiveness toward their captors for the degradation and years of torture they endured.
The visible blight needs to be addressed, but it becomes only decorative cleanup to be repeated without addressing the underlying issues. Jobs and an improved economy are uniformly needed in our nation. I have no answer for this. If I did, I wouldnt be writing this.
-- Arthur D. Brook.
Luciferous pot bans
It is disappointing, Focus on the Family President Jim Daly (Religious leader cites medical pot benefits, Jan. 18) is publicly speaking about cannabis (marijuana) as though the table of the Lord is defiled and the table of the Lord is to be despised. Cannabis prohibition is a tool used by the devil to separate people from utilizing the communication system, which Christ Jesus taught about, known as the spirit of truth. Its available to those who love one another, and we cannot love someone and cage or punish them for using what God says is good on the very first page of the Bible.
Cannabis prohibition was predicted ahead of time in 1 Timothy 4:1-5, where it also describes who will be doing the dirty deed as those who will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons. In that same passage is the only Biblical restriction to using cannabis: to use it with thankfulness. People and groups who wish to follow the teachings of Christ Jesus should not support or enable the devils law or influence others to do so. Further, its luciferous to associate legalizing the God-given plant cannabis with prostitution.
-- Stan White
Dont burden family
I read with great interest and agreement David Altmans perspective on A New Years Resolution you can live with in Sundays paper. He is offering very good and needed advice for everyone to make some plans for when they die. As Cemetery Sexton at Riverside Cemetery, I see this every day. When I ask many of my friends and acquaintances if they have made their final arrangements, they tell me they will let someone else worry about what to do when they die and are leaving insurance to take care of arrangements. They are leaving a great burden on someone they love.
The other thing I hear is that if youre cremated you do not need a cemetery lot. Again, they are thinking only of themselves. Part of the grieving process, which everyone experiences in different ways, is the need for survivors to have a place/memorial to go and remember their loved one. Spouses, children and grandchildren need this special place for a memorial. Scattering of cremation ashes are irreversible decisions that families make and many times do not give the survivors a place for that memorial. There are many special places where ashes have scattered that have been sold by the family. Some places are now highways, shopping centers and have completely changed from their former use. Cemeteries are forever.
Cemeteries provide a place to remember that person for generations. Cremation ashes can be scattered if it is the persons desire and a small portion buried or placed in a columbarium niche with the name, dates and description of the scattering location. This gives grandchildren a place to remember as well as removing the responsibility of the family member storing the ashes for another generation.
This year, do something special for your family. Decide on your final arrangements. Take a big step and visit a funeral home and a cemetery to find out all the options available for a memorial. Everyone is special to their family even after their death, no matter what they have done for the community or world.
-- Cecil Coke
Jesus, my blessed redeemer, be ever near to me for I need you every hour, for all of my days and forever in my life. You alone provide for all of my needs. My cup is filled and runs over from your mercy, your grace and your unending love. You hear my prayers and are answered according to your will for me. O what a Lord and Savior you are to call me your own. Thank you Jesus, with love. Amen.
-- Sheila Bennett
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