Bless his heart. Frank Gadbois concern with allowing firearms on college campuses provoked him to ask the following question: 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.
Im guessing Gadbois likes things just the way they are. In other words, like at Virginia Tech and other gun free zones where bad guys know people arent allowed to defend themselves with equal lethal protection, the police can easily determine who the good guys are after a shooting. They will be the ones who are dead and wounded.
I think ole Frank missed the boat again. Its not about making it more convenient for the police (who are always late to the game) to do their jobs. In fact, the police have no legal obligation at all to protect you or anyone else in society. Its about our constitutional right to arm and protect ourselves from thugs and mental defects who decide to take someones life.
-- Kenny Combs
Early on, the views of Pope Francis about homosexuals left a lot to be desired. The ifs ands or buts led me to believe more of the same in the ranks of priest and preachers. Pedophiles have flourished in all churches since I was a child. Born a Catholic, my brother and I were soon approached by a priest. We left the church and later joined a Methodist Church. We faced the same attempts there, too.
The billions of dollars paid by the church is not a drop in the bucket when considering the damages to the mental and physical atrocities of our youth. The overwhelming evidence of these types of assaults throughout our society warrants far more aggressive punishment. Castration and exile to old closed prisons is justified. An eye for an eye is fair in this world. Our governments have forbidden God in our lives but do little to eradicate crimes against our children. Christians are playing into the hands of the followers of the Koran.
-- Joe Hubbard
Take the plunge
I am writing to ask for your help. On Feb. 15, I have committed to grin and bear it for the athletes of Special Olympics Georgia by taking a chilly plunge into Lake Lanier. I know. Youre probably getting cold just thinking about it. But the cold that I will feel is temporary. The positive impact this will have on the lives of thousands of citizens will last a lifetime.
I have set a personal fundraising goal of $1,000, and I need your help to reach it. I am asking if you will make a donation to Special Olympics Georgia on behalf of me taking the 2014 Plunge. Any amount would be appreciated. It all goes to a wonderful cause.
In order to support my plunge, please make your check payable to Special Olympics Georgia and mail it directly to the office at SOGA: Polar Plunge, 4000 DeKalb Technology Parkway; Suite 400, Building 400; Atlanta, GA 30340. Be sure to include my name so the staff will know where to credit the contribution.
Or visit www.PolarPlungeGA and click on Sponsor a Plunger. Type in my name, which will take you to my personal fundraising page and give you the option of making a donation online via credit or debit card.
If you want to learn more about this wacky winter event, visit www.PolarPlungeGA.com. Think warm thoughts for me as Feb. 15 approaches. I will do my best to grin and bear it and make my supporters proud.
-- Samantha Bergeron
Remember our foundation
The passing of marketing professional Ed Fluker of Fluker and Associates brought gently to my mind so many in Macons history on whose shoulders the leaders of Macon stand. Fluker and Associates was the agency used by the Macon-Bibb County Convention and Visitors Bureau in the late 1970s and 80s. The CVB had just been launched from the Chamber of Commerces auspices and was developing its own identity.
It was apparent local leaders and residents knew little about tourism and its economic impact. Ed Fluker and his team created a slideshow about this invisible industry for CVB executives use in educating Macons leaders. Realizing the antipathy residents clung to about Macon in general, much less a tourist destination, Fluker and Associates created the successful, national award-winning Macon Believer campaign. Macon Believer buttons, bumper stickers and window decals used all over Macon indicated residents had bought into the campaign. Eds creative brochures, billboards and print ads invited visitors to Discover Historic Macon. How far advertising and marketing has come. But thank God we had this visionary in Ed Fluker who understood and promoted Macons tourism potential.
As we revel in the fantastic successes of NewTown Macon, College Hill Corridor and Macon Arts, lets make sure we continue to honor and remember the foundations laid by the creative genius of Ed Fluker, Macon history gurus like Calder Payne, Nancy Anderson and Kitty Oliver, the early Macon Historic Preservation advocates like Maryel Battin and arts enthusiasts like Nancy Brown Cornett.
-- Janice Marshall
A nations citizens are under its governing authorities appointed by God. A government is to protect its people and its laws are to be approved by God. (Romans 13:1-5).
God created a physical order that governs the universe, discovered by science. The earth would be destroyed if it was much closer to the sun. Would anyone jump from a building thinking the power of gravity would not pull them to the ground? Without scientific knowledge of an orderly universe would we journey to the moon?
The Bible also teaches that God created a moral and spiritual order for the world in which we live. What is causing the moral decay, human poverty and suffering that is increasing in America and around the world? The disintegration of Americas social order includes crime, hatred, stealing, sexual immorality, divorce, greed, lying, drug abuse, murder, lustful thinking and desire, etc.
As necessary as government is, appointed by God, it cannot solve the root cause of human dilemma. All it can do is apply Band-Aids on these diseases.
Only God can deal with and solve the root cause, which is the sinful human nature of every human being. The word sin is almost a forbidden word, even in many churches. I seldom see it in The Telegraph. Dr. Karl Menninger, an outstanding psychiatrist, wrote a 1973 book titled Whatever Became of Sin? He said love is the medicine for the sickness of the world.
Gods love for humanity has solution and power to give us victory over sinful thoughts, words and deeds. America, let us reopen the Bible that was the foundation upon which the framers of the Constitution established this government.
-- Rev. Richard Aultman
Prayer for today
O Lord God, gracious and merciful, give us I entreat thee, a humble trust in thy mercy and suffer not our heart to fail us though our sins be seventy times seven, more in number than the hairs of our head. Yet give us grace in loving penitence to cast ourselves down into the depth of thy compassion. Let us fall into the hand of the Lord. Amen.
-- Pastor Joe C. Scott Sr.
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