It is with much sadness that I read about the closing of Bowen Brothers Clothiers after 30 years of first class customer service. The final quote in the article by long-time employee Tonya Smith saying, I dont like change, really spoke to me as a 79-year-old who fondly remembers shopping downtown some 60 years ago at Joseph N. Neels and Thorpes. I bought my first pair of Levis at Thorpes in 1950 for $10 and dining downtown at the S&S was a real treat. I am still wearing a pair of black dress loafers purchased at Neels in 1960. An anonymous opiner once said oxymoronically there is nothing more permanent than change. How true. How true.
-- Charles T. Wolf
I was intrigued by R.H. Moultons letter about the Macon Water Authority cutting off his water with no warning after he had not received his bill for two months, because the same thing happened to me in Warner Robins. We moved into our rental home on July 1 and set up water service.
Everything was fine until Nov. 7, when the water did not turn on. I called and was told the water was shut off for non-payment. I explained I had never received a bill. It turned out they had been mailing my monthly water bill to the wrong address. Each bill had been returned to them as undeliverable. Not once did anyone follow-up on why the bills were being returned; they just kept sending them out to the wrong address until they finally shut off my water for nonpayment.
Not once did anyone call me or even put a sticky on my door. I maintain they knew my physical address because they showed up to turn on the water on July 1 and showed up to shut it off on Nov. 7. I paid the bill in full over the phone and asked them to waive the $35 reconnect fee. They refused. They said they needed the money to pay the worker to drive out to disconnect and reconnect my water. To think a simple phone call from whoever in their office received that first returned water bill could have prevented this entire ridiculous scenario.
-- Denise Gates
Those who believe the U.S. should take more of my money to give to those who will not work should first pool all of their money and give it to the government. Nothing attests sincerity like participation.
Those who point to General Motors, Medicare and Social Security as fine examples of what The Affordable Care Act can become, well, they must be from the land of fruits and nuts.
-- Gregory Payne
Out of business
Regarding the postage stamp increase to 49 cents. I wonder if the U.S. Postal Service ever thought they might, someday, price themselves out of business?
-- Betty Parsons
Grass roots effort
This past Friday I had the opportunity and privilege of joining some patriots from the Middle Georgia area to the Capitol in an effort to support a grass roots nonpartisan effort. This effort is to try to establish a convention of states, under the authority of Article Five of the U.S. Constitution. State Sen. Cecil Staton of Macon led the fight before the rules committee to successfully bring this effort to the state Senate floor.
This group of patriots varied in age from 7 to 80-plus. At the hearing we were able to hear from constitutional lawyers as well as a local 15-year-old student, Amelia Boland, who brought tears to our eyes in pleading successfully for an attempt to inhibit the runaway politicians in Washington, D.C. If you are tired of a $17 trillion national debt and politicians paying little attention to the needs of the average citizen you should go to www.ConventionofStates.com for information on this exciting project.
Many people are frustrated with the direction our country is headed. If you are among the many millions in such a group of dissatisfied citizens you can still do something about it by participating in this grass roots nonpartisan effort. Time is running out America. The time to act is now.
-- Van Adams
After reading columnist Charles E. Richardsons rendition on the polar vortex in The Telegraph, I still did not understand why it has been so cold this winter. Sometimes I find myself wearing long-handles and heavy pants with a top coat in the house, but the chill remains. Our gas logs gives off about as much warmth as a candle in an igloo and by the time I take hot coffee from the kitchen to the den it has become as cold as the heart of a politician at a tax cutting rally.
As a learned man with a vocational high school diploma, I discovered years ago the value of seeking expert advice on subjects outside my realm of understanding, so I called my old friend Professor Ludwig I. Know-All, and asked why the polar vortex had moved from the North Pole and settled in my house.
Perhaps I should digress here to say the parents of my friend were Elnora Know and Marian All, thus a house of Know-All children was established.
Dr. Ludwig has always been clever at reducing complex problems into simple terms and he reminded me that most men and women tend to put on extra weight around the mid-section as we grow older. He believes the earth does the same thing. Dr. Ludwig continued by saying that extra weight simply pulls the polar vortex downward much the same way human skin sags in the winter of life.
I thanked my friend for his sage instruction and on a whim asked what he thought about Rep. Allen Peake introducing a bill this session in the Georgia General Assembly to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. Dr. Ludwig was silent for a moment and then said: I thought they did that back in 1960.
-- John G. Kelley Jr.
prayer for today
Lord, give us a desire to know your ways and to live in them. Your holy word teaches us everything we need to know about you. Give us a spiritual make over from head to foot. Thank you for hearing our prayers. Amen.
-- Alice M. Pritchett
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