On behalf of the Neighborhood Watch Association of Lynmore Estates, I would like to thank the volunteers who participated in the neighborhoods, Dream Cleanup in recognition of the King holiday. Eighty-two of you came out on the frigid Saturday morning of Jan. 18 to encourage and engage with residents in clearing the fairways of the neighborhood of trash and debris. The event was inspiring from the performance of the praise dance team, through the recitation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.s I Have a Dream speech by second-grader Ashton Young, to the compelling reflections of their dreams for the neighborhood made by some of the residents during the event kickoff.
This event was made possible through the generosity of the following partners: Beulahland Bible Church, Countryside Baptist Church, Macon-Bibb Economic and Community Development Department, Keep Macon-Bibb Beautiful Commission, Lynmore Estates Neighborhood Watch Association, Macon Area Habitat for Humanity, Macon-Bibb Sheriffs Department, Northway Baptist Church, Raffield Tire Master and Southside Community Church.
I am happy to report that the vital statistics of Lynmore Estates are improving. The prognosis is that we will make a full recovery with the continued support and well wishes of our Macon-Bibb neighbors.
-- Carrie B. Redmond
Warner Robins new museum
Congratulations to the city of Warner Robins for creating a new destination for residents and travelers alike. Here I thought only Macon could create museums no one needed or wanted, but Warner Robins has stepped up to challenge Macon on the most wasteful museum to be funded by taxpayers.
The creativity in this unique museum is amazing. I invite Maconites to come on down and view the areas latest addition. The Warner Robins Construction Site Museum is located at the intersection of the 247 Connector and Highway 41. It is complete with an excavated road, immobile equipment and tons of orange constructions barrels to keep the kids entertained. Just cant understand why there is no admission fee to such a wonderful venue
-- Eldon Brown
Our Town coming back
How wonderful to see Carrie Prestons picture on the front page of The Telegraph recently and read about her impressive accomplishments in film and television. Carrie was a student at Central High School when she played the part of Emily Webb in the classic American play, Our Town, by Thornton Wilder at Macon Little Theatre. The role of her mother, Mrs. Webb, was played by yours truly. The narrator was played by my late husband, Brant Frost, using his native Maine accent, perfect for the New England setting of Grovers Corner. Carrie made a lasting impression on me during rehearsals and performances. She was very serious and intent about her role, staying in character and presenting a strong performance. Macon Little Theatre is bringing Our Town back to its stage on Feb. 7-26. I plan to attend and see if we have another theater star on our stage. I hope to see yall there, too.
-- Janet Frost
I believe that Martin Luther King Jr.s mission has been fulfilled in many areas, but it has not been fulfilled in getting black Americans into jobs. I believe the best chance for unemployed Americans to find meaningful work lies in legislation that greatly reduces immigration numbers.
Black Americans, particularly young black men, find it difficult to get a job. There are a lot of other unemployed American citizens competing for those same jobs. In addition, there are more than 1 million work permits handed out each year to new foreign workers. And many of these legal foreign workers are also looking for work. There are just too many people and not enough jobs.
The obvious solution: More jobs and fewer applicants.
-- Hill Kaplan
I was intrigued by Denise Gates letter about Warner Robins cutting off her water. What intrigued me was that she blames the city because they didnt tell her that she wasnt paying her bill. She stated To think a simple phone call from whoever in their office received that first returned bill would have prevented this entire ridiculous scenario.
True, to some extent, but did Gates call? Exactly what did she think after not receiving water bills? Did she think they were giving it to her for free? Did she not have any responsibility? Ahh, the halcyon days of never accepting blame for ones failings. What a great life. I hope she notices when her electric bill doesnt arrive, but then that isnt her responsibility, is it?
-- Maxwell Garten
Out of touch
I am delighted with Rep. Allen Peakes medical marijuana bill in our state House of Representatives. I have had Crohns disease for over 50 years and my condition can only get worse. My use of medical marijuana would more than likely make me feel so much better. State Rep. James Beverlys early opposition to Peakes bill for minor, bureaucratic reasons shows us why his state party is in the minority and is out-of-touch with reality.
-- Frank W. Gadbois
After reading Denise Gates letter concerning her discontent with the water department in Warner Robins, I wanted to add my unpleasant experience with them. Last summer, I was in my kitchen cooking, then went to rinse my hands. Oops, no water. I called the utility department and was told my water bill had not been paid. I informed the lady that I was on automatic debit, therefore, my bill was always up to date. After they researched it they did send someone out to cut my water back on.
However, I was very upset and called them back and told them I felt they owed me something (apology or lower my bill by 5 percent for the next month) for their incompetence. I was curtly told there was nothing they would do for me. I hope our new mayor will see that citizens of Warner Robins are treated with more courtesy in the future. I will never forget this episode.
-- Connie Engen
Our president is again confused by the Constitution. He doesnt realize that the Constitution has checks and balances and the three branches of our government are equal. He is again thinking that he is a dictator and can do anything he wants by fiat. We have a Congress and a Supreme Court.
-- Barbara Mabee
After watching the State of the Union, I have to ask this. For President Obama to say that he supports our military, why is his administration cutting benefits? If he supported the military, he would not abandon them. If the job numbers have increased so much, why do we have to extend unemployment again? If Obamacare is working, why are so many Americans losing coverage? If green energy is going so good, why has he given millions of dollars to companies that have closed their doors. If hes concerned about our borders, why is he tying the hands of our border patrol officers? If he was concerned about education, support good teachers and not unions that support bad teachers.
He is deliberately misleading the American public. I am disgusted with the way America is falling. Our great country is now being mocked and ridiculed by our enemies and our allies. What gives him the right to thwart our Constitution? Wake up people. I have a pen and a phone, too. I also have a voter ID. We need to show this administration that we are not going to take this abuse of power any longer. I am an American, but right now, not a proud one. We need to speak up by voting these people out of office.
-- Vanessa Whitney
Prayer for Today
Almighty God, you have been so good to me. Even when I didnt do what you wanted me to do, or say what you wanted me to say, Lord, youve been mighty good. I cant begin to thank you for all you have done in my life. I thank you in Jesus name. Amen.
-- Bessie R. Brown
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