Deal had hospitals in mind
On behalf of all 170 hospitals across Georgia, I want to express appreciation to Gov. Deal for his steadfast resolve and determination to ensure the safety and welfare of hospital patients and caregivers during last weeks icy road traffic jam. His office pro-actively reached out to me early in the afternoon of the first day to ask if any of Georgias hospitals needed help with road access to the Emergency Room. Thankfully, our Emergency Preparedness Center reported that all was reasonably accessible. Later that afternoon, the governors office contacted me again to offer the services of the National Guard, should the need arise. While stranded motorists and schoolchildren have received most of the press, I want your readers to know that Gov. Deal also had those among us who are the most vulnerable in mind -- Georgias patients. Thank you, Gov. Deal.
-- Earl V. Rogers
President & CEO
Georgia Hospital Association
Took some time
Terry OSullivan, president of the Laborers International Union of North America, and D. Taylor, president of Unite Here, recently expressed their bitter disappointment with the administrations failure to address their concerns about Obamacare costing union members their health insurance. They spent three years presenting the administration with reasonable fixes to the ACAs problems, the union leaders wrote. All of them were rejected and the proposed regulations offer virtually no assistance toward any of these solutions. They are just now admitting what many others have realized all along. During those three years, which go back to before the last election, many of we the people continued to believe the presidents lie that if you like your health care or your doctor, you can keep them... period. Is that Obama sticker on your car making you feel stupid yet? Its time to stop drinking the Kool-Aid.
-- Dan Topolewski
What do citizens want?
I understand that in a city not accustomed to snow, schools accessed by rural roads had to be closed Wednesday and Thursday, even though this does further harm to an already ailing educational system. Cold weather and a few inches of snowfall do not, however, explain why, on Wednesday, mail and newspapers were not delivered, garbage was not picked up and a variety of businesses, from gyms to restaurants, were closed (the Waffle House was a notable exception). Yesterday, with roads clear and accessible throughout Macon, there were city services to be provided, jobs to be performed, and money to be made. Instead, citizens hid in their homes as if it were the 19th century or the 20th century instead of well into the 21st century.
In our recent mayoral election, there was much talk of economic improvement for Macon, but I wonder, what do the citys residents truly want? Does Macon wish, perhaps unconsciously, to remain a ghost of its past? Numerous cities across the United States offer sophisticated, up-to-date and economically sound opportunities and amenities to their citizens, and when those of us with energy and a commitment to change decide to leave, Macon may get its wish.
-- T. Perla
Connecting the dots
The last election in Telfair County left a lot of poor taxpayers wondering where the Secretary of State investigators were and why didnt they do their jobs. If they had dealings with them folks out there at the courthouse, I know why. In this special election coming up, lets see if they can connect the dots. I seriously doubt it. Theyd be about as lost as Nathan Deal in a snowstorm. I would submit this letter to my local paper but theyve been violating my constitutional rights for years. Telfair is, by far the most corrupt, incompetently run county in the state, if the not the nation.
-- John R. Dopson
Kind and generous
On the evening of Jan. 21, my wife and I decided to go to the Casa Mexico Restaurant in Byron for dinner. After we had eaten, we went to the checkout and were caught up in a very embarrassing situation. I could not locate my debit card and I didnt have enough cash on me to pay for the meal. After frantically searching my wallet and all of my pockets and coming up empty, I decided to call my son to help. Just as I was dialing his number, the cashier said, Youre good to go. The gentleman who just left paid for your meal. I tried to catch the gentleman before he left to tell him how much I appreciated his generosity, but I was unable to get his attention. If he reads this letter, I want to say thank you. Its comforting to know there are people as kind and generous as him around.
-- LeRoy Geyman
Here to help
I read Joe Akins letter to The Telegraph. I am sorry that he cannot find the help that he so desperately needs. But, I heard his cry for help and people are out here who will help him. I would love to help him. I also know plenty of others who can assist him in many ways. All he needs to do is just ask.
We are here to make life a little bit easier for the elderly. I tried to get his phone number but I was not successful. So the only other thought was to write him back through The Telegraph and hope he will read the answer to his prayers. Please call Mike, (404)556-3300. I live close to Jackson.
-- Mike Rogers
The recent departure of Rick Knight and Gary Thigpin is bringing Mix N The Morning to a screaming halt. It seems the picked DJs are bringing back a Chris Crock rendition. Watching cartoons is better than these clowns. This is the reason the plugs are pulled by networks. I will no longer have my TV set on this channel.
-- S. Gus Lawrence
No COLA raise
Once again its the beginning of a new year and retired state employees have not received a cost of living increase. The members of the Employee Retirement System have not gotten cost of living raise in the last six years. I have been retired for over five years and received a one time $250 cost of living adjustment. All of us understand the cost of food, gas and health insurance has gone up every year. We have had a true net loss of over 10 percent in our retired pay. On the other hand the retired teacher have gotten a 3 percent COLA every year during that same time period. I have no doubt they needed those COLAs to keep up with the cost of living. We too need it.
Now is the time to contact your local legislators and request they ask the governor to support a COLA increase. If they refuse it may be time to replace them with someone who will give us a fair shake. Now is the time to take action.
-- J.B. Bryant
Prayer for today
Heavenly Father, bless me indeed. Let there be no question that you are working on my behalf. Lord, you have brought me a long way, and your hand is on all that concerns me. I thank you for enlarging my coast. Keep me from evil so that my spirit will not be grieved or my soul pushed out of alignment. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.
-- Grady Sneed
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