Picture the scene: Bob Gates book Duty has become a best seller and the president is in a damage control interview. Obama speaking: Yes, Bob Gates is a good man. If not, I wouldnt have kept him on. He does a good job representing the military. He is one of my many excellent assistants and advisers. On the economy, I have the secretaries of the Treasury and Commerce. The Secretary of State is outstanding in foreign affairs as is the CIA director and the director of national intelligence in their fields.
But, getting back to Bob, hes sort of limited to looking at things through a military prism. My job is to put together all of the advice from those just mentioned and do whats best. End of scene. Hollywood are you taking notes?
Whats wrong with this scene? The answer is nothing from a Hollywood viewpoint, but in real life, the end result is based on the competence of the decision maker, and thats why we are in the mess we are in.
Experience is a major player in ones judgment, but what does Obama bring to the table? He never ran a business or had to meet a payroll. He had no foreign affairs dealings, was never in the military or intelligence community, etc. His only real life experience was limited to short periods as a community organizer and as a U.S. senator. Aside from not having any pertinent personal experience, he didnt even have a mentor or box that he could learn from, unless you consider the likes of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright or Saul Alinsky.
Maybe this isnt such a good movie script after all. Lets hope it is soon over and we can see the coming attractions.
-- Robert Buck
The idea of legalizing marijuana oil and not allowing the weed to go to a multiple of desperately needy Georgians with cancer and countless other maladies causing extreme pain and suffering are wasting the legislative process. Yes, the oil is favorable to morphine and other drugs but weed by prescription is critical, too. Way back when my friend Doug had cancer, I watched him suffer and weed would have helped.
Just today it was announced low level pushers are to be released from prison. If you study the damage done by alcoholic beverages versus weed, legalizing it would create jobs, reduce prison head count, produce hundreds of billions in tax revenue and make life easier for millions.
-- Joe Hubbard
They work for us
Dont worry too much about the 1 percent. Some are quick to condemn them because of their success and want to redistribute their wealth. Rather, we should be more concerned about the elitists in our nations capital who believe they have reached the top of the social ladder and deserve royal treatment.
Michelle Obama turned 50 on Jan. 17. To do some pre-birthday celebrating with friends, she stayed in Hawaii while the president and their two daughters returned to the White House. There was no media coverage; but when she came home for a birthday bash in Washington, taxpayers very likely paid for the extra trip. Thats two trips when, with a little planning, one would have sufficed.
Even King John of England, who was of regal lineage, acquiesced to the barons demands when he agreed to the Magna Carta in 1215. When we elected our president, senators and representatives, we sent them to Washington to do the nations business. Nothing was said about their becoming kings and queens.
Its time the lot of them get off their high horses and come back down to earth with us mere mortals. Then they will quickly discover that reality does not include their assumed royalty; that reality doesnt permit public servants and their family members with delusions of grandeur to indulge their whims and fancies at taxpayers expense. And most important, that in reality the term public servant means they work for us because we gave them their jobs.
-- Robert L. Lehane
Job well done
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the employees of Judd Publishing. Wednesday is the most important day in the life of a weekly newspaper, nothing short of a power failure can prevent the printing press from rolling.
My employees were all on time at 6 a.m. because they knew how important it was to get those customers printed and back home. Though all were told not to risk coming in if they thought it could be a problem, they made it anyway and I am thankful. Not only for getting the job done, but for the fact that everyone arrived safely and made it home safely.
-- Buddy Judd
Judd Publishing Co.
In response to Eldon Browns letter Jan. 31. He missed a valuable lesson growing up, If you cant say something good, say nothing. Has Brown ever submitted a positive letter? If so, refresh me so I can go back and read it. I would appreciate it if Brown would point out anything positive he has done for our community or anything positive that wasnt self-serving.
I shouldnt have to point out that Warner Robins is one of the fasting growing cities in Georgia. It may be that Brown and our progressive community would be a happier place if he would go back to the perfect world he came from.
Thank you Telegraph for adding Michelle Malkin to the Opinion page. I think she is one of the brightest young females of our time, an excellent spade caller and in reporting her views, can and will, open the eyes of those who are blinded by exactly what is going on behind all the smoke screens and scenes, especially the political and presidential scenes.
Using a term by Catherine Meeks in relation to her erratic harping on racial claims of those speaking out against Obamas dictating rather than governing, Malkins type of reporting provides good training days for all to speak up against such dictating, regardless the color of skin.
As usual, Walter Williams Hate and envy column and Thomas Sowells Bogeyman of inequality continue to call a spade a spade.
Further, special thanks to D.A. King for continuing to speak out against anyone or political party that breaks our Constitution and laws. And a very big thanks to The Telegraph for printing articles and opinions speaking up for Christianity.
-- Faye W. Tanner
Prayer for Today
Dear Lord, Some of us are feeling so poorly. You know what is attacking our body. You can see everything. We ask you in prayer, right now, to fill us with your healing light. Banish the sickness from our bodies. Fill us with your presence. Draw us unto you, and we will be forever grateful for your love, grace, and mercy. Forgive us again, for we have come short of your glory. In Jesus name. Amen.
-- Johnnie Mae Holland
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