The morning commute to Robins Air Force Base has become frustrating and, in some instances, scary. In spite of the cuts in the defense budget, the 78th Air Base Wing should try to find the money to hire a traffic engineer.
-- Neal Snyder
The real Lincoln
OK, this is freaking me out, but I agree with John Wayne Dobson. I especially like the Don Piatt quote at the end of his letter: Abraham Lincoln has almost disappeared from human knowledge. I hear of him, and I read of him in eulogies and biographies, but I fail to recognize the man I knew in life.
Lincoln probably wasnt really a Christian. Obviously, to get elected president and stay in office he had to hide his disbelief. His frequent references to the almighty in his speeches simply followed the style of the day, appealed to the masses, and had no more to do with his faith than it makes me a believer when I scream out a deitys name when I hit my finger with a hammer.
His faith, or lack of it, is not important. What is important is that he was wrong about the South not having the right to secede from the Union.
He should have let the South leave in peace and not have forced it to be a part of a nation it despised and not paid for keeping it in the Union with the lives of 360,000 Americans.
Lincoln is probably our most beloved president partly because Americans are suckers for humbleness and self-effacing humor.
The eulogies and biographies would not be nearly so kind had he strutted around like the leader of his army, Gen. George McClellan, calling himself the savior of the nation and posing like Napoleon.
The Lincoln that Don Piatt knew was a conniving man who ignored the Constitution far beyond what could be justified because of the war. Lincoln imprisoned his critics, shut down newspapers, suspended habeas corpus, bribed congressmen, ignored the rulings of the Supreme Court, and for the first time in American history forced U.S. citizens to fight for a cause they didnt necessarily believe in.
He could congratulate a Massachusetts woman for sacrificing five sons to his cause but made damn sure that his son never charged entrenched rebels.
-- Jim Sandefur
The whole story
This letter is in response to recent criticisms of the newly-elected mayor of the city of Gordon. Lately, the citizens of Middle Georgia have been inundated with news about the mayor of Gordon saying she has been conducting business against the city charter. She has been portrayed in a negative way about the possible firing of the Police Chief Mike Hall about a scheduling issue. Do other cities in Middle Georgia discuss every personnel issue with the public? Then why not discuss the lawsuits that cost taxpayers millions of dollars? What about the fact that a police officer discharged his Taser -- by mistake -- at a restaurant, hitting a citizen that resulted in a lawsuit and received no discipline or even a suspension?
Somebody needs to be looking into scheduling. There has also been criticism of the mayors husband being involved in city affairs.
People say that you cant have family working together in the same department in the city. Well, the police chiefs aunt has worked in the same office for years. Is the mayors situation any different?
I think that some people in this city are looking for a reason for her to fail instead of giving her a chance to succeed. If we are going to receive only negative information on decisions of the newly-elected mayor, then the citizens should know the whole story.
Lets give the elected leaders a chance to do what they were elected for.
-- John Taylor
Im glad to see state Sen. Cecil Staton join the ranks of U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss. Those tough talking Republicans when confronted with a tough election surely know how to cut and run. Not only are they quitters, they are cowards.
-- A. Rahman
Is it communism?
The logical end point of the presidents new focus on income inequality gambit is for the government to impose actual income equality mandates upon us all.
In the wake of the Obamacare fiasco, is that what we really want? I hate to use the term, communism, but equal incomes for all? Really?
If Hillary follows Obama into the White House, she and Bill will surely gnaw the remaining foundations of capitalism and our free republic right out from under us. God forbid.
-- John Brogden
Who will remember?
Reince Priebus and the Republican National Committee decided to move the Republican convention up to June 2016.
The RNC is ignoring the problem and just changing the rules. Sure, thatll work just fine. No one in the voting public will remember the temper tantrums, the unnecessary government shutdown that almost crashed the worlds economy, the cold attitude toward retirees who just wanted the Social Security that they paid for, or the ending of unemployment benefits for those thrown out of work because of greedy GOP-supported Wall Street executives.
Well all forgive and forget that Republicans have done nothing but whine and complain and do nothing to actually fix things, all while blaming President Obama for the problems that they themselves created.
The GOP has been on the wrong side of almost every issue. In the meantime, the GOP band continues to play while the bow of the partys ship slips beneath the icy waves of defeat.
-- William D. Carter
Prayer for Today
Father God, thank you for my mind to remember from whence I came, so l can always remember how blessed I am. Thank you for my time well spent before your throne, father. I enjoy it. Thank you for how you walk and talk with me each day. Lord, help me to listen and do what you want me to do. In Jesus name. Amen.
-- Bessie R. Brown
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