The A Team
My recent stay at Macons Coliseum Hospital was an experience that I will not soon forget. From the minute we walked in the door it was all one wonderful experience that should make Macon proud. Every person that we came in contact with was courteous, professional, smiled and possessed a can-do attitude. They even called the next day after we arrived home to ensure all was well.
Surgery is not always an experience that one can look back on with pleasant memories. The office and staff of Dr. Victor Andress are equally as professional and talented. Many, many thanks to this group. You will always be remembered as the A Team. I will never be able to thank all these folks enough for an experience that we will long remember.
-- William Riley
No cushy trip
Contrary to what Joe Hubbard may think of the mayors and commissioners free trip to Athens it was not very restful, nor was it intended to be. At least it wasnt for Commissioner Scotty Shepherd and I doubt for anyone else who made the trip.
I know this because after cramming in tons of reading and classes all day, he did not come home all rested and relaxed. After time spent with instructors, brainstorming with his peers and elected officials from other cities he was too tired to attend a family function. I know this will only be one of many he will miss in order to provide the service and representation he is committed to provide, not only for residents of District 7 but our entire town.
He walked in the door with a phone in his ear and made numerous calls before he was home an hour (a phone, I might add, that he pays for). So unless you witnessed him and the other members who were on this trip lounging by a pool, hanging out at the bar for hours on end or kicking it up on the dance floor, I think you should more clearly define cushy existence. Sorry about your garbage cart. Perhaps you can contact your commissioner before he or she goes on another one of those free trips.
-- Patsy Shepherd
Jim Sandefurs letter of Feb. 7 gave me cause for pause. What if Lincoln allowed the Southern states to secede in 1861? There would be two independent nations, the North (USA) and the South, each with a different culture.
The North would be a country of immigrants. The South would remain a white/black society. Both countries would look west for expansion and new states. So would others. Could the South prevent Mexico and France from reclaiming the New Mexico and the Arizona territories?
Could the North prevent England from annexing northern territories in order to establish a buffer zone between Canada and the USA? Could the North prevent England from arming the Plains Indians in order to stop USA expansion? Could the South prevent Mexico from arming the southwestern Indians in order to stop southern expansion? Would the armed Indian nations unite and form independent federations in the Midwestern territories? Would either the North or the South form an alliance with an Indian federation to stop the expansion of the other?
Since there was no Civil War it is highly probable that Gens. Lee, Longstreet and Stewart, along with the other Southern graduates of West Point, would have remained in the Union army. It is highly unlikely that the South would have helped the North stop England/Canadian aggression or the North to aid the South to halt Mexican aggression.
Since the Union split, would California revert back to a republic? Hawaii and Alaska would not become states. Would Hawaii remain an independent country? Would Alaska try to become part of Canada or become an independent country?
How would conflicts over the sovereignty of annexed territories be resolved? Would the North and the South end up being two countries fighting over land?
Would Spain still control its Caribbean islands and Central America? Would the North and the South have united to stop German and Japaneses aggression in 1941? Would a man have walked on the moon? We know what happened. None of us know what would have happened. Who would be the worlds dominate military power today? Who would be the worlds dominate economic power today? Would there be a nation for world peace?
-- Jim Costello
Thank you so much for putting Michelle Malkin, Walter Williams and Thomas Sowell on the same page in Thursdays paper. This makes things so much easier when Im looking for something to put in the bottom of the birdcage.
-- Jack Mahaney
Nellies war effort
After the War Between the States, Rev. William Mack Lee was one of the best known African-American men in the South. The distinguished looking gentleman was polite in manner, straight and firm of step for 81 years as he traveled widely raising funds for his Baptist church near Norfolk. He had been born on the plantation of Gen. Robert E. Lee, who was a Whig, attached strongly to the Union and the Constitution. Lee entertained no sympathy for slavery and freed the slaves he inherited from his wifes estate long before the war. One of them, William Mack, chose to stay and was by the generals side throughout the conflict, serving as a cook, body servant and confidant.
Mack related an 1862 instance of the general finding a small, black hen nesting in his tent and regularly producing eggs. Named Nellie, she traveled with the army for over two years.
At Gettysburg, the Southern Army was preparing to return to Virginia, but came to a halt when it realized Nellie was missing. She was found perched safely in an ambulance.
One day Gen. Lee invited guests to his camp for supper. William Mack had to provide a nice meal and, alas, Nellie gave her all for the occasion. Hearing the sad truth, Lee asked, William, now, what are we going to do for eggs? I had to, William replied. Displeased, Gen. Lee said firmly, No, you didnt, William; Im going to write Miss Mary telling her you have killed Nellie.
-- John Wayne Dobson
It is quite interesting knowing that I am part of the last generation that actually speaks to one another face to face. I remember when I actually had to get out of my car and knock on my dates door. There I would gain the overwhelming nerves from her fathers stares and deeply worded questions.
Today, it seems like people rely so much on the use of electronics that they forget how to communicate. Just last week I decided to take my lovely girlfriend on a date.
The date was smooth, but throughout the entire evening I noticed she was obsessed with constantly checking her social media feeds. Granted, I am probably not the most entertaining person, but geez.
Because of this date Ive started viewing people from a different perspective. I see people walking, driving and having physical conversations all while staring into their phones or other mobile devices.
This has caused me to realize that our new world is a dispiriting sight. But maybe things will once again actually require effort.
For those that tried to read this while texting: the meaning of this small passage is to explain that we give too much of our time into devices that distract us from the physical aspects of life.
-- Rahim McCarley
Prayer for Today
O Lord, we sometimes look for all the big stuff to make us happy, not realizing it is the little moments that makes life big. Show me father how to look for more of those little moments and appreciate every minute of them. In Jesus name. Amen.
-- Bessie R. Brown
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