Medicaid needs to expand
Many thanks to Dr. Obi Emerole for his comprehensive, thoughtful presentation on why Medicaid should be expanded in conjunction with the Affordable Care Act (more commonly called Obamacare). His analysis is particularly welcome given the extensive, (occasionally purposeful), misinformation that usually surrounds discussions of the law. The ACA is complicated -- it had to be to address the many facets of a complex health care system with many, as Dr. Emerole ably described, moving parts -- and it was a compromise, an attempt to balance competing, well-entrenched interests. Dr. Emerole made a strong case which I hope will resonate with those in a position to reverse Georgias present course.
-- Nancy Anderson
Have I got a surprise location for your blight articles. How about the Bibb County Courthouse area. I made a visit to the building Friday afternoon. I parked on Mulberry Street and walked to the Second Street entrance. The closer I got to the entrance, the worse the sidewalk becomes. Has anyone noticed the overflowing cigarette butt cans and all the discarded butts littering the sidewalk? Disgusting.
I can understand the debris in the elevator which blows in when the street side door opens, but there really is no excuse for the sidewalk. It has been five weeks since the combined government began. The commissioners now meet at the Macon-Bibb Government Center (formerly City Hall). Were they the ones who policed the area? It does not appear anyone has done so recently. Hopefully, the area will be cleaned up by the beginning of the Cherry Blossom Festival.
-- John M. Cherry III
Convention of states
I applaud Bill Fergusons column in Fridays Telegraph in support of state Sen. Cecil Statons Convention of States resolution, Senate Resolution 736. As a firsthand observer of the debate about this resolution when it was presented initially to the Senate Rules Committee, I should note that the resolution does not call for a Constitutional Convention as Ferguson states, but instead calls for a convention of states to consider amendments to the U.S. Constitution. There is an important difference. A Constitutional Convention implies that the existing Constitution would be thrown out and a new Constitution written. Article Five of the U.S. Constitution does not convey any such authority, but does provide for a convention of states in order to propose amendments to the Constitution, whenever two-thirds (34) of the states agree on a particular subject. In the case of Sen. Statons resolution, amendments would be restricted to those that provide for limiting the power and imposing fiscal restraints on the federal government; and providing for term limits for federal officials. The basic tenets of the Constitution would remain intact and could not be changed under this authority.
I would urge members of the Georgia House to move quickly to follow the leadership of the Senate in passing this important resolution, keeping Georgia at the forefront of this critical effort to bring some common sense and restraint on what most Americans consider to be a runaway federal government.
-- Robert S. Messer
Deputies to the rescue
A huge thank you goes to the Macon-Bibb County Sheriffs Office. They have provided a wonderfully unique service to the citizens of Middle Georgia. I am the MATHCOUNTS coordinator for the Middle Georgia chapter of the Georgia Society of Professional Engineers. MATHCOUNTS is a nationwide math program for middle school students, and GSPE hosts the local competition. Our competition was Feb. 8 at Mercer University. The bus of one of our participating schools, Putnam County Middle School, broke down on the way to the competition. I dont know all of the steps that transpired, but three sheriff deputies transported the Putnam County students and coach in squad cars the rest of the way to Mercer. Because of these deputies, Putnam County was still able to take part in the competition.
Thank you, deputies, for supporting our local students and for giving all of us such a fine example of public service.
-- Betty Jean Jordan, P.E.
MATHCOUNTS coordinator, Middle Georgia GSPE
Yesterday, before entering the Wesleyan Kroger, I noticed quite a bit of garbage scattered along the curb to the right of the store entrance. I began to think about how much work had gone into the remodeling of the store and what a shame that someone had no more pride in our city than to leave that litter in front of the store.
As I approached the sidewalk, I noticed a man in a nice suit walking down the sidewalk. I have to tell you I wondered if that man would do anything about the garbage. I could tell by his gaze that he had definitely noticed it and had focused his attention on it. There was a hint of displeasure in his demeanor. Of course, I was glad to see that. I am sure there was a hint of displeasure in my demeanor also. Then that gentleman bent down, collected up that garbage and placed it in the trash bin. I knew who he was from the first moment I saw him up there on that sidewalk. I waited beside the trash bin and expressed my appreciation to our mayor. I have complained about our city and the lack of pride many people take in it; however, that simple act of service on his part spoke volumes to me. Again, thank you, mayor; your humility and service made a positive impression.
-- Tina Bowker
Prayer for Today
Dear Heavenly Father, help me to overcome all feelings of anger and wrath. Such feelings have truly tormented me, and I know they are not your will for me. I never want to grieve your Holy Spirit. Help me to put away all bitterness, wrath, anger and malice. With your help I will be kind to others, tenderhearted and forgiving as you have forgiven me. Thank you Jesus. Amen.
-- Donnie Billingslea
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