No wash for hate crime
In reading the Viewpoints in the Sunday paper by Aaron Hufstetler, I felt the same way. Just wondered why no one in Warner Robins City Hall has addressed this hate crime and the elephant in the room. (Maybe theyre waiting on the school board since it happened on school property?) If this situation had been reversed (five black people attacked by 30 white people), the local NAACP and so called local black leaders would be marching in front of City Hall demanding action be taken immediately on this event. So far, the NAACP and the black leaders of Warner Robins have not condemned this attack in any way that Ive read. They just turned their backs and pretended it didnt happen. A few more kicks and we may have had a homicide to deal with.
I dont know of anyone who has their vehicle walked on by some stupids and not want to know who is going to pay to have it fixed. They surely did not expect a hate mob to jump on them in Warner Robins. But thats the mob mentality we have out there today. No responsibility for anything. And its always so much easier when you have 30 to three odds.
From what I read the fun snowball throwing group turned into a hate mob real quick. They didnt like one of their own being challenged about vehicle damages, I guess. I didnt see any civic-minded youth in that group photo trying to stop the beating of hapless individuals. They apparently thought it was great that someone was getting the crap kicked out of them and posted it online for all their friends to see how a hate mob attacked three individuals.
The only one who tried to stop it (a female) was quickly thrown aside. She had more moral guts than the rest of them. What gets me is no one from the mayors office has said anything about this incident from what Ive read. So I guess that means it never really happened, doesnt it. So much for great race relations around Warner Robins. Were beginning to look more like Macon every day with incidents like this. The first time I read about the attack with the racial slurs being used, I felt this was a hate crime no matter how they try to wash it.
-- Charles Scales
This is in response to the letter, The whole story that appeared Feb. 7, by John Taylor. Who is Taylor? We have searched to no avail for this citizen. Wed like to set the record straight on his letter. Taylor said an officer discharged his Taser by mistake at a restaurant hitting a citizen that resulted in a lawsuit and the officer received no discipline or suspension. The truth is the officer received a three-day suspension and had to retake Taser training again. A lawsuit was also settled out of court.
Taylor also stated that you cant have family working in the same department in the city. The chiefs aunt has been with the department for 15 years and was grandfathered in. The former police chief hired her. This was before the rule was in place.
These are facts that can be easily obtained by the general public.
-- Denise Barrett
Of the many inaccurate descriptions of Historic Macon Foundations role in the Tremont demolition controversy, especially disappointing was Erick Ericksons. Apparently, he has never learned that if you have nothing constructive to say, say nothing. Of course, doing so may have rendered him mute for the last 40 years. His blatant, sensationalistic race-baiting is puerile, non-productive and further damages the already fragile race relations in this community. His actions and words are no better than those of others he (often justifiably) criticizes.
Like those others, he appears to enjoy fomenting dissension, disharmony and miscommunication for the sake of advancing himself. Neither HMFs motivation nor its position on the demolition has anything to do with race. HMFs official mission statement is to revitalize our community by preserving architecture and sharing history. Thats it, nothing more, but certainly nothing less.
This architecture and history belong to all of us, not just whites and not just blacks. As to the demolition, many ask why HMF has only just now shown interest when the property has been for sale for seven years? HMF has been interested in, and has always wanted to see, the church buildings adaptive reuse ever since the congregation moved. HMF only became involved when the parties began seeking demolition. To achieve a win-win for everyone (except for the developer, who should have known better), HMF stands ready, willing and able to purchase the property for the same price as the other developer and save the building.
-- Blake Lisenby
Regarding the latest animal shooting by a deputy who should know how to handle situations involving family pets. This Bibb County deputy shot a family pet not one time, but three. I am referring to the latest fiasco involving an armed and supposedly adult law officer shooting a dog when the officer says he felt cornered. Please. This sounds more like an easy solution to a problem that is easily eliminated, meaning the dog.
Nikki Brooks, who works for an animal welfare group, discounts the deputys assertion that the dog, Lucky, was aggressive. I believe her, She has a ton of experience behind her statement. I dont believe the deputy for one minute. He is the one with the gun. This deputy needs that gun removed and his rear placed in an office chair with paperwork in both hands, or suspended, or fired; or made to serve 2,000 hours at the Bibb animal shelter (minus that gun).
Bibb Sheriff David Davis needs to quit his mealy-mouthed defense of this disgusting act of shame in injuring this pet. I question Sheriff Davis judgment in condoning this shooting and his stupid rejoinder My concern is making sure the dog was not suffering. How about not hurting Lucky in the first place. How about making sure your personnel know how to perform their jobs. How about taking responsibility for one of your own. How about admitting this gross and uncalled for aggression with a gun against a family pet.
As a print subscriber, the online access is included with your subscription. Please go to www.macon.com/activate/ to set up your online account. Bibb County has had a number of excellent people holding the title of sheriff, and it is a sad day when Bibb County has to endure the season of this present day sheriff.
-- Judy S. Veal Lawrence
Give it a shot
Are they really serious? I have a foundation that addresses youth violence in Middle Georgia. I have worked with youth for the last 30 years. No one commits a violent act unless they are angry. I am a volunteer, state certified, anger management instructor at a state prison. I created a workshop on anger management for teens and its free.
My question is, if organizations are really concerned about the rate our young people are committing violent acts and ending up in prison: why is it that no organization that I have contacted -- even those that work with at-risk youth -- wont at least give the workshop a chance. If they are serious about doing everything possible to end the rate of our youth going to prison you would think these organizations would give anything positive a chance.
-- Charles McGhee
If a people insulated from modem technology where given the job of judging America by what they see on our electronic gadgets, what would be their conclusion?
-- M. Diane Middleton
Prayer for Today
Dear God, this is my petition for 2014. Please grant it, and as you do, I will give you all the glory and praise. I believe you can and will do anything for me. You said so in your word in Luke 12:32. So, Lord, I am putting my trust in you and because you love me, I can rejoice and call it done. In Jesus mighty name. Amen.
-- Arelishia Bridges
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