Kudos for last storm
Our states elected leaders have received well-deserved recognition for the effective, coordinated response to last weeks winter storm. As a result of comprehensive planning, some lessons learned and the dedication of thousands of heroes on the front lines, Georgians remained safe, the roads clear and children were home with their families.
As ice accumulated on trees and power lines, our states utility employees were ready. Having left their own families at home, they staged in parking lots and temporary facilities ready to start working first to prevent outages and then to restore power to the many Georgians who lost it. While it may have taken longer in some cases than anyone would have liked, it was not for lack of determination or commitment. The same can be said for our public safety and transportation workers. They got ahead of the storm and did not rest, or go home, until the danger had passed.
The Georgia Chamber is proud to salute these unsung heroes who exemplify everything that is great about our state and remind us all that when we work together, we can accomplish incredible results.
-- Chris Clark
President and CEO
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
The Georgia House recently approved a bill that will, in part, allow firearms to be carried in churches. I think this measure should be considered carefully since it could prove to be a health hazard for church workers and congregations alike.
Just suppose the pastor has been, shall we say, sampling the pleasures of some of the female members of his flock. (This is something that has been known to happen in our area -- and I assume Middle Georgia is not an exception.) Imagine what might happen if an unhappy husband decided to cap the pastor. Would the armed deacons defend the pastor? Would members of the congregation choose to shoot it out with the husband? Is the pastor trained in quick draw techniques?
And what might happen in one of those situations where half the congregation wants the pastor to move along and the other half wants to keep him? Does this produce overturned pews for barricades and flying lead? What if someone really, really doesnt like the hymn selection week after week and decides to do something about it, or if someone finds the sermon really, really too long or too boring? I suppose the roar of gunfire would wake up the sleepers.
As a final thought on this issue: Surely someone will turn this into a reality television show, you know, like the Kardashians. (I have learned there is a difference between the Cardassians of Deep Space Nine -- a fantasy world and the Kardashians who purportedly are a part of our world. All in all, I find the Cardassians the more interesting of the two -- weird necks and all.)
-- Charles J. Pecor
Do you know that early detection, diagnosis and treatment can and does make a difference for a child with autism? But many families wont live in Georgia, because most insurance providers wont cover treatment for their children. Georgia is one of 16 states that doesnt require insurance companies to provide coverage for therapies proven to help a child with autism.
Avas Law, SB 191 and HB 309, would change that. Gov. Nathan Deal has included autism coverage for state employees and has said he would sign Avas Law if it comes to his desk. But this bill is currently stuck in committee and wont budge unless it is signed and supported by our state legislators. Local State Rep. Nikki Randall, D-Macon, was one of the first to sign HB 309. Rep. Allen Peake, R-Macon, signed this week. Has your state representative or senator signed Avas Law? Find out that answer and more at the Avas Law Rally for Middle Georgia from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Macon at El Sombrero, 4646 Forsyth Road.
The rally is sponsored by Central Georgia Autism Ltd. Please take 12 minutes and watch Avas Story: Autism Coverage for Georgia on YouTube. Call your legislators and ask them to sign Avas Law today. Lastly, call Chairman Tim Golden of the Senate Insurance Committee and Chairman Richard Smith of the House Insurance Committee urging them to push Avas law out of committee and onto the floor for a vote this year. Find these and all other state legislators at georgia.gov.
-- Julie G. Evans
I read with dismay George F. Wills column in the Monday paper that contained a major spoiler for fans of Downton Abbey in the first paragraph. Are the editors unfamiliar with Downton Abbey or were they just not thinking? Wills column should have had a prominent spoiler warning at the beginning like one sees in most movie reviews and even Internet discussions.
Better yet, they should not have run Wills column at all as it is pompous and insulting to most watchers of the show. Yes, we know the difference between fantasy and reality. If Will ever got a real job, in the real world, as opposed to the position he holds as conservative pontificater to the right, I suspect he would have a lot more sympathy for fans of Downton Abbey. It is, by the way, a great show.
-- Yvonne V. Miller
A friend of the family suffers from colon cancer. Shes now receiving chemotherapy. The side effects of this poison leaves her nauseated and bedridden. But thanks to the compassion of friends, marijuana is provided to get her through the physical ordeal.
Marijuana, illegal to the lawmakers of Georgia, but a godsend to this suffering soul.
-- Doyle Burgess
I wondered why the new section of Interstate 75 around the Arkwright intersection has no street lights. All along this new section of interstate, it is terribly dark at night. This could be hazardous. Is the answer that lighting was not funded or just delayed? All other locations along interstate have lights. Why not in Macon? Just wondered.
-- Robert Akin
Good day, God. We appreciate your continuing to proceed with us as we share the righteousness and hospitality of Jesus the Christ with the world. Thank you so much for the avenue to apologize and make amends when we fall. As we combat mood swings from seeming or real adverse relationships, please remind us that Galatians 5:22 in your Bible lists love as the first fruit of the Holy Spirit, and this love, when practiced by us, results in joy and peace, the second and third fruits, listed respectively. Amen.
-- Chris Westbrook
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