Looking for a change
Hopefully, the Houston County school board will appoint a minority person this go around. Im sure there is not a lack of qualified minority candidates to fill the position that will be vacated in May by Superintendent Robin Hines who has held the job for the past four years. Maybe a qualified woman or an African-American candidate this time around would be a welcome change. I believe the time has come for white males to step aside and allow others to serve. The buddy system has been in place far too long. Im optimistic that there will be diversity in future appointments.
-- William R. Jackson Sr.
The end of times?
Theres an interesting 149-year-old description of the character of the end time age by Dr. Joseph A. Seiss. He wrote on Revelation 9:13-21 in his book, Lectures On The Apocalypse that was copyrighted in 1865.
Murder will be among the commonest of crimes. Sensual and selfish passion will make sad havoc of human life, with no serious thought about it on the part of the leaders of public sentiment. Feticide, infanticide, homicide and all forms of sin against human life, will characterize society and be tolerated and passed as if no great harm were done.
Sorceries, impure practices with evil agencies, and particularly with poisonous drugs, are also given as one of the dominant forms of vice and sin in those days. The word specially includes tampering with ones own or anothers health by means of drugs, potions, intoxications, the invocation of spiritual agencies, the putting under influences promotive of sins of impurity both bodily and spiritual.
And interlinked with these sorceries, and reacting the one on the other, will also be the general subversion of marriage and its laws, and the deluging of society with the sins of fornication and adultery. The Apostle used the word fornication alone, as embracing all forms of lewdness, but as if to intimate that marriage will then be hardly recognized anymore.
And last in the catalogue stance the statement of general and abounding dishonesty, the obliteration of moral distinctions, the disregard of others rights and the practice of fraud, theft, and deceit wherever it is possible.
Could this be true? Could the end time be soon or yet far away? Many biblical scriptures reveal the second coming of Christ to destroy the evil rampaging the world and provide eternal security for those who place their faith and trust in him.
-- The Rev. Richard Aultman
Why not hire homegrown?
It seems each time an upper level management position is advertised in Middle Georgia the maxims national search to hire the best and the brightest are associated with finding a candidate. Why not focus on candidates who are the best match for the uniqueness of the employers cultural organization along with aptitude? Hiring managers look for employees regardless of position with a positive attitude, confidence, organization and self-motivation.
Is it possible that many of Georgia top schools -- Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Georgia, Emory University, Georgia State, Mercer, Georgia Southern, Kennesaw State, just to name a few -- are not graduating some of the best and the brightest? If not, why not? Graduates from Georgia colleges and universities are being hired nationally, so why not locally? Outside employers value our graduates. Why not local employers? John 1:11 states: He (Jesus) came unto his own, and his own received him not.
Some of the employers posting a national job search are themselves products of local colleges and universities. Have local employers lost faith in the colleges and universities that equipped them for their current positions? Is it possible that some of our higher learning educational institutions are left behind and havent grasped that employers demand dictates the job market?
Technical colleges are better at training job ready candidates. My belief is that higher educational institutions must redirect more focus to employers demands to assure graduates are the best and brightest individuals to meet local demand.
Finally, in my humble opinion, tunnel vision focus on a national search to hire the best and the brightest candidates may not be the best way to expend resources when qualified graduates from local colleges and universities are leaving Middle Georgia to seek employment. Colleges and universities must communicate with employers to identify long- and short-term employment needs. Demand drives the marketplace, and a skilled, educated community is incentive for employers to hire our local homegrown best and brightest.
-- Betty Toussaint
With all of these folks coming out, I bet Lewis Gizzard would be saying more than that dog will bite you. Since King Richard (Petty) made the statement that Danica (Patrick) would only win a race if she was the only one racing, is he bullying her?
Remember Sam the Sham Wooly Bully? Catch him now. If my drill sergeant told me back in basic to give him 20 push-ups, is that bullying? In this day and age it probably is. So why should I be surprised? With Obamacare pushing me to have insurance or pay a penalty, sounds like bullying to me.
-- Tommy Arnold
I really believed that this could not happen in this country. Yet it did and still does. I was in a store waiting for my merchandise when a man walked up and asked if I could help him. Sure, what ya got? I replied. He produced a booklet that was obviously a workbook from a trade/vocational school and opened to a page of carpenter-type ruler examples. The object of the lesson was to read the area above each ruler and write the measurement in the space to the right.
The first illustration was an inch and a quarter, but when asked if he understood how to read a ruler he said no. OK, there are 16 tick marks between the numbers on the ruler. Every fourth tick mark is larger, indicating a quarter of an inch, and every eighth tick is also larger, indicating half an inch. Can you understand this? No, he said.
I cannot make this any simpler so I asked the girl with him if she understood what I had explained. She said she could not read or write.
To say I was shocked would be a gross understatement.
-- Ken Brown
As the curtain comes down on another Black History Month, lets raise the curtain for WASP White Anglo Saxon Protestant month. It would be refreshing to post for the time that not all white people are guilty of oppressing blacks as well as to note that only 13 percent of plantation owners engaged in slavery. We, the indentured servants, could ill afford land, let alone housing, clothing, food and medical care as the plantation owners did. We tilled the other mans land on halves, sawed his lumber for the upkeep of his slave lodging and wood to warm them. Yet today were racists and the cause of their ills, oppression and lack of esteem. Our taxes go to food stamps, schools and subsidized living while we work daily to keep our heads above water.
So tell me why WASPs cant have a month of our own to express our side of the story.
-- Daniel E. Lee
I have always enjoyed listening to NPR each morning, in spite of the obvious bias in its reporting, until I read David Oedels column on Adam Raguseas spurious reporting on Macons election process. There are enough legitimate race issues in Middle Georgia without Ragusea trying to create a name for himself with his left-wing bosses at NPR by reporting untruths. No more NPR until this yellow journalist is off Georgia Public Radio or at the very least a public apology for his malfeasance.
-- Robert Heath
The Word of God
Bill Cummings column certainly sparked my interest. Of all the truths in this world that have been questioned since Satan tempted Eve with Yea, hath God said ... ?, the Word of God has continuously been questioned over and over. In regard to his experience in college, a bastion known for orthodoxy, any professor can present his or her evidence to contradict a certain translation.
What I have learned is the Dead Sea Scroll copy of Isaiah, a book I am personally studying, is very close to the King James Version, and most Bible scholars say the variations are more grammatical than factual, nuanced differences that do not take away from the central message God used Isaiah to convey.
The Apostle Peter said, We have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. Jesus Christ is called the Word by the Apostle John, and Jesus Christ himself said, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh to the Father but by me.
The reason the scripture is profitable is because the author of the Bible, God himself, designed it that way. The word inspiration comes from the Greek word theopnuestos or God-breathed. I received the Lord Jesus Christ from a sermon from the Old Testament regarding how the children of Israel stopped at the Jordan and did not go into the promised land because 10 spies said the people were too great to overcome. Only Joshua and Caleb gave Gods word to go in the land and possess it.
The message was some get very close to salvation but for some reason turned away. I knew I didnt want to turn away the opportunity to know him in the salvation he offered through Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches us not to be hearers of the Word of God, but doers of the Word.
So in that vein I might have some agreement with Cummings. However, if I with jaded eye of unbelief and mistrust deny the efficacy and authority of scripture, I join in league with the heretics, agnostics and atheists who have given their energy to corrupt Christian belief.
Columns like Cummings may have him enjoying the warmth of such people, but in reality they would snicker behind his back and say, Weve convinced another one to doubt Gods Word. Doubt is a cancer that spreads when energized by naysayers.
I have been saved for 42 years, and not once in that time has any passage of scripture led me into trouble. Most of my problems occurred when I disregarded those clear teachings. For Cummings I say, yes! The Bible is the inerrant, infallible and inspired Word of God, and no question, rhetoric or reasoning will ever change my mind.
The word repent means to change ones mind. When I repented of my sin and turned to Jesus Christ, I was given a new life, a new outlook and a new destiny.
What part of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, contradicts that?
-- Anthony Smith
Obama is the top man. What does a top do? It spins, and thats what Obama does. Hes spun fast and furious, Benghazi, IRS, NSA, etc., and now he and or his team is spinning the CBO report which cited many of the harmful effects of Obamacare.
-- Robert Buck
Prayer for Today
Dear God, help me to become slow to anger and to always listen and remember the great words that you have given us in the Bible. Help us to know that life is all experience. Sustain our courage to experience pain. Let us somehow see the very long horizon that leads into infinity, the line that connects us with what is beyond. Let us feel your presence in our distress. Amen.
-- Elaine Nunley
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