Bringing the news
Dear Telegraph, congratulations for bringing the real news to the public. Television has gotten so bad about reporting the news. It seems its stuck on Hollywood or some sports figure in trouble, etc., and tells us little of whats going on. We turn the sound off and read whats going on across the bottom of the screen. Keep up the good work. We look forward to getting the paper.
-- Gary Gordon
Learn what to do
February is National Heart Month. The heart functions to circulate blood throughout our body. Blood carries the oxygen and nutrients our organs and cells need. When the heart stops beating (sudden cardiac arrest), oxygen and nutrients are not delivered. Studies indicate that brain cells begin to die after only three to six minutes without oxygen.
Did you know that according to the American Heart Association, more than 300,000 people die every year from sudden cardiac arrest? About 80 percent of these events occur while at home and 60 percent of the time, a family member is nearby. Do you know what to do in case your wife, husband, child or loved one collapses?
CPR and AED machines save lives. Attend a CPR class, and learn what to do when it matters the most.
-- Darren Blassingame
War on the rich
There is war going on between the rich and poor. The progressives are always belittling the rich because they want what the rich have -- money. They tell the poor the rich are taking all and leaving nothing for the rest of society. Tax the rich, they say, because they dont pay their fair share of taxes. Fifty percent of the people pay no taxes at all. Is that fair? They want all the government benefits but refuse to help pay.
In the Bible, the rich man gave three of his workers an equal amount of money and went on a trip. The first man used the money wisely and doubled that money. The second man was cautious and had only a small return for his money. The third man hid the money. When the rich man returned he praised the first and gave him a great job. The second man was scolded and given a lesser job. The third man was fired for not using the money at all.
I am an 84-year-old man and not a rich man in money, but rich in the spirit of God. Back in the 1940s and 50s, when we saw a rich man, we said Ill be like that man someday. Today when someone sees a rich man, they say, that man does not pay his fair share of taxes.
One of the richest men in the 40s was H.L. Hunt. He was asked why he did not have a foundation to give his money away. He replied, I have 200,000 people working for me. At least 20 of those men make over a million dollars a year. Isnt that enough of a foundation?
It takes a rich man to make a middle-class man. He would not be rich if someone could not buy his services. If there were no rich man, then all would be poor. Just look at the countries that have not built their wealth. No one is wealthy, that is except for the crooked progressive government.
-- Brian T. Reid Sr.
I am a retired person, having worked some 30 years on my job. I worked all those years feeling fortunate to have a job and report to work. Our current president apparently thinks we all want a nanny state. He is killing some hundreds of jobs with his Obamacare failures. How does he think we can pay the nations debts, let alone our own, with his kind of help?
Please, please, Republicans, throw him out on his ear. Hes screwed up everything hes touched and lied about all of those things. They are impeachable offenses, if our Congress will work together to run him out of Washington.
And after him, we do not need Hillary Clinton. She has also lied about Benghazi. If either of them were told there was an ongoing attack, you can bet the dumbest of us would know it was terrorists.
-- Teena Scarborough
Bad, bad end
I enjoyed the Rev. Jarred Hammets column on whistling and thought it a most meaningful message. Also, he brought back many childhood memories. When I was a little girl (I am now a great-grandmother), I liked to whistle, especially while washing dishes or doing other boring chores. Upon hearing me whistle, my grandmother would quote, A whistling girl and a crowing hen will always come to a bad, bad end. I knew what happened to crowing hens. They ended up as Sunday dinner. But I wondered what bad end I would come to if I continued to whistle.
My father whistled while polishing his shoes on Sunday morning, and my brothers whistled for their dogs. It was puzzling to me that whistling was considered bad taste in a girl but was an acceptable practice for boys. I still occasionally whistled when I was alone. I dont know why I thought it was OK to whistle as long as no one could hear me.
Thanks to the Rev. Hammet for the reminder of the warm, human side of Jesus as he taught lessons that could help keep us from a bad, bad end.
-- Evelyn R. Evans
See and be seen
During this past rainy weekend, I realized several drivers had failed to turn on their headlights. It is my understanding that Georgia law requires headlights to be on during rainy weather. It is a case of see and be seen. I have also encountered some drivers who fail to turn on their headlights after it is dark. Most of these vehicles are dark in color, which makes it hard to see them. This also is a case of see and be seen.
Often, I have been driving behind drivers who fail to use their turn signals. Car manufacturers make vehicles with turn indicators for a reason. Use them.
These are just a few pet peeves I have, but they are ones I feel every driver should think about.
-- Judith Herndon
Father, this world is not my home, but thank you for shelter over my head. You have provided a home here on Earth for me, and Im so grateful for a Christian home. Heaven will be my eternal home one day, and I know that Heaven is a beautiful place. I thank you with all my heart that you so freely made it possible for me to enter in. Amen.
-- Alice M. Pritchett
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