Cut up and spit out
So this is the way the Georgia state Republican congressional delegation treats its new members. Instead of privately discussing Rep. Sam Moores bill with him and pointing out what they felt were unintended loopholes in it, they wait until they get him in open session on the floor of the House and publicly eviscerate him. It amazes me that anyone would want to subject themselves to such savagery. So much for public service.
-- Ron Wheeler
Reference: Judy S. Veal Lawrence comments in the Feb. 20 Telegraph concerning the dog Lucky being shot by a deputy. She is misinformed to say the least. A person does not have to wait until a dog, either a family pet or a junk yard dog, bites him before he takes defensive action. It is sad that the dog was shot. I hope he recovers, but the deputy was protecting himself from what seemed to him to be a deserving situation. Veal Lawrence needs to take her medicine, and put her head down for a while until reality sets in again, and she can cope with real life situations.
-- Walter Huckeba
Roads needed for economy
The traffic conditions that stopped Atlanta commerce during its snowstorm could happen in Macon. Commercial and private transport on Interstate-16 presently requires the use of Macons midtown interchange. Interstate-75 traffic uses Interstate-475 avoiding the interchange. I-16 traffic does not have that opportunity.
In the eventuality of a severe, ice/snowstorm in Macon, both I-16 and Macon travel would be blocked for a day or more. Even in good weather accidents on the interchange do just that.
A connector or bypass between I-75 south of Macon with I-16 and another from I-16 to I-75 north of Macon would accomplish at least two travel benefits: 1) shorten interstate travel time and thus the cost of transport for all travelers and 2) provide a bypass on Macons east side similar to that provided by I-475 on the west, whether good or bad weather.
Major companies that are looking for sites to expand would find the midstate a more attractive location for their relocation. These new companies would increase the overall regional economy through increased employment, resulting in increased local commerce and tax income. All of this should result in an improved community for Middle Georgia.
When considering the pros and cons for major bypasses around the I-16/I-75 interchange in Macon, the sources for new money should not be the major factor in the decision. A possible source of needed funds would come from what will not be needed to reconstruct the present midtown interchange. That interchange would only need minor adjustments to its safety and beauty.
I only hope that a thorough examination of all concerns and possibilities will be considered before a final decision is made to construct or not to construct bypasses or a major overhaul of the present connector. A decision to construct bypasses will change the midstate forever. A decision not to construct would keep all at status quo even with the reconstructed interchange.
-- Al Diboll
Reported in The Telegraph Feb. 16, President Barack Obama said he was taking steps to help get the long-term unemployed back to work by selecting 300 companies that he felt would not discriminate against the long-term unemployed when hiring. Therefore, he is creating another work program by giving $150 million tax dollars in grants to nonprofits that help the long-term unemployed get back to work. How many states house his 300 companies? Who made Obama God with the oversight to prejudge companies that would discriminate in hiring?
Does this mean Obama will donate $150 million of our tax dollars to his chosen nonprofits if they cater to his chosen 300 companies and hire the unemployed in his chosen state or maybe just red or blue states? Regardless, isnt he guilty of unequally redistributing wealth using our tax dollars to aid his 300 companies and the long-term unemployed regardless of where they live and/or any company that considers hiring them?
-- Faye W. Tanner
Helping those with autism
I am writing in support of Senate Bill 191 and House Bill 309, Avas Law. This would give insurance coverage for treatment to families who have children with autism. These are hard working Georgia families who want the best quality of life for their children who are Georgia citizens.
I have been a pediatric speech language pathologist of 33 years, who specializes in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders. The latest data states autism affects 1 in 55 children. On my caseload at present, 65 percent are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I am also the grandparent of twin boys with autism who are just beginning their journey with this disorder. I know firsthand what appropriate, early treatment can do for children with autism to give them a good quality of life. I am now feeling this on a personal level with my grandsons. I want them to have the speech, occupational and physical therapy that they so desperately need, as well as relationship development intervention (behavioral therapy).
These combined treatments have helped children with autism have access to regular education in public and private schools. Just the basic treatment becomes prohibitive without insurance coverage. This grieves me. Without treatment, we will never know the full potential of these Georgia citizens.
I pray we will not let these children wait any longer. Lets reach out to the General Assembly and let our voices be heard so this bill can be passed in 2014.
-- Melanie Peacock Shell
prayer for today
Jesus, my blessed savior, thank you for the day you came to be with us. Thank you for giving us hope and healing. I thank you for the day when I asked you to come into my heart. I give you my all for you first loved me. Thank you, Lord, for saving my soul. My love for you just keeps me singing. In your precious name, I pray. Amen.
-- Sheila Bennett
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