This is Viewpoints for Friday, June 13, 2014

June 13, 2014 

Disarming gun owners

I think the editor missed an important point in his May 28 editorial. Seems he is under impression that courts and other government buildings now need metal detectors and security to keep out guns now that the new gun laws are coming into effect.

The truth is, metal detectors and security were always needed to keep guns out of buildings. Signs alone do not keep guns out of “gun free” zones. Signs alone only keep out honest gun owners. Criminals will take their guns wherever they are able.

The new law allows the good gun owner to also bring his gun in the building to defend against the bad guy with a gun. No matter how you twist it, the law makes the state safer and cost nothing unless the local government wishes to disarm honest gun owners.

Signs alone never have and never will keep guns out of buildings. Every mass shooting since 1953, except three, have happened in a “gun free” zone. Gun free zones without metal detectors and security only disarm honest gun owners.

-- James Beahm


Too little humor

Our pitiful, oppressed, fearful local exile from the United Kingdom, Frank Gadbois, has outdone himself. In the past, he has provided me with a smile or a chuckle as I read his ramblings about the shortcomings of his adopted homeland. He must be feeling ignored because his most recent post appears to be a plea for attention. He has always stretched his facts, but this time he seems to have lost all sense of reality. He states that he reads The New York Times and then condemns others for watching Fox? He states that most European nations have nuclear weapons, when in reality, only France and the UK do. He says the British people are happy not carrying concealed weapons. Really? I thought knives were weapons, and I seem to have missed his personal poll of the British public.

He insists that there were only 29 homicides in Great Britain in 2012. The British Office of National Statistics reported 564 homicides for that period. He saved his best for last. He reminded us that he had destroyed books donated to a charity book sale thus depriving the charity of the proceeds of their sale. Why? Because he, in his confident superiority, decided what books people should be allowed to read. I seem to remember a group of Germans who, in 1938, destroyed books for the same reason.

One of our country’s greatest strengths is out ability to encourage the debate and discussion of different opinions and ideas. Everyone is entitled to his/her opinion. This does not mean they are entitled to make up their own facts. I hope you will continue to print Gadbois letters. There is far too little humor in the world today.

-- Fred Greer

Fort Valley

Different treatment

I am appalled at a local pharmacy I recently visited. I have drug insurance coverage and pay a co-pay. A Medicaid customer was treated more courteously while paying no co-pay than I was. The pharmacist went into deep detail on the medication, while he told me nothing of my own. It’s a shame an individual pays for drug coverage and a co-pay to be treated like this. This country has gone to the dogs and is only getting worse. I’m glad I voted for Mitt Romney.

-- S. Gus Lawrence



In the past two months, there have been two letters in the paper that the Editorial Board knew were wrong but chose to print anyway. Both concerned welfare. White people have always received more welfare until 2011. Blacks then passed whites 31.8 percent to 31.7 percent. What this country should worry about is where the other 40 percent goes.

-- Bill Saffold



Thank you for your support in endorsing me as the candidate of choice for the Macon Water Authority representing District 1. For 18 years, I have served on the Macon Water Authority board and worked diligently for all the citizens of this city.

I am happy to know that your staff recognized the service I have given in the past, and it is my intention to continue serving the people of Bibb County as a representative on the Macon Water Authority board.

-- Dorothy C. Black


What is it going to cost?

Like most readers, I would like to know the costs involved with the Macon Promise Center building and what are the board of education’s plans for the building? The district is renting part of the building for $575,000 a year. The lease is for 10 years. Also, the district is paying $325,000 a year in maintenance costs. The district will assume the maintenance cost of the building in 2015. Is the district considering buying the building? The building is appraised for $6.5 million to $9.1 million. I wonder what the asking price will be? This for a building the district sold for $250,000. Therefore, I have a few questions.

Is the district using any of the building now? Will the district offer any programs at the center by the end of the year? If yes, what will they be? If the district purchases the building, will they locate the future Hutchings College and the Career Charter Academy in the building? How much will it cost to renovate the building to accommodate these programs? Will the district rent space to Central Georgia Technical College? If not, what will they do with the basketball court and existing classrooms? How much money and in-kind services does the district have to pay and provide to the Macon Promise Neighborhood initiative? What is the status of this initiative?

Someone on the BOE or in the supervisor’s office should be able to answer these questions. The last thing we need is another round of stonewalling.

-- Jim Costello



I was driving through my subdivision and noticed a Michelle Nunn for Senate campaign sign in one of my neighbor’s yard. It had been defaced with brown spray paint. Either the owner of the house did the defacing and was making a political statement or someone else had come into their yard and did it. I haven’t seen any defaced Jack Kingston or David Perdue campaign signs. Things are really going to get ugly this summer and fall. Get ready for the mudslinging.

-- William D. Carter


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