This is Viewpoints for Thursday, June 26, 2014

June 26, 2014 

Governor’s goal

Today in a letter, a reader asks, “Why does the Medical Center need funding from the city when everyone has insurance aka Obamacare?”

Allow me to answer the premise. Everyone does not have insurance aka Obamacare. Gov. Nathan Deal saw to that when he refused Medicaid expansion. As a result, some 600,000 Georgians have no health coverage. The goal of Obamacare is to ensure that everyone has access to health care. The goal of the governor, apparently, is to ensure that not everyone has access to health care.

-- Jack Mahaney


Bring on Biden?

For some time now, there has been a rumor floating about touting the president’s intellectual superiority. This is an unfounded rumor. All documentation, if any, that might have supported this myth is sealed from the public’s eye. The truth is that President Obama is no smarter than the average fool who supports him, or the average rock whichever is dumber.

By now it should be evident to everyone, except his most devout, lickspittle, toady followers, that Obama is a failed president. Obama should cast off his cloak of denial and do the right thing for America: resign from the presidency. Doing so would free him to seek employment more in line with his capabilities. With any luck, he might sign on with the last failed president as a carpenter’s helper. He may even land a position as a luggage handler at some small airport in Kenya. Either one of these positions would allow a better chance of success than his current position, for which he is obviously not qualified.

Obama has proven by his actions that he is not a friend of the American people, and does not deserve a place in history along side the men who have served honorably as the commander in chief of our nation.

Mr. President, the majority of Americans are tired of you and your lack of leadership. Please give us a break and resign immediately.

-- Walter Huckeba


Death penalty wait

As a frequent visitor from the UK, surprisingly, I am not against the death penalty. Is not the excessively long period of waitng experienced by the prisoner an extreme form of mental cruelty, particularly with the multiple levels of appeal? Originally in the UK, the maximum period of wait including appeal was in the order of six weeks. The actual event lasted between eight and 10 seconds.

-- Robert Holl-Allen

Solihull, UK

What’s the standard?

I generally agree with Robert Lehane’s noble sentiments in regard to prejudice, its causes, effects and characteristics (June 19). His conclusion is that prejudice can be either “good” or “bad,” terms he used seven and six times, respectively, in building his case. The problem, as always, is when there is disagreement as to the application of these values. “Prejudice,” like “morality,” can only be good or bad, better or worse, if there is an absolute standard by which to gauge them. If not, then we may say that the qualities valued in a barbaric society -- or, say, state prison -- are “different” than those valued by Dr. Kernberg, Lehane and me; but it is useless to say they are “better or worse.”

If, then, our reality is the product of a “mind” which has produced its natural and moral laws the way a novelist produces a story, then the creator is the only standard that can be appealed to, or applied, in matters pertaining to the good, the true, the righteous.

If there is no such transcendent mind, however, then there is no transcendent standard, and we are left to fight it out as to which individual or group standard is preferable. That usually means that whoever has the most weapons and power will make the determination. But because such a transcendent standard does exist, it seems reasonable to make it our endeavor to know it and to live by it. And to know the creator of it.

-- W. Wade Stooksberry II


Can we get it right?

Please tell me I heard wrong -- that 300 “advisers” are heading for Baghdad. Same song -- seventh verse. I remember distinctly the order going out in the early 1960s for a similar contingent to deploy to Vietnam, and I can hear the voices now: “Don’t shoot, I am only an adviser.” And to our dismay, the medics were summoned, for advisers bleed just like the rest of us. Will we ever get it right?

-- Daniel W. Gatlyn USN (ret.)


Saying and doing

I want to applaud Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga., for not supporting the liberal Kevin McCarthy as the new majority leader in the House of Representatives. In a losing effort, Scott supported the more conservative Raul Labrador.

Speaking of previous Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s loss, Scott said, “I don’t consider Eric’s loss a shot at him as much as it is dissatisfaction that we as Republicans aren’t standing up for the things we said we were for when we campaigned and we asked people for their votes.”

Scott hit the nail on the head. I am pleased that he recognizes his shortcomings as well. In this regard, and in light of what is happening on our southern border, I want to give the congressman a prime example that will hit close to home. Here is his stated position on illegal immigration and what he campaigned on.

“We must first secure our borders, remove the illegal immigrants currently in our country and enforce our existing immigration laws before we attempt to implement any type of immigration reform.”

However, Scott is in direct violation of his stated immigration position and his promise to his constituents by co-sponsoring the Enlist Act, which provides amnesty to illegal immigrants and allows them to enlist in our military.

We must send the message loudly that if you come illegally, you will be sent back and not rewarded. Scott must stop encouraging more illegal immigrants to cross the border. He must stop co-sponsoring the Enlist Act.

-- Randy Cooper


Appreciating nature

I’ve been living in Georgia since 1990, but it’s really been just the past few years that my family and I have discovered the river. I’ve fed the seals in Monterey Bay, California, bathed in the beach at Corpus Christy, Texas, snorkeled around the lighthouse in West Palm Beach, Florida, and countless other beaches. We’ve watched the whales in Daytona, seen the gators Captiva/Sanibel Island, and swam with dolphins. But I have to say the beauty and peaceful water rippling over the sand dunes in the slow moving river hear is just as wonderful. I wonder if most of us have grown too accustomed to our surroundings to appreciate them, but having been born in the mountains of Nevada, raised in the plains of Oklahoma and traveled several regions of the U.S. I can honestly say sometimes you can’t see the forest while looking for the trees.

Nature provides some of the most amazing displays of wildlife as you sit and observe, swim and relax. We’ve caught small turtles, returned a baby bird to its nest and enjoyed some good fishing here with nothing more than our feet in the sand and a pole, towel and eyes to see. I hope folks will begin to experience this river as we have in the past 25 years. It’s an absolutely phenomenal playground nature has offered up, free of charge. They say the best things are free and in this case, the river is a prime example.

-- Corina Tweddle


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