This is Viewpoints for Sunday, June 29, 2014

June 29, 2014 

Easy fix

The June 25 Viewpoints contributions brought forth several important topics: nation building, foreign military policy and the IRS.

So, on the basis of their missives, I suggest the following:

• Retired Lt. Col. Alan Gardner will be in charge of the “I Told You So” section at the State Department. Why, oh, why did the president and Congress not listen to his dire warnings? Certainly, a more experienced military statesmen had not emerged since Lt. Col. Ollie North fell off the radar.

• Jim Costello will be in charge of any future military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, since it is obvious our military leaders have no idea that missile launchers in the hands of terrorists is not a good idea.

• Beverly Martin of Fulton, Missouri, (they don’t have a local paper there, evidently) will be in charge of a new revenue system that relies on the best instincts and good intentions of America’s citizens to drop a few bucks in the collection plate to provide for all the services that she and millions of others demand from our various levels of government. See how easy that was?

-- Bob Carnot

Warner Robins

Death penalty debate

Lately there has been a great deal said about the execution of murderers. Should we have the death penalty or not? I have often thought about this. I find it hard to put to death any human being. On the other hand, I think about the murdered person and his/her family. My wife’s uncle was murdered. Shouldn’t they have closure, knowing the killer would not be able to kill again and is paying with his life for his crime? Yes, he should pay. That’s the law. On the other hand, shouldn’t he suffer, lingering in a small cell hearing the voices in his mind, that he killed someone? Shouldn’t he have a lifetime of regret hoping he will die of old age, never seeing the life he hoped for on the outside?

I cannot deliberately take a human life, so I would make a poor executioner. That is not the problem. The cost shouts out loud. A convicted man has the right to request a new hearing. That hearing is usually automatic. The state will pay his legal costs.

The average man convicted can appeal at least three times if not four or more. Sometimes the appeal goes all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Most men convicted of murder linger in jail for 10 years before the sentence is carried out. Add that to the cost. In the meantime he has free medical care. There goes more of our money.

Why not just keep him in jail for another 10 or 20 years until death does he part? You would save on court costs that could run as high as $1 million.

-- Brian T. Reid Sr.


‘Slow down or pay up’

In response to the letter by Nicky Bruno, I, for one, want more Warner Robins police to stop the speeding problem in this town. The majority of the speeders do work on base, but that doesn’t give them the right to speed. Speeding causes more deaths each year than your so-called “low lifes.” Go through a school zone any given day and you will see plenty of base workers flying through. This is unacceptable.

Those who work hardest are not the privileged government workers, but its the low-paid, underappreciated workers of this country. As residents, we are all in this together.

If the police “befriended” employees and didn’t give them tickets, that would be corruption in my book. Slow down or pay up. Thank you, Warner Robins police, for all you do.

-- Anita Baker

Warner Robins


Cry me a river, Nicky Bruno. If all speeders would go to bed early enough, they could get up in time and they wouldn’t have to speed to get to work. I bet most them leave home at the last minute only to wait in line to get on the base. The base isn’t going anywhere. I doubt the Ocmulgee ever rises high enough to move Buildings 645, 640 or 300 and 301. Nicky, didn’t you get to work on time when you were on swing shift or owl shift?

-- Tommy Arnold

Warner Robins

Political domination

It’s been said that more books have been written on the Civil War than any other with the exception of the Bible. One reason so many books are written on the Bible is because of its rich content of moral truth, which is relative in all ages.

Other books are written in the interest of sin, which have to be propped up with more books of untruths and misinterpretations. This is the case with “Civil War” history. Many books have to be written to support the original counterfeit history and to help cover up crimes against innocent people during this war.

It is interesting that in 1865 about 30 radicals in the Union government tried to set up a one-party government for political domination. And it appears to be happening all over again today.

If amnesty is approved for thousands and thousands of illegal immigrants, the Democrats will overwhelm the elections in 2016. The Republican Party will become “null and void.”

Their plan failed 150 years ago, but, now, political domination or tyranny may be at our doorstep.

-- Dwight Poole


Who’s the boss?

Several Macon-Bibb commissioners seem to be confused about their roles. They were elected to represent the residents of this community, not the employees of the government.

We all appreciate those public workers and want the best for them, but the commissioners who attempt to micromanage their pay, etc., are not looking out for the taxpayers who elected them when they do so.

They should be focused on the real work and needs of Macon -- a huge task, which these same representatives seem to be mismanaging in the current budget crisis.

Please, let’s not go back to the petty demagoguery that existed with the old City Council. We need mature, responsible leaders, not self-serving political grandstanders.

-- Carol Kimsey


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