This is Viewpoints for Tuesday, July 1, 2014

July 1, 2014 

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We have subscribed to The Telegraph for almost 30 years, to USA Today for a number of years and to the Saturday Wall Street Journal for over a year. Our Macon carrier serves us well.

However, about once a month, on the average, the USA Today doesn’t arrive in time for our carrier to deliver it. We have to go to town to pick it up from a supermarket or drug store. This is extra time and money, as well as the aggravation of getting an extension credit on our account from The Telegraph.

We feel that since we make payment for all of these papers directly to The Telegraph, they should take the responsibility to negotiate the solution of delivery problems of the USA Today’s paper with them.

We appreciate having all of our subscriptions delivered on the day of their publication, not delivered the next day.

-- Tracy Coyle


No. 17 with a bullet

Congratulations, the South has finally attained the top of a category. Unfortunately it is a list of the states ranked by gun deaths per capita as of 2011. Drum roll please. First on the list is Louisiana with 18.91 deaths per 100,000. Second is Mississippi at 17.8 deaths. Alabama is seventh. South Carolina is ninth. Georgia is 17th with 12.56 killed by gun per 100,000. Florida is 18th at 12.46 deaths

On the bottom of the category is Rhode Island at 50th place with just 3.14 deaths per 100,000. Hawaii is 49th, Massachusetts at 48th, New York at 47th and New Jersey at 46 with a death rate of 5.46 less than half the rate of good old Georgia.

Maybe some brilliant mind out there can come up with a reason why life in the South is so much more deadly than crime ridden New Jersey. Maybe it’s because our legislators are so busy pandering to the NRA. Passing laws like the carry guns everywhere bill.

It will be interesting to see how many will die from our gun culture in the next few years.

-- N.A. Pietrzak


Rant on

Jimmy Faircloth’s letter reminded me of an old favorite game: Pinball, as he flipped the steel ball from target to target. First with Iraq and gas prices, then on to Native American’s objections to the “Redskins” moniker. Finally, he hit border security -- Mexican kids crossing our border -- before, inevitably, his balls were drained, reset for another game. He is not bothered by the fact that most of the children featured in the current crisis are Honduran and Ecuadorian, not Mexican. I guess to Jimmy, they all look the same.

But I like the game, so let’s play Viewpoints Pinball.

W. Wade Stooksberry II uses the word “transcendent” three times in one short paragraph. Isn’t there a rule?; Jim Sandefur takes on “Your Say” contributor, Anthony Smith, for bad reference work, using the splendid “superstitious twaddle” to describe Anthony’s efforts; Nick Bruno wants a special sticker for his car so, as a valued Robins AFB employee, he can speed through our streets with impunity; Misogynist Edmund Nash, laments the possibility of a woman U.S. president and moves to the unthinkable: A same-sex marriage in the White House. News flash, Eddy, research indicates that after the first year, or so, it’s always the same sex.

As the last ball leaves the chute for this session, Linda Bridges wants The Telegraph to censor contributions she describes as rants. Specifically attributing the “rant” label to one of Walter Huckabee’s notes, her rant about his rant creates a perfect circle. Come on, Lindy, lighten up. If all rants were eliminated from these pages, the remaining letters could be assigned to Saturday’s Viewpoints which exists only in the ether.

-- Bob Carnot

Warner Robins

Time for appreciation

As we are about to celebrate the birth of our nation on the Fourth of July, may we reflect on what took place for us to have a new nation. War was upon our lands and our forefathers fought to give us freedom. But do we appreciate their sacrifices? I certainly do.

In 1941, when the world was ravaged by war, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt set aside the first day of 1942 as a Day of Prayer. The words he spoke in that Christmas Eve radio message are still true today. May we remember them and the sons and daughters who serve for us and endure for us and are engaged in the wars of other nations who wish to be free.

“The year 1941 has brought upon our nation a war of aggression by powers dominated by arrogant rulers whose selfish purpose is to destroy free institutions. They would thereby take from the freedom-loving peoples of the earth the hard won liberties gained over many centuries.

“The new year of 1942 calls for the courage and the resolution of old and young to help to win a world struggle in order that we may preserve all that we hold dear.

“We are confident in our devotion to country, in our love of freedom, in our inheritance of courage. But our strength, as the strength of all men everywhere, is of greater avail as God upholds us.

“We need His guidance that this people may be humble in spirit but strong in the conviction of the right; steadfast to endure sacrifice and brave to achieve a victory of liberty and peace.

“Against enemies who preach the principles of hate and practice them, we set our faith in human love and in God’s care for us and all men everywhere.”

May we always remember and rejoice in the freedoms we have enjoyed as we celebrate July 4, 2014.

-- Ruby Jacobs

Dry Branch

Takes all kinds

Congress has a 13 percent approval rating. That begs the question: are 13 percent of Americans sleep walking?

-- William D. Carter


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