This is Viewpoints for Friday, July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014 

Looking for credit

After having been in four different meetings with four different organizations in Macon for solutions to youth violence and after being involved in two events with my foundation, I have come to a conclusion. I fully understand why the youth violence problem in Macon hasn’t gotten any better. Instead of working collectively and supporting each other, organizations are looking for their own piece of fame, money and news coverage about what their organization has done. If its about the youth, why be concerned about which organization is doing an event? If it’s positive, any and all youth can benefit.

With problems being as bad as they are, you would think every event in Macon would be packed. I’m from Warner Robins. I have gone to events sponsored by organizations in Macon that were totally focused on youth violence and peer pressure with only about 30 young people. I had a Macon official tell me my organization wasn’t known so I guess any event I put on wouldn’t be worth supporting. The vic-ki foundation inc. has done four events in Macon in the past two years. If you only support organizations that you know about, regardless of the other’s objectives, you’re short changing the youths you’re trying to serve. Problems won’t be resolved without people working together and fully supporting all organizations and city officials.

-- Charles McGhee

Warner Robin

Williams off base

In the July 3 edition of The Telegraph, Walter Williams, professor of economics, wrote, “The average poor American has more living space than the typical non-poor person in Sweden, France and the U.K. Ninety-six percent of poor parents stated that their children were never hungry because they could not afford food. The bottom line is that there is little or no material poverty In the U.S.”

Do any of these people writing this type of column go outside? Visit schools? Wander through American neighborhoods? I am no socialologist. however, I did grow up seeing and becoming aware of the world around me, especially in Georgia, Florida, New Mexico and other areas. This statement is very similar to saying North Korea, Syria, Hezbollah, the Taliban and Osama bin Laden are fictional characters in some comic book. Wake up, America.

-- Dewell Garner

Macon

No war on women

In reference to Cathy Gill’s letter published in the July 2 edition of The Telegraph, perhaps we all need more information before making snap judgments. Many appear to believe politicians as they scream on national media outlets that Hobby Lobby is refusing to provide insurance coverage for birth control methods for their female employees. That is not the decision of The Supreme Court. The Christian owners of Hobby Lobby object to providing coverage for the “morning after” pills and other fertilized-egg aborting drugs which, in their viewpoint, end a life. The company continues to offer insurance coverage for 16 other birth control methods. This does not fit into my definition of a “war against women.”

-- Dot Epps

Eatonton

Get informed

I see where once again people are not fully informed about the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court and Hobby Lobby. The corporation never said it would not provide contraception to its workers. They objected to the government mandate that all forms must be covered, including the “morning after” pill.

That was the challenge and the court agreed. Get informed people and read the decisions for yourself. Stop listening to the news stations that twist the truth.

-- Michael C. Monteau

Warner Robins

History will judge

Frank Gadbois has the right to express his opinion and pride, whatever they might be. However, it should be recognized that this oftentimes defines that person’s knowledge, bias and powers of reasoning as he appears to gloss over the actual successes of this president for the nation as a whole, not just the splinter groups of his ardent base. President Obama has been very successful in trying to spread his ideology and expanding philosophical divisions within this nation that he was elected to serve, not rule by edict.

History will start to judge whether our nation will have been diminished or enhanced when Obama completes his second term. His successors will have the benefit of his legacy or struggle with it as a millstone around their necks.

-- Arthur D. Brook

Macon

Sidetracked

In my view, the Hobby Lobby debate has been sidetracked by its limited affect on birth control policy from the real issue of further expanding corporate personhood. Like the “Citizens United” ruling that did away with any pretense of fair and equitable election campaigns, this is just another corporate “right” the courts have extended in a continuous misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment.

Like any first-year law student should realize, the belief that corporations need special protections and inclusion under the Constitution in order to do business, enter into contracts and own property, is well entrenched. That assumes there is no other way to afford certain limited legal rights to entities other than human beings. The argument is, on its face, stupid. All manner of defining legal entities have been created to allow groups and individuals to effect business plans, amass huge holdings and select a variety of accounting and taxation platforms from which to operate. None of these includes Superman’s cape -- the U.S. Constitution’s provisions for individuals -- for protection.

As bulwarks are continuously erected by lawyers to protect and extend this “legal fiction,” the individuals rights to protection from these powerfully enhanced fictional individuals -- corporate persons -- is eroded. As corporations were allowed to select the states in which they were chartered, based not on their principle place of business, but the favorable accounting and taxation rules afforded by one of several states, the residents of those states received little benefit and the states that actually host the companies are deprived of a legitimate tax base.

For many years, Delaware, 45th in population, has remained No. 1 in registered corporations with more than 285,000, including 60 percent of the nation’s Fortune 500 companies. Of course, there is more to the story than taxes. Access to favorable courts and state government have allowed both legitimate businesses and money launderers to skirt and avoid investigation and penalties under the corporate umbrellas.

So folks, be wary of those who would, in a fit of conservative bluster, engage the subject defined by the Hobby Lobby decision as repudiation of Obama and a blow for religious freedom. It is neither. It is, rather a blow against much of what we should hold dear.

-- Bob Carnot

Warner Robins

Will she run?

Hillary Rodham Clinton is going around the country touting her book sales. The burning question remains -- is she running for president in 2016? She has been running for 40 years, so you can bet your life she is after the presidency. She is a master at filibustering and double talk when she does not want to answer. Watching an interview on CNN, I thought the interviewer was going to leap out of her chair an put a lip lock on Hillary. Just think, if Hillary is elected, guess who will be in charge of interns?

-- Chet Lambert

Warner Robins

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