This is Viewpoints for Monday, July 14, 2014

July 14, 2014 

A mistaken belief

In the June 30 issue of The Telegraph, Robert Buck writes, “Now that a California judge has ruled teacher “tenure” as being unconstitutional, the door had been opened for colleges to significantly reduce the cost of attending.”

If Buck truly believes teacher pay is what drives up the cost of college, he is displaying a vast ignorance of the subject. In my long academic career I knew many teachers, and, while I freely admit that some of them were not worth their salt, the vast majority of them were hard working and far from overpaid.” (My wife took a $5,000 cut in pay to move from middle school teaching to teach in college.)

Now if he wanted to argue that many college administrations are vastly overpaid, I could agree with that. And this includes a number of college presidents I have known.

-- Charles J. Pecor

Macon

The worst?

I apologize. I once wrote that Tom Hudson is the worst Bibb County school board member in the last 30 years. That is not correct. He is the worst board member in the history of the Bibb County School System.

-- Robert C. (Bob) Nickels

Macon

Promiscuity no answer

Moral justifications for the use of contraceptives and abortions are numerous; however, supporting their unfettered use as championed by Obama, encourages sexual promiscuity which attempts to sooth a soul aching to be loved. Promiscuity cannot deliver that love, nor can the drugs and alcohol that fuels it nor can a relationship or marriage based on it.

Obama’s drive to provide women with unfettered access to contraceptives and abortions (regardless of maturity) lures women away from this reality and into to a sexual lifestyle devoid of compassion and love. A lifestyle that fosters callousness toward the creation of life and life itself which siphons gullible women and young girls away from Christian values and into Obama’s army of social parasites called the Democratic Party.

-- Travis L. Middleton

Peach County

Mandatory reading

“The Grapes of Wrath,” second edition is currently occurring across this country’s southern border, a border without control, I might add. To those who have not read John Steinbeck’s famous novel I suggest that it be mandatory reading by all across this once great nation.

-- Ken Brown

Byron

Embracing ‘science’

Now that the dust has settled and Bibb County officials have reinstated most of the funding for the Museum of Arts and Sciences, will this museum take taxpayers funds and run, or will it reach out to all Middle Georgia and do more to welcome and embrace the poor, minorities and the disabled, including seniors. And with “sciences” in their title, let’s see whether they embrace the science behind climate change. Some of their sponsors may not be happy about it, as is the case with many larger museums. As a taxpayer, citizen and community activist, my hope is this museum will not look the other way and take on these issues.

-- Fred Gunter

Macon

Creating change with opinions

In a recent edition of The Telegraph on the Opinion page, two excellent columns appeared that complemented each other perfectly. “Diverse opinions have been shared here for years” by the editorial staff and “Questioning faith” by columnist Bill Cummings supported each other well and shouted in unison: “by golly, my view on an issue may be different from yours, but I have a right to it.” Sometimes we forget that freedom to differ is fundamental in a democracy.

My first letter to the Telegraph was in 1960 and concerned the practice of local privately owned ambulances disregarding traffic lights and stop signs. At that time, anyone over the age of 16 could drive an emergency vehicle and life-saving training was not required. There was an old saw on the streets that said, “if you didn’t need a doctor when you were placed in an ambulance you would by the time you arrived at the hospital.” A few other readers commented on the same issue and later, Sheriff Jimmy Bloodworth, ended that dangerous practice. Perhaps a different opinion by letters to the editor saved the life of someone.

Letters to Viewpoints written by hundreds of pro and con readers on public tobacco smoking helped bring about our near smoke-free environment. In the past, the hallways and meeting rooms of public and private buildings reeked of smoke the entire day, a practice now antiquated. Much credit is due former Bibb County Commissioner Lonzy Edwards in striking the death blow to smoking in Bibb County public buildings. He and many others had a different opinion about expelling carcinogenic smoke in public places.

There are many kinds of religion and almost all claim a particular god. The late Phil Dodson, piggy-backed one of my letters in his weekly column years ago where we dared suggest there are many paths that lead beyond our earthly existence. We opined the way into eternity is not straight and the gate is not narrow, and there will be a cool place for all when we depart.

To paraphrase Cummings’ comments, “many people think those belonging to their faith must think as they do.” I might add some of those strong-minded believers expect to go to a beautiful garden at death and from that lofty perch watch the non-congruent-brothers-in-faith roast in purgatory.

My god is bigger than your god is an opinion professed by some and apparently Cummings has encountered such view. During the last generation, opinions by staff and readers that appeared in The Telegraph and other newspapers helped to caused tremendous change in our thinking. Race relations, women’s rights, animal rights, sexual preference rights, and immigrant rights are a few that germinated on the opinion pages of America and are now growing into fruition.

-- John G. Kelley Jr.

Macon

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