This is Viewpoints for Tuesday, July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014 

Ranked with Gadbois?

Well, I wish to thank all of the readers who responded to my letter save one that has provided me an additional source of air conditioning. Hobby Lobby has taken on the task of deciding for women what birth control they can and cannot have per their religious beliefs. Only one other reader supported me in my stance. What I find disturbing from the rest who responded is that you feel what Hobby Lobby has done is just fine.

I don’t find that fine because I do not want someone else foisting their religious beliefs on me or putting limitations on me because of their religious beliefs. I find this whole matter disturbing at the least. And for those of you who feel women are not being attacked, why do the same issues keep coming up over and over again? No one is threatening to take away the penile dysfunction drugs from men and I can already hear the howls if that were to happen.

Thanks all and have a great day. I thought I had been elevated to the ranks of Frank Gadbois for a minute, but I realize he is in a class all his own.

-- Cathy Gill

Warner Robins

Two views of America

Talk about. “Fair and Balanced.” The movie “America: Imagine the World Without Her” playing now across the country and in Macon presents two very different historic and ethical perspectives of America. The first half of the movie will make die-hard traditionalists want to walk out of the theater. At the same time, hard core liberals will cheer. The second half of the film will result in the opposite reaction. Moreover, all those across the conservative-liberal spectrum will be given much food for thought.

What is troubling for conservatives is the knowledge that the great majority of colleges and universities across America present the liberal perspective of America almost exclusively to their students; the one presented in the first half of the film.

At any rate, the great polarization among the American people that is growing worse by the day will be better understood after seeing this excellent documentary movie. I urge everyone, especially young people, to see this film. If I were selecting the top five movies of the year, “America: Imagine the World Without Her” would be No. 1 through No. 5.

-- Rinda Wilson

Macon

Clean the church

The facts are simple. Catholics have left the church in large numbers. Talk has brought no end to the disgraceful acts of the hierarchy of the church. Condemn and remove all sexual perverts at all levels and only then will the cleansing begin.

-- Joe Hubbard

Macon

Great music

On Sunday afternoon my wife and I were blessed to hear great music at Washington Park. We “Heard It Through The Grapevine” Band. Macon’s own.

-- Hal Clarke

Macon

A misguided EPA

EPA’s Clean Power Plan is a misguided effort that will clean out Americans’ wallets and expand control over industry without doing anything to “protect the health of millions.” Even EPA admits that indoor air quality is far more dangerous than outdoor air quality. Its own records show that America’s air quality is better than ever. And even the EPA admits it has no reason to believe that its proposal will make any difference to this nation’s air quality.

According to the EPA administrator, it’s “part of an overall strategy that is positioning the U.S. for leadership in an international discussion.” Meanwhile, businesses, industry and utilities are justifiably alarmed, pointing out the increased cost of doing business. That harms consumers, taxpayers and our economic competitiveness. The economic impact of shutting down Plant Scherer, for example, and losing its 400 permanent positions would be enormous in the Bibb County region.

Meanwhile, other developing nations use fossil fuels with far less global environmental responsibility. America should be taking the lead, exploring and utilizing domestic natural resources responsibly. If Jalal Zuberi and Anne Mellinger-Birdsong were truly concerned about the health of Americans and America’s most vulnerable -- children, communities of color, older adults and people with respiratory diseases -- they would call for government to quit its unjustifiable regulatory overreach. That way, more of families’ hard-earned dollars would stay in their control, enabling them to lift themselves out of unhealthy environments and improve their quality of life.

-- Benita Dodd

Vice president, Georgia Public Policy Foundation

Adopt the FairTax

To aware citizens it’s crystal clear: The IRS must go. There is no place for an institution like the IRS in a society of free people such as the citizens of the U.S.A.

The IRS can and does, without cause, bring financial ruin to any citizen or small business it chooses. The Congress, that both created and empowered the IRS, already has sufficient evidence to abolish it but has made no move to do so. We all must contact Congress, both representative and senators, and insist the IRS be abolished. If he/she doesn’t make a move to abolish the IRS before the November elections, tell him/her you intend to vote for his/her opponent in November. The legislation replacing the income tax with a national sales tax, the FairTax, has already been thoroughly researched and written. It’s been stymied by the House Ways and Means Committee for over 10 years. Tell your congressman, in the most forceful way possible, to adopt it.

-- Glen E. Terrell

Arlington, Texas

Experience

A lot of people state that in 2008, Barack Obama was an inexperienced candidate. That he had no executive or presidential experience. How many presidents have had “presidential experience” if they’ve never been president? President Obama now has five years and six months presidential experience. Is that enough for you?

-- William D. Carter

Bonaire

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