This is Viewpoints for Wednesday, July 16, 2014

July 16, 2014 

No greater safety

So much of what I’ve seen about the new guns anywhere law in Viewpoints comes from two assumptions: 1) We are constantly in danger of being faced by armed criminals and, 2) We will be much safer with legally-armed citizens in our midst in larger numbers.

I can’t speak for every Telegraph reader, but in my 40-plus years in Macon, I’ve never seen, faced, been threatened by, or had a first-hand recounting of, an armed criminal. As regards the second assumption, I suggest recalling the armed gunman who opened fire at the Empire State Building lobby just a few years back. Nine people were injured, although none of the gunman’s bullets hit anyone. All of the wounds stemmed from the fact that there are always several police officers on duty at that location. It was their bullets and ricochets which were the cause in every instance. More guns simply don’t equal greater safety.

-- Fred Brown


Editors note: The shooting occurred in Aug. 2012 outside the Empire State Building. The gunman killed a former co-worker before being killed by police.

Problem solved?

Our nation is in a really big mess. The current border crisis, veterans care, IRS scandal, etc. All the politicians in the nation, Republicans, Democrats or Independents can’t fix the problem, even if they should work together. The answer cannot be found in Washington.

Want to solve all the problems? The simple answer is found in 2 Chronicles 7:14. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways; then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

-- Dawson A. Mims Jr.


Cheaper, more efficient government?

I read in the Sunday paper that the new consolidated government may be having trouble meeting its requirement of cheaper government and meeting its budget. All you have to do is drive down Ga. 74 and you can observe one of the main reasons.

Prior to January, South Fork and Beaver Oaks, both had a billboard and a standard road sign. Then someone decided that people had trouble reading a 30-foot billboard, the standard road sign, and that they should add a sign or two. Now we have two big yellow signs on the westbound end and two on the eastbound end. These signs indicate Beaver Oaks Drive and South Fork Drive.

At the junction of Highway 74, Lamar Road and Johnson Road they have raped 10 acres of land, cut down old growth oaks and ripped up 100 yards of Lake Wildwood fence. They have decided to make a roundabout rather than hang a traffic light. The roundabout should cost about $7 million and a new light around $5,000. The work on the area progresses about two days a week and the other days it’s a parking lot for earth moving equipment.

These are just two of the mismanagement ideas put forth by the new Air Scout and I’m sure there are many more. This is why every consolidated government has ending up costing more than the two governments it replaced. If you heard a sound like a door closing it was just another of the 1,500 people who have left the area.

-- Ronald Fouse


Mocking whites

Joe Hubbard certainly covered a lot of ground in his letter detailing the decline of Macon. However, he left out one of the main culprits, The Telegraph. Just above his letter is an editorial cartoon depicting the Statue of Liberty with the quote, “I SHOULD HAVE STOPPED THIS WHOLE HUDDLED MASSES THING WHEN PALEFACES STARTED SHOWING UP.”

This is a perfect example of what The Telegraph does best; create division. Imagine if the quote had been, “I SHOULD HAVE STOPPED THIS WHOLE HUDDLED MASSES THING WHEN BLACKS STARTED SHOWING UP.” That certainly sounds racist to me, but due to The Telegraph editorial board differing standards, “palefaces” aren’t afforded equal respect. I guess that’s just part of white privilege, the privilege of being the last race that can be openly mocked.

-- Gregory A. Payne


Set free

I would have no call to doubt the characterization of Dr. Kirby Godsey by Dr. Bill Cummings as “theologically brilliant” (“Questioning faith.” 07/06), were it not for his glaring deficiency regarding the facts later in his column. Specifically, his reference to the “church law of circumcision,” of which there was none; circumcision being a Jewish ceremonial procedure. It is interesting, if not ironic, that Cummings cites Galatians 2:4, which refers to those who asserted the necessity of circumcising gentile believers as “false brethren, secretly brought in, to spy out our liberty which we have in Jesus Christ, that they might bring us into bondage.”

There is an ever-present danger of being brought into the bondage of false doctrine, based on the sort of ill-informed conjecture and misinformation expressed (unwittingly, it is assumed) by Cummings. By all means, let’s have “open and honest debate” regarding matters of faith. But let’s base that debate on a genuine desire to arrive at the truth. And let’s make every effort to be accurate with our assertions in that endeavor.

I’ll be happy to provide a proposition for consideration, concerning the nature of faith, in order to kick-off the debate, that “faith is simply the confidence that God is who he says he is, and that he will do everything he’s promised to do.” I have faith that is the truth and that “the truth shall set you free.”

-- W. Wade Stooksberry II


Provocative misinformation

It was good to see Avery Chenoweth on the pages of Viewpoints once more. Identified as “A resident of Perry,” he is, of course, much more. He is an accomplished painter, military historian and writer. You may, as I had occasion to a couple of years ago, engage Chenoweth on most any subject and be met with facts, not opinion, as he relates both historical and accurately reported personal observation gleaned from a lifetime of effort.

But, as Michael Kilpatrick obliquely pointed out in his companion letter “Aggravated whining” on the same page, the “spectacularly ignorant sphincters” that insist on refighting the Civil War will not be deterred by facts. It seems that, in this age of provocative misinformation, as Leonard Pitts points out in his column “A narrow decision….” (The Telegraph 7/9) sincerity in mistaken beliefs trumps fact in this topsy-turvy world of opinion driven decision making.

Even the Supreme Court seems caught up in the phenomenon, as indicated by its recent pronouncements. Pitts also brings up the quandary created by the preferential treatment of “corporate persons,” as my yet-to-be published letter to the Telegraph’s editor does.

Avery, thanks for your fine pen and efforts to correct Dobson’s and the Anderson’s, among others, lack of historical fidelity. I fear though, it is for naught.

-- Bob Carnot

Warner Robins

Waiting for vindication

It was recently announced that Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., has agreed to remove replicas of Confederate flags several months after 12 black law students demanded their removal from campus.

The flags were displayed behind a statue of Robert E. Lee on the stage of Lee Chapel. Original Confederate flags, on loan from the American Civil War Museum, will now be displayed on the bottom floor of the chapel, which houses the Lee Chapel Museum. Students soon must creep downstairs to find their offense.

“I’m excited about the progress we were able to create on campus,” said Brandon Hicks, a member of the 12-student group called the Committee. Hicks “is excited” that he is destroying my heritage to promote his. Is that what they mean by equality and civil rights?

Among other demands, the students asked the school to apologize for its role in slavery and to condemn Gen. Robert E. Lee, but President Kenneth P. Ruscio would not.

Aren’t you civil rights advocates proud? Don’t you feel noble when you look in the mirror? You blatant hypocrites, you are the oppressor. You are committing worse offenses than you allege. Why use the truth when a pack of lies will work just as well?

I may not live to see it, but one day in this world, or one to come, a Southern people, who just wanted to be left alone, will have their cause and heritage vindicated.

-- John Wayne Dobson


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