In Charlottesville, Virginia, the neo-Nazis held torchlight parades where they chanted “Jew will not replace us,” “Blood and Soil,” and gave the Nazi salute while shouting “Heil Trump.” President Trump has a Jewish son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a Jewish daughter, Ivanka, and Jewish grandchildren. Why did he condone the anti-Semitic shouts and not call down his neo-Nazi followers? He says his family is important to him. Why did he not protect them? What must his grandchildren think of him?
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Georgia should follow recent wise action in Virginia. The Board of Elections in Virginia just voted to decertify all of the state’s paperless voting machines. Unfortunately, Georgia is still one of just 13 states that still uses paperless voting machines.
The touch-screen voting machines in Georgia have no paper ballot back-up. This has been the source of controversy for years because of the machines unreliability in providing accurate election results. This problem is well documented by www.VoterGa.org.
In 2011, the National Institute of Standards and Technology found that any system that does not provide a voter-verified paper record of voter intent will be susceptible to undetectable errors in the vote count. Put simply, it is impossible to know for sure that the vote tallies generated from DRE voting machines are correct.
Verified Voting President Barbara Simons says:
“Virginia’s move to decertify all of its paperless voting machines is a critical step toward securing its elections and acknowledging that post-2016, we’re living in a brave new world where election interference from hostile foreign attackers is no longer theoretical. We all need to step up our game to secure our elections and restore voter faith that their votes will be counted as cast.” To learn more about the problem and the solution, visit the links at my webpage: www.macon-bibb.com/voting.htm
Lindsay D. Holliday,
I just watched Charlie Rose attempt to interview Steve Bannon on “60 Minutes.” I would have to laugh if Rose hadn’t been so pitiful. Time after time Rose made unfounded accusations and told bald-faced lies. He became so frustrated he was spitting and shouting. I honestly thought a couple of times he was going to have a heart attack. I bet he’ll think twice before he goes after another conservative who knows what the hell he is talking about.
If the “purveyors” of opinions, thoughts and advice via the written word spent as much time and effort toward improvement of our communities and governmental entities as they do complaining about the thoughts, suggestions and actions of those who think differently from them to some degree there could very possibly be a distinct overall improvement for everyone. You cannot shake the hand of one with a clinched fist, and one with a closed mind has his selective hearing on “mute.” (Abraham Lincoln once described, “He can compress the most words into the smallest idea of any man I ever met.”)
It looks like we possibly have an over abundance of such men and women. What have you done productively lately?
Arthur D. Brook,
Page 6A of the Sunday paper featured a nice picture of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter, Healy, surrounded by ice flows in the Arctic Ocean. I wondered how many readers realized that the ship was named after one of Macon’s native sons, Michael Healy.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard website: Capt. Michael A. Healy was born near Macon, in September 1839. He was the fifth of 10 children born to immigrant Michael Morris Healy, an Irish plantation owner, and his wife Mary Eliza Smith, a slave. This family produced a number of distinguished individuals. Three brothers entered the priesthood; James became the first black bishop in North America, Patrick was second president of Georgetown University, and Sherwood became an expert in canon law. Three sisters became nuns, one reaching the level of mother superior.
Then, upon turning to page 10A, I saw Charles Richardson’s timely piece about Macon’s old signs and monuments. He notes that some are no longer politically correct, and some are still absent, including a lack of recognition for the Healy family. He says, “The very act of hiding and ignoring our history does us a disservice.”
Richardson is right. The impressive accomplishments of the Healy family, during times of tremendous adversity, does deserve our recognition. I would respectfully suggest a handsome sculpture, or bas-relief, or mosaic, of the entire family. (Please, not yet another dreary tombstone style marker that does nothing to visually enhance our public spaces).
Maybe a spot could be set aside; near the intersection of Dr. Martin Luther King Boulevard and Poplar Street in the redesigned Poplar Street Park, or along the Riverwalk, or near a proposed roundabout at Coleman Hill, or by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, or even in front of Terminal Station — within sight of the “Colored Waiting Room” sign mentioned in Richardson’s column. As we us face our history, let us remember to celebrate our heroes.
Is God responsible?
In his Sept. 10 column Bill Cumming defended Macon’s First Baptist Church of Christ’s vote to sanction same-sex marriages and chastised Erick Erickson for condemning that decision by ranting about slaves, women, stubborn and rebellious sons and stoning people. Subjects and events that have nothing to with homosexuals.
Feb. 4, Cummings wrote, “God is responsible for homosexuals and because of that Christians should embrace them.” Saying Christians should embrace homosexuals because God created homosexuals so he could condemn them — is crazy talk.
The Bible is riddled with God’s condemnations of active homosexuals and all they represent. Yet Cummings praised the parishioners of the First Baptist Church in Macon for voting to embrace conduct God venomously detests and reprimanded Erickson for questioning the wisdom of their decision to openly and proudly defy God.
Travis L. Middleton,