No for July SPLOST
It’s unreasonable for Bibb County to decide to go it alone on the SPLOST when city residents make up over 60 percent of county residents. If the SPLOST should pass without the city’s involvement, revenue generated by SPLOST will only be used to build a courthouse, that could take three or more years.
It’s in the interest of the community to have a service delivery strategy in place first. This will address the double taxation issue. The service delivery strategy agreement will outline which government will pay for which services. The community deserves to know this in advance. Double taxation places an unfair financial burden on city residents who have been slapped in the face too many times by the county. Why should city residents trust them without having a service delivery agreement in place?
Taking a vote in July does not give the people enough time to understand all that’s involved with this SPLOST and service delivery strategy. The city plans to use its share of SPLOST funds to upgrade stormwater projects, recreation and many other needed projects, but it feels it cannot move forward until a service delivery agreement is in place.
— Rev. Frank Ray
Phil Dodson’s recent column “The church of reason” talks of how much education has changed. It has changed, so much so that educators have either ignored or neglected the true meaning of the word. Education is primarily to prepare people for the real world, how to live among their fellow men, to get along socially and succeed. Yet the problem began with public education putting more meaning in making big money and job placement, forgetting the most important thing: getting along with their neighbors. That consists in right and wrong behavior.
I think we all know what has happened to public education in the U.S.A. The old, “school days and golden rule days” have been traded in for modernism, multiculturalism and a world without God. Trying to educate people without giving them good moral absolutes is like building a house without a foundation. Early American education taught good moral principles of right and wrong, which are essential for a people to be a successful and exist as a civilize society.
— Dwight Poole
The next big thing
Instead of giving way too much attention to failed attempts to make a big budget movie in Macon (i.e. “The Hardest Hitter, Baby in the Family”) why won’t The Telegraph concentrate on the movies that are being successfully made by a select core of driven, vibrant and capable local filmmakers?
I recently completed my latest film, “Cuffed” and filming on my next one, “Vicious Cycle,” begins in late July. It seems to me like the magic of filmmaking is taking place quite frequently in Macon but The Telegraph wants to ignore it because they are desperately trying to jump on the bandwagon of the next big thing. News flash: The next big thing is happening.
— Anthony B. Harris
In response to Mike Kasko’s letter about meeting standards, I will go a little further and point out that often when students achieve a “meets” on an area of the CRCT, they don’t even have 70 percent or more correct answers. So recognizing students with “outstanding achievement” certificates would be more appropriate for those who “exceed” in all five areas. We applaud those who do earn “meets” in all of their academic areas, however, a certificate of recognition would be sufficient.
— Karen Bryant
President Obama is taking heat for not attending Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day. I saw Vice President Joe Biden deliver a heartwarming and inspiring speech while President Obama tried (rained out) to officiate at a Veterans’ Cemetery in Illinois. As a Vietnam veteran, I honor all of our brave men and women who laid down their lives for us.
I applaud President Obama for his presence at a veterans cemetery away from Arlington. There are hundreds of veterans cemeteries throughout the United States, territories and overseas. If I were the president, I would try and visit three or four different cemeteries each Memorial Day to honor our fallen heroes. How heartwarming it would be for loved ones to see the president at Andersonville, or at a cemetery in Nebraska or California.
Our vice president was fully capable of honoring our veterans at Arlington, but President Obama is the president of all 50 states and our fallen came from all of our states and territories. We may criticize our president for many things but it makes me feel sad to politcize the memories of our fallen heroes in this manner.
— Lou Stennes
Trade in halls of fame
The chronological history of halls of fame across the nation is repetitive. After a few years, halls of fame in small cities lose their attractive venue to local citizens and become a burden to the taxing authorities. Even one-time features of a local or regional artist fail to attract the natives. The seasonal or normal flow of interstate travelers through these hall cities fails to provide the necessary operating revenues needed to sustain their existence. A number of halls of fame in large metropolitan areas fare better as these cities become a destination for travelers to these points because of a metropolitan menu of things to do.
So why doesn’t Macon Bibb County accept this and allow the halls of fame to be moved to a metropolitan area and then take these two multimillion dollar structures and convert them into a courthouse judicial center. These facilities could be modified and tailored to meet courthouse requirements and give us 21st century architectural representation for a new courthouse complex. This would cost far less then the $83 million dollars listed in the SPLOST and would free up money for infrastructure and educational purposes.
But I am sure this is even too difficult for our county commissioners, mayor and city councilmen to understand.
— R.L. Fleisch
Pick a side
For a country almost five times smaller than Cuba that gives aid to its enemies, attacks no one without provocation, is the only democracy in the region, and is the home of God’s chosen people, Israel is hated by people from every country in the world. Why? Look within yourself and ask honestly, “How many altercations has Israel actually started?” They only act to defend themselves. We have leadership in this country that is not friendly to the Jewish homeland. Heck, we have Jews in this country who are not friendly to Israel. Remember, God’s coming back, and he ain’t gonna be smiling. Pick a side.
— Johnny Wells
PRAYER FOR TODAY
God our father, creator of the universe who extends your fatherly concern over every creature on this Earth and guides the events of history throughout the centuries to the goal of salvation, we acknowledge your love when you break the resistance of mankind and, in a world torn by strife, hatred, division and discord, you alone can make us ready for reconciliation. Renew within us all the wonders of your divine love, grace, and mercy.
Send forth your Holy Spirit that it may work within all of us so enemies may begin to dialogue, that adversaries may shake hands in true charity and people may encounter one another in perfect harmony. May all of us commit ourselves to the sincere search for true and perfect peace which will extinguish all arguments among people and nations. For charity overcomes every hatred. Pardon disarms all revenge and brings your perfect peace to all. Amen.
— Brother Vincent de-Paul Bass
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