Correction: In Rinda Wilson’s Your Say letter of Jan. 20, the sentence should have said “The fact that the top 1 percent already pay almost 40 percent of the federal income taxes and the bottom 48 percent pay no income taxes.”
Planning a depression
Catherine Meek’s column seeking a pass on common political rhetoric comes at a very questionable time. Our president, knowing total dependence on foreign oil is creating a enormous financial burden on his citizens, vetoed a vital pipeline. The pipeline that would come from Canada would create thousands of jobs and make America essentially stable and not under control from Middle Eastern oil. Canada warned that China would buy all of its oil.
Last month the president circumvented Congress and appointed someone to lead another multi billion dollar department. Simultaneously he is asking for another debt ceiling rise. Remember, China is buying gold and few American bonds. As the world prepares to go on a gold standard, our president is creating a financial disaster worse than the Great Depression.
-- Joe Hubbard
There were some neat stories in the pages of The Telegraph. A story about the the nature of invention, centered on Hedy Lamar, a beautiful, if quirky, actress from the ’40s appeared on-line. Recounting the supposed process that led to a frequency-hopping technology that enables many of today’s gadgets from phones to garage door openers. Lamar is given credit for the initial thoughts on the process.
On a completely different plane came the reports about Aung San Suu Kyi, spotlighted in Secretary Hillary Clinton’s visit to Myanmar (Burma, for old farts). Detained or under house arrest by military rulers for over two decades, Suu Kyi maintained her opposition to military rule and her quest for democratic reforms. It makes one wonder where we might be as a civilization or even as a country had we not built barriers and imposed glass ceilings on over half of humanity as we vested our well being and our futures in the soft-shelled egos of their male counterparts.
Finally, a story about the passing of Robert Seigel, a little known English professor from Connecticut. Not widely known in life, his eulogy, penned nicely by his son, may yet shine a soft light on a life well-lived. Given the current state of popular enshrinement with the likes of Kardashian, Hilton and Lohan, it is a real wonder that so many took the time to notice the sardonic wit from a son inspired by the virtues of a father who led a life of loyalty and service.
Most of us will pass without a skillful acknowledgement crafted by Charles E. Richardson, as he has done for his friends in the last couple of years. Or, by Dick Yarbrough, as he did in The Telegraph, noting how his life was touched by a friend and mentor.
I, among the millions, will be content to know that when I pass, someone will miss me.
-- Bob Carnot
The headline reads: Dallemand: “Tailor schools to interest of students.” By Jove, I think he’s got it. The dropout rate should plunge to near zero. Just imagine a six-hour school day that consists of two hours of cell phone use technology, two hours of advanced basketball and two hours of rap music appreciation. This along with the consolidation of Macon-Bibb County governments should assure our return to the rightful title of “America’s Dream Town.” Life is great right here in River City.
-- Tommy Parker
Lead the charge
As I listen to Mitt Romney criticize efforts to end the war in Afghanistan, I wax nostalgic for the days when monarchs led their troops into battle. If elected, perhaps Romney will demonstrate the courage of his convictions by reviving the practice.
-- K. Neal Snyder
The debt ceiling.
While surfing the Internet recently I came across a fitting explanation for the “debt ceiling”
Democrats and Republicans don’t understand the debt ceiling. Liberals and Conservatives don’t understand the debt ceiling. Let’s say, you come home from work and find there has been a sewer backup in your neighborhood and your home has sewage all the way up to your ceilings. What do you think you should do? Raise the ceilings or pump out the garbage. Pretty simple, I don’t know why the cronies on Capitial Hill can’t figure it out.
-- Glenn S. Gibble
It was a sad day when the Merle Haggard show was cancelled for illness and we all wish him well. The seating was so bad in the balcony I was relieved and glad so I could leave.
We had to turn our feet at an angle because the seats were so close together. The men had to sit with their legs open because we could not close them. The women had to put their legs against the middle of the seat in front of them. Sixty-plus-year-old men and women had to climb over seats to get to their seats in the middle of a row. Rows would have to be emptied to let people in and out. We were packed like sardines with no oil.
No way could I have sat and watched the entire show. Many people who were tourists said they were not coming back. This was the worst accommodations I have ever seen in my life. This facility is a tourist draw and makes money for the city, but everyone I know wants their money back and you could not pay them to sit in the balcony. Even worse is the tourists will tell everyone what a miserable time they had. The sad part is that not one thing will be done to correct the problem.
-- Richard Johnson
Cancer Serenity Garden
Amidst all the hardship, pain and suffering we read about these days, comes a ray of sunshine and a spark of hope. The ray of sunshine is the Cancer Serenity Garden in Warner Robins that will be dedicated Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m. It is located on Russell Parkway next to the post office. All of us know someone affected by cancer; many of us have faced, endured and survived its ravages on our bodies. This garden will be a respite that helps provide solace and strength to survivors and their supporters.
The spark of hope is a dynamite lady who is the tigress behind the development of this garden and seeing her dream fulfilled. Her faith, persistence and open arms embrace and encourage those of us who face the uncertainty of a cancer diagnosis.
Awhile back I penned a poem and a few lines fit the occasion:
Not all gifts come wrapped in pretty paper with brightly-colored ribbons.
Some are cloaked in trepidation or salty tears.
Some are shrouded in pain and overwhelming fears.
Some are caressed in arms of love and hope and trust.
Others come camouflaged as life’s surprises.
I’ve witnessed all, experienced all, accepted all -- But not without distress and misgivings, without wonderment and awe.
Our special gift came wrapped in a bundle called Judy Mason. Thank you, Judy, for your prayers, your friendship, your work on our behalf.
-- Anne Ray
It is amazing to me how many people resent presidential candidate Mitt Romney for being rich. America is a land of opportunity, yet this man earned his fortune. I guess most people do not know Nancy Pelosi, the former speaker of the House and her husband are worth about $35 million and you do not hear a word about her. Fact is, even America’s first president, George Washington was worth over $500 million in today’s money and President John F. Kennedy was worth a billion dollars in today’s money and never had a job in his life.
I think a man such as Romney is what we need to cut the fat and waste out of government as he did in the companies he saved.
Most people only know part of the truth that he and his partners eliminated 10,000 jobs, but most people do not know he created 110,000 jobs in the same time period with Bain Capital.
Fact is 70 percent of all Americans believe our government waste money according to a survey last year and that our government is spending $25 million a minute more than we take in taxes.
Just look at our national debt today compared to just two months ago, a total nightmare spinning faster than the wheel of fortune.
There is an old saying, the second mouse gets the cheese. Well folks, we are the first mouse.
-- Ken Jones
There are 249 members of Congress who are millionaires (47 percent), and 55 have a net worth of more than $10 million.
Prayer for today
Holy Jesus, Lord of all, you are our hope, our reason and our light in a dark and troubled world. You are with us both in joys and in triumphs, and in sorrows and disappointments. Be with us now, as some have lost jobs, family and friends and are looking for answers. Teach us to wait upon you Lord. Encourage us through your holy word and its wisdom. Thank you for loving us and calling us your own. In your holy name, I pray. Amen.— Sheila BennettJeffersonville
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