Restoring Douglass mansion
In response to Commissioner Al Tillman, whether Planning and Zoning’s review board is predictable or superflous, they made the right recommendation to prohibit the demolition of the Douglass mansion. Someone needs to respect the rules and the value of heritage.
In a city-county like Macon-Bibb with over 60 percent of the population being black, African-American heritage preservation and opportunity is a critical need. The education, values and self respect of such a substaintial segment of the population has a huge impact on the success or failure of an entire community.
Macon-Bibb County is at a crossroads and we need to do some things differently. The tradional neglect of African American heritage preservation and education by most local leaders is undermining our future and the hope in our community.
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The valuable, successful achievements of black luminaries throughout Macon’s history need to be taught and exemplified to the generations of today and tomorrow. The youth of all races and cultures need to be nurtured on the great heritage and knowledge of all the ancestors on whose shoulders we stand.
This is why it was a crime to allow Tremont Temple Baptist Church to be demolished, regardless of the current congregation’s limitations and values. It would be a greater crime for local leaders of all stripes to allow the Douglass mansion to be demolished for a donut shop to profit. It would be a curse for this community to be recorded having such a poverty of the soul in 2014.
Many buildings have been condemned, yet beautifully restored. We are tslking about a resurrecrion of purpose and service in this house with a commitment from Mercer University, Maon’s top educational institution, to play the leading role of partnership. We need to rally the community and nation to help achieve it.
There is no excuse for allowing this developer to harm this historic house in any way. It should be saved to anchor a higher purpose of unity and inspiration for MAcon-Bibb County. Local leaders must deliver on being better cutodians of the heritage of the people. Some are still blind and bound with the diseases of the spirit. But for those who can see the immenent need for change, hope, honor and gratitude for what we have been given, it’s time to act, to save, to produce and to renew life in a suffering city.
-- George Fadil Muhammad
Don’t help the terrorists
Would you believe that Secretary of State John Kerry has pledged $47 million -- your tax dollars -- in so-called “humanitarian” aid to the Gaza Strip? Yet we know Hamas diverts at least 40 percent of its budget to build terror tunnels into Israel.
So, why would the United States give humanitarian aid to Gaza when the Obama administration knows that Hamas uses humanitarian aid to build tunnels, bombs and rockets? Israeli soldiers lost their lives to destroy Hamas’ terror infrastructure. Let’s not use American tax dollars to rebuild it. Not another dime of America’s tax dollars should be spent on humanitarian aid for Hamas. It’s idiotic to help terrorists rebuild their tunnels and replace their bombs and rockets. America must not rebuild Hamas
-- Hill Kaplan
I just read in the paper where they intend to raise property tax by 19.43 percent. I find that to be ridiculous. No added value. One of the worst public school systems in the state and spending more money on it won’t fix it because they spend it in the wrong place.
We obviously have a corrupt Sheriffs Office with all the recent firings. Maybe its time for the people of Bibb County to stand up to the crooks and refuse to pay or move elsewhere. We would probably be better off if The Monroe County line took in all of Bibb County as I have no confidence at all in the local government in doing anything but digging further into my billfold. They can’t even seem to manage the the landfill, I am getting pretty sick of someone else wasting my money besides me. Somebody else gets over 50 percent of the money I have worked 35 years for. I for one will be at the meeting on Aug. 19 at 6 p.m., and given the chance will be heard loud and clear.
-- Gilbert D. Irby
The Bibb County Board of Education did not increase its millage rate. And the mayor stated that most tax bills in the consolidated county will either stay the same or go down.
Monday, I met a “Bull Elephant.” About two years ago The Natural Geographic Magazine had an article on efforts to nurture orphaned African animals to adulthood with their eventual return to their normal lives. Most went well during that upbringing until the elephant calves became “teenagers.” Then all “H” broke out destroying parts of the compound. Finally it was decided to bring in some bull elephants to see if they could help solve the problem. The experiment worked.
On July 2, at 30,000 feet on the way to our grandson’s 14th birthday, I occupied some of my time reading that morning’s Telegraph. A couple of paragraphs into Dr. Catherine Meek’s column I thought I was reading yet another commentary on the disparity in the numbers of incarcerated white versus black jail and prison inmates. Here we go again, I thought.
Fortunately, I continued to the end finally agreeing with Dr. Meeks that we must increase our efforts to help all our youth during their early years instead of spending inordinate amounts of money on jails and prisons. Fortunately there are many community members and groups dedicated to youth development. More would not be too many.
All human communities need such strong and determined leadership to help guide their developing citizens. “It takes a community to raise a child.” It takes many “bull elephants” to help direct their development to healthy adulthood. Macon-Bibb County has many such leaders but more are needed as is the coordination of their efforts.
“My bull elephant” agreed that much is being done, but efforts are being stifled by political interference. Let’s keep egos out, and let our “bull elephants” help in nurturing our community.
-- Al Diboll
Addressing the problem
I was glad to see the editorial about the new Juvenile Justice Center being completed. I know the goal is to try and stem the tide of crime committed by our young people. I am a criminal defense lawyer and see the problems everyday. I am particularly glad that our court systems have created several accountability courts to offer alternatives to incarceration. But we can’t start with the courts. We have to stop the “school to prison pipeline” that exists in Georgia. Approximately half of our prison population does not have a high school education and they have no job skills.
As a society, we must embrace a broader approach to the problem. There are already many groups working on different levels to improve the situation and the Juvenile Justice Center is but one part of the bigger picture. Education and job training is also a big part of the puzzle and I know that changes are being made there also. We also have a Re-entry Coalition that I am part of that helps returning citizens adjust back into our society. I hope our community continues to work to solve the problems we have. Our money and tax dollars are better utilized at stopping the problem at the core.
-- J. Michael. Cranford
Yes, your property taxes are going up because of the total failure to cut out waste. Ninety-five percent 95 of you are not given a car use 24/7 totally free. The new Bibb commission has cars you would not believe. Not only do they have cars, but above average salaries and benefits too. Secondly, Bibb has a head count (as previously stated) far higher than Houston County.
Why do they use $100,000 priced homes to show how much the increase will be? Bibb is less accountable than when we had two governments, Our roadways are a joke and Forest Hill Road is a total disaster. Are we doomed by all of this incompetence? Fully 30 percent of home owners are elderly and have very low monthly incomes and these taxes are a major negative.
-- Joe Hubbard
A 19.43 percent tax increase for unincorporated Bibb County residents and a 52.05 percent tax decrease for former city of Macon residents. Consolidation was sold as no tax increase -- in fact -- a tax decrease. Either I don’t understand ‘Notice of Property Tax Increase’ published in the Aug 5 Telegraph or our Bib County representatives have sold us down the river. I hope the former is the case.
-- Norman Kelly
I do not know why no one seems to be concerned about the Marine languishing in a Mexican jail. This man fought for our country and made a mistake in traffic. Our country sends billions of dollars in aid and lets thousands of illegal immigrants into our country. We should cut off all aid and send these illegals back until our Marine is set free.
-- Barbara Mabee