It’s not about family
An article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday made me bristle. Houston County residents should stop “feeling” and start “thinking” about who they should support in the Senate race, not about relationships with the candidates’ respective families. They should look at the condition of the country and its place in the world and then make a judgment as to which one would help conceive and develop policies that would get the country back on the right track.
-- Fred Estfan
Danny Grimshaw, we all affectionately called him “Doc,” a Navy corpsman and friend of mine, was killed while heroically trying to save Marines lives during a combat mission to take back a bridge held by the Viet Cong in late August 1968. It took me over 38 years to locate his family to personally thank them for giving Danny to us. It is rare that a family receives a firsthand account of the events that led to their loved one being taken from them. Sure, they receive letters, citations, etc., but I wanted them to know firsthand what Danny did on his last day on Earth. They thanked me and published the email I wrote them on a website honoring Danny. I am providing a link to his site for all of my buddies from Delta Company, 1st Bn 27th Marines and others to remember and learn about this hero.
-- John Haugabrook
Joining the ‘Stupid Club’
Cindy Obester’s letter started off my day with a belly laugh. Her “If you don’t vote for Saxby Chambliss then you just joined the stupid club” almost made me spit my coffee onto my keyboard. I hope someone in that club nominates her for president.
-- Jim Sandefur
Brady no hero
Frank Gadbois’ letter “True Hero” of 8/10 concerning James Brady’s death was indeed interesting, but what makes Brady a hero? What did he personally do? The fact that the gun grabbers used his name to deny 2 million Americans their rights under the Second Amendment certainly does not constitute any heroic action on his part. The fact that he got shot during John Hinckley’s attempt to kill President Ronald Reagan is unfortunate, but certainly not heroic.
Heroic actions of individuals when a gun is involved are usually associated with shooting enemies of America not getting shot by some nutty misfit. Hinckley’s purchasing his gun at a pawnshop for $29 is beside the point. The fact that Gadbois mentioned the purchase in the manner that he did is a typical sneaky hollow-headed liberal’s slap at pawnshops.
Perhaps awarding our sitting president the Nobel Peace Prize was done using similar guidelines as those used to bestow the hero label on Brady. Gadbois mentioned President Clinton awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Brady. In view of this, it is only fair to mention President Clinton also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to the famous racist and rabble-rouser Jesse Jackson.
-- Walter Huckeba
Little League tournaments
I totally agree with Hubert Welborn’s letter about the Southeastern Region Little League tournament. The tournament is for both softball and baseball little leaguers that come from eight states. The venue where these teams play is an absolutely beautiful stadium and this year they added a covered pavilion with fans and picnic tables overlooking right field and the hill where children slide down on cardboard boxes.
The girls softball tournament was July 24-28 and the boys baseball tournament from Aug. 1-8. I was very disappointed that the softball championship game was scheduled on Monday, July 28th, at 10 a.m. Not many people could attend during that time slot. But the media were only in attendance when the Georgia teams were playing. What does that say to the other teams visiting our area? There is no admission charge to watch some of the best little leaguers play the game they love. The food at the concession stand is also very affordable.
When I mentioned about going to the games to friends, they did not know anything about it. The publicity for this year’s tournament was lacking. The tournament is held every year for two weeks starting at the end of July. I am hoping next year the citizens and media from our area will come out and support all the teams from the Southeastern Region.
-- Bonnie Henderson
Wasting your time
Wade Stookesberry’s nicely penned letter “What did Paul say ...” (Viewpoints 8/10) opens his trashing of Bill Cummings’ ongoing attempt at revisionist theology with, “The Viewpoints page is probably not the best venue to conduct a discussion of theology.” OK, since when? I have a suspicion that at least half the letters to the The Telegraph involve religion, in some form or another.
To appreciate the irony of Stookesberry’s opening, consider the fact that the Opinion page of the same date has Cummings opening with Leviticus and Deuteronomy (Yahweh -- a boss or leader) and Charles Richardson’s citation of Ezekiel in his column (Our children at war).
I take no issue with Cummings’ continuous use of the Bible in his attempt to try to stay relevant. That he does so on the coattails of someone else’s thoughts and lessons by diluting and changing their roots is not, unfortunately, uncommon. That has been done for generations by opinion makers, teachers and preachers and will continue as long as it is expeditious to either “clarify” or overlook salient messages to create their own interpretation. It will be done today (Sunday) as Joel Osteen takes the stage to hoist his Bible into to the air and proclaim ”This is my Bible, I believe what it says ...” only to never again mention it as he displays his true craft in telling the most current version of the story of “Health and wealth.”
What I find incongruous is the fact that folks whose beliefs seem firm and sure, like Stookesberry and Wallace, are willing to engage a fellow who, by his own admission, is not constrained by their belief system: That the Bible is God inspired, recorded in true allegiance to his word. Cummings belief, rather, is that the Bible is a selection of usable fables to be plucked from the 30,000 some-odd verses available in the typical Protestant Bible. Cummings’ background is Catholic and he has a few more books from which to scavenge.
Strung together like a PowerPoint lecture, Cummings displays great skill in displaying the versatility of someone else’s mind. So, D.T. and Wade, save your ink. There is nothing to be gained. Or, as the Bible reads “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers ...”
-- Bob Carnot
As I read my own letter when I got to the end, it said the tax rate would stay the same or go down. Well why did they waste taxpayer money to put an ad in the paper stating that property tax would increase by over 19 percent. Sounds like a good question to me. I have no confidence in anything our local, state or federal governments says. Macon has not had a decent mayor since Mayor Ronnie Thompson.
-- Gilbert D. Irby