Kudos to Walter Huckeba. He knows how pathetic Frank Gadbois is. Huckeba you are my hero and anybody who takes a shot at Gadbois. The true meaning of hero went out the window with this president. You think things are bad now let Hillary get elected.
-- Tommy Arnold
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Where’s the outrage?
Last weekend there was a tragic event in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson in which Michael Brown, an unarmed young black man, got into an altercation with a white police officer and was shot and killed by the officer. Without knowing all the details, this sounds very similar to the Sammie “Junebug” Davis case when he was shot and killed by a Macon police officer. Both cases are tragedies that resulted in a black man being killed. In each case there was outrage in the local community against the local police department.
I don’t want to sound callous to the black community, but why do blacks only care about blacks being killed when the person doing the killing is not black? Black on black crime happens all the time. For proof, just read The Telegraph for a month and you’ll see that most violent crime in Middle Georgia is just that -- black on black. An assault or a murder, whether done by a black person or a white person, is a terrible crime, but again and again, when there is black on black crime almost nothing is said and nobody is blamed.
I’m appalled at the senseless slaughter among blacks here in Macon and equally appalled at the cavalier “business as usual” attitude in the black community when these killings occur. But when a white kills a black, such as when Junebug was killed by Officer Sutton or Trayvon Martin is killed by George Zimmerman down in Florida or now Michael Brown killed by a police officer in St. Louis, there is national outrage at the killing.
To me, the outrage is that the country, as a whole, and the black community, in particular, has given up on the African American community. FBI and Department of Justice statistics show that over 50 percent of the murders in this country are committed by young, black males who almost always target other young, black males. The black community cares almost nothing about the 75 percent of blacks born out of wedlock and thus are being raised as feral children in fatherless homes. They care almost nothing about a high school graduation rate of less than 50 percent which leads to endless poverty.
And very little is ever said about the extremely high crime and incarceration rate among young, black males. The real tragedy is that the black community has become completely dysfunctional, yet that same community only gets outraged when someone outside the community does an injustice to someone within the black community.
-- Sloan Oliver
What’s so difficult?
Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than any human authority” (ACTS 5.29). Why do we Christians find that difficult?
-- M. Diane Middleton Peach County
Plenty of deceit
Subterfuge has always been ugly and it was in full bloom at the Macon - Bibb County Tax hearing on August 12. The proposal and reasoning included in the Millage Rate Public Hearing handout proves without a doubt that Bibb County’s mayor and commissioners know no shame. However, they do possess a quiver of arrows of deceit as they maneuver to obtain additional tax receipts on the backs of property owners who live within the old city limits and skirt state law requiring uniformity of taxation within a county or district. The obvious answer was to declare a special tax district for properties within the old city, cut the prior year city millage rate by half as if there was still a separate city, and “proudly” tell those within the new tax district that your taxes have been reduced.
What was glossed over was that these taxpayers will continue to be “double taxed” as compared to services rendered within the county. Our elected leaders achieved uniformity of taxation within the new “city” tax district and avoided state mandated lack of uniformity within the county. Now they needed to sell the “bill of goods” to what they assumed was a less than astute or awake electorate.
Carefully read the hearing handout for key “snake oil” sales words and phrases. The astute city property owner, if he studies taxes he will pay, not illusionary savings from what he would have paid without consolidation, will see that he is paying 33.1 percent to 57.2 percent more taxes compared to an identical property within the county.
A special tax district is usually set up to pay for additional services such as the out-of-city special millage for fire protection that county residents paid for fire protection in prior years . This additional special tax has been folded into the overall county millage rate applicable throughout the county. Is it fair. No, it’s not, unless the new city tax district is immediately trashed and forgotten. Back to benevolent old city taxpayers. You now pay for this increase which you previously did not pay. Insult added to injury.
City Tax District: Is the perk for this district that we are allowed to pay more taxes than other county property owners of similar properties? Is this the local government’s politically correct example of fair and balanced? What mayor and commissioners have devised may be legal, and I do not give them the benefit of doubt on this, but it appears pharisaic at best.
In the early 1700s my ancestor fled northern Ireland to the colonies after taking a wooden pitchfork to an unsavory tax collector. I would pay $10,000 for the fork to stand outside the mayor’s office saying as my other ancestors once said, “you speak with a forked tongue,” as you take my land. You can cover the field cow pies with all the icing you desire. It is still not a cake.
-- Arthur D. Brook
Time for a pressure washer
I took this image some time back; however I suspect it still looks the same. If it has been improved, well done.
This is the Welcome to Macon-Bibb sign on HHwy. 247 as you travel north from Warner Robins. Certainly not a nice welcome to Macon-Bibb.
This is sent in response to an article I recently read in “The Telegraph” regarding our presentation to travelers/tourist to our great city.
-- Alan F.E. Thiese