Offensive and inaccurate
On Aug. 14, John Brogden wrote, regarding Muslims, that there has been “no contribution to our core of democracy, nothing.” This self-proclaimed expert in history goes on to say that Muslims made no contributions to military service in numerous wars. Such speech is not only offensive, it is inaccurate. Yes, he is right in that no signers of our early foundational documents were Muslims, but I wonder if he is aware that many of the documents upon which our Founding Fathers relied had been preserved and passed on by Muslims? I wonder if he is aware of the many contributions to mathematics, science and medicine made by Muslims that now enrich our lives?
No doubt Brogden considers himself a conservative, as I do. I just hope he appreciates from what fine thread our fabric of democracy is woven, and that attempts to disenfranchise others creates divisions not easily repaired. I also hope all conservatives will not be tarred by his brush. Many, perhaps most of us, believe contributions to our democracy can be measured, not just by what documents we sign, but by our efforts each day to work, to raise our families and to respect the religious views of others.
-- Richard L. Elliott
Never miss a local story.
Allen Berglin, on 8/10 and Irvin Giedd, on 8/12 have written to express confusion about Michelle Nunn’s name, and in Giedd’s case to imply a nefarious effort to misrepresent herself through the use of it. Surely these gentlemen are aware that at least since the mid-20th century successful professional women, often happily married, have not uncommonly kept their original names to preserve their professional identities. If not, this is certainly willing ignorance. Giedd extends this with his series of questions about Nunn’s intentions and activities. A Google search on 8/14 resulted in about 2,5million results. No one need be ignorant of her life. Unfortunately, uninformed voters abound. What is remarkable here is that these gentlemen think their ignorance, willing or feigned, is a reason not to vote for Nunn. There may be reasons to oppose her, but their ignorance is not among them.
-- Fred R. van Hartesveldt
Flag in ditch
We have had a American flag on the pole at the mailbox for years. No problem until this morning. Found the flag in the ditch. Someone had broken it off where it goes into the mailbox pole. It had to happen sometime during the night or early morning.
Not only did they steal my cast iron pot a few weeks back. Now they are destroying the American flag. What is wrong with these people that destroy or steal personal property?
Warning, don’t be surprised if you see your mug on the local news.
-- Anne Stone
I recently read a book that suggested writing an article the local newspaper’s editor would publish, asking and sharing with its readers on the things they consider important kinds of abundance. I am taking the plunge and going forward with this suggestion. I figure if I don’t ask, I will not ever know the heartfelt thoughts of others on abundance. I will be the first to respond to what I believe are my important kinds of abundance.
I rejoice and celebrate knowing that I am fulfilled by everything needed at any given moment. I realize I am grateful for what I am being given instead of not getting. Because my guided universal spirit provides it all. It is this kind of abundance that allows my very essence, my life, family, friends, intimate partner, nature, food on the table and my values. These abundant gifts as well as others can be easily taken away. I revel in knowing my important kinds of abundance. There is plenty to go around to anyone who’s open to what kinds of abundance are important to them as well.
-- Nina Carroll
Re: Letter submitted by M. Diane Middleton titled “What’s so difficult?” She quotes Bible verse (Acts 5:29) “We must obey God rather than any human authority.” I find it difficult because there are at least 109 similar passages in the Muslim Holy Koran calling for all followers of The Prophet Muhammad to disregard all human authority and kill every human who does not believe as they do. Our Bible and the Koran are similar in message and both with honorable intentions.
Primitive Baptists have some right strange beliefs themselves. It is also a fact that more wars have been started because of religious beliefs than any other reason. Truth is that the best of intentions sometime reap the most negative results. In order to obey their god, Christians have become a target for extinction just for being Christians.
Today, Allah’s admonition is being faithfully executed by an estimated 1.8 million jihadists carrying out their assigned mission to exterminate all infidels.
There is a newly emerged faction called ISIS that is busy fulfilling the call of their god and butchering thousands of non-believers in northern Iraq. The level of carnage is beyond our comprehension. They recently issued a pledge that they would place their flag in our White House. Personally, I think they already have.
-- Tommy Parker
Fix the gridlock
Response to John Smith’s Letter of Aug. 14. Before John Smith of Warner Robins claims one of the greatest privileges of American citizenship by voting in the November election he needs to fulfill one of his greatest responsibilities by considering the effect of his vote. He intends to vote for Michelle Nunn because “she can’t be any worse than the clowns that are up there now.” By voting for her, he will be asking for continued control of the Senate and the gridlock caused by Harry Reid and the Democrats who will not allow a vote on any subject that President Obama does not favor. On the other hand, a vote for David Perdue will seek to end the gridlock and restore the Senate to its rightful status as the world’s greatest deliberative body. This should be considered by Smith and all Georgia voters.
-- Charlie Adams
A pathetic talking point
Republicans have apparently discovered an anti-Michelle Nunn talking point, and a pathetic one at that. They are attacking her for using her maiden name to run for office. How awful. Does she not realize that when a woman marries she becomes her husband’s chattel and must be marked by his name? This might have been true in the past (the world in which these folks live), but it ignores the fact that some women today use a hyphenated name or even keep their maiden name after marriage.
Is this the best they’ve got?
Certainly she is using the name Nunn to identify with a strong tradition of public service by her family as so cited by John Ricks in his excellent letter “Family tradition” in the Aug. 12 issue of The Telegraph.
The implication by Irvin Giedd, in the same issue, that no Republican would do the same is ludicrous. Quite recently a Republican in Arizona changed his name to Cesar Chavez in an attempt to get elected. To. Giedd’s point that “any Democratic candidate can portray themselves in any way they feel will be advantageous,” with the implication that no Republican would ever do such a thing. I do note that rich-boy elitist David Perdue is shown standing in casual clothes in an open field and not behind the gated house in his gated subdivision on his gated island. Why he’s just a “good ol’ boy” -- one of us.
And not having exhausted all his bile, Giedd closes with the following: “It won’t surprise me to see photo-op shots of her milking a cow on some relative’s farm.” That’s not so bad -- just more of his drivel. But he’s just setting us up for what I am sure is his closing powerful shot: “Or maybe they’ll use some attractive lady in the photo and tell us it is Michelle Nunn.” Tacky. A Southern gentleman does not attack the appearance of a lady, even by sly implication. So, since Giedd considers himself such an expert on attractiveness, perhaps he would send a photo of himself to be published in The Telegraph so we might appreciate his handsome visage.
-- Charles J. Pecor
Reason to vote Perdue
The rationale for John Ricks’ endorsement of Michelle Nunn for U.S. Senate (Viewpoints, Aug. 12) is based on faulty logic in my opinion. He cites Nunn’s “family tradition” as the daughter of a former senator and great niece of a former chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, noting that those ties are sufficient to ensure the long-term viability of Robins Air Force Base. While Nunn’s family ties are apparently her sole qualification for the office she is seeking, these connections would have absolutely no influence on whether Robins is spared. In fact, Nunn’s election would serve to strengthen the hold that Harry Reid and the Democrats have on the Senate, thus further enhancing President Obama’s efforts to reduce the military to pre-World War II levels.
Implementation of this policy could only be bad news for Robins and also for the entire Department of Defense. The only possible salvation for Robins and for our national security interests is the return of control of the Senate to the Republican Party. The Democrats seem determined to pare military spending to the bone, and Robins is certain to share in those cuts, even if it should survive. A vote for David Perdue is a vote to spare the military and Robins AFB,
-- Robert S. Messer
First impressions first
In reference to the blight in Macon-Bibb County, it’s about time the leaders take an interest in cleaning up Macon. Why can’t they earmark monies from a SPLOST, hire local people, clean up the right-of-ways and beautify Macon. The first impression from someone traveling through the area is how clean it is. If I were a company looking for a place the build a new industry and got off the interstate and saw all the trash, I would get back on the interstate and keep looking. I feel that we should clean up the right-of-ways first, then start taking down the rundown houses next. And we need to send the owners a bill.
-- R.B. Norris
Lose a Friend
The article in The Telegraph, “Talk politics and see how long your “friends last,” hit home to me. My Facebook friends, for the most part, are as conservative as I am. They are used to my conservative views, but there are times when I get backlash from some of my liberal friends. I have no problem with that, we just agree to disagree.
I worked for a lady who was attending Kent State when the shooting there took place. She was liberal, but she was a darn good boss. When she came to Robins Air Force Base she replaced a very well-respected and liked division chief. I was the deputy division chief when she arrived. She never really discussed her political views during the time she was my boss. As her deputy, it was my job to implement her policies and procedures. She was very thorough, intelligent and made very good decisions.
As usual, at RAFB, managers get moved to other areas on the base to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their respective area through innovation and process improvement. This lady was very good at both. Her knowledge, skills and abilities were abundant and admired by many.
She and I kept in touch until I retired. Occasionally, several of us who worked for her would meet for dinner with our spouses. As time went on these dinner dates became less and less. She then retired and moved to Florida where she had a home and a condo. We continued to communicate via email, Facebook and phone for a period of time. And then all communication stopped.
After numerous emails, Facebook post and phone calls I realized she was avoiding me, but I did not know why. On a whim one day I decided to go to her condo rental site and send her a message. Guess what, she responded back. However it wasn’t the response I was prepared for. She told me she had enjoyed our professional relationship, but she could not accept my opinion of Obama. She said she admired him, thought he was doing a great job, and if I was going to continue to voice my negative opinion of him, we would no longer be friends. That was the last Facebook message/email I received form my liberal friend.
I respect her opinion, but I am sincere about my opinions. I enjoyed the time I worked for her and our friendship. But as the article stated, voice your political opinion and you just might lose a friend.
-- Bubba Ragan
Violence never the answer
Thank goodness the black community has another friend joining Bill Cosby, Walter Williams, Thomas Sowell and Dr. Ben Carson Sr. His name, Johnathan Gentry. It is clear to me that these men care deeply about their race and seek change by telling the truth. To continue blaming whites and policemen for their bad and criminal behavior is getting old and shameful to the obedient black majority. And on occasion, even Charles E. Richardson has shown some flicks in changing his stanch.
The only outlet is for such blacks to change their behavior and attitude and to realize in a law-abiding society, there has to be a force in charge to protect the community at large. The Village Green community is one example. It begged for more police protection, however it was reported that the GBI has been asked to investigate an officer-involved shooting there.
We all know some law officers versus some community residents are amped to get involved in disagreements and confrontations. Who is right or wrong should never deter law enforcement. The courts, if necessary, can do their job in determining right or wrong. However, violence is not the answer, nor is blaming whites. Burning and destroying property should never be permitted under any circumstance.
-- Faye W. Tanner