What’s the holdup?
What am I missing? I realize that the Macon-Bibb County Traffic Engineering Department must have some very highly educated people employed there. I know some very well-educated people myself who have a hard time adjusting the temperature of their bath water. Well-educated, but no common sense. Driving north on Forsyth Road/U.S. 41, then attempting to make a right turn onto Rivoli Drive. The two red lights directly over the entrance of Rivoli Drive never need to be on unless the left turn arrow on Forsyth Road/U.S. 41 south is green.
When the northbound lights on Forsyth are red, so are the lights over the Rivoli entrance. These serve absolutely no purpose except to hold up traffic.
Which seems to be a common theme with our traffic engineering team.
Never miss a local story.
-- Gene Nickles
Unraveling our fiber
America uses the eagle to symbolize its strength and power; tolerates Christianity as long as it’s kept private; embraces homosexuality and same-sex marriages; uses architecture to amaze and constructs monuments and statues to immortalize distinguished citizens; sex is a recreational activity; unwanted pregnancies are aborted upon demand; and drugs and alcohol are used to get high and their addiction has no moral stigma. Sporting events and Hollywood pacifies the masses; athletes and entertainers are glorified; America’s national identity is in decline -- pride, envy, anger, greed, laziness, lust and gluttony -- are openly and unashamedly celebrated and the president governs with near-dictatorial power.
Behavior that unraveled the fibers of the Roman Empire are unraveling ours and if this isn’t reversed, history will be repeated.
-- Travis L. Middleton
Why has the world set a double standard for Israel in the norms of war? The U.N. has done nothing to stop the terror in Syria, Sudan or Nigeria. But it sure goes out of its way to press Israel to stop the legitimate defense of its borders. So whose values is it defending?
The U.N. has gone out of its way to ignore those who would burn down houses of worship, murder adherents of other religions, shoot political opponents, hang those with a different sexual preference, stone women and rape children.
Surprisingly, there are many “peacemakers” who prefer to crusade against the democratic state of Israel.
Israel’s only friend
David Conner is wrong. Israel’s government is Jewish. It does not make them godless. They are trying to protect their Jewish, Muslim and Christian citizens from attacks by radical Muslims. These terrorist have vowed to destroy Israel. They have fired thousands of missiles into cities. The only reason the death toll was not greater is because Israel has built an anti-missile defense system that has destroyed many of the terrorist’s missiles before they hit their targets. These terrorists use suicide bombers to murder Israeli citizens regardless of their religion, age or sex. They only want to kill. The terrorists have constructed hundreds of tunnels into Israel so they can sneak into Israel to kill or capture innocent and defenseless Israelis.
The Israeli government has not sought retribution against its Muslin citizens. Israel’s military has attacked terrorist’s missile launch sites. The terrorist built their launch sites in schools, hospitals and populated areas. They use women and children as human shields. They quickly claim it is Israel’s fault when innocent bystanders are killed. They claim no responsibility. They are very comfortable fighting behind women and children. They feel its God’s will.
How can anyone believe these deaths are not the fault of the terrorists? Israel’s military has attacked the terrorist’s tunnel complexes and is destroying them. The terrorists have diverted millions of dollars in aid money from the construction of hospitals, schools and homes to construct these tunnels. How can anyone believe that tunnels are essential to the people of Gaza? Why were they built in the first place?
If we do not support Israel it will be left on its own. If they perceive that their country will be overrun and that a second Holocaust will commence, they will go nuclear.
-- Jim Costello
Suffice it that the great Chairman Mao was once quoted as saying, “the loss of one individual is a tragedy, the loss of a million is merely a statistic.” The loss of that 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, got the attention of the president of the United States, the Department of Justice chief, Al Sharpton and a zillion others itching for a race riot to erupt across the country. Now tell me, when was the last time these same individuals presented themselves when our war weary military returned to an ungrateful nation?
-- Ken Brown
Bit of history
Macon is an amazing crossroads of history. Some say the first cannon firing and the first baptism in the New World are in this immediate area. Recently, the Ocmulgee National Monument hosted a commemoration of the July 1864 Stoneman raid. When Gen. George Stoneman arrayed his forces near the Dunlap farm, his personal staff included a young Irish-born officer by the name of Myles Keogh. Recruited from the Vatican Guard for the Union Army by Secretary of State William Seward, Keogh served on Gen. John Burford’s staff at Gettysburg. At the Battle of Sunshine Church, near Round Oak, Keogh was captured along with Stoneman and remained a prisoner in Macon’s Camp Oglethorpe for two and a half months. After the war he returned to his native Ireland for a visit before returning to America and resuming his soldier’s life under Gen. George A. Custer. The rest, as they say, is history. Myles Patrick Keogh would fight his last battle on June 26, 1876, at Little Bighorn and rested there until his remains were interred in Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn, New York, on Oct. 26, 1877.
-- John Wayne Dobson
Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a federal Medical Examiner to perform another autopsy on the Missouri teen who was gunned down by a police officer. Given that any employee, agent or director of the federal government has not the brains required to get out of the rain demonstrates the ineptitude possessed by those directed to perform any task such as an autopsy.
I can hear their first question now. “Uh, is he dead?” Yes, and that after an autopsy has already been performed. What more findings can be possibly gleaned by another procedure? Subject is deceased and cause of death is gunshot wounds. Holder’s intelligence level ranks right up there with Bozo the Clown.
-- Bill Thompson
The clouds in the western sky shielded us from the late afternoon sun and as songs of praise rose from Coleman Hill, a strong west wind moderated the temperature to a refreshingly comfortable level. It was so strong that we were reminded of the mighty wind of Pentecost. About a dozen local pastors from churches of a variety of denominations and racial identities came to the podium on Sunday evening, Aug. 17, to lead the 150 some-odd Maconites who had gathered on that beautiful spot overlooking our city.
They prayed for the unity of Macon and Bibb County, as well as for her leadership and her prosperity. In short, her healing and salvation as a community. It was a vision spearheaded by a small, relatively new congregation, True Gospel Christian Church, and her pastor Rev. Ral Waltower. Thank you, Pastor Ral and the people of True Gospel.
Macon is a city that has been plagued during its entire existence with racial divisions, but this kind of positive leadership from our clergy can and will make an impact. God will hear those prayers. Let us recommit ourselves to building beloved community.
-- John Marson Dunaway