I would like to wish all my Christian family and friends a very merry Christmas and happy new year. To all my Jewish friends, happy Hanukkah. To those of you who do not believe, I will pray for you.
-- C. Eugene Brown
I would like to tell about something good for a change, good young people helping older people. After leaving church, I stopped at a local grocery store on Zebulon Road just to buy a few things. I decided to buy a Christmas tree. I was trying to pick out a good one when this cute young girl came up to me an asked if she could help. I explained what I was doing and she asked me how I was taking the tree home. Before I could answer she said her husband drove their truck to the store and they would be more than happy to take it home for me. To top that, she would push my grocery cart around the store so I could get groceries.
I guess I need to say that I am in a wheelchair and I told her I never turn down help, but what she wanted to do was way to much. She explained her grandfather was in a scooter and she helped him grocery shop. During Christmas when everyone is in such a hurry to get their shopping done, Megan and Jeff stopped to help out someone that needed help. After following me home, Jeff even put the tree in a stand and placed it in my living room.
They would not take money, food, nothing. They moved here from Florida about a month ago and just wanted to help. Thanks so much. Their kind deed will not go unnoticed.
-- Angie Thigpen
Where are they?
I have been waiting all weekend for the reverends Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson to bring their chanting act to Macon after Friday mornings shootings at Wings Cafe. There is yet to be heard one “Hands up, don’t shoot.” There have been no looting and rioting. Equally puzzling is that Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama have not intoned on the blatant injustice of the killings. The reason, of course, is that black lives only have value if the one taking the life is a white person, no matter the circumstances. Why is this? Black on black crime doesn’t pay the bills.
The reverends can’t get their walking ‘round money and the feds can’t crank up the heat on the racism agenda in order to keep the nation divided. The shame is that both victims in the Wings Cafe shooting appear to be innocent.
-- Mitchell Clark
I have watched the riots in Missouri following the police shooting. I have seen people from all over the country who have convicted the police even before information was available and continues after the grand jury refused to bring forth a true bill. Not once have I seen anyone upset at the thugs who were trashing business and burning police cars. Not one outcry when a black policeman shoots a white thug. Why are we so quick to pass judgment on one cop and ignore another of a different race.
-- A.W. Gafrland Sr.
Stick to the mandate
For many years we heard that if either the city of Macon annexed certain parcels of unincorporated Bibb County or the aforementioned city and county were consolidated then a plethora of efficiencies and savings would be bestowed to the effected citizens.
Reportedly, former state Sen. Cecil Staton insisted upon a passage in the consolidation charter requiring a cut in taxes by 20 percent over four years. The consolidation has been in place for less than a year, and assuming reports are true, the Macon-Bibb legislative delegation has been asked to change the charter of the new local government to reduce the mandated savings to 10 percent. We have been told that the elimination of city taxes by residents of the former city will achieve a 6 percent tax reduction.
State Rep. Bubber Epps has pointed out there is an avenue for the commission to provide funding for it’s desired spending, assuming it has the collective will and the required votes. Day to day operations of Macon-Bibb County, and related budgetary expenditures are not the responsibilities of current or former members of our state Legislature. Those responsibilities lie with members of the recently consolidated government.
I’m sure it is a challenge to join the two governmental entities, combine or eliminate duplicative departments, expand the duties of nonduplicative departments, merge these departments’ effected employees with employees performing similar tasks, release employees whose services are no longer required, provide continued and expected services to the citizens, all while reducing taxes.
If the challenges associated with consolidation are beyond the capabilities of any commission member, then perhaps that member might want to tender their resignation. There is no shame in this honest admission considering the complexity of the undertaking. If these challenges are beyond the capabilities of mortal man, then a change to the charter is certainly justified.
If the commission, as an entity, wants to make a request to extend the time allowed for achieving the mandated tax savings, then the local delegation might want to consider that request. But to request a change to the charter to cut the mandated savings in half after less than a year because those savings are difficult to attain and commission members will have to make tough choices is odious.
The citizens have considered a variety of proposals for annexation and consolidation over the years. Consolidation was finally approved by a majority of the voters. A charter was lawfully established. Members of the Macon-Bibb County Commission who sought their positions should do all that is reasonable, prudent and within their powers to accomplish those mandated tax savings.
-- Larry Williams
Waste of time
After reading the letter from Lee Martin, I thought the letter was from me. I do the same thing when I see a car with no headlights on when it is raining or foggy. I blink my high beams at them and 99 percent of the drivers think I am crazy.
My wife tells me I am wasting my time which I believe to be true. Also, don’t forget to use blinkers when you turn left or right.
-- Jimmy A. Faircloth