I’ve been out of touch with reality, uninformed and ignorant of what’s been going on with some of those who fancy themselves outdoorsmen. It seems that some of those who call themselves hunters track deer at night using the headlights and spotlights on their trucks to blind the deer, freeze them in place and shoot them. How much talent does that take?
Hail to thee, deer hunter. No, you’re not a hunter. You’re a predator and a scavenger. You’re in the bottom quadrant of humanity. Put on your big boy pants, get off your duff and track your prey on foot. Then, and only then, can you brag about your hunting prowess. In the meantime, whatever it is that allows you to do this should be changed to put an end to the merciless slaughter of innocent animals.
-- Robert L. Lehane
Even with the recent gambling bust, illegal gambling and EBT fraud is still going on in Bibb and Jones counties every day. Deputies ride by the stores daily, two and four times. Seems someone is turning the other cheek.
-- S. Gus Lawrence
Merry Christmas to the thieves who stole the two wreaths at the entrance to the Links View subdivision in Bonaire. Hope you can have peace over the holidays.
-- Elizabeth Stepp
Going to waste
Every day food is thrown into dumpsters by restaurants, hospitals, fast food restaurants, virtually by any place with a commercial kitchen. I have seen Wal-Mart, Kroger, Piggy Wiggly, etc., dump tubs of food in dumpsters. Why isn’t some of this used to feed the poor, starving and homeless people? Why have we allowed conditions to get so bad that the plight of these people gets ignored? I know about food ministries, but that does not touch the wanton waste of prepared foods. Large cities have food kitchens that operate daily serving meals utilizing much of the above sources. Why not Macon and Warner Robins?
-- Byron “Mike” Smith
Rich and poor
Friday’s letter by Arthur D. Brook on blight was a typical Libertarian, selfish response to a serious problem in Macon. His ilk and those like John Kelley Jr., and John Brogden and Jerry Norris, et al., are typical of those of those who have got theirs and don’t want to help the less fortunate. Their slogan, “I’ve got mine. If you are a loser, I don’t want to know.”
They probably don’t have blight in their subdivisions. Our friend, Brook, who doesn’t like any kind of government employees and thinks they are all vestigial organs like our appendix. Merging the two police forces and ending the wage disparities doesn’t concern our Brook and the others. They are into slash and burn.
Your new city employees deserve a living wage and equality. Former state Sen. Cecil Staton knew that his 20 percent reduction in the new government’s spending was impossible. He was and is a millionaire businessman and a Libertarian who has never cared about local government employees. Now he is a millionaire retired state senator who only cares about the rich.
-- Frank W. Gadbois
Some people are saying that Columbus should have never discovered America. But, would America have been better off if left isolated? The answer would differ, according to one’s philosophy of life. If a person believes that life here is all there is, and when man dies he becomes non-existing, then the Native Americans would perhaps fare well alone. But, if a person believes there is a life beyond this earthly realm; that faith in Jesus Christ brings salvation and eternal life, then, America needed to be discovered.
There is no doubt the Native Americans were treated badly, but in spite of this, there were numerous men and women who were saved under the ministry of various preachers. It was God’s purpose, that the gospel be preached in all the world for a witness to men. It is man’s decision either to respond to the good news of salvation and be saved or to remain a heathen and be lost forever.
-- Dwight Poole
Thanks for your front page lead article Sunday entitled “Speed enforcement vs. speed traps” plus a full page inside. As one who is committed to driving safely, I found your information very interesting and informative. I have been fortunate to drive safely for more than 62 years and over a million miles. I have been responsible only for two very minor accidents. The total damage I have done to another car, obviously many years ago, was $35, with no personal injury. I also drove a church bus, a converted school bus, for 14 years with a Class 3 license.
I do not boast about my record, because driving can be hazardous and safe driving also requires good luck. Furthermore, as a senior who hopes to drive a few more years, I know I must be increasingly cautious. I have been ticketed and fined a few times, averaging about once every 12 to 15 years. Most of these citations have been for failing to drive within speed limits in small towns. Your article describes well how radar and laser guns detect the velocity of vehicles. I respect police officers’ integrity and do not claim being victimized by speed traps as you describe them.
One agency you cite admits that the number of crashes and injuries prevented by speed detection cannot be measured. I agree, and contend that speed is only one of several factors that relate to safety. Others include weather, the volume of traffic, and whether roads are straight and level or hilly and curvy. Talking on cell phones while driving is extremely hazardous and texting is even worse. I absolutely refuse to talk on a cell phone while driving. I also do not drink alcoholic beverages. These factors and perhaps others affect highway safety.
I was pleased to discover from your article that regulations are placed on speed enforcement. Some that you describe are very strict, possibly even excessively so in my opinion. I am glad to learn, though, that state law governs the use of speed detection devices. Police forces must be motivated by protecting public safety and welfare and not by generating revenue. I appreciate your making both law officers and drivers aware of the need for justice and fairness.
-- Jack V. Colwell
Last minute gifts
Here are a few last minute gifts that might be found under your tree. May God give the grace to accept them in the spirit they were given:
The gift of being humbled. Wisdom is gained through humility “... with the lowly is wisdom.” -- Proverbs 11:2
The gift of being lonely. It can be painful to be by yourself, but we are never really alone. When we are set apart from people, we are set unto God who is always with us. It is also a chance to pray for those who are truly unaccompanied much of their lives. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” -- Hebrews 13:5
The gift of silence. God has a lot to say to each of us -- most of all that he loves us. When we are surrounded by people, we may miss the voice of God. Try to weave some silence into the rhythm of daily life and “be still, and know that I am God.” -- Psalm 46:10
Dear Lord, help us see the gifts hidden in humility, loneliness and silence.
-- John Wayne Dobson