A few thoughts
A certain phrase in Tim Talcott’s letter (The Telegraph Dec. 22) struck me as telling as we scurry about, giving little thought to the reason for this season. Wondering aloud as he summed up events as he shopped for a person less fortunate, he mused “I don’t know if I had an angel, the Ghost of Christmas or” -- now pay attention -- “the everyday hand of God ...”
“The everyday hand of God.” Wow. Maybe that is why so many don’t see how blessed they are as they take for granted the “everyday” blessings received. Certainly, I have done little to deserve the blessings I receive and just as certainly I offer thanks too infrequently.
The editor’s note at the end of Avery Chenowith’s last “Sherman” letter was most welcome as the editor noted that the Civil War and Sherman’s march were over. Good to know, But did anyone tell John Wayne Dobson?
Someone took John G. Kelley to task for his well-penned offerings, ascribing to John an “author wannabe” complex. Whether topical or whimsical, I enjoy John’s letters immensely. Keep them coming.
Arthur Brooke offered a reasoned response to a less-than-accurate depiction of himself in the recent fusillade from Frank Gadbois. To be sure, Frank, a prolific contributor of progressive thought to these pages, comes in for very specific feedback for his opinions. Perhaps some of that flak could have been toned down. Nevertheless, Brooke offered an olive branch in the form of an offer for a conversation over lunch, on his nickel. The thought has merit.
The Tampa Bay Times selects a letter writer every month for inclusion in its yearly group that meets with the editorial staff to discuss that paper’s editorial perspective. Perhaps The Telegraph could consider a similar program. The idea that many of the Viewpoints constituents may get together for a breakfast or lunch organized by The Telegraph may be well-received. If we of diverse and firmly held views can sit, eat and chat together, maybe we could instruct our politicians on how it is done.
Be well in the New Year.
-- Bob Carnot
Nation without honor
I agree with Joel Raley. Let’s face it, Macon is surrounded with high crime, gang-infested areas, armed robberies, drive-by shootings, assaults, carjackings and general hooliganism.
Let’s also face it that President Vladimir Putin is a better man and leader of his country than President Obama is of his at least in one respect. In Mr. Putin’s first public appearance since the crash of the ruble’s value this week, he accepted responsibility for the economic crisis. Has President Obama ever accepted responsibility for any of his failed policies, much less our economic crisis?
Let’s also face it that the Obama administration and Eric Holder suing and backing lawbreakers has finally taken its toll for the honorable and dedicated law officer elected by the voters. Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s who took an oath to uphold our laws by cracking down on people using fake and/or stolen ID’s to get jobs, they have ordered him to stop. Let’s also face it that the Obama administration and Holder continues to break laws and threaten Ferguson officials including judges to make exceptions to some lawbreakers. Their continue threats to law officers and officials around the US demanding they must discriminate by making exceptions for their chosen some.
Let’s also face it with the President and our top law enforcer not honoring their oath of office, they encourage lawlessness, racial turmoil and friction among the America people in every way possible. If ‘we the people’ allow it to continue, we will become a nation without honor.
-- Faye W. Tanner
Hitting the point
In recent years there have been many organizations that promote the message that “It is never all right for boys to hit girls.” At first glance this would seem to be a very innocuous, and to the point lesson for youth.
The problem is that buried in the subtext of this message are several implicit harmful messages. The first is that although it is never all right to hit girls, it might be all right for boys to hit other boys. The second is that it IS all right for girls to hit anyone. The third is that boys should never defend themselves from girls.
I have always tried to teach the message to boys and girls alike that “it is never all right to hit first.” If someone else hits you, try to get away. If the attack continues, then (and only then) hit back hard enough, and long enough to stop the attack. Then report the incident to a parent, teacher, or another responsible adult.
I just read Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s “Declaration of Sentiments and Resolutions of the Seneca Falls Convention” of July 1848. I don’t believe that Ms. Stanton would have a problem with the message I try to teach.
In light of several recent newsworthy events, I believe that is time to re-evaluate the effectiveness of the message, “It is never all right for boys to hit girls.”
-- Tim Talcott Sr
Which scholars Dr. Cummings turns to in forming the basis for his opinions is none of my affair, other insomuch as those opinions appear in the newspaper that I subscribe to (“The devil, you say,” 12/28); and therefore may affect the intellectual climate of the community which it serves.
It cannot be said with certainty that the motive of those scholars is to undermine the veracity of the Biblical accounts, or faith in the events portrayed in them; nor of Dr. C’s, in promoting their views. If the intent is, indeed, to call into question and doubt whether God became a man, and entered into our space-time domain so that we could enter into His heavenly one, then it’s a safe bet that impetus would not come from God (Mark 3:25). Process of elimination would leave only one other option as to its source.
I therefore confine my comments to Dr. C’s assertion that the accounts of Our Lord’s incarnation and birth (in Matthew’s and Luke’s gospels) are “parables.” That is incorrect. He is correct in saying that parables are not historical. They are symbolic -- “an earthly story with a heavenly meaning.”
But the gospel accounts are historical. They mention specific events, occurring to specific people, at a particular time and place in history, under the auspices of specifically named rulers and governors that are part of the historical record (e.g., Caesar Augustus). They are illuminated history, timelessly written “so that (we) might know the certainty of those things” (Luke 1:4).
Not only do parables never mention specific people by name, Jesus used them expressly so that the Pharisees, and others indisposed to the truth, would not understand their meaning (cf. Mt. 13:10-16; Luke 8: 9,10).
The Gospel accounts not only provide a matchless history of events: They are a true account of the central event in all of “His-story.”
-- W. Wade Stooksberry II