I find myself very fortunate to be living in Central Georgia -- great weather, good food, nice people -- but more than that I get to live near Robert Lehane. Not only is he a well-known movie critic, apparently he has even spoken to God. Now this is truly astounding. Who knew such a person lived among us?
He even knows how God sounds and other people’s reading habits.
-- Michael Collins
Never miss a local story.
‘Pay it forward’
My wife and I had a very pleasant lunch after church on Sunday at the Outback Restaurant in Centerville. We were seated in a booth across from three Centerville police officers. Another senior couple was seated in the booth in front of us. We completed our meal and asked our server for our check; however, he informed us our meal had been paid for. In fact, the check for the other senior couple’s meal had also been paid for. When we asked our server who had paid our check, he told us the three Centerville police officers had paid for it, as well as the other couple’s. The officers told our server that other people had paid for their checks in the past and they just wanted to “pay it forward” by paying for our meals. Now that’s what I call service. We’re privileged to have such caring civil servants here in Middle Georgia.
-- F.O. White
Across America groups of predominantly black protesters are carrying signs reading -- “Black lives matter.” This seems to be a confusing message. People of all colors know this. Who are they trying to convince? Sad part is the race hustlers have sold them on the idea that looting and burning buildings and killing policemen is the answer. Best as I can tell, this is either FOX News or George W. Bush’s fault.
-- Tommy Parker
When I was in Vietnam, we did not hesitate to shoot at a person pointing a gun at us. Some did and some died, that is the reason the young person is dead, he pointed a loaded gun at a policeman and he did not hesitate to shoot before the other person did. Don’t the people protesting know that?
-- Jimmy A. Faircloth
If the letter writer is referring to the incident in Cleveland where a 12-year-old was killed by police for having a toy gun, the video shows Tamir Rice was killed in less than 2 seconds after police arrived.
Bring back the Peanut Bowl
As a man of accumulating age, I always enjoy the columns by Bobby Pope on the good old days in sports. This week’s story about the Lanier High Poets’ 1947 Peanut Bowl team, in particular, brought back great memories, not of the Macon high school’s gridiron exploits, but of my own alma mater, the Rockmart Yellow Jackets.
The very year we moved to Rockmart, when I was only 5 years old, the local pigskin powerhouse ran roughshod over all comers, including a 52-21 thumping of Valdosta for the Class A state title. So excellent was this team that they were selected over that year’s AA champs, Decatur High, to represent the South in the Peanut Bowl against Holyoke, Massachusett.
Led by triple-threat Max Mason, the Yellow Jackets bested Holyoke 19-14 to cap a perfect 12-0 season on New Year’s Day, 1951. Bear Bryant, who was then the Kentucky head coach, was on hand for the Valdosta game and was so impressed with Rockmart’s performance that he signed five of our players to scholarships with the Wildcats, plus hiring our coach for his own staff. My father was then sports editor for the Rockmart Journal, and one of my prized possessions is a sheaf of photocopies of his accounts of that glorious season.
With the bowl season now so ridiculously crowded, I’m afraid there’s probably no chance for a revival of the Peanut Bowl, but oh what great memories.
-- John Marson Dunaway
Dear, oh Deer
Now that deer season is all but over it is time to thank those men who made it possible. All the deer in central Georgia were gone by the 1920s.
Farming had taken over 90 percent of the forest lands. When the depression started in the 1930s, farmers left the land. The government bought up many of the farms -- with duck stamps I might add -- and it was decided to bring back the deer. A local boy from Jones County joined the wildlife service. Smitty Canup retired as the game manager for the southeast U.S. He was my friend and told me this story.
It was his first week on the job at Piedmont Wildlife Refuge in Jones County when they received orders to unload several train car loads of deer. He will always remember that Sunday because when the train stopped in Round Oak, the radio announced Pearl Harbor had been bombed. Yes, Dec. 7, 1941. Lest we forget.
-- Brian T. Reid Sr.