What a joy and encouragement to read George McGinty Jr.’s testimony (12/30/14) of Jesus as his personal savior. Jesus was born to rise. Christmas reveals his birth and Easter reveals His death and resurrection. Jesus took upon himself our sinful human nature so we could be forgiven and filled with God’s love for all people, even those who may not love us.
What a wonderful America this would be if we all had changed lives filled with God’s love and his moral lifestyles and the assurance that we can know we will be in his presence when this life is over.
Please read Acts 5:27-42 to find encouragement for the truth that a relationship with Jesus cannot be concealed. Let us pray for a better America in 2015 upon the God we were founded upon.
-- the Rev. Richard Aultman
Too much for too little
Has anyone thought about what the justification is for paying $200,000 in design and engineering costs for extending the Ocmulgee Heritage Trial a little more than a mile? Also, what’s with $70,000 for construction? I am a major supporter of the trail. I have often run the entire length, what there is of it. I enjoy that we have tunnel access to cross Martin Luther King Boulevard to get to Central City Park and its traffic-free areas for runners, walkers and bikers. Countless overweight people in the area need to use it more.
The sooner completion of all phases of the long overdue trail are done the better. However, we are talking about building just 1.23 miles of a concrete path that in truth needs a width of about 40 feet including the right of way. The total is about $270,000. A quarter of a million dollars for 1.23 miles?
As a North Macon resident, I am again cautious of the elitist gang known as New-Town Macon who are spearheading the effort. This group wants to waste more money downtown, the lowest growth area in the county. More people want to live in Jones County than in downtown Macon. This project would not bring people into the old, continuing-to-die downtown area. I drive down the Spring Street landing access. I run and go right back to North Macon. Keep in mind, if the Bibb County Courthouse were not in its inconvenient location, downtown would die on its own. Even the Board of Education wants to move. After that, only employees of the Medical Center and surrounding medical areas would need to go downtown. The courthouse would mercifully be closed. The bankers all have branches outside of downtown. They could relocate. Also, this is the group along with the Downtown Council who endorsed backing into parking places in the redeveloped Second Street area. I know people who live in those trendy renovated, downtown lofts. The frequent Friday night promotions with the loud bands, heavy traffic and attendance of predators lasts into the not-too-still hours after midnight. The residents leave. They visit friends or family or stay in a peaceful, safe North Macon motel.
Again, $200,000 is way too much money for what is supposed to be infrastructure on the extension. I suggest cutting just a little planning money and put cameras and more lights at least at the Spring Street access. Bike cops are too busy trying to substantiate themselves around the more visible restaurants and what stores remain to worry consistently about the trail. I know people who have used the path to find their cars broken into when they return. They had credit cards taken.
It is good the path will go into the Ocmulgee Mounds. But, I am also skeptical of any money going for use on any government land without some accounting that the feds and state are contributing their fair share. Even in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C., the home of wasteful spending, I have seen and ran on old rail lines converted into excellent greenways and paved trailways. Maybe Macon and surrounding areas don’t want to watch the progress of the project as they are a population drawn not to exercise but they crave their favorite barbecue, fried chicken and fast food for their prime nutritional sources.
At the least Mayor Robert Reichert needs to reign in the group and look at the funding. But he, too, has swallowed that backing into parking spaces as a bully move. He needs to address complete funding of the entire project with the General Assembly during this session. Why not get the delegation on board with something so simple.
This is a project for the whole community. The NewTown folks generally need to be held in check. Let them explain to us how they account for funding this Heritage Trail expansion.
-- Rick Treptow
A different view
As usual, John Wayne Dobson excels in nonsense, contradicts himself and is guilty of plagiarism. First, stealing the words from columnist John Kelly’s article in The Washington Post, he tries to elevate Gen. Robert E. Lee and Gen. Stonewall Jackson to deity status but ends his letter by saying it is wrong to past judgment on these two men.
Jackson made fools of incompetent Union generals in the Shenandoah Valley and later was Lee’s “right arm.” Most of us who study the American Civil War wonder what would have happened at Gettysburg had Jackson not been killed and replaced by Gen. Richard Ewell, who probably cost Lee the victory there. But Jackson was egotistical and given to self-promoting theatrics and was sometimes even an incompetent. His performance at the Seven Days Battles was inexcusable. His shabby treatment of his subordinate officers and his “foot cavalry” caused many to hate him. The rumor that his men shooting him was no accident never died.
Lee was a good general but not a great one. He was audacious and sometimes, like at Chancellorsville, that was exactly what was needed, but he was also stubborn and made some huge blunders. How a general goes down in history is largely dependent on luck. Lee was lucky that the only good army the Confederacy had wasn’t destroyed when he accepted battle with his back against the Potomac at Antietam. Had Gen. George McClellan been a little more aggressive, the United States would have won the war that day and Lee would be remembered as the bum who lost the war. Just as Johnston might be remembered as the general who stopped Sherman had Hood not mistaken a Union cavalry patrol for infantry at Cassville (Ga.).
As for some very unimpressive stained glass windows in a niche in the National Cathedral, they are just two of many stained glass windows and Lee and Jackson are outnumbered by Union soldiers.
Of all the generals Virginia produced for the American Civil War, the best, and most deserving of being immortalize in stained glass, is Union General George Thomas. Not only was he a better general than Lee or Jackson, he refused to be a traitor to his country and refused to break the solemn oath he took at West Point.
-- Jim Sandefur
The recent resurfacing of the street adjacent to the Medical Center’s Wellness Center came at the expense of the taxpayers on Inglewood Place. For more than 20 years, those folk have been faced with total failure to resolve one of the worst streets in Macon-Bibb County. Countless potholes and six generations of patching makes a ghetto look good. One new asphalting would have saved thousands of taxpayers dollars.
-- Joe Hubbard