In Friday’s opinion page, I noticed that Kathleen Parker never once addressed Al Sharpton as “Reverend.” I was taught as a youth to use a surname only if it applied. I’ve always wondered where Sharpton and Jesse Jackson preached. Seems every time I read or hear their names in print or on the airwaves, they are always referred to as “Reverend.”
We should always give honor where honor is due, especially when speaking of deity. If anyone reading this knows where either Sharpton or Jackson administer the “Word of God,” I would like to know.
-- John Worth
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Al Sharpton, according to several sources was licensed and ordained to preach in 1964. Jesse Jackson was ordained in 1968.
What does she believe?
State Rep. Nikki Randall does not believe the criminal justice system in Georgia is fair. She contends that a grand jury is incapable of making a fair determination in cases involving the shooting of an individual by policemen. Therefore, she wants to enact legislation to have the state’s attorney general appoint a special prosecutor to investigate cases when an individual is killed by law enforcement to determine if criminal charges should be filed against the police.
Also, she may propose a bill to have the GBI investigate such cases instead of local law enforcement. I wonder what is her motivation? Does she believe in white privilege? Or does she believe that grand juries are not fair because of a “racial empathy gap”?
Will she eventually expand her legislation to include the death of any individual by policemen? What if the GBI does not find any wrongdoing? Will she propose that a special prosecutor has to investigate the findings of the GBI?
Our judicial system has worked for over 200 years. Changing it because an individual does not like the outcome is wrong. I do not believe having the GBI investigate the shooting of an individual by policemen instead of local law enforcement will result in a positive effect. The investigation will be on hold until the GBI team is on the scene.
My concern with Randall’s proposal is that it will diminish the effectiveness of local law enforcement. I am not aware of any case where local law enforcement in Houston County did not properly investigate a shooting or that a local grand jury deliberately rendered a false verdict.
-- Jim Costello
Law enforcement and politicians
Leaving the “Season of Goodwill,” we appear to enter the “Season of Statements and Posturing” as if electioneering is a year ‘round sport as reported in Wednesday’s Telegraph. State Rep. Nikki Randall’s desire for special prosecutors when someone is killed by law enforcement agrees with the Republican Congress majority demand for a special prosecutor relating to the Fast and Furious program supervised by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice that led to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. All that has been forthcoming from DOJ is delay and opaqueness “because it is under investigation.”
Why would U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., advocate such inaction by initiating a similar federal bill requiring special prosecutors for police “caused” deaths nationwide since DOJ’s Holder is the nation’s top cop and he resists appointment of a special prosecutor? Holder doubles down, so to speak, by carrying out selective enforcement of various laws. Could it be that some of Holder’s actions represent validation of the factors behind Randall’s statement that most Americans agree there is some distrust with the judicial system? If not just posturing, I wonder if Johnson and/or Randall have communicated their displeasure about Fast and Furious to Holder?
Not to be denied exposure, local political pundit Commissioner Elaine Lucas provides input in the Wings Cafe’s most recent public safety issue with resulting multiple tragedies. Her comments, “The real problem is not Wings Cafe, the real problem is the violence that people take into any place.” It would be amusing Yogi Berra double speak if not so serious to potential customers and nearby neighbors.
I rephrase this statement for Randall, Johnson and Lucas, “The real problem for law enforcement is not the men and women who wear the uniform who are referred to as cops, the real problem is the violent law breakers they often have to deal with day in and out.
Law enforcement nationwide would like to deal with a better, less violent class of lawbreaker.
-- Arthur D. Brook
Against Kroger gas proposal
I’d like to add my voice to the chorus of those opposed to Kroger’s placing a gas station on the lot at the corner of Nottingham, North Avenue and Gray Highway. As others have mentioned, this is already a chaotic intersection and there are plenty of other sites around that wouldn’t disrupt the neighborhood as significantly.
North Highlands and surrounding areas, some of the most diverse, walkable and affordable places in Macon, were hit hard by the downturn in the economy and a gas station at the entrance to the neighborhood would be a major step in the wrong direction. If Kroger forces this gas station on us, we will also lose a quaint commercial space (currently a law office, but other sorts of small businesses might fit), at least a couple of residences and some stately oak trees as well.
Finally, I wonder at the wisdom of upsetting so many people who regularly shop at Kroger. I have shopped at the Baconsfield Kroger every week for the past seven years. I wouldn’t presume to speak for everyone in North Highlands, but I doubt I am alone in that I would have to seriously reconsider giving money to an outfit that seems not to care about the neighborhood it serves.
-- Matt Jennings