Cut out the cancer
Our president addressed the National Day of Prayer Breakfast. Instead of praying for our nation and the world, both of which really need God’s help, he chastised Christians for being upset by what ISIS is doing. He did this by mentioning the evils committed in Christ’s name. I will freely admit that horrible things have been done in the name of our Savior who only wanted love: love of God and love of our fellow man. The most horrible things that were done happened in the Dark Ages.
Ordinary people didn’t read, much less were allowed to read, the Bible. They probably thought they were doing a good thing, keeping the infidels out of the Holy Land. I am also sure greed and power had a lot to do with the Crusades. The president should know that those things were done in the Dark Ages. We are now in the Age of Enlightenment. When someone does something horrible to our Bible, such as burn it, or say they don’t want to be Christian, we don’t burn them in a cage or chop their heads off. That is barbaric Islamic extremism. It is about time the president says that. It is about time he realizes that ISIS is like a cancer and it is metastasizing. It needs to be taken care of before it kills everything in its path.
-- Barbara Mabee
I voted for our new state superintendent of schools. Since the election, this paper’s editorial group has twice, by my count, thrown disparaging remarks at our new Superintendent Richard Woods. Charles Richardson’s remarks have left me dumbfounded. So let us visit the superintendent’s important highlights and you decide: Woods has more than 22 years of pre-K through 12th grade experience in public education. Woods was a high school teacher for 14 years, serving as department chair and teacher mentor. He was also selected as Teacher of the Year and for eight years had served in various administrative roles such as assistant principal, curriculum director, testing coordinator, pre-K director, and alternative school director.
Woods’ statements regarding Senate Bill 2 and Senate Bill 80 are important: “No ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach is appropriate for education, and our students suffer when we attempt to impose one on them. There must be options available. Senate Bill 2, which would grant local boards of education the authority to award high school diplomas to students who have already demonstrated their aptitude in the post-secondary arena, would expand options in Georgia’s schools and place more of our students firmly on the path toward high school graduation and future success.”
In addition, concerning SR 80, he says it provides steps to address the long-term problem of high school students not being taught key people, events and documents that are the cornerstone of the history of our nation. “I applaud the members of our General Assembly for working together to protect the education of Georgia’s students.”
Bully to him and I say touché. Superintendent Woods has my support.
-- Bobby Komlo
Lake Wildwood (Not Macon)
Erick Erickson is right. The Transportation Bill that is getting high praise at the state Legislature is a tax pure and simple and a bad one at that. First, as he points out, it takes a tax that the counties are now collecting and confiscates this tax and puts it into the state’s coffers. By my count that is a tax increase for the state. But the portion of this bill that is perhaps most disturbing is that this bill allows the new transportation tax to increase each year automatically. That’s right your representatives would not have to vote to increase your tax again because that tax increase is built into the bill.
I hope we can fix Georgia’s infrastructure by closing some loopholes, but if we can’t, we certainly don’t need to pass a bill that just transfers the problem of underfunding from the state to local governments. And under no circumstance should we ever pass a bill to allow our taxes to be increased without a vote. Please write your representative and tell them that House Bill 170 is a bad idea.
-- Doug Carter
It would be interesting to see Wade Stooksberry’s interpretation of Isaiah’s use of the word “Lucifer,” and turning it into a fallen archangel. My question would be what is a Latin word doing in a Hebrew or Greek text’s translation?
Might it be that St. Jerome used his language (Latin) in the translation and churches down through time have misunderstood it? Translated about 390-450 AD.
LATIN: luc: lux: (light) Fer; Ferrous: Bearer; bringer;. The planet Venus: which always precedes the Sun’s rising; therefore the Light bringer.
Greek: Phosphorus: once again; VENUS; the light bringer, The planet Venus in its morning appearance.
Hebrew: Helel; Heylel; Venus; Morning Star.
Yeshuah; Jesus, called himself the bright and morning star (Rev. 22:16). Job 38:7 identifies The morning stars as singing together and the angels shouted in joy. Also in 2 Peter 1:19; Phosporus; and in Rev.2:28, as Aster Propinos; The One who brings light. Yeshuah (Jesus).
-- Neville Smith
Right-wingers say, “raising minimum wage will destroy jobs.” Now really. Eighty percent of workers get more then minimum wage. When they get a raise, let’s celebrate. I’ll buy the beer. Only 20 percent, or less, work for minimum wage.
Serious question; if 80 percent getting a raise is good times ahead, let’s celebrate. Then why is a raise for the low end 20 percent so devastating?
Is this rocket science, or right-wing math?
-- Victor T. Volskay Sr.
Dumb as a stone?
A week or so ago I sent a letter to The Telegraph expressing my opinion of President Obama’s deteriorating mental condition. The letter received both pro and con comments by the public at large. Now, in addition to my comments in that letter, I want to express my opinion that his very recent actions and comments provide empirical evidence that in addition to his other mental disorders, his intellectual prowess has deteriorated from below average to borderline goofy. He and his followers are now about equal intellectually, they are all hovering just above “dumb-as-a-stone.”
I also know that his hollow-headed worshipers will, as before, be up in arms about the disrespect shown their messiah, and will be asking for links, etc. To be of assistance in this aspect, it is suggested that they open Google and enter “Obama Smart?” and start reading.
-- Walter Huckeba