Uncheck the box
The circus continues in Macon-Bibb County government. At the rate some of the commissioners are going, they will be going to the court and hiring criminals to work for the county.
The sad reason of second chance is ridiculous. What about people with no criminal record who would like a job working for the county? I guess they will have to go to the end of the line. Nobody forced criminals to commit their crimes.
It seems that law-abiding citizens are now second-class citizens. Most criminals will repeat their crimes. Wake up, Macon-Bibb County people. Remember these commissioners at election time.
Soon it will be all right to lie on the job application. This is only the continuance of an already corrupt system.
-- Louis Kitchens
Talking but not walking
I recently read in my daily devotional about talking the talk and walking the walk. The devotional was how we are viewed by others when we talk about being Christians. The devotional caused me to ponder how my friends, family, church family and acquaintances view me as a Christian. It caused me to seek reflection on this perception.
I have encountered several individuals in my adult life who are at church every time the doors are open. They profess to be Christians, and in one particular case a deacon, in their respective churches. Being in the house of God is an admirable thing to do. Being viewed as a Christian, based on your talk, carries responsibility. As Christians, we are to walk as we talk about being Christians. I have found it is easier to talk the talk than to walk the Christian walk. I backslide when I least expect to, and that is where walking the walk is much harder than talking the talk.
Our neighbors, friends and co-workers see us more than most everyone, as they have daily contact with us. They observe and hear what we say and what we do. When we are around our church family, we tend to be on our toes saying and doing things a Christian should do. We are, in most cases, victims of our surroundings, specifically in church, but also in our yards, work, sports or social activity we might display a different persona. “We can give of our time and money, or we can loyally inhabit our church pews, but if we do not act out of love for the Lord and others, our aspirations are insignificant” -- Open Windows, 2/14.
Think about this: If your neighbors, family, friends, co-workers or anyone who comes in contact with you were asked if they viewed you as a Christian, would you be surprised at their answer? If we talk the talk, we need to walk the walk.
-- Bubba Ragan
Lesson in customer service
Please allow me to relate my recent experience at the Warner Robins City Hall. I went there because I had an issue with the lighting in my neighborhood. I wasn’t sure whom I needed to talk to but was pleasantly surprised when I was able to speak to Mayor Randy Toms himself.
The mayor welcomed me as if I were a long-lost friend and treated me as if I were the most important person on earth. He not only listened to my concerns but also assured me he would look into the matter right away and actually thanked me for bringing the matter to his attention.
Here’s where it gets good. By the time I got home, the mayor had already sent his assistant manager of maintenance to meet me at my house. His name is Ken Thompson.
He could not have been more friendly and helpful as he listened to my complaint. When I thanked him for coming out, he told me that no thanks was necessary because he works for me. The end result is that in just a few short weeks, the lighting has been greatly improved and included the installation of additional light fixtures. It is much brighter, and both my wife and I feel 100 percent safer in our home. With this kind of response, it is easy to feel like I live in one of the finest cities in the U.S.A. My sincere thanks to the mayor, his staff and the maintenance people.
-- Randal D. Duckworth
Minimum wage downside
The two perspectives recently published regarding cost of living and minimum wage both have merit and present a strong basis for their cases. I don’t think any rational person would argue against a living wage, which is rarely attainable through current minimum wage. The problem with non-federal entities providing annual cost of living/COLA to their workers, for the most part, is due to the lack of financial resources. However, deep-pocket Uncle Sam routinely provides cost-of-living allowances to its workers, Social Security recipients and others receiving monthly cash benefits from federal coffers. Unfortunately, mom-and-pop-type operations cannot compete with Uncle Sam in this regard.
Any legislative mandate to increase minimum wage without rescinding the Earned Income Credit would be grossly unfair to someone whose wages are marginally above minimum wage and also to taxpayers in general. Uncle Sam is doing a super job in ensuring that most low-wage earners with dependents receive far in excess of minimum wage.
For example, a person receiving $7.50 per hour with one eligible dependent would receive approximately $10 per hour once the value of their earned income credit is added to the wages paid to them by their employer. If that same person received a federally mandated wage increase of $10 per hour, then their hourly wage would increase to approximately $15 per hour.
Uncle Sam would remain in business, but what happens to the mom and pops of America? They’re not in a position to outsource overseas, leaving bankruptcy as their only viable alternative.
Before we start implementing mandated minimum-wage decisions, we need to assess the true value of so-called low wage earners’ monetary and “in kind benefits value.” Benefits such as medical, education, food and housing are all subsidized by Uncle Sam. Taking care of the less fortunate is a worthy role of any government, but where do you draw the line?
Any initiative to increase minimum wage certainly should consider the value of Earned Income Credit and the other entitlements mentioned. If the goal for minimum wage is $10-$12 per hour, we’re already there. Makes you wonder who’s minding the store in Washington.
-- John Haugabrook