Guns on campus
State Rep. Heath Clark, R-Ga., supports a law that would allow firearms on college campuses in our state that are currently banned. Thus his answer to violence, drugs, binge drinking and rapes on campus is a bill to allow everyone on campus to carry a gun. How would the campus and local police tell the bad guy from the other students on campus?
Rapes often start in social conditions where alcohol and drugs are present, and it’s unlikely the student would be able to run and find a gun. Carrying concealed weapons on college campuses in 41 states is banned by university policy or law.
Our state has a new, comprehensive gun law that does not require mandatory gun safety training when you get a gun license. This works out badly along with high rates of firearm ownership and gun deaths in many states. Even Florida has mandatory gun safety training. There is no need to allow concealed firearms on our campuses in our state.
-- Frank W. Gadbois
King would not be proud
Well, the 2015 Oscars were something else. The worst occurrence of the evening was disgracing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. Using “Ferguson’s Hands Up” in John Legend’s Oscar-winning best original song “Glory” is based on a lie. Investigation and truthful eyewitnesses, under oath, have denied that Michael Brown’s hands were up.
Further, John Legend made the statement that “more black men are under correctional control today than were under slavery.” Do these rich Hollywood people and musical entertainers not understand the laws that govern our nation? Instead of showcasing words, why don’t they visit the communities like one in Florida where 900 black teens invaded the movie “50 Shades of Gray”? They infringed on the rights of others who paid to see the movie that was shut down due to another riot by blacks. Why not visit the communities where gangs of male and female blacks are stealing from Wal-Mart and other businesses, killing each other over money, drugs and birthing babies without moral parental guidance.
Why don’t they speak out against all hate speech? The worst hate speech I have ever heard was Michael Brown’s stepfather, Louis Head. With his pants hanging below his butt, he told blacks to burn down a town. If that is not hate, I do not know what hate is. Hate is exercised in many ways, but it was not Dr. King’s way. Stop using the good deeds of this man and slavery to justify the bad actions of today’s blacks.
-- Faye W. Tanner
Time to go?
Silence coming from the Bibb County Board of Education is highly questionable. We paid for legal advice on the old superintendent’s buyout. If the board has blundered again, after buying back the leased building for millions to cover up prior missteps, is it not time to seek their removal?
-- Joe Hubbard
Clean water vs. polluters
Environment Georgia recently released a report called “Polluting Politics” which establishes a link between those creating the most pollution and those spending the most on their political agendas.
For example, BASF Corp., was responsible for more than 2.5 million pounds of toxic pollutants spilling into Georgia waterways in 2012 alone. In 2014, its parent company, BASF Corp. SE, spent more than $3 million on lobbying efforts and political campaign contributions.
As a college student who is newly able to exercise my right to vote, this is extremely disheartening. I and many others in my generation have a great concern for the state of the environment and feel there is a dire necessity for cessation of air and water pollution. If these corporations get their way through big political spending, environmental degradation will only worsen. My enthusiasm for participating in the political process is tempered by the fear that my voice will be drowned out by the will of big polluters.
-- Jamie Landa