I notice the politicians today — along with all the other experts in society who have all the answers in fixing the country’s problems — seem to be forgetting one of our nation’s people. They mention black lives, white lives, Hispanic, Asian but never once do they mention the American Indian. Talk about discrimination. I challenge anyone to go out to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota or to The Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana, and take a look at the deplorable and horrible conditions in which they live. I know I was there just last week. They have been put out there and forgotten.
I asked a Sioux girl named Casey Bear Eagle what did they need the most, and her answer was propane for heat. She said in the winter months her people have literally frozen to death. Not very many jobs and no industry. Sadly, many turn to alcohol. They don’t have a lot to hope for. So please remember our original citizens. Their lives matter, too.
George Scoville, Macon
If the Macon-Bibb County government would like to encourage voters to say “yes” to a new SPLOST, it would be helpful for the SPLOST website (launched 10/23/15) to contain information about what specific projects have been completed and at what cost from the last SPLOST and possibly have a comparison list of the intended projects and projected costs. If this information were provided to The Telegraph, the paper might then run a story about this.
I have been disappointed at times in the past with what I perceive to be a bait and switch use of taxpayer funds and some deafness to allowing sufficient lead time for citizens to provide input on projects before they become written in stone.
I understand our elected officials receive the power to make administrative decisions once voted into office and that you can’t please all of the people all of the time. However, I would think that the establishment of 10 categories for use of SPLOST funds would give our officials sufficient leeway, without having to resort to uncommitted money.
Stella Tsai, Macon
I believe that I have found the perfect answer to gun control. Anyone caught carrying a weapon, with the exception of law enforcement and the military, will be summarily shot. In addition to that person, 10 people chosen at random from his/her neighborhood will be taken out and also summarily shot. With these exceedingly stringent measures certainly no one would carry a weapon except those mentioned above.
Oh I forgot, the Nazis instituted these measures in countries that they occupied, such as France. However, the partisans still managed to get weapons to fight the invaders. In my opinion it appears that even if the most extreme measures are taken toward gun control those people, good or bad, who want to obtain weapons, will get them.
Richard Mahoney, Bonaire
Regarding the building of a neighborhood Wal-Mart at the corner of White Road and Hwy. 41: There is more at stake than just endangering children. The residents of Georgian Walk were promised, by Mark Byrd, the owner of the six acres behind their homes, that he would only develop it as residential. However, he later stood before the pre-city council meeting and basically stated that since the housing market was down he wanted the six acres rezoned as commercial so he could make more money selling it to Wal-Mart. No one would have originally purchased their homes had they known he would go back on his word.
Three city council members, Tim Thomas, Clifford Holmes and Chuck Shaheen stood for the people while the other three members and the mayor voted the “good old boy” system giving Byrd the change he wanted. Because the Wal-Mart will sell alcohol it should never have been allowed across the road from the back door of an elementary school. However, the lawyer for Wal-Mart stated that they could measure from the front door, not the back door, and it was far enough away.
Now the Wal-Mart could have been built a mile or so down Hwy. 41 where it is already zoned commercial and no one would have objected. The city would get the revenue, jobs would be created, and many neighborhoods would be happy. But Byrd doesn’t own that land and he would not have gotten his profit. No one would object to the three acres fronting on Hwy. 41 having an ice cream or pizza parlor or even a small diner which all the neighborhoods could enjoy. If the neighborhood Wal-Mart is built on the six acres, it will be a 40,000 square foot store, selling alcohol, also with a gas station, open at least 18 hours a day, seven days a week, with semi and delivery trucks coming and going at all hours a few hundred feet from residential homes and an elementary school. No one wants to live with that in their backyard, or think that their property may well be devalued and schoolchildren endangered because of it.
Marjorie Liaguno, Byron
Why are Democrats so obsessed with sex? First, we were told that we need to accept that abortion on demand with no limits is a constitutionally guaranteed right, and to disagree was sexist. So, it became OK to have sex anywhere, anytime, because unintended consequences could simply be aborted. No harm, no foul. A certain Democratic president next gave us a lesson on how oral sex is actually not sex at all, especially when practiced in the Oval Office, and to criticize him was evil. Then, we were told to accept homosexual behavior as normal or be branded homophobic bigots. Now, we must actually join in praising gay behavior, or we are still knuckle-dragging homophobes. Next, the Democrats began questioning “gender assignment,” as if gender is assigned by some external process, not biology. Now, we are told to accept “gender fluidity” which allows a tiny subset of people who are uncomfortable with their own biology to present as female while biologically male and vice versa.
Democrats ignore the wishes of 97 percent of women and nearly all men to “comfort” these confused individuals instead of recommending a good psychiatrist. The upshot of this ridiculousness is that grown men must be allowed (in some cases by law) to use dressing rooms and bathrooms with ladies and little girls. Now we have second-graders being taught it is cool to question your gender assignment, as if there will be no negative outcomes from this unnatural behavior. Where does this insanity end?
John Brogden, Warner Robins