Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Friday, September 23, 2016

Said it wrong?

Re: Leonard Pitts Jr.’s “American protest is an act of faith.” No Mr. Pitts, you err when you said “this is not about whether Kaepernick will stand up for America. It is about whether America will finally stand up for him.” In my opinion that is indeed an un-American statement for not only have millions died but also millions of lame honorable Americans stood up for him since we won independence. Their sacrifice made the code of honor for which most Americans stand up for. All Americans should ask not what our country can do for us, but ask what we can do for our country.

Faye W. Tanner, Macon

Write-in candidate

On Sept. 14, Bob Tribble, publisher of Peach Publishing, wrote that Christians should vote for Donald Trump, to influence Supreme Court nominations and because, under Obama, Democratic leadership has become anti-Christian, anti-freedom and anti-family. Actually, our culture has been drifting for 30 years or more and Donald Trump is no Christian. He is ignorant of the Bible, intolerant, insults others and is unreliable.

A moral, conservative choice is a write-in vote for Evan McMullin, www.evanmcmullin.com, who has qualified as a write-in for Georgia, and is on the ballot or a certified write-in in 40 other states.

By winning one or more states (which he can), he prevents Trump and Clinton from receiving 270 Electoral College votes. The House then is more likely to select him than Libertarian Gary Johnson or Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

The GOP and conservative movement are at stake. We don’t want Republicans and conservatives to be known as racist, intolerant, bullying, “make-a-deal,” anti-female people. McMullin’s well-managed campaign leads a movement toward a change in leadership.

Evan has experience in foreign affairs, was a chief policy adviser in the House, has a Wharton MBA and worked briefly for Goldman Sachs. He is not an egotist, and he is not protecting a political empire. He has come forward to serve our country, as he did when he volunteered and trained to work for the CIA in wartime, in dangerous parts of the world and in our national interest. We have a choice. We can vote our conscience by voting for Evan McMullin.

Anna Holloway,

Fort Valley

Voting for freedom

I believe that freedom — the ability to act without government inteference — is the single greatest thing we have in this country. I believe it is the individual armed with this freedom that has made America great. Freedoms can be gained and they can be lost. With every expansion of government there is a corresponding loss of some freedoms.

In the upcoming election it seems that many voters are not happy with either presidential candidate and there is a lot of head shaking as a result. I will not be voting for or against either candidate. I will be voting for something far more important, our freedoms.

While neither political party is a champion of freedom the Democratic party is actively seeking to grow the size, scope and reach of government into our daily lives, thereby taking away more and more of our freedoms. The relentless pursuit of government expansion by Democrats can be seen in everything from Obamacare to the size of a soda we can buy at local convenience store.

When comparing our nation to others I realize that America is not the rule. America is the exception. This exceptionalism is a direct result of our freedoms. Ask yourself a question. Do you appreciate and value the freedoms we enjoy in this nation? I value my freedoms. I am concerned about the steady erosion of them as government grows, and I will vote accordingly.

Skip Johnson, Macon

Worse off

So now we know that mainly because our Republican-controlled state government refused to allow our uninsured residents to enroll in Obamacare, that our uninsured are worse off than residents of 46 other states. That’s nothing to be proud of. Our Legislature even passed a law banning the training of navigators, the folks who would assist our uninsured enroll in Obamacare.

The citizens of our state need to ask our state representatives who are running for re-election in November if they will vote to allow our uninsured to enroll in Medicaid through the state Medicaid program. If they won’t, then don’t vote for their re-election. Shame on them.

Frank W. Gadbois, Warner Robins


How can someone support a presidential candidate who trashes our president, our generals and our military on Russian TV? He repeatedly expresses admiration for Russian President Putin, a former KGB killer and dictator, and then goes ballistic when someone doesn’t stand up for our flag, a symbol of love and respect for our country and those who fought and died for it?

Barbara Brown, Kathleen

Unique opportunity

Choosing between the “lesser of two evils” is absurd. The notion of sending one evil to the White House to keep another evil out is just plain wrong! Especially when we have a better choice in all states. Gov. Gary Johnson is experienced, capable and honest. He is the only seasoned government chief executive ready to come into the job and get down to business on day one. Gov. Johnson belongs to the Libertarian Party so he won’t get involved in the ugly, nasty partisan bickering that has paralyzed Washington for the past eight years.

Let’s stop our own war of words and get serious about deciding which person is most qualified. This year we have a unique opportunity to elect a competent chief executive who would work with both sides of the aisle to get the governing process moving again. Then we can vote for the party of our choice for the Senate and House, and we get the best for all jobs. What’s not to like about that? It also gives us a chance to prove the media wrong when they say that Americans are too stupid to figure out how to split the ticket on election day.

Jane Kenny,

Bluffton, South Carolina

Always been an AWEO

In Monday’s edition of this paper, Ken Fowler of Hawkinsville asked a rhetorical question. “Can you imagine the uproar if there were a “Georgia Association of White Elected Officials?” This was in regard to State Sen. David Lucas asking the governor to consider black attorneys for judgeship on the Georgia Supreme Court.

Now, if Fowler knows anything about the selection process, then qualifications and merits would already be on the governor’s list. But to respond to his question, there has always been a Georgia Association of White Elected Officials under the Gold Dome, better known as the Ku Klux Klan. Now my question, when does it end?

Don T. Griggs, Macon