Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016

Actual and clock time

When we run our clocks up an hour for daylight saving time, actual time doesn’t change, it stays the same. WSST in Cordele covers ball games and airs them later. They say the game will air at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. It airs at 12:30 p.m., but it’s not afternoon. 12:30 p.m. clock time is 11:30 a.m. actual time.

Thank goodness we’re on standard time, which means clock time and actual time will be the same for a few months, anyway.

Bobby Adams, Rochelle

Creating wealth

It appears to me that liberal Democrats have no sense of how an economy works. They seem to believe you can tax and spend your way to prosperity. Our country is about $20 trillion in debt and Democrats want to tax our way out of it. This will not work. You will only dig the hole deeper. If we had free economy, where one is free from oppressive regulations and taxation, many jobs would be created and the debt problem would eventually be solved. If you think you can get wealthy off your credit cards, you are a Democrat. We have about 50 million people who are getting benefit checks from the government with free cell phones, EBT cards and much more. If about 20 or 25 million of these people would get a job, our debt would drop considerably.

Put very simply, one who creates or builds something of value creates wealth. Farmers, manufacturers and builders are a classic example what it takes to create wealth. They touch many lives producing their products from buying supplies from many sources and paying employees for their services. On the other hand, those who get government assistance do nothing to grow an economy. They only get a dollar and spend it. There is no power there.

We will always have poor people who need our help and we should help them, but we also need to get the freeloaders off the assistance rolls. I believe any politician should have a basic understanding of Economics 101 if they are going to make decisions concerning our economy. When I was in college, economics was my most fascinating subject, especially how to create wealth.

L.A. Wright,

Warner Robins

Crawford/Roberta consolidation

Someone seems awfully eager for the proposed unification of Roberta and Crawford County to pass Nov. 8, on its first time out. But who? In the past few weeks, a flurry of mailings supporting unification has arrived: Lots of gloss and promises — but no indication of who sent them. There’s been no printed notice that I’m looking at a paid political advertisement that represents one person or group’s slant on things. No “paid for by…” attribution, and no return address. If I didn’t know better, I might think these pieces of mail just dropped down from heaven into my mailbox.

The proposed unification charter is at http://www.legis.ga.gov/Legislation/20152016/162077.pdf

It will pass if more than one half of the votes cast by qualified voters of Crawford County residing within the city of Roberta and more than one half of the total number of votes cast by all qualified voters of Crawford County are in favor. If you are registered to vote in Crawford County and the outcome matters to you, vote on this issue, or others will make the decision.

What might it mean really and in the long run to your lifestyle and your identity to become part of a combined city-county?

Not sure yet? Then vote “no” this time around. If unification is defeated, it likely will be presented again. If it passes precipitously, however, I doubt we will ever have an opportunity to back pedal.

My mailing address is Lizella, but that’s just a postal anomaly. I live in Crawford County.

Gina Ruth Smith,


The high court and Constitution

Both Carla Morton and Kathryn Kemper mentioned the Supreme Court and the Constitution in their letters. We are not a nation of 13 contiguous states. When the Constitution was sent to the states for ratification, only white males of property could vote. Because the Constitution did not address individual rights, Congress had to propose 12 amendments. Ten of the amendments were approved and became the Bill of Rights. Then the Constitution was ratified. Since then the Constitution has been amended several times. Now all citizens, regardless of their race or gender, can vote. Slavery has been abolished. An individual born in a state is a citizen. Congress can collect taxes on income. Senators are now elected by the people of a state. The 18th Amendment was repealed. Citizens do not have to pay a tax to vote. Therefore, I believe the Constitution is a living document. As circumstances change, so does the Constitution.

One of the court’s functions is to ensure that a law is in compliance with the Constitution. Another is to ensure equal protection. And lastly, to ensure that a president’s action is in compliance with the Constitution.

Courts do not legislate from the bench. If a state law is not in compliance with the Constitution or it does not provide due process or it does not provide equal protection, then the court must rule on the law’s legality. Therefore, the court has ruled that a state cannot bar marriage based on race or gender. The court has ruled twice, based on circumstances, that the location of an individual’s birth does not prevent thta individual from being elected president.

Jim Costello, Perry


What is “Movember”? It is a month set aside by the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition to bring attention to the disease that claims the lives of almost as many men as breast cancer does to women. While the awareness campaign for women draws the attention of many people, the campaign to help men is still in the infancy stage.

So, the GPCC presents “Movember” as an awareness campaign for men not only in Georgia but also for men in all 50 states. How does it work? Well, it is a monthlong campaign. On the first of November men start out “clean shaven.” As the month progresses, men allow their facial hair to grow out. By the end of the month, all those fuzzy-cheeked fellas take on the look of western movie villains or grizzly bears. By the 30-day mark, you know folk will take notice of the difference and the cause for cancer awareness will be advanced once again.

So, guys, start working on those Fu Manchu’s, ‘staches, mutton chops and long, long side burns on the first of “Movember” for the sake of the cancer awareness campaign.

Harry Taylor,

Warner Robins