Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016

Get on the bus

This is for all of the people who said they would leave the country if Donald Trump won. Back in the middle to late ‘70s when Warner Robins High School was winning a lot of games and state titles, there was this group of folks called the Red Face Gang. They would paint their faces red and follow the demons to every game no matter where It was. They had a saying when the game seemed to be another win for the demons. They would chant to the other team, get on the bus, get on the bus, this ball game belongs to us. Hillary and her supporters “What Does It Matter Now” — Get on the bus. Get on the bus. By now the airports, bus stations, etc., should have waiting lines a mile long.

Tommy Arnold,

Warner Robins

Proper respect — it’s the law

Recently, minority professional athletes, most notably Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers quarterback, protested social injustice by kneeling and/or raising clenched fists during the playing of our national anthem and displaying of the American flag at NFL games. As a result, minority college and high school athletes and band members mimicked Kaepernick’s protest.

Apparently, neither Kaepernick or those who joined his social justice protest gave much thought or perhaps simply didn’t care of the symbolism and disrespect their protest showed toward thousands of minority military members who died in the service of their country for our national flag and anthem.

Therefore, I want to remind Kaepernick and each American what the U.S. Code says about respecting the national flag and anthem. U.S. Code, Title 36, Chapter 10, para 171 outlines conduct and patriotic customs during the playing of the national anthem. It specifically states, “During rendition of the national anthem when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform (military, fire, and police etc.) should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in uniform should remove their head dress (such as a hat or cap etc.) with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the right hand over the heart. Persons in uniform should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed, those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed there.”

Although Kaepernick and others have a guaranteed right under the U.S. Constitution to peaceably assemble and protest, they violated a U.S. Code, a law, which defines how each American will render respect to our national flag and anthem. In my opinion, how can a person say they are patriotic when, by their very actions, they demonstrate otherwise? I’m certain there are many minority families whose loved ones are currently serving in harm’s way or whose loved ones gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country who protest social injustice, but choose to do so in a manner different than Kaepernick, and in a way that doesn’t show disrespect to our flag and national anthem.

I urge employers, colleges, high schools and parents to properly instruct workers, students, and children on the proper way to render patriotic customs and respect our flag and national anthem.

Lt. Col. (Ret) Alan L. Gardner, USAF

Warner Robins

Fighting big business

I’m writing this letter, to share with others my plight with Flint Energies Electric Company. I hope my experience will help others avoid my tragedy. Flint Energy has consumed my property. They have literally taken over my backyard. Energy lines run through the entire length of the property. According to its CEO, easement rights extending from 1939 and 1985 were obtained.

Here it is in 2016, they established a claim of a 30-foot easement around electrical lines wherever they extend. It doesn’t matter to them that I pay property taxes, or have planted trees, landscaped my yard and installed a sprinkler system on the property. Their trucks have access to anywhere they want to travel on my property. I feel totally violated. I was not asked, told or consulted about the positioning of the poles or lines; not even notified of any revisions made to easement agreements, or asked to sign agreements that allow complete control.

After having established a good reputation, one consumer complaint doesn’t appear to matter to Flint. A prominent local lawyer discouraged me from even trying to pursue this issue further by suggesting I’d lose the case and just waste my money if I brought my complaint before the courts. I am offended and disheartened that big business can still trample those of us who cannot afford to defend ourselves. The expense of court cost and unwillingness of CEOs to compromise far outweighs their compassion for others.

Janza H. Coar

Fort Valley

God and Trump

I do not for a moment believe God placed Donald Trump in the position of president of the United States, as many across the country believe. The same would be true if Hillary Clinton had won the election.

God is not a Democrat or a Republican. We the people, not God, elected Trump to be president. God gives us a lot of free will. God did not make the atomic bomb, the institution of slavery, or greed. If God’s will is to be done on earth as it is in heaven, it is we the people who will see that it gets done.

I hope and pray President-elect Trump will be a much better person in the Oval Office than he was during the campaign. I am glad the election is over. Now, the real work begins.

America can be a great country only if our new president and we as individuals and corporate body use our free will to do justice, love, kindness and walk humbly with our God and love our neighbors as we love ourselves.

Paul L. Whiteley Sr.

Louisville, Kentucky

Job not done

Those of us who voted against Hillary Clinton must realize that the job is not done. First, we must recognize and accept that her supporters are sad and even angry at us, without feeling smug or happy about it. Remember how we felt when Obama began making changes we disagreed with. We must not become a nation divided by winners and losers, who change places every four years or so.

Those who want President Trump to instantly revoke all of Obama’s executive orders must realize that this “cure” is as temporary as any other president’s. I’m not smart enough to know how to avoid this divide, but I do know that the problem is with both Obama supporters and Trump supporters. Nobody wants to compromise on either side. I have already seen comments from Trump supporters saying he should be aggressive in turning all these things around. I disagree. Each order should be assessed individually, not a carte blanch reversal. Any that are reversed must first be carefully analyzed and completely explained to the public at large. It should be fully justified as to the desired outcome.

Trump has been a businessman all his life — successfully so. I assume that means he can fairly accurately weigh the pros and cons of a decision and pick the path that is most likely to reach the desired objective, which should be a less divided society with more opportunity for anyone who wants to work. He should carefully and completely explain any executive actions he takes, or else submit the problem to Congress for resolution, thereby minimizing executive orders.

Richard L. Jones,

Warner Robins

Continued wussification

The left-leaning political party still didn’t get the message as to why they lost the election. They are saying they need to increase their freebies and be more accommodating to the wussification of the masses, which they are turning into a bunch of cry babies. What they fail to understand is those of us who voted for Trump, was as much a vote against Hillary. We are tired of the making excuses for those who are against everything that we as hard working honest real men and women of this country hold dear. Keep this attitude and you will lose again the next time.

Darlis Whitworth, Gray

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