Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016

Exercising their jaws

My compliments to Michael Snipes for writing an excellent letter titled “Real awakening.” This could be considered required reading. I would also like to mention that many celebrities and so-called public figures advocated leaving this country in the event Donald Trump was elected. I sit thinking now about how many have packed, have left or have admitted that they were just exercising their jaws under the pretenses of free speech.

Glenn Harrell, Eastman

Letter to Republican Electoral College

Alexander Hamilton’s The Federalist papers No.68 describes the “mode of electing the President of the United States.” Hamilton advocates for the establishment of the Electoral College “… Men most capable of analyzing the qualities adapted to the station (of president) and acting under circumstances favorable to deliberation.”

Electors are given the grave responsibility to deliberate and analyze, on behalf of the people, the most qualified candidate based on intelligence, temperament, moral code of conduct and demonstrated civic contributions to this country.

Hamilton worried that a “corrupted” individual could, particularly those who are either more directly associated with a foreign state, or who do not have the capacity to run the country, be placed in the position of chief executive. “Talents for low intrigue and the little acts of popularity may alone suffice to elevate a man to the first honors, but it will require other talents, and a different kind of merit, to establish him in the esteem and confidence of the whole union.”

Hamilton warned: “every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union?” This foreseeable situation that Hamilton describes is our country’s current dilemma with the president-elect.

Jeffery Lang,

La Conner, Washington

The next Adams

Where can you find another Samuel Adams when you need one? Even the colonists of 1773 got so fed up with crooked politicians that they were forced into action. The Democrats now want us to believe that a week after all the polls have closed, they are still finding millions of new votes for Hillary Clinton that no one knew about on Election Day. I’m persuaded that this is because those votes didn’t exist on Election Day.

Ten, twenty, or even 50,000 votes out of 100 million might get “misplaced” but certainly not two or three million. I’m just “an old country boy,” but I didn’t just now get off the truck. As “uneducated” as I am, I keep wondering why they keep finding new Democratic votes but can’t seem to find any new Republican votes. Maybe it’s time to quit counting “new” votes and start checking out those people who have been counting the votes. A person with an I.Q. of 25 can see these events spell “crooks” in every direction.

The Democratic base couldn’t get her elected any other way so they are now working to get the Constitution changed so they can be ready for the next time they alter the vote count.

Meanwhile, the Republicans will have to find another Samuel Adams to resist the crooks in the next election.

Bob Blackshear,

Warner Robins

Senseless tragedies

In Tuesday’s paper there was an article about the slain Peach County deputies who lost there lives through a senseless act of violence, as these brave men only sought to make their community a safer place to live. The concerned citizen Joel Yarborough was quoted, “this madness has to stop. Somethings going to have to happen. We need to let law enforcement officers know we’ve got their backs.”

I would respectfully submit that we need to write our representatives in the state and federal government and ask them to pass reasonable gun control laws. Not laws to count every Tom, Dick and Harry who might have a gun, but laws to make sure Tom, Dick and Harry know where, when and how to properly use a gun. The man who killed Deputy Sondren and Deputy Smallwood did not deserve to have the privilege of owning and operating a firearm.

If there were reasonable gun control laws, we would be making an attempt to “have the backs of our officers” who work so hard for us. Without reasonable gun control, we can look forward to more senseless tragedies.

Walter Schnedeker,

Warner Robins

‘Magic Carpet Ride’

I love Macon’s downtown, its beauty and its vitality. I love its history as well as its sights and smells. I remember when suburban malls opened and traffic in downtown dwindled to a trickle. I witnessed its apparent demise and saw its beauty fade when its life blood no longer flowed. I saw abandonment, neglect and blight take hold as its beauty and vibrancy drained away. But in less than a decade I have seen neglect and despair chased away through the tireless efforts of city planners and the faith and investment of entrepreneurs who have made downtown the shining gem it has become.

It is, however, once again facing dangers that can send its vibrancy fleeing to the suburbs. “accessibility” and “mobility.” Traffic, congestion and parking in the city center has become a demon. There is no choice but to enact regulation and enforcement but in doing so will patrons and visitors flee? Not everyone enjoys a long walk from parking, some fear multi-level decks and few want to pay, especially daily workers.

Cities large and small offer compact, eco-friendly, electric shuttles in their revitalized downtowns to provide rides from parking into their city center for residents, workers, patrons and visitors. Safe, efficient, fun to ride and quiet, having unrestricted views making them great for tours and they cost little to purchase and operate. Macon cannot take a chance of damaging it’s downtown viability, it needs a “Magic Carpet Ride.”

Gene Watson, Macon

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