Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Access for everyone

As the immediate past president of the board of directors at Georgia Legal Services Program, I am concerned by the de-funding of legal services most recently proposed to Congress. GLSP provides civil legal services to persons with low income, creating equal access to justice and opportunities out of poverty. It’s a just and worthy mission and an organization that serves our state’s most vulnerable residents, while taking a significant burden off of courts.

Consider these stories of the ways GLSP staff helped fellow Georgians.

Brenda and her small child were abused by her husband. She and the child moved out, but the husband stalked them. The husband even followed Brenda to work, and Brenda was in danger of losing her job. Brenda asked GLSP for help, and the GLSP attorney obtained a restraining order against the husband, bringing peace and security to Brenda and her child.

Andy was attacked by a school mate on the school yard, and he fought back to defend himself. Both students were expelled under the school’s “no fighting” policy. A GLSP attorney represented Andy before the school board and got him readmitted to the school so that he could continue his education and not become one of the dropout statistics.

Grace had signed a one-year lease for an apartment for herself and her children. Partway through the year the landlord wanted to rent the apartment to someone else for a higher rent. He cut off the water to the apartments, forcing Grace to leave. A GLSP attorney got her and the children back in the apartment and recovered compensation for the wrongful eviction.

About half of the funding for GLSP comes from the Legal Services Corporation, which is currently funded by Congress. Funding for Legal Services Corporation makes up only one-one hundredth of one percent of the total budget! But the president’s budget eliminates funding for LSC entirely.

In some countries only the rich and powerful have access to justice. If justice is to “roll down like waters,” everyone must have equal access.

Albert P. Reichert Jr.,


Any correlation?

Are there any Confederate statues in Europe that need to be taken down? It worked for New Orleans. No Mohammedans have exploded in New Orleans since their Confederate statues were removed.

Mike Ganas,


Hyperbole and puffing

I was amazed at a comment made in a recent Viewpoints letter by Glenda Wallace after she lambasted the columns of Dr. Bill Cummings and other “uninformed ignorant masses” because he questioned parts of her fundamental Christian belief. Wallace alleged that she had encountered Jesus “face to face.” I dare say, upon reflection, she would say that was a figure of speech and not a fact. Surely if she had really seen the face of God, Wallace would have shared the details with all the world at that time, perhaps even on “48 Hours.”

Years ago I heard the wife of evangelist Jim Bakker, Tammy Faye, say that God had spoken to her earlier in the day but she had forgotten what he said. I would suggest those comments made by these ladies are hyperbole — exaggerated statements or claims not to be taken literally. In the world of advertising some call it “puffing your product.”

Isn’t that the same thing Cummings is trying to teach us in his weekly columns? The Bible is filled with hyperbole and puffing but underneath is a golden foundation.

John G. Kelley Jr.,


Devout moralists

Our professional politicians have determined it is in their best interest for re-election to appease a few ultra-moralists instead of making medicine available for sick children. A father has to use his lunch hour to drive to his son’s school, pick him up, and find a secluded location nearby so he can administer medicine so his son does not have an epileptic seizure at school. These devout moralist are more concerned that Georgia may become the pot capital of the South than in the well being of children.

The father is lucky the righteous-police have not reported him and demanded he tell how he got the medicine into Georgia. These holier-than-me crusaders have not taken the time to learn about medical cannabis oil and its benefits. They just don’t care. To them, advances in medicine are not important. What is important is they are saving us from our sinful nature. They can proudly boast they are keeping Georgia free of sin. If a few children have to suffer, so be it. The important thing for the self-righteous is that they feel good about themselves.

I am amazed by the anointed who preach that fighting a perceived sin is more important than helping the unfortunate. These truly faithful do not have to be concerned about mercy and compassion, because they are engaged in a higher goal. I have not led a perfect life, but I know the difference between helping others and being self-righteous.

These are he same individuals who see the wisdom in allowing a student to carry a gun on a college campus. But believe it is folly to allow parents to buy prescribed medical marijuana in Georgia. Go figure.

Jim Costello,


Failure of Christianity?

Prominent democrats, party members and some media organizations display a level of hatred toward President Trump that’s so venomous and vicious it borders on demonic. School yard and cyber-bullies are angelic in comparison.

Their deliberate exaggerations, distortions and manipulation of the truth to regain political domination makes a mockery of the commandments and Christianity. And their unwavering support for wholesale abortions and active homosexuals makes one wonder why Christian Democrats aren’t revolting, resigning or defecting. Their silence and inaction reveals a like-mindedness that’s troubling.

In the 2016 election, 50 percent of Christians voted Democrat and were blatantly and unapologetically supporting the desecrating of the Holy Scriptures in order to restore political dominance, while the other 50 percent had this lackadaisical attitude about it all.

The raging spiritual fire that once fueled Christianity is now a smoldering amber that burns brightly in the crown of the Democrat party. An amber placed there by the failure of Christianity.

Travis L. Middleton,

Peach County