Letters to the Editor

This is Viewponts for Sunday, July 2, 2017

What’s the difference?

California dollars tried to buy a Republican congressional seat in Georgia. How does this differ from Russia (or any other country’s) activities? Isn’t outside interference the issue?

Robert Buck,


Both the Democratic and Republican national committees spent millions of dollars on the 6th Congressional District race.


Reducing God?

On the theological excursions and diversions of Dr. Cummings (and others) please allow me a moment to express my opinion. My take on the subject is that a large majority of humanity (scholars in particular) spend an inordinate amount of time reducing an omnipotent being to another creature of the dust. Perhaps it would aid all to be reminded that we are not referring to little league, big league, scouts, SCOTUS or POTUS — but we pointing to an astronomical entity that is capable of bringing to fruition your wildest aspiration. Reducing God (and recorded feats) to our turf and terms, is a defacto elevation of self.

If the God of whom we speak, cannot talk to his subjects, move mountains, place the stars, invade the mind and the spirit, heal a body, part the seas and extend mercy to every living soul, then we have labeled him in error. The clouds are the dust of his feet and his kingdom stretches far past tomorrow. His oceans are mighty, and our boats are ever so small. Can we really gauge or limit his thoughts or deeds? Get real.

Pastor Daniel W. Gatlyn (USN ret.),


Chief Judge Dillard

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express congratulations to Judge Stephen Louis A. Dillard on his recent installation as chief judge of the Court of Appeals of Georgia.

Judge Dillard will be well served in his new position by his 21 years of experience in the legal profession, including the past seven years as a judge on the Court of Appeals. A dedicated professional leader and public servant, Judge Dillard has also served on the Judicial Nominating Commission and the Public Defender Selection Panel for the Macon Judicial Circuit, chairperson of the Georgia Judicial Council’s Court Reporting Matters Committee and co-chair of the council’s Strategic Plan Standing Committee.

Our gratitude also goes to outgoing Chief Judge Sara L. Doyle for her outstanding leadership over the past two years. The State Bar of Georgia enjoys a strong working relationship with the Court of Appeals in our joint mission of serving the public and the justice system, which we look forward to continuing under the leadership of Chief Judge Dillard.

Brian D. “Buck” Rogers,

President, State Bar of Georgia

No meat fourth

Here are the 10 best reasons for barbecuing veggie burgers and veggie hot dogs at this year’s Independence Day gatherings, rather than ground-up animal body parts:

▪ Focusing on traffic and fireworks safety, rather than food safety.

▪ Giving your eyes a break from reading government food warning labels.

▪ Not sweating cancer-causing compounds if barbecue temperature is too high.

▪ Not sweating nasty E. coli and Salmonella bugs if temperature is too low.

▪ Not wondering about the real contents of that burger or hot dog you’re eating.

▪ Giving your body a holiday from saturated fat, cholesterol and hormones.

▪ Not sweating the animal cruelty and environmental devastation guilt trips.

▪ Not having to explain to your kids why we cherish Fido but eat Babe.

▪ Enjoying the exploration of veggie meal offerings in your supermarket.

▪ Celebrating a day of independence from the meat industry.

John Bennett,


God bless America again

On June 14, 2017, in Alexandria, Virginia, only seven miles from our nation’s Capitol, a man opened fire on several members of Congress while practicing for the annual Congressional Baseball Game for charity. The gunman shot four people and was later killed by police. This certainly was a tragic event and no one should ever be assaulted for his or her political or religious beliefs. We are a country that believes all people are created equal. I truly believe the divisiveness in our country was never the wishes of our Founding Fathers.

I wonder if most Americans realize before the Senate or House of Representatives used the U.S. Capitol, it was used as a church. That’s correct. A church began meeting there more than five years before Congress officially occupied the Capitol and continued to be used as a church until after the Civil War.

The Capitol Church was very successful. Capacity crowds would attend and members of Congress regularly gave up their seats to others. With such large audiences, provisions were made in other areas of the Capitol for additional services. From the time of Thomas Jefferson to Abraham Lincoln, presidents worshiped in the Capitol.

I believe our Founding Fathers understood the need for faith, prayer and worship in the life of every individual. I was encouraged to see the members of Congress, Republicans, Democrats and Independents, gather in the middle of the baseball field at Nationals Park and pray together on their knees before the game. Maybe it is the start to God blessing American again.

Dr. Benny Tate,

Rock Springs Church


Good intentions

The TV news story on the proposed downtown business tax increase for community and security improvement proved once again that landlords don’t pay taxes, they just raise the rent, business owners raise their prices and the tax increase is once again paid by the consumer. It sounds just like the affect of raising the minimum wage, and who really pays the price.

A current report regarding Seattle’s $15 minimum showed that, “Their $15/hour minimum wage boosted worker pay by 3 percent, but also resulted in a 9 percent reduction in hours and a $125 cut to monthly paychecks, and 5,000 jobs lost in Seattle” Nothing new here, move along. Just misguided good intentions.

Dan Topolewski,