Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Sunday, July 23, 2017

Picture worth 1,000 words

On July 3, there was a surveillance photo that appeared concerning the robbery at the Circle K on Chambers Road in Macon. The article stated that a black male robbed the store and was seen fleeing the area. After examining the photo and facial features, I found the person in the photo did not fit the description given. I eventually showed the picture to several people from all ethnic groups that included whites, Hispanics, and blacks . . .

All stated that they didn’t agree with the description of the robber, I sympathize with the clerk, and what they went through. My question is, was this photo a misprint or a very good disguise that only appeared to be a white man?

Reginald Reeves,


Love Liberty Church

What a wonderful surprise, when I opened my July 1 newspaper, and I saw my church and my pastor. With so many negative things and so much crime in our paper every day, it was so refreshing to read something good and positive.

I love Liberty, Preacher Wayne, our first lady Frances Sue, and my church family. They are all so special to me. We have o any good leaders in our church. Our youth are so active, and they do so much for this community and other places.

We have beautiful music at both services. At 8:45 a.m., we have the Praise Bond, and at 11 a.m., we have the choir.

In 1964, after being in Germany for three years, we were sent to Robins Air Force Base. It was then that we decided to build a home between Warner Robins and Macon. One day, we were driving to Macon and we saw Liberty Church Road. We liked the name, so we drove several miles and saw a man working on a fence. We stopped and told him we were looking for some land to build a house on, and we wanted to be in a good community to raise our children. He had a lot for sale, if we were interested. It had several pecan trees and pines. We loved it at first sight.

He told us there was a little white church sitting on a hill, less than a mile away. We drove to it, and there sat a beautiful church with a school beside it. In early 1965, my daddy built our home. Three weeks after moving in, we started at Liberty. That was 52 years ago. I am thankful God lead us in this direction and for the man who sold us the land. I am so proud to call Liberty my church. God is great and God is good.

Shirley Tolbert,


Good and right prevail

There is a Biblical Proverb, “Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set” (Prov. 22:28). People today have disputes about their landmark boundaries and finally have to survey the property, finding the true mark.

What are our nation’s true landmarks or boundaries? Some say we were never a Christian nation or founded on Christian principles. Nut an accurate survey will reveal that our Founding Fathers believed the Bible. They not only believed the Bible, but believed it was God’s word. And that this nation would prosper, as it followed its truth, its tenets, and remained within the boundaries of Christian values.

So, there is no wonder there is a battle against our heritage and Christian landmarks. The truth has always been open and will continue to be fought. Let those who know how to pray, keep praying. What is good and right will prevail in the end.

Dwight Poole,


The hard part

One can assume the Democrats are not complete idiots, given that it’s not unexpected that there are some parts of Obamacare that are good. Accordingly, the Republicans should not be hung up on “Repel Obamacare” but should be pushing “Repel the bad parts of Obamacare.” Whether they were created accidentally or by design these good parts should not be thrown out. Besides being the obviously smart thing to do, it might also pick up a Democratic vote or two going forward.

So what’s left? The hard part.

One shouldn’t think the initial effort will be perfect (just like Obamacare wasn’t) but, profiting from history, it should be better than the present starting point, and after real world experience, we should expect it to be refined.

Anyone delaying this “improvement” process is anti-American, because they are forcing the bad Obamacare environment to continue. Just because we “can’t have it all” we shouldn’t deny ourselves “any.” If the deniers were so “smart” they would be in loftier positions than they are. All journeys start with the initial steps.

Robert Buck


Lack of support

The bell is toning for Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU). We (black people) created the so-called inferiority of HBCUs then we turn around and call them inferior.

Due to lack of interest of blue chip athletes and top academic students desire to attend an HBCU to play sports (football/basketball) or for the academic competitiveness of HBCUs, enrollment has slowly declined. Athletes, high academic achievers and their parents say, you can’t get a good job or make the NFL/NBA if you attend an HBCU. The facilities are inferior, they don’t have nutritious programs, they have lower academic standards so who cares if HBCUs close?

Some of the alumni care, but all African-Americans should care because HBCUs have and continue to graduate professional athletes, doctors, lawyers, engineers, CEOs, politicians, teachers, and so on. If you are not supporting your own stop making excuses and just say what you think. Without increase enrollment how can they improve? Higher enrollment creates revenue. More revenue enables better facilities, stronger academic programs and more scholarships for better athletes. Without support this can’t happen. HBCUs were fine when they were the only game in town.

Every race supports their own with the exception of African-Americans; however, we want the whole race behind us when we feel we have been discriminated against. If our schools and businesses aren’t good enough fight our battles it’s because we haven’t supported those institutions.

Charles McGhee,

Warner Robins