Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Wednesday, July 26, 2017

More soccer coverage

It was with great pleasure I read the article “Expansion Atlanta United leads MLS in Attendance” in the July 13 sports section. I have been anxiously hoping for at least weekly articles since the season opener March 5 against the New York Red Bulls. The article by Andy Buhler with Associated Press had great information all about sell-out crowd attendance at Bobby Dodd and Mercedes-Benz Stadiums, and the unbelievable atmosphere. My question is, where is any weekly reporting from The Telegraph sports writers? All we see day after day, page after page, is UGA football. Please, can Middle Georgia Major League Soccer fans have some coverage on our MLS team?

In 19 games, we have 9 wins, 7 losses and 3 draws. We have 39 goals for and 27 goals against. Our top scorer, Josef Martinez, has 9 goals this season. There are many Middle Georgia fans among the over 30,000 season ticket holders as of February (this was the highest number of season tickets sold for an MLS expansion team). Team owner Arthur Blank and head coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino have done a fantastic job bringing professional soccer to Georgia. Please give soccer the recognition and support that you so readily give to college football. Goodness, you could always go to the Atlanta United website and get press releases to print.

Deb Fingles,

Warner Robins

The strategy

This is in response to Tom Woodbery. The Republicans want to reduce the funds the government gives the states to help pay for Medicaid. Why? It is not to reduce deficits. It is to pay for their proposed corporate tax cuts. They proposes to give the states block grants to manage their Medicaid programs. They also want to reduce government funding for low-income individuals to buy health care insurance. This is another ploy to finance their tax cuts.

The GOP will take credit for repealing Obamacare. They will claim they gave the states money to provide health care. They will claim they gave the states the authority to regulate health care. They will claim they gave the states the authority to form health care pools. They are doing this so they can tell voters in November 2018 to blame their governors if they do not have adequate health care. Because it is their fault, they are the ones who mismanaged health care not Republican congressmen.

The end result of their grand approach is that the uninsured will use hospital emergency rooms for their medical needs. This will be a huge financial burden for the states.

Jim Costello,

Perry

More heresy

I am sympathetic to Dr. Bill Cummings’ self-identification as a “heretic” (July 16). I, too, am someone whose “opinion (is) profoundly at odds with what is generally accepted.” But I have studiously avoided the tiresome Arianism — Augustine (Calvinism) debate that divides the opinion of good men on both sides of it. I always thought the central issue involved was “Election,” and the free will (choice) of man. I wasn’t aware that Arius is credited (by some) with the heresy of demoting the second person of the Trinity to subordination to the first (son to father).

The heresy that I most identify with is the one that challenges the secular-materialist myths that are predominant in our time — i.e, that matter/space/time invented itself, or is eternal; and that we are all a product of random, mindless processes. That heresy claims that an eternal being, possessing mind and will, is the source of our spacial, temporal, physical reality. And that he communicates with us (his creation) in innumerable ways — through the intricate order and design of his creation; through the integrated message system from outside our time domain collectively referred to as “The Holy Bible”; the process called “prayer” and in the person of a child born in Bethlehem, whose life Herod sought to terminate by putting to death all male children under the age of two. (Matt. 2:16-18).

W. Wade Stooksberry II,

Macon

Common courtesy

Almost two years ago, public discourse on politics changed. For quite awhile, people bemoaned the negativity but nothing compared to what we now have. The country has been divided into two base camps with each group believing they are the true Americans and the other is their enemy.

This lack of conversation would be bad enough, but the rhetoric has heightened to a point where name calling is the norm rather than the issues that divide us. Bipartisanship is basically non existent. When candidate Trump began using negative terms for his GOP opponents, his supporters cheered. When candidate Trump accused candidate Clinton of breaking the law (after the FBI felt there was only very bad judgment), his supporters began the chant “lock her up.” Many had hoped that with the election over, we could move on, but it was not to be. Both sides were not in the mood to work together.

The White House spokesmen began using terms such as “alternative facts” and “fake news” to describe their own take of events. As events in the involvement of Russia in election unfolded, some Democrats began to push for impeachment. Both sides have become entrenched. Even so, what is really bothering many is the name calling. Working in a booth at the National Fair, I was appalled at the comments aimed by many of the GOP supporters. Quite a few were nice, but the language of others was horrible. Where is common courtesy.

Charles Marple,

Warner Robins

Hard walk

In a Letter to the Editor (Prophesy?, July 14) Travis Middleton gives us a “history lesson.” He takes us through the line of succession of the founding family of the children of Israel and quotes the “law of inheritance” found in Deuteronomy to the purpose of, although it is difficult to tell, proving that Muslims hate Jews and Christians because they stole their “birthright.”

Perhaps the strangest thing he says in this mixture of history and fantasy is that the American military is “riddled with homosexuals and Isaac’s descendants.” Really? “Riddled?” Did I miss that news story? Or perhaps it was only broadcast in that alternate universe.

So where is there to go from here? Endless enmity and conflict? What of the command of Jesus to “love your enemies?” Was he just using it as “filler” in the Sermon on the Mount? Did he not mean it? (It is one of the “hard sayings” — perhaps the most difficult.) It is a walk that is hard to walk, but it might be worth a try.

Charles J. Pecor,

Macon

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