Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Friday, October 13, 2017

Macon Symphony Orchestra
Macon Symphony Orchestra MSO

Musical heritage continues

The city of Macon recently suffered a cultural blow when the Macon Symphony Orchestra announced that it would perform its final concert Oct. 14. The Macon Symphony Orchestra has contributed to Macon’s rich musical heritage and I was truly saddened to read that it will take its final bow. We wish the symphony all the best in its final performance this weekend.

For those who enjoy orchestra music, however, there is still an outstanding option in Middle Georgia. The Macon Youth Orchestra began under the sponsorship of the Macon Symphony Orchestra, but became a separate organization two years ago, under the direction of Conductor Jonathan Baker and General Manager Emily Hall. The Macon Youth Orchestra is comprised of talented middle and high school students from throughout Middle Georgia and performs four concerts each year. There is never an admission charge.

These dedicated young musicians practice as a group every week in preparation for their concerts. The first concert of the season is Oct. 29 at the Monroe Fine Arts Center in Forsyth.

From Little Richard to the MSO, from Capricorn Records to the Robert McDuffie Center for Strings, Macon has been blessed with a musical heritage unlike any other city. That heritage continues to grow, and the Macon Youth Orchestra is a vital part. Please visit our website www.maconyouthorchestra.com for more information.

Ramsey T. Way,

Chair, Macon Youth



The pursuit of ...

Patricia S. Weiss quoted the Declaration of Independence. “ We holds these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among those are, Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.’ These words are truer today than they were in 1776.

There are truths that cannot be denied. We are all equal before the law; regardless of race, gender or ethnicity. We can pray to our creator in accordance with our beliefs. We have rights that cannot be denied. We can live free. We are at liberty to pursue our future. We can determine what makes us happy. In 1776, life was different. Only a select few had rights. Many were not free to pursue anything.

Jim Costello,


Mayoral choices

My take on the Warner Robins mayoral race. I am sure Joe Musslewhite is a fine administrator but when he outlines his plans he says he “doesn’t know where the money will come from.” Not a good platform. In today’s interview Chuck Shaheen says, “It’s the research that I have entailed over the last eight years.” Not even proper English. Later he says, “My dad had a high school degree...” No sir, your dad had a high school diploma. You get a degree in college. He goes on to say, “We want to work on building lofts downtown.” What? We are not even that kind of city. He’s spent too much time with Mayor Robert Reichert. The last thing we want is to be like Macon. No, he’s not mayoral material, he’s are a politician and not a very good one.

As for Randy Toms, well, just look around. He has overseen improvements to this city unlike I have ever seen. Unlike Shaheen, he is in tune with what we need. The Veteran’s Plaza at City Hall is perfect, not too ostentatious, but dignified. Have you seen the north end of Carl Vinson? Four lanes, LED lighting, new crosswalks and signage along with sidewalks make it a very modern boulevard. He is doing these kinds of improvements all over town. He is spending our tax dollars for the betterment of all. Toms has my vote. No contest.

Randal D. Duckworth,

Warner Robins

Moving WR forward

I would like to laud the efforts and the insight of Warner Robins city councilman, former mayor, and soon-to-be Mayor-elect Chuck Shaheen concerning the public safety commission. Hallmarks of representative democracies include: frequent, fair and open elections as well as the opportunity for private citizens to assume roles of leadership. Governing our community should be synergistic with dialogue and input from and between our elected officials and our citizens.

With the opportunity to serve on a public safety commission, citizens and business owners can provide input and insight to the chief of police about effective policing policies and beneficial strategies that will reduce crime in the city of Warner Robins. I also appreciate Shaheen’s keen insight about utilizing POST certified police officers to work traffic accidents; using these officers for traffic accidents allows our other officers to remain on patrol and respond to more urgent calls for assistance.

As he noted recently, when Wayne Gretzky was asked what made him such a great hockey player, he responded that many players skate to where the puck is, but that he skates to where the puck is going to be. In many ways, Shaheen is skating to where the puck will be. The creation of a city administrator position, the creation of a public safety commission, and using POST certified police officers for traffic accidents are all great ways to move Warner Robins into the 21st century. Shaheen will make Warner Robins go from good to great.

Douglas P. Harden,

Warner Robins

Tough seats

A police officer’s patrol car is equipped with the best equipment available, except for the front seat. The seat isn’t designed to accommodate the officer’s duty belt; which (on average) is comprised of a handgun, radio, handcuffs, chemical spray, Taser, flashlight, ammo magazines, knife, baton and keys.

This equipment is spread out around the back half of the belt making sitting and driving uncomfortable, aggravating and getting in and out of the patrol car cumbersome.

If politicians were made to drive around for just one day with that belt strapped around their waist those seats would be modified like — yesterday.

Travis L. Middleton,

Peach County

Thanks Faye

I laughed so hard my radiator leaked.

Julia Palmer,



I am overjoyed to see that our president has overturned both the Clean Power Act and the birth control mandate.

I eagerly await his revival of the asbestos industry, bringing DDT jobs back to America, and allowing states to opt in for coverage of bloodletting and exorcisms under Medicaid.

John Reichert,