Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Thursday, October 19, 2017

Cielo Mendez, 17, of Plainfield, N.J., who is a DACA recipient, second from left with banner, marches next to Gabriel Henao, 7, and Kimberly Armas, 15, of Elizabeth, N.J., in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. President Donald Trump plans to phase out the DACA program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children and call for Congress to find a legislative solution.
Cielo Mendez, 17, of Plainfield, N.J., who is a DACA recipient, second from left with banner, marches next to Gabriel Henao, 7, and Kimberly Armas, 15, of Elizabeth, N.J., in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, outside of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017. President Donald Trump plans to phase out the DACA program that has protected hundreds of thousands of young immigrants brought into the country illegally as children and call for Congress to find a legislative solution. AP

Rift in America

Fabricating events that mimic reality is fiction. Intentionally distorting, falsifying and misrepresenting facts to emasculate the truth is propaganda. Attempts to destabilize or overthrow the sovereignty of a democratically-elected government are acts of treason.

The Democrat’s political machine, major visual, audio and print news organizations, along with liberal colleges, minorities, entertainment superstars and others have been organized into a well-choreographed propaganda machine that Joseph Goebbels would envy.

Their propagandizing of the truth and the anger it’s generating is creating a political rift in America that hasn’t been seen since the beginning of the Civil War.

Intentionally distorting, falsifying and misrepresenting the truth to politically castrate President Trump’s presidency in order to gain control of the White House are acts of treason — not fake news.

Travis L. Middleton,

Peach County

Insurance changes

President Trump has authorized insurance companies to sell insurance across state lines. He did not set up any exchanges so buyers can form associations to buy insurance at a group rate, or buy an individual policy.

President Trump plans to withhold subsidies to insurance companies that reimburses them for paying co-pays and deductibles to individuals making $30,000 or less. This will affect about 10 million policy holders. Individuals receiving subsidies for monthly premiums could be affected. Premiums will go up. There could be a court case to determine if he has the authority to do this.

Jim Costello,

Perry

An alternative?

I was sorry to hear of the demise of the Macon Symphony Orchestra. Twenty years ago there was an organization called the Houston Community String Ensemble in Warner Robins. We were just local players who wanted to still play together, and we put on free concerts to anyone who would be willing to come hear us. Over the years, the younger players graduated and moved on. Many of the more experienced players eventually decided that the driving distance to Warner Robins became more burdensome than the value of joining the ensemble, and it disbanded.

Subsequently I was asked to play with the now also disbanded Ocmulgee Symphony Orchestra. As a cellist, I sat across from the concert mistress. After playing Beethoven’s Third Symphony for one concert, she told me that it was so much fun watching me play because I actually looked like I enjoyed playing. She explained that most of the other players were pros who came down from Atlanta just looking for another gig for a few extra bucks. I responded that I was enraptured with just having one more opportunity to make the kind of music we were creating.

The initial news stories regarding MSO cited “costs” (the expenses of bringing down the pros) as a contributing factor in its closure. That’s too bad, particularly when there still are more than a few of us left in the area who “aren’t quite pros,” but love to play, and would not have needed travel or lodging expenses.

Dan Topolewski,

Kathleen

Crooks rule

Two criminally-minded youth walked into a sporting goods company and casually pushed a rack of high end clothes out the door setting off an alarm. I was standing there and asked why nothing was being done. The lady said “Company policy says not to do anything.” Due to the laws, the crooks are king. At the grocery store a woman packed a buggy to the tune of $678 for steaks, but was stopped short of the door. Crime is rampant in most stores and due the legal system, fear saves the crooks.

Joe Hubbard,

Macon

The answer book

There have been letters that discredit certain events in the Bible. I need to try and answer them. There are many things in the Bible even scholars don’t understand. But what is most important is clear: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The Bible isn’t a book about perfect people, but sinful people who God is calling to follow him. The disciples questioned the Lord about divorce. He answered them: “Moses, for the hardness of your heart allowed this, but from the beginning it was not so” (Matt. 19:8). For God made one man and one woman. They were the first family, the pattern for others.

The Bible tells us there is no other way to heaven except through Jesus Christ, for he alone was the perfect man and example to atone for the sins of man. The graveyards are enlarging every day. The Bible is the only book I know that has answers to life’s many questions and gives us hope after death. If the Bible contradicts our lifestyle, we need to change our lifestyle.

Dwight Poole,

Hawkinsville

Texting

When you’re driving down the highway and you think you are alone, there are VIP’s all ‘round you and you’re in a danger zone. For their minds are not on driving, ‘cause their minds are on their friends. They are texting like crazy, with a semi ‘round the bend.

The semi driver’s on his cell phone talking to his wife. I’m sure neither vehicle driver knows thet are about to lose their lives. So they are holding hands together as they climb the golden stairs, Saint Peter is there to greet them but his eyes are full of tears.

“I’m so sorry,” Saint Peter stammers, “But I must tell you this. We take no texting drivers here, but there are spaces for you down below.”

Gil Switzer,

Warner Robins

What you choose to be

In a front page story Macon-Bibb Sheriff David Davis seemingly excused murderers because of a “pervasive blanket of hopelessness and despair.” He cited as contributing factors, “poverty, high unemployment, truancy and lack of education.” And he said “alcohol or drugs and a firearm and a short temper” can lead to violence. Davis even suggested that Tropical Storm Irma may have been partly responsible because it “cooped up” people.

I take exception too the sheriff’s comments. Most of us are good people who choose to abide by the law. We are responsible and accountable for our actions. Carl Jung, a Swiss psychologist and psychiatrist who lived from 1875 to 1961, said it best. “I an not what happened to me; I am what I choose to become.”

Robert L. Lehane,

Fort Valley

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