Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Friday, October 20, 2017

Flowers sit among the burned out ruins of a home in the Coffey Park area Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. A massive wildfire swept through the area last week destroying thousands of housing and business and taking the lives of more than two dozen people.
Flowers sit among the burned out ruins of a home in the Coffey Park area Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. A massive wildfire swept through the area last week destroying thousands of housing and business and taking the lives of more than two dozen people. AP

Go it alone?

Isn’t it interesting that ever since the horrible wildfires in the Napa-Sonoma area have occurred, we haven’t heard much about secession from California’s leaders.

Robert Buck,


Enjoys Middleton

I so enjoy reading Travis Middleton’s letters and hope he continues writing. I mean it in a complimentary fashion when I say that he must be one of the prized sheep dogs of the Good Shepherd, helping to keep the flock together and going forward.

Unfortunately, sheep are stupid and do not know when they have strayed. One good thing, however, is that sheep sometimes join the flock who have never belonged before, when they see that a sheep is wanted and valued.

As for doubts that Catholics are Christians, I can say they are very much Christians. You should see the size of their catechism book and how thick it is. All of that is devoted to how to be a stronger Christian and not stray away.

I am not a Catholic, but I married one. The catechism book was already thick in the 1970s, but is even thicker today. I dare say it rivals, “Gone With The Wind.”

Susan Ganus,

Warner Robins

Scary situation

I am writing regarding Georgia’s prison system. On Oct. 11, there was a murder at Hancock state prison. A man almost finished with a 17 year sentence was stabbed to death in the shower. Why is this kind of tragedy not published? Had a guard or a civilian been involved it would be all over the media. It’s unacceptable to keep this kind of thing secret. The prisons are corrupt and guards take in drugs and cell phones for high dollar amounts all of the time. I know this first hand as I minister. I have befriended several inmates over the years.

That man along with many others is someone’s son, father, husband and shouldn’t be brushed under the rug because of negligence in the prison system. I certainly hope some one will take heed to this and get the word out about how this system can be improved. It’s a sad and scary situation when incarcerated people have to make weapons so they can sleep at night.

Nancy Brown,

Ball Ground

Rally for Dreamers

The decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program by the current administration will affect 24,155 young adults in Georgia. DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, came to the us as children, many with legal immigrant parents. After some time, perhaps 10 years of working under a Green Card status, the parent became illegal, causing a child who was raised in the U.S. to also become illegal. Many of these youth were not even aware of their status until they tried to get a drivers license or go to college.

Most Dreamers, 90 percent, are currently employed or in school. They are productive citizens in our society. Our state invested in their futures through the public education system and now, through no fault of their own, DACA recipients have become pawns in the country’s discussion over immigration issues.

Multiple polls, both academic and media, including Fox News and Washington Post, indicate that more than 85 percent of Americans support giving Dreamers the chance to stay in the U.S. permanently. Lawmakers should move quickly to pass the bipartisan DREAM Act, remove the unnecessary mental toil on these young adults and assure they continue to be productive citizens of our state. Deporting Dreamers will deprive the economy of valued workers, lose tax revenue and waste taxpayer dollars on costly immigration enforcement.

Join your neighbors in Middle Georgia and “Rally for DACA” recipients on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. on Mulberry Street and Third Street in the green space median.

Claire Cox,


Rough ride

As everyone who travels Interstate-75 South between Forsyth and Unadilla can witness, the DOT has been doing “so called” road improvements. It is obvious to me that the DOT does not utilize or perhaps even have quality control inspection or analysis of their contractor’s “road improvements.” The middle lane has the most repairs “completed” and is worse today than before they started. Surely a DOT representative has inspected the repairs to “feel” the difference in ride of each lane or driven beside an 18 wheeler and watched the entire rig bounce pretty dramatically all over its lane. Come on Gov. Deal, the mayors of Macon-Bibb, Forsyth, and the cities in Houston County. You have the power to speak up and have the “so called” improvements fixed correctly. Has anyone else noticed how poorly the improvements were done? Does anyone else care?

Charlie Fountain,

Warner Robins

Too many conservatives rant

There is an all too common tendency of those on the left to show an intolerance and even hatred for anyone who dares to disagree with them. For example in Viewpoints, one letter writer, obviously upset because on one particular day there was not just one or two letters from conservatives but several. He proceeded to launch into a rant attacking each writer individually. In his characteristic signature style, he mindlessly attacks each writer personally simply expressing his disgust with their views. If he offered any support for his own views it might be different, but his sole point was to attack and insult. Purely hateful.

Jim Haley,


The right to protest

Let me begin by stating that I believe in the right of any American to protest peacefully. It is distressing to me that some have chosen to use our flag and national anthem as a means of protest. Every time I am at an event where the flag is displayed and the national anthem is played, I get very emotional when I remember the lives that were given so that those who protest can do do so without fear of retribution. To me the red stripes represent the blood spilled to preserve liberty. I had the high honor to serve our country in the armed forces and have the greatest respect for both the flag and our national anthem. There are wrongs being done every day to people of America and I would hope that another means of protest would be adopted.

Harold Lemley,