Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Monday, October 30, 2017

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., talk to reporters about “paid patriotism” during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.The senator discussed a report on 'patriotism for profit' practices at pro sporting events, detailing 'widespread evidence of the Defense Department paying professional sports teams and leagues such as the NFL, MLB, and NHL to honor American soldiers at sporting events.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., talk to reporters about “paid patriotism” during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015.The senator discussed a report on 'patriotism for profit' practices at pro sporting events, detailing 'widespread evidence of the Defense Department paying professional sports teams and leagues such as the NFL, MLB, and NHL to honor American soldiers at sporting events. AP

Paid patriotism

Government thinks it can buy anything, including one’s loyalty and pride for their nation. Too bad Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake did not discover sooner that at least for four years under Obama’s watch the Department of Defense spent $53 million to professional sports leagues, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS to honor the military, plus the Air Force paid more than $1.5 million to NASCAR.

McCain and Flake’s amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2016 submitted earlier, was to prohibit the Pentagon from spending taxpayer money to honor soldiers at sporting events. The question is, did Obama sign it into law before leaving office or are the taxpayers still paying sports organizations? Now how short were we in the DOD budget? What a government.

Faye W. Tanner,

Macon

Millennials and life insurance

Out of all the insurance products available today, the two hardest to talk about are life insurance and long-term care insurance. Yet these are actually the most needed and underused.

Millennials in particular are prone to undervalue insurance. Every generation believes they are invincible and won’t be affected by aging. What they don’t realize is the best time to secure life and long-term care coverage is when you are young and healthy. Also, investing now can lead to huge rewards down the road.

Although life insurance can be uncomfortable to discuss, it can be one of the safest and best-yielding assets available. And, it doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. With proper planning, millennials can obtain life insurance at affordable rates and be covered for a lifetime.

It is important to obtain life insurance at a young age though. Most health concerns occur after the age of 30. Life insurance companies certainly understand this and cost for coverage increases significantly the older one gets.

Long-term care insurance provides benefits when a person is not able to conduct basic daily living activities such as bathing, dressing, or walking. Yet, most people do not have long-term care coverage because they are unaware of the many future benefits. However, a well-designed policy would provide assistance in these cases that could include in-home care or in an assisted living environment. And now, there are bundled coverage products that provide cash value and insurance benefits.

The bottom line is that everyone needs to have serious conversations with well-qualified advisers for both life and long-term care. Millennials who do this will protect their future at the most affordable time of their lives.

Derek Whitworth,

Macon

And the problem is?

This is in response to Jerry Norris. Yes, the Constitution was written by white men for white men. But most of them were born in a colony. All residents, citizens and non-citizens, have the same protection under the law and the same rights.

I am glad Norris has questions about congressional Republicans. I do, too. They have not passed a balanced budget in seven years. Their 2018 budget is over $4 trillion and will add $80 billion to the debt. I am waiting for them to present their tax plan. I do not think they will re-do the tax code. There will be a reduction in the corporate tax rate. There will be four tax brackets, income range to be determined. There will be four new rates, with rates to be determined. I wonder what deductions will be eliminated?

Stephen Bannon has the right idea. He wants to nominate primary opponents for all of the Senate Republicans seeking re-election in 2018. I hope he considers nominating primary opponents for some House Republicans seeking re-election in 2018, too.

Jim Costello,

Perry

Military losses

First and foremost, all four soldiers died needlessly. The persons responsible are far more important than any conversations surrounding any of their deaths. Extreme negligence by the commanding officer caused these losses. Not Trump or others.

A stark reality has surfaced due to these tragic deaths. Of the 65 military deaths on the president’s watch, only 21 were from military action — 41 were accidents. Will the truth ever be uncovered?

If just 20 percent of the empathy shown surrounding these tragic losses were offered for the 58,000 lost in Vietnam, then that solace would have been greatly appreciated.

Joe Hubbard,

Macon

Give more time

I am intensely interested in the mayoral race going on in Warner Robins. In my personal, yet humble opinion, I believe that Joe Musselwhite has strength in administration and maybe he should concentrate his talents on being the city manager. He doesn’t seem to be the kind of individual who is comfortable with all the personal appearances, ribbon cuttings, etc., that a mayor must do in his duties representing the city.

My choice is Mayor Randy Toms. I have seen nothing but improvements, high visibility, and interest in our fair city from this young man. He is everywhere representing its citizens whenever and wherever he can with an easy smile and words of encouragement. I sincerely believe he is our best hope. Change doesn’t happen in one term. Let’s give him a little more time to grow our city.

Terry Gambill,

Warner Robins

Notable attributes for POTUS

So, according to Jerry Norris’ recent letter to the editor, he doesn’t care that he helped elect a crude, ego-maniacal, ill-informed, vacillating adulterer to the highest office in our land. (I’d like to add draft-dodging hypocrite to the description of our current POTUS.) I’d also like to know how many other professions would Norris find it acceptable to display the attributes he attaches to Trump: cop, teacher, foreman, doctor?

Look, it was not the will of the people but the Electoral College that put Trump in office. That’s our system; so be it. I just find it difficult to comprehend how conservatives in this country could not have found a more worthy leader to address their core concerns on immigration, tax reform, entitlements and abortion without the prospect of irreparably dividing and damaging us as a nation. Perhaps the year 2020 will offer a chance to correct their error.

A.M. Perry,

Macon

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