Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., pauses before speaking to reporters during a meeting of the National Defense Authorization Act conferees, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.
Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., pauses before speaking to reporters during a meeting of the National Defense Authorization Act conferees, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. AP

Ferguson not alone

In The Telegraph of Oct. 26, 2017, Jerry Norris takes columnist Bill Ferguson to task for questioning Donald Trump’s fitness — intellectually and morally — to be president of the United States. I would be remiss if I did not suggest that Norris look up and read the recent speeches of President George W. Bush and Sens. John McCain, Bob Corker and Jeff Flake, which all take pretty much the same views as Ferguson. The speakers are all well regarded members of the Republican/conservative side in American politics. If the thoughts of these distinguished members of Trump’s own political faction, Norris should read Brandy Lee’s, “The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.” These scholars greatly amplify Ferguson’s thoughts.

The “Trumpsters” may still support the president because they believe he will cooperate in achieving conservative goals. However, to continue to assert that he is not wildly inconsistent, ignorant and unstable, is to fly in the face of both political and scholarly analysis.

Fred R. van Hartesveldt,

Fort Valley

Joe really knows

I worked with Joe Musselwhite while I served on Warner Robins City Council from 2010 through 2013. Musselwhite managed over 90 employees in his department. The last annual budget that city council approved for Musselwhite as director of Public Works and liaison for Sanitation was over $9 million. He managed his finances well and never went over budget, saving thousands of dollars for the city, time and again, by accomplishing projects in-house.

The replacement of the Kimberly Road bridge and the extension of Willie Lee Road are two examples of projects accomplished in-house, saving taxpayers’ money. Joe always said the city employees had the expertise and the skill, so why contract out when city departments could do the job faster, cheaper and just as good, if not better?

I agree with Musselwhite that Warner Robins does not need to pay out-of-town consultants to tell us how to run our city. The citizens of Warner Robins deserve better than another four years of on-the-job training and tax increases. Joe Musselwhite has 21 years of experience and over 3,000 credit hours of municipal management training. He knows how to manage our city government and do it with fiscal responsibility.

Vote for common sense, not popularity. Vote for Joe Musselwhite for mayor. Joe really knows!

Paul Shealy,

Warner Robins

Four more years

Every four years most Georgia cities elect or re-elect mayors and some on the city council. Warner Robins is no different.

Randy Toms has been mayor of Warner Robins for the past four years and has done a stellar job. All voters need to do is take look at what has been accomplished by his administration.

Although money has been tight the millage rate has remained steady. However, with that comes a few consequences. The most noticeable is the employees have not had a raise in recent years. And, that does present a problem, especially with police and firefighters, because with a few years of experience they begin looking for a better salary to support their families.

There are some on council who are not honoring their oath of office. For instance, some will not even talk to Mayor Toms. How can a councilman or councilwoman support the citizens of the city if they don’t talk to him to determine how to move the city forward.

Some on the council got together and decided that Warner Robins needs a city manager? However, in order for a manager position they realized that would take the General Assembly changing the city charter. To get around that, they decided on city administrator. The big problem with that is, they wrote the job description to correspond with a manager and have that person reporting to the council and mayor. Please tell me how an individual can report to seven supervisors and get anything accomplished?

If council would sit down with the mayor and ask his thoughts on some sort of assistance they would find he has a solution that would cost very little to increase in one person’s salary rather than adding another position that would certainly command a hefty salary. Change the city clerk’s position to chief operations officer and promote the assistant clerk with a minimal increase in salary.

Warner Robins does not need a city manager, but we do need four more years with Randy Toms as mayor.

Aaron Hufstetler,

Warner Robins

Still wants a wall

I don’t have a lot of faith in our legislators to actually do things that are in the best interest of the country instead of what is in the best chance of getting them re-elected. I do, however, have high praise for the immigration reform plan put forth by Sen. David Perdue in his letter to the editor published on Oct. 27.

The RAISE Act which he outlines sounds like a good, common sense approach to managing future immigration to the U.S. I urge fellow citizens to contact him and urge passage of this bill. I also urge Perdue to remember that for any immigration reform to be effective, we must first “build the damn wall.” Republicans now have control of both the Congress and the White House. What the hell are they waiting for?

Jerry Norris,

Warner Robins

To the cleaners

Recent indictments of the three former top Trump campaign staff who are now under house arrest sounds like Watergate two is beginning and it’s music to my ears. With $700 billion to foreign investors in Trump’s tax plan as he socks it to our middle class and our poor. Bi-partisanship will not likely happen in our Congress as the Republican majority takes us to the cleaners in their secret tax budget meetings.

The recent House and Senate budget resolution that passed last week includes cuts of $1 trillion in Medicaid and nearly half a trillion in Medicare and is threatening to millions of us. If Trump’s big tax cuts for corporations and our richest citizens passes, those of us on Medicare or Medicaid need to contact our congressmen and U.S. senators and tell them that they need to protect our health-care benefits.

The most effective way to try to persuade our Republican congressmen not to cut Medicare and Medicaid is to write a letter to them. Emails are OK but handwritten letters are tangible and more likely to be noticed.

Frank W. Gadbois,

Warner Robins