Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Thursday, November 2, 2017

Retired Educators Day

Gov. Nathan Deal has declared Nov. 5 as Retired Educators Day in Georgia. There are more than 18,000 retired educators in the state. This number includes more than 200 active members of the Bibb Retired Educators Association. Our local unit has earned the designation as a Unit of Distinction based on its level of membership and services to the community and the state of Georgia.

To earn and maintain this level of distinction, Bibb Retired Educators Association has contributed thousands of service hours each year as tutors, reading specialists, after school supervisors, AARP volunteers, community and government committee members and as volunteers with the Mentors Project and the back pack project.

Most of these educators have served more than 30 years in our schools and helped to provide training for our citizens and future leaders. To help recruit teachers for our students, BREA also provides two scholarships each year to a local college student and a graduating senior from our local high schools.

BREA will also host the Georgia Retired Educators Convention which will be held held in Macon in the spring of 2018. Myrtice C. Jonson, a member of Bibb Retired Educators Association, serves as president of the Georgia Retired Educators Association. The theme for 2017-2018 is “Running With Champions.”

Please salute these teachers who continue to help build our leaders of tomorrow.

Bessie Minor Brown,


Clearing it up

This is a follow up letter concerning the program recently initiated by the Bibb County School System regarding vehicles passing stopped school buses. I believe that most Bibb County citizens are law abiding and would not knowingly break the law if they knew what the law is.

After reading Sgt. Elton Britt’s comments (the deputy sheriff who issues the citations) during an interview, I researched the law online and found Sgt. Britt’s comments to be somewhat different from what I read on line.

Sergeant Britt stated that a stopped bus should have flashing lights or stop arm extended. What I read online states that a stopped bus must have flashing lights “and” extended stop arm. Sergeant Britt stated that on a four lane road with a small or grassy median all vehicles must stop.

What the online version says that if there is a median only those vehicle following the bus must stop. There is no mention of the size of the median nor any mention of a grassy median. I feel that it would be a public service for the Telegraph to publish the applicable law so that the public will know what the law actually says.

Sergeant Britt also stated that all vehicles must stop on a four lane divided unless there is a four-foot high barrier. I saw no mention of a four-foot-high barrier in the online version of the law.

Robert Hester,


According to Title 40. Motor vehicles and traffic chapter 6. uniform rules of the road article 8. school buses O.C.G.A. § 40-6-163:

▪  Two-lane roadway: When school bus stops for passengers, ALL traffic from both directions must stop.

▪  Two-lane roadway with a center turning lane: When school bus stops for passengers, ALL traffic from both directions must stop.

▪  Four-lane roadway without a median separation: When school bus stops for passengers, ALL traffic from both directions must stop.

▪  Roadway of four lanes or more with a center turning lane: When school bus stops for passengers, ALL traffic from both directions must stop.

▪  Divided highway of four lanes or more with a median separation: When school bus stops for passengers, only traffic following the bus must stop.

Easy way to remember: Unless there is a median, ALL traffic in BOTH directions must stop. If there is a median, only the traffic following the bus must stop.


What not to say

Joe Kovac points out in Sunday’s paper what you should not say if a cop asks, “Are you drinking?” He could have added, “If you are buying.”

Hollis Cate,


Tax reform or just tax change?

Where is the measure of tax reform success? It is a fundamental truth that you never make a single change in a complex, dynamic system. Most would agree that our tax code qualifies as such. Every individual change the Tax Reform Committee recommends will inevitably affect dozens of issues.

Some of the effects will neither be intended or even realized initially. I do not imply that I in the least bit understand the tax code and all the interdependent elements. I’ll leave those pretenses to others.

So, as Congress works toward tax reform, it would seem to make sense that our own representatives and senators share with us the specific, desired outcomes and measures of success. In my life, tax reform has meant change, not reform. Prior tax reform has resulted in increased filing complexity, not simplification. Tax cuts, on the other hand, have meant I wind up paying the same or more.

My question to Sens. Johnny Isakson, David Perdue and Rep. Austin Scott is: What results will middle-income America be able to objectively observe and measure when the president’s and the Republicans’ goals are achieved? Some objective measures might include a significant reduction in the amount taken out for federal taxes.

Another might be a significant reduction in the number of pages, including worksheets, it takes to complete a return. Please let us know instead of just applauding whatever evolves as success.

Warren Johnson,


Start listening

Regarding the term “Hateful Partisan” from Bob Norcott’s letter last week. For some reason he thinks only the left can have hateful partisans. Not true. In fact, if you to some research, you will find that both right and left have hateful partisans — people who will not work with the other side regardless of the good that could be done.

So, basically, “hateful partisans” are simply people who are not moderates, who will not work with anyone who doesn’t believe the way they do. According to statistics, there are many more moderates than hateful partisans. I hope we start acting like the moderates we are and listen to and work with others who have differing opinions.

Mike Rumage,