Too much Facebook
In Richard Jones’ letter to the editor on Nov. 7 he claims that in archival documents President Truman used the terms “political correctness” and “mainstream media” in a letter to Gen. MacArthur and Adm. Nimitz. There is no record Truman ever wrote this, and as a matter of fact, these terms had not yet even been coined. I suggest to Jones that before submitting any more letters he spend less time on Facebook sharing fake news and more time doing some rudimentary research. By the way, he also misquotes the well documented manure anecdote.
Randy Toms’ era
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Now, that the citizens of Warner Robins have spoken and sent Randy Toms back for another term as mayor it should be a smooth transition with the new council. Notice, the operative word is “should.” However, I do not expect much to change with only one council race undecided.
If the council is serious about moving Warner Robins forward the first action it should take is to repeal the resolution that establishes a city administrator that has a job description of a manager. Then, sit down with Mayor Toms and see what his thoughts are and not force a position on him that is not needed.
If there is one subject people like to shy away from is taxes. However, at some point a serious dialog must be on the agenda of raising revenue to support increasing the law enforcement positions to catch up and maintain a department that supports the population growth of Warner Robins. Mayor Toms has been successful in getting five additional positions, but that number is still not sufficient.
I don’t like the idea of raising property tax, because that would hurt too many people like me who are on a fixed income. However, maybe a 1 percent sales tax could raise a sufficient amount of revenue to support several projects in the future. But, then there is always a danger of leaders seeing a pile of money and wanting to divert it to one of their pet projects. Therefore, any additional tax must be specific and temporary and citizens must hold their feet to the fire.
It seems that armed robberies are on the increase and that is a direct result of population growth and a police force that is spread very thin. I am sure that my suggestion of holding down armed robberies would be frowned on by liberals. But, if all businesses that have cash would arm all employees, I believe pretty soon the criminal types would get the message that Warner Robins is not a city of opportunity. However, it would help the funeral business.
The rest of the story
We constantly hear about “fake news,” and I think we are envisioning a made-up story that we’d be smart enough to know is false. But most fake news is just a slant on a story, with some details either omitted or small factual “inventions” added to completely alter our views. A letter in The Telegraph, for instance, praised the 3 percent growth rate in GDP, but that’s the same as it was in early 2015 and very close to the summer of 2016.
Unemployment is down, yes, but the slope is exactly what it has been since early 2010. It’s not like there has been a recent change in the trend. I should add, there have been new jobs in Opole, Poland, in IAC’s new plant employing 550 skilled workers, as production began Oct. 25. Why is this important? The company is controlled by the president’s secretary of commerce, though he didn’t attend the ground-breaking Feb. 7. But the president did make a trip to Poland (remember?) to let the business community know he was determined to create jobs, even if not in the USA.
Meanwhile here, 76 percent of small businesses this week said they expected their incomes to be up this year — but only 16 percent planned to hire any workers. Instead, high-end home sales are rising faster and Ferrari finally caved and says it’ll join Lamborghini and Bentley in making SUVs for the U.S. because all the new money for business has to go somewhere.
Automation and computer controlled artificial intelligence mean it doesn’t have to go to labor costs. And yes, government road blocks are being pushed aside — so the ash retention ponds with decades of heavy metal accumulation can finally be dumped into Lake Sinclair, and banks can’t be sued, and.... well you get the picture. Except when you read the letters in the newspaper, you might not get the entire picture.
Not so fast
Well, our Bob Norcott, a vocal Trump cheerleader is at it again, waving his pom-poms frantically in the air to obscure the vision and distract from any critical thinking.
Norcott notes a high GDP, lower unemployment rate and “…tower cranes are working to construct high-rise building in cities large and small.” “The stock market,” he notes “is hitting record highs.” Swell!
What Bob failed to offer is that GDP has been on a constant rise since 2009 and unemployment has fallen at the same relative pace during the same period. The stock market has had an amazing run since the depth of the recession and the S&P has risen over 400 percent in the eight plus years since the recovery began. But does “…this one man, determined and relentless…” as Bob put it, deserve the credit? Hardly!
And of the “Unnecessary government regulations…” that have been reduced: The Dodd-Frank Act was repealed. The act, in law since 2010, stopped the very dangerous financial, though highly lucrative, machinations of banks and others that led to the recession that gripped the nation. The Consumer Protection Bureau, and its parent, the FTC, are being weakened almost beyond recognition.
Under Donny, we see a reduction in the number of scientists in the FDA, the CDC and the USDA. And we came close last week to getting a non-scientist as chief scientist at the Department of Agriculture.
Trump, through his cabinet appointments, has weakened the EPA and the Bureau of Mine Safety. The Clean Water Act enforcement has been limited and the Natural Parks Service regulations are under attack in an effort to allow more drilling and mining in pristine wilderness. Now, that is something to Trump-et about?