Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Sunday, November 19, 2017

A sign declaring Stillwater Junior High School as a drug free and gun free zone is pictured outside the school in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where in 2012 a 13-year-old student shot and killed himself in a hallway at the school before classes began.
A sign declaring Stillwater Junior High School as a drug free and gun free zone is pictured outside the school in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where in 2012 a 13-year-old student shot and killed himself in a hallway at the school before classes began. AP

Eagle eye

I am writing in total disbelief, regarding the picture on the cover of the Nov. 17 Telegraph. In the picture of city employees assembling the frame of the large Christmas tree, I am looking to see if there is a shred of OSHA compliance, or safety. All I can see is a minimum of two workman’s compensation arrangements and lost time for the county. Caption, “Its beginning to look a lot like...” Allow me to finish the caption. It’s beginning to look a lot like, some very costly expenses for the county.”

Randy Shearer,


From left, Pvt. Cody McCallum, Sgt. Garin Flanders and Pvt. Matthew Cooper with the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department put together the frame of the large Christmas tree at Rosa Parks Square on Thursday. On Nov. 30, the Bibb County Board of Education will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. with students singing Christmas carols on the steps of the City Auditorium. Jason Vorhees jvorhees@macon.com

Sleeping giant

In the last few weeks, Democrats have flipped seats throughout the country. What is amazing is that they did it without colluding with Russia, without fake news, without gerrymandering, without voter suppression, and without dirty tricks. A sleeping giant has awakened.

Carl Pirkle,


Sanctuary cities

For those of you who think you are in favor of sanctuary cities go to YouTube and bring up “Shocking place in downtown Los Angeles” and watch for 15 minuets. Enough said.

Darlis Whitworth,


Same old story

“This unethical, illegal lynch mob mentality has to stop,” said Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick during a state of the city address. The prosecutor charged Kilpatrick with eight felonies. Glutted with delusions, Kilpatrick predicted a full and complete vindication. Wrong. Kilpatrick resigned and pleaded guilty to two felonies.

“I don’t plan to resign. I have done nothing illegal,”said Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley. “If people want to know if I misused state resources, the answer is simply no. I have not.” Three days later, impeachment looming, Bentley resigned, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors, and agreed not to hold public office again.

Now Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is hit with sexual impropriety claims from 40 years ago and expects the public to see through the charade. Which one? The DOJ’s 2012 National Sex Offender Public Website found 26 percent of the victims were between 12-14 years old, and 34 percent were younger than nine. Children often avoid disclosing abuse. They fear their parents negative reaction or the offender’s retribution. Therefore, they disclose as adults. Consistent with the former teenagers, now adults, who spoke to the Washington Post.

Theresa Jones, ex-Etowah County deputy district attorney, 1982-1985, the same county Moore served as assistant DA, said it was well known Moore dated high school students, and everyone we knew thought it weird.

Moore has suggested he has evidence that proves his innocence. Sounds like President Trump’s evidence that President Obama bugged Trump Towers. Fake news, indeed.

Marc D. Greenwood,

Camp Hill, Alabama

The next idiot

If you have never seen a child critically injured in a car accident, you are extremely fortunate. The helpless feeling is unimaginable. Talking on cellphones and texting is causing many wreaks. I know speeding and alcohol are primary causes too, but they are fined. Many cities are now issuing fines for texting and talking while driving.

Bibb County has an acute problem county wide. Young and old are playing Russian Roulette with our lives. Not a day goes by when I do not see multiple incidents of running off the road, crossing the yellow line and reckless driving while talking or texting. As backward thinking as Bibb County officials tend to be, getting fines established will be difficult. There is no financial reward for them, like drugs seemingly are.

Either violation should be ticketed and fined. Start at $100 and ultimately take the license for six months and impound their vehicle if fines are not paid. The same should be done about car seats and buckling up. We are talking about saving lives. The next idiot just might kill you.

Joe Hubbard,


A no installation alarm

Received this helpful info from a friend. What to take to bed with you. This is not a joke. Put your car keys beside your bed at night. Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your doctor’s office, and the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will sound and the horn will continue to blare until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life.

Faye W. Tanner,


The crazies

I was in a local business the other day and saw a familiar sign. The sign said, “For the safety of our guests this is a GUN FREE ZONE.” What the sign didn’t say was:

When a heavily armed, deranged person comes in to slaughter everyone in sight, he will be in no danger of confronting an armed citizen. We forbid our guests the right to possess the means to protect themselves while in this establishment.

We feel really good about ourselves for prohibiting law-abiding citizens from bringing horrible, evil guns on our premises, but we can’t do anything about the crazies.

John Boyd,

Warner Robins