Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Sunday, December 3, 2017

Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia where George Washington was a founding member.
Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia where George Washington was a founding member. Wikipedia

Ornamentation memories

I have never thought a great deal about decorations during the Christmas season. I am not negative on the subject of Santa Claus, tinsel, garland and all of that, although it is sometimes overdone. However, I do detest municipalities, business concerns and even individuals decorating with nothing that pertains to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, but that is their prerogative.

I enjoy riding around and “looking at the lights” during the Yule-tide season, but am not very creative at home decorating.

As the years have passed so have many beloved souls with them, and my tree trimming efforts have accordingly dwindled. Almost every ornament I own (some date back to my pre-school years) has a depth of precious memories dangling from it. The Bible says to “honor thy father and thy mother” and in that vein, Christmas embellishment is about those cherished recollections, too.

Regardless of how extensive or minimal my Christmas adornment may be, I always make sure that I have my nativity scene in place. Several years ago, I refused to pack it up when Christmas was over. It stays prominently displayed all year in my home because it commemorates an ancient event that meant everything to my heart and life. The birth of the Lord Jesus Christ “away in a manger” marked his entrance into this world, to die on the cross in my place, so I would not have to go to Hell. No Christmas ornamentation has more meaning.

John Wayne Dobson,


Erasing history?

Several months ago, President Trump commented on the liberal’s Orwellian demands to remove Confederate statues and monuments from public places. He said via a tweet, “Sad to see the culture and history of our great country being ripped apart with the removal of our beautiful statues and monuments. You can’t change history but you can learn from it. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson; who’s next? Washington? Jefferson? So foolish.” Once again, President Trump is correct.

One of the most historic churches in the United States is Christ Church in Alexandria, Virginia. Christ Church was established in 1773. Some of the early and most influential men in Virginia worshiped there including George Washington and Revolutionary War hero, Henry “Light Horse Harry” Lee. Later on, Robert E. Lee worshiped there. Fast forward to the 1870s. Christ Church placed plaques recognizing the seats where George Washington and Robert E. Lee sat during services.

In another sign of the dismantling of our nation, Christ Church has acquiesced to the tyranny of the left and has decided to remove the plaques. The reason given is that current parishioners are troubled that George Washington owned slaves, and Robert E. Lee fought for the South. Apparently, liberals operate at half speed if they’re just now learning these facts about Washington and Lee. And they are becoming even daintier snowflakes as evidenced by their inability to deal with slavery that ended over 150 years ago.

It is troubling that educated people are unable to realize that every man is flawed. King David and Solomon were extremely flawed men of great faith, yet recognized they needed God’s forgiveness. We don’t erase them from the Bible; we use them as examples. Go ahead, erase history; we’ll be a country as shallow as that last selfie posted to Facebook.

Sloan Oliver,


Christ Church is not removing the plaques, that sit on either side of the alter, but relocating them. According to an Oct. 26 letter to church members, the church made that decision because of reaction to Lee (not Washington) and decided to move both plaques together because they were installed together in 1870. The letter also stated that both plaques would be removed to a prominent location, “fully visible to parishioners and tourists alike.”


Happy couples

I enjoyed reading Bruce Conn’s column, “Five things happy couples know.” He mentioned, “Who can explain how or why two people fall in love? At least science hasn’t explained it yet.”

Science could never explain how people fall in love — love is a powerful gift! “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs…. And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:4-5, 13

I am writing a book entitled “Our Fifty Years.” Our story begins in the ‘60s when we faced many obstacles moving to various places while living a military life. A story that later turned into a faith-filled life — a journey now filled with love, joy and peace. A marriage built on living a Christ-centered life is the key to a good, solid, healthy marriage. I plan to publish this book for our family and give a copy to our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. As Bruce Conn stated, “Happy couples know you pay for a great relationship with some pain. You may have to work through some suffering….but real love, enduring love, is worth it.”

Judy Davis,


Congressional term limits

It is time for Georgia to lead the way on congressional term limits? Can someone explain to me why Congress has a 14 percent approval rating but, last year, had a 98 percent re-election rate? They stay in office longer than some third-world dictators. We do not have fair elections when incumbents win 98 percent of the time.

Congress decided to limit the power of the president by writing a Constitutional amendment limiting the executive office to two four-year terms. Somehow, they felt it important to limit the POTUS but they won’t limit themselves.

The Georgia Legislature can get the ball rolling by passing a resolution next session calling for an Article V convention to propose a term-limit amendment. Once 34 states make their applications, the American people will be empowered to bring term limits to Washington. Congress will no longer to be able hide from the will of the people.

Here in Georgia, the resolution, sponsored by Sen. David Schafer (currently running for Lt. Gov.), passed in the state Senate last March. The focus now is on the state House of Representatives. The onus is on us, the people of Georgia. Call, write, or visit your House representative to let him or her know you support S.R. 195 and demand they vote for the bill that would make term limits on Congress a part of our Constitution.

Doug Garbart,

Johns Creek