Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Tuesday, Secember 12, 2017

Peach County receiver Noah Whittington (35) heads for the end zone after a fourth quarter reception against Calhoun in their GHSA State Championship game in Atlanta on Friday. An official called the catch incomplete and the Trojans eventually lost 10-6.
Peach County receiver Noah Whittington (35) heads for the end zone after a fourth quarter reception against Calhoun in their GHSA State Championship game in Atlanta on Friday. An official called the catch incomplete and the Trojans eventually lost 10-6. jvorhees@macon.com

Life is unfair

I know this is easy for me to write because the obvious football call made in error against the Peach County Trojans that may have cost them a state championship did not affect me. I do not have a dog in this fight, however, I would like to throw in my two cents worth of opinion on this incident.

President John F. Kennedy, a WWII Navy hero, once said when answering a question on the campaign trail that “life is unfair.” You see that is the lesson, life is unfair! There are many examples of this from a baby born with a serious medical problem to an individual being denied equal opportunity due to race or gender discrimination. There are a million other examples. What is my point and advice to the Peach County football family? Simple, accept the decision and use it as a life lesson to rise above this so called miscarriage of justice and use it as a positive lesson to lead your life. Don’t whine!

Whining will get you nowhere and just make you and the people around you not like you very much. Forgive the official as he thought he made the correct call and he probably feels bad enough. I will say this from a person who has been around a few years. When all is said and done, it all evens out in the end.

Lou Stennes,

Warner Robins

Bar the official

I am writing to the Georgia High School Association that, whatever else is done, the official who ruled Peach County’s touchdown pass incomplete, should forfeit his pay and be barred from future participation in high school football games.

Charlie Adams

Fort Valley

Thoughtful essay

NRA member, Richard Jones, wrote a very thoughtful case for “proper gun licensing” in a letter published Dec. 6. I agree with most of his arguments and suggestions. The only strong objection I have to his essay is his repetitive and pejorative use of the phrase “gun-haters.”

I would be more lenient than Jones regarding certain military firearms. I would not require a license to carry any type of a 1700s era design/replica of firearm if that weapon was a part of “A well regulated militia...” as clearly stated in the Second Amendment.

Lindsay D. Holliday,

Macon

Protect and serve

Philip Brailsford, ex-Mesa police officer, was acquitted of second-degree murder and reckless manslaughter. Brailsford killed Daniel Shaver, who crawled, cried and begged police not to shoot him. The police responded to a complaint at the LaQuinta Inn, that a man was pointing a rifle out of a fifth-floor window. I’m astounded, with six officers on scene, they didn’t minimize risks by cuffing Shaver, which would protect and serve. Instead, during the 18-minute video, they guaranteed the stress escalated, with constant shouted threats at Shaver that they’d shoot him for any sudden movement. Brailsford testified the incident was stress laden.

Phillip Stinson, criminal justice professor at Bowling Green State University and an ex-police officer, found that between 2005-2011, only 41 on-duty officers were charged with murder or manslaughter, whereas the FBI recorded several thousand justified homicides.

Thus, the criminal justice system births monstrosities like the Michael Slager, ex-South Carolina police officer, mistrial, with evidence that Slager killed a fleeing Walter Scott, and the Rodney King trial, which acquitted the four officers who bludgeoned King.

Brailsford believed 100 percent that Shaver was reaching for a weapon. He was wrong. In 1989, the Supreme Court in Graham v. O’Connor, authorized officers to make snap decisions, employ lethal force, protect themselves, and protect others. The officer doesn’t have to be threatened, only believe they’re threatened, and they all do. By the way. What happened to protect and serve?

Marc D. Greenwood,

Camp Hill, Alabama

Presidential president

Bob Norcott's glowing recent letter on Donald Trump's alleged improvements to our nation has a hollow ring to it. Then why his low popularity rating that indicates many of us mainly see a marked lack of accomplishments in his Republican Congress. He has failed to repeal Obamacare and the GOP tax cuts will increase the national debt by $1 trillion dollars.

Trump doesn't believe in climate change though 95 percent of all scientists do. He wants to privatize many of our national parks and shrink their size and let the private sector mine in some of them. His foreign policy consists of calling foreign leaders insulting nick names like "Little Rocket Man." Unwise when his venom is directed to a zealous foreign leader with nuclear weapons.

The American people want a president who unites us and keep us out of war and lowers our taxes in a fair way and not just for our rich and corporations. His maniacal egotism has produced little if any concrete accomplishments and promotes disunity and divisions. His twittering is undermining our federal government and promoting confusion and disunity worldwide.

Many of us want a president who actually acts presidential and doesn't make crazy threats on a daily basis.

Frank W. Gadbois

Warner Robins

Why are we there?

Struck by this commitment to endanger our far-flung, overworked, overstressed warfighters, I decided to do some research on Somalia, examining Wikipedia, NetFind, Department of State and CIA websites. Sounds like the Somalian government is under “international caretaker status.” U.S. aid in the last five years is approximately $2 billion. To refresh, Somalia’s capital is Mogadishu, site of the infamous “Black Hawk Down” debacle.

It appears the populace of 12 million engage in largely agrarian trades with some mining. Communication infrastructure is weak, and the press is “somewhat free” to report events. President Mohamed Mohamed leads the nation and there is no U.S. embassy in Somalia; travel warnings are in place by the Department of State. Man-made hazards include desertification, deforestation, overgrazing, overfishing, soil erosion, waste dumping trumped by a severe famine. Routinely, there are bombings, kidnappings, murders, illegal roadblocks and pirating is a tradecraft.

A quick look at the geography shows the country is located in the Horn of Africa; demographics reveal it is an Islamic nation with clans, warlords, tribes and local fiefdoms.

After this cursory review of Somalia, I now see the strategic reason for our “two-year” commitment to combat.

Randy Shearer,

Kathleen

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