Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Monday, December 18, 2017

Amazon.com plans to build a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Macon. It is expected to employ more than 500 full-time workers and up to 1,000 during peak season.
Amazon.com plans to build a 1 million-square-foot fulfillment center in Macon. It is expected to employ more than 500 full-time workers and up to 1,000 during peak season. The Telegraph

Our embassy

Since when do sovereign nations like Israel not have the unequivocal right to decide where their capital will be located? And why should we care what anyone else thinks about where we locate our embassy? This mindset is a good example of the absolute nonsensical nature of international discourse in our time. Good grief.

Jerry Norris,

Warner Robins

No underground parking

Beware of fantasy and fake news. On Friday, Dec. 8, in a letter titled “Capitalism 101,” a frequent contributor wrongly stated that bulldozers at the work site of the future Amazon Fulfillment Center beside Sardis Church Road were digging huge pits so “trucks can pick up and drop off underground.” Amazon is not digging pits for trucks.

I double checked the site plans that are filed at Bibb County Engineering to confirm that the excavations are, in fact, for storm water control. There will be two large detention ponds on site to contain and slow runoff from the new, large, paved or roofed, impervious surfaces.

The ponds are required to help protect the public and private property downstream from flash flooding. The ponds will also contain certain plants that help filter pollution from oily parking lot runoff.

Lindsay D Holliday,

Bibb County Soil and Water Commissioner

Opioid silent killer

Over two decades the citizen of the United States have been under attack by American pharmaceutical companies. Designed to enrich special interest groups such as political candidates that will look the other way or cover-up, weakening a nation that has not been defeated on the battlefield. Opioid as a base with opium, is killing 30,000 people per year, second only to automobile accidents. Indicating to me that our enemy is not on foreign soil but rather at home in Washington, D.C.

The pass presidential election temperament is an indicator that more than the presidency was at stake. Could there have been deals made by the Clintons to impair the DEA allowing mass production of additive drugs for not million but billions of dollars? Her rant and obstruction behavior indicate a big deal failed. I’ll stop now because of word restriction, you can confirm by watching the director of DEA hearing before Senate, very interesting exchange.

Daniel E. Lee,

Macon

Good use of tax dollars

I have been tutoring at L.H. Williams Elementary School for at least 22 years. The teachers that I see are dedicated. The principal is highly visible in the school and discipline is excellent . There are enthusiastic tutors from Vineville Methodist, Read to Succeed and Mercer University, to name a few.

In education we tend to throw good money after bad. This is a school that has worked very hard to pull itself up from a failing school to one that is succeeding. Instead of a reward, it is to be merged with another school. An educator told me that smaller schools do better than huge schools. I notice this has not come into the discussion, only money. As a nurse, I cannot assert with certitude that smaller schools work better; L.H. Williams just seems to be succeeding. Lets keep this smaller school and help these students proceed to graduation, which we hope will be 100 percent in their case. This is surely a good use of our tax dollars.

Ann Robinson,

Macon

Homeless solution?

There have been several movies filmed in Macon. A great reality show would be to document the transition of the homeless people living by the river with solutions and address the causes of this national problem.

The population of Macon was over 155,000 in 2016. There is foreclosed property that could be purchased with small donations from the thousands who live here. Macon should be a leader and part of solutions to this national problem. Out-of-sight and out-of-mind is not a solution.

Renee Lee,

Macon

About radical Islamist martyrs

Abu al-Zarqawi died, George Washington met him at the Pearly Gates. He slapped him across the face and yelled, “How dare you try to destroy the nation I helped conceive!”

Patrick Henry approached, punched him in the nose and shouted, “You wanted to end our liberties but you failed!”

James Madison followed, kicked him in the groin and said, “This is why I allowed our government to provide for the common defense!”

Thomas Jefferson was next, beat al-Zarqawi with a long cane and snarled “It was evil men like you who inspired me to write the Declaration of Independence.”

The beatings and thrashings continued as George Mason, James Monroe and 66 other early Americans unleashed their anger on the terrorist leader.

As al-Zarqawi lay bleeding and in pain, an angel appeared. Al-Zarqawi wept and said, “This is not what you promised me.”

The angel replied, 'I told you there would be 72 Virginians waiting for you in heaven. What did you think I said?”

Hill Kaplan,

Macon

Advice

I don’t know what has become more tiresome lately, letter writers disputing each other’s letters, long religious tracts arguing about the Bible, letters from writers from other states telling us how to think, letters with fake news slandering President Trump, anything from Frank Gadbois, or the editor, publishing long editorials or unsolicited advice to Warner Robins on anything.

After all, Macon elected Jack Ellis. Twice. And contracted with Roman Dallemand. Twice. And I will barely mention the coming of yet another baseball team. Enough said.

Saralyn Greene,

Warner Robins

Coming home for Christmas

It seems to me if a person is found guilty of a crime, regardless how bad, that calls for a death sentence or life in prison without parole, as Jerry Jerome Anderson, who President Barack Obama set free, no one should have the power to free such regardless who they are.

Further, I also do not think a president or any one person should have the power to make judgment of another person’s life. That why we have jurors and supposedly a blind justice system.

Faye W. Tanner

Macon

The president’s powers to grant reprieves and pardons is outlined in Article 2, Section 1, Clause 1, of the Constitution. President Obama commuted or pardoned 1,927 individuals convicted of federal crimes during his two terms in office.

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