Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Sunday, October 21, 2018

Georgia  gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, right, answers questions during her appearance at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce luncheon in August.
Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams, right, answers questions during her appearance at the Georgia Chamber of Commerce luncheon in August. bcabell@macon.com

Abrams is way of future

As a student who is about to graduate, I am starting to see the weight that student loan debt will have on my future. Thankfully, my loans are not too burdensome, but I am realizing how they will affect my decision making about careers. Instead of looking for jobs and careers that will benefit their community, a lot of my friends and I are looking for jobs and careers that pay off our loans. The only candidate that understands the crushing weight of student loan debt and has a plan to fix it is Stacey Abrams. If elected, Abrams would expand the HOPE Scholarship and provide more loan forgiveness programs. These programs would go a long way in reducing my student loan debt and the debt of many Georgians and allow us to contribute more to the Georgia economy.

On Monday, I was able to see Stacey Abrams for the first time. Very quickly I was able to see why her historic candidacy has received the national attention it deserves. The best word to describe her speech was dynamic. Her powerful and passionate speech laid out a clear vision for our state. If we want to move Georgia in the right direction and allow the state to realize its’ potential I urge all my Macon neighbors to vote, volunteer, and help carry Stacey Abrams to victory.

Stephen Galloway,


Inflammatory rhetoric

In the 1950s, there were white bathrooms, colored bathrooms, white water fountains, colored water fountains, white schools and colored schools. Elaine Lucas and I graduated high school one year apart, she from Miller and I from Willingham.

As a society, we came to understand that we could be a stronger community if we had mutual respect for everyone. The black community only asked that no advantages be provided or benefits denied because of skin color.

Be honest. No one culture can claim the moral high ground on the issue of racism. I cringe when I hear any person, white or black, go on an inflammatory racist rant. It ruins their credibility.

At the Oct. 9 Committee of the Whole meeting, Commissioner Lucas went on an inflammatory tirade calling Commissioner Wynn a racist. Commissioner Wynn proposed that all historic sites in Macon should be treated equally. Yes, equally.

Commissioner Lucas apparently deems you a racist if you dare to ask for equality for all. Is Commissioner Lucas suggesting the black community requires more than equal treatment?

I am white. I have agreed with the commissioner. If agree with her, am I enlightened? If I disagree, a racist? This is divisive!

Because she didn’t like the idea of equal treatment, using inflammatory rhetoric, a black woman attacked a white woman and called her a racist. It is sad to see this behavior by a community leader.

Mike Odom,


Not fit for paper

I don’t know why I read the columns by Leonard Pitts. It’s bad for my blood pressure. I suppose it’s because I’m just trying to get a balanced viewpoint but that’s impossible when reading his stuff. In a recent column, among the other drivel he states, “Instead ... we have children in cages.”

There are not now, nor have there ever been, children in cages. The closest we have come to having children in cages was when Obama put them behind chain link enclosures. Over and over Pitts simply makes things up to incite his followers. Mr. Pitts your statement, obviously referring to President Trump, about putting children in cages is a lie and therefore your credibility is zero. I can’t believe any paper publishes this guy. If roles were reversed and a white person was saying these kinds of things they would surely be labeled a racist. If the shoe fits.

Randal D. Duckworth,

Warner Robins

The sensible choice

When, as a teenager, I first learned that there was at least two political parties. I asked my father how do you determine to which party you would like to vote for. His simple answer was pick the one that makes the most common sense. I guess that is the reason i have been a registered Republican for the past 62 years.

Darlis Whitworth,


Can’t have greatness before we get care

“Make America Great Again” is the national Republican slogan, a sentiment carried locally by candidate for governor Brian Kemp. It seems an odd position for a party and its leaders who have made it clear that they don’t care if millions of Americans — right at half a million in Georgia — cannot manage to get health care. How many children have to die before American is great again? To my mind greatness doesn’t incorporate meanness in either sense of the word.

Beyond the test of character, health care offers many practical benefits to Georgians. Poor health care means missing work due to illness of workers and their children. It pours the increased costs of health problems that have been allowed to worsen on those who can either pay personally or have insurance because providers have to raise prices. State and local authorities also have to raise taxes to pay for services to the indigent.

As this spiral worsens (Georgia’s uninsured rate is 12.9 percent, the fifth worse in the country and growing) hospitals are forced to close their doors, not only reducing care but shedding jobs. The problem is worst in rural areas where seven hospitals have closed since 2013.

Is there a solution to this problem? Yes: expand access to Medicaid. Taking this step has meant declines in uncompensated care of 56.4 percent in Arkansas and 59.7 percent in Kentucky. Federal funding will provide 90 percent of the cost, thus bringing home federal tax dollars paid by Georgians. Kemp and the Republicans prefer to let those Georgia dollars be spent caring for people in other states. Should Brian Kemp be trusted with the care of Georgians?

Fred R. van Hartesveldt,

Fort Valley

Feeling let down

I believe that the decision to hold voting registrations back before midterm elections is not only unconstitutional, but also immoral, and harmful to the foundational democracy we are built upon as a nation. The news of these cancellations is grossly unknown to many, but I will take it upon myself to let those around me know what your choices mean for their futures. As a member of the 2017-2018 Secretary of State Student Ambassador Program sponsored by Brian Kemp to increase voting numbers from the youth demographic, I am appalled at this knowledge that he has held back so many of the registrations he claimed to have sought after. This will absolutely influence my vote against him.

Olivia Placzek,