Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018

Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Georgia Stacey Abrams, left, speaks as her Republican opponent Secretary of State Brian Kemp looks on during a debate Tuesday in Atlanta.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate for Georgia Stacey Abrams, left, speaks as her Republican opponent Secretary of State Brian Kemp looks on during a debate Tuesday in Atlanta. AP

Wisdom comes with age

In reading the Oct. 21 letters to the editor, one is reminded of the adage that wisdom comes with age. One writer, a soon-to-be (apparent) college graduate claiming that Stacey Abrams is the way of the future because she promises to make other people pay his student loans after they are “forgiven.” However, the debt doesn’t go away, it just is given to other people. If this student really is going to pursue a career after his graduation, he’ll find that in following Ms. Abrams’ policies, he’ll not only be paying for his own education but also that of others who want to follow in his socialist ideas. He may also find out, if he is astute, that the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money.

The other writer, a “Student Ambassador” for the Secretary of State, has decided to cast her vote on the premise that the sitting Secretary has “held back” certain registrations, when in fact all he has done was uphold the current laws regarding additional documentation required before those with questionable identification are allowed to vote. The operative word there is “allowed” because, yes, they will be allowed to vote, pursuant to their compliance with documentation requirements found in current laws. If this student pays attention as she ages, she will learn that her vote only has the same validity as the votes of others which are cast — which is why voting laws are existent in the first place. She may also learn that laws can be changed if they are unjust, but they must be upheld if they are to have any meaning. And she may learn that casting a vote on emotion, such as being “appalled,” rather than learning the facts about the laws, and then voting based on an understanding and outcome of the facts, adds validity and meaning to her vote.

Dan Topolewski,


Proper voter ID important

Statements made by Bill Ferguson in his column Oct. 18 don’t help voting issues nor does it speak well for racial division nor for the honesty character of our Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Mr. Ferguson says he does not know the heart of Mr. Kemp as to Republican versus black Democrats when updating Georgia’s voter rolls. Mr. Ferguson has no idea the names of dead or inactive voters that were removed from the register. I believe it is important to process all public records legally verifying each voter’s name.

A good example: I called my son-in-law who lives in Macon and told him to do a Facebook search for his name. He replied there are several. Therefore, I told him it was important to put his picture on his Facebook page, which he has, and there were even duplicate pictures of him having two accounts. Hitting on one picture of him brought up nothing. The other listing hundreds of pictures and entries. If proper IDs are necessary to identify the actual person on Facebook and Society Security numbers for government benefits, then surely the same should be done identifying proper IDs of voters.

Faye W. Tanner,


Children in cages

A letter to the editor in the Oct. 21 Telegraph said, “There are not now, nor have there ever been children in cages.” I saw children in cages on CNN, MSNBC and the Nightly News on PBS. I would guess that the reason the writer did not see them is because he gets all his news from FOX, which is President Trump’s favorite station and which applauds many of his messages and views.

John Ricks,