Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Sunday, March 17, 2019

Then-Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans talks to the gathered media at the Law Enforcement Center in January 2018.
Then-Warner Robins Police Chief Brett Evans talks to the gathered media at the Law Enforcement Center in January 2018. Telegraph file photo

Brett Evans was treated poorly

A fine man serves this city well for 32 years, then is pushed into retirement early. There are only vague accusations concerning morals, staffing and retention, but none of outright wrong-doing. Where is the retirement party and cake, the engraved gold watch or the Bible with the retiree’s name engrave in gold on the front? Where are the speeches, slaps on the back and thanks for a job well done?

Who would be brave enough to be police chief of this city, knowing he or she could be faced with the same treatment as Chief Brett Evans has been, if all does not go perfectly with variables the chief has no absolute control over? Those variables would include morale, staffing and retention. The chief cannot command his staff to be of good cheer and never quit their jobs. He cannot go out on the street and command people to work for the police department

As for the morale of the police department, anyone would have low morale who deals with the low-lifes, drunken druggies and criminals day in and day out, eight hours a day. These experiences also lead to staffing shortages, and retention difficulties. Let’s pray daily for the police, to the only one who can work miracles, God.

Susan Ganus,

Warner Robins

Good work, folks

Hooray for bright ideas! A recent Telegraph had two — the Industrial Authority’s idea to encourage businesses to use existing buildings (recycling, yeah!) and the Jones County library’s idea to use patrons to help move the books by checking out a stack and returning them to the newly renovated library! Bravo!

Harriet Jardine,


From the eyes inside the fence

Once again it’s a brand new Little League season, but this time it brought back a flood of great memories. My grandson Walt could not wait to experience his first time as a T-baller. Oh, if only the major leaguers could take pointers from his point of view. There is no million dollar contracts, but only wanting to be with his friends and if he so chooses to play in the dirt at third base or run to second when he gets his first hit ever. We need this breathe of fresh air as the innocence of childhood meshes with T-ball play. If you want to have a great Saturday the Astros, Dodgers and others play throughout Middle Georgia. It will make you want to relive your life so you can watch your kids (who are now moms and dads) play there first game of T-ball again. Oh, and don’t forget the juices when you bring team snacks next time.

Can’t wait to watch you.

The proud grandaddy,

Walt “Big Walt” Shaw,

No. 6 North Macon Little League Astros

Promises made but not kept

In 2015, when Mr. Trump announced his candidacy for president he made some promises: “Social Security. I’m not going to cut it at all. Save Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security without cuts. Have to do it.”

That probably sealed the deal for many to vote for him.

However, in his 2020 budget proposal, he asks for the following cuts: $25 billion from Social Security, $845 billion from Medicare and $241 billion from Medicaid!

Promises made, promises kept. Right? One would think that would get Trump’s follower’s attention but it is unlikely. His followers remind me of the cultists of Jim Jones.

Carl Pirkle,