Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Sunday, April 21, 2019

Fareed Bhanji, left, holds his right hand up as he says the Oath of Allegiance at his naturalization ceremony in the William Augustus Bootle Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Macon on Wednesday.
Fareed Bhanji, left, holds his right hand up as he says the Oath of Allegiance at his naturalization ceremony in the William Augustus Bootle Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Macon on Wednesday. jeason@macon.com

Legal immigration is best

The Telegraph should be applauded for printing a fine article in Thursday’s (April 18) paper by Samantha Max on immigrants being sworn in to become citizens at the US District Court in Macon. They were from 21 countries; all were thrilled the long journey was over. I wonder, as many Americans do, why the Democrats are so against President Trump’s effort to slow the tide of illegal immigrants crossing our southern border. Are they concerned about the well-being of these people or just want to discredit our president? Trump has suggested these illegal immigrants being sent to the sanctuary cities in the US which do not corporate with ICE in apprehending illegals. Maybe these cities are better prepared to provide welfare, housing, education and medical care to these people than other locations in the US.

Roger Rader,

Perry

Respect for all heritage, even Confederate

The re-enactment at Nash Farm Battlefield in McDonough was held April 12-13 as scheduled, but augmented to a grand living history program after the Board of Commissioners declined to allow the use of simulated fire. Living historians gained an even greater opportunity to interact, entertain and educate the general public.

Those who oppose such historical re-enactments seem to be the same voices that cry so loudly for tolerance, equal rights, justice and equality. They should be ashamed because they earnestly promote their own heritage while suppressing the legitimate birthright of others. Those who embrace their rightful Confederate heritage do not protest, defile, disrespect nor seek to diminish historical heritage of others — yet their rights would be denied.

What kind of people are these that oppose all things Confederate? They parade through life as if they are righteous and noble while standing upon life’s stage as the guiltiest of all. This is a time when forbearance and respect for all facets of the American experience seems more possible than ever. Blatantly some seek to “remove every vestige of the Confederacy from the face of the Earth.”

Yet, the heirs of rightful Confederate lineage stand unbowed, buoyed by the indomitable spirit of Southern ancestors who proudly stood in the face of the foe even during the dark and closing days of the War.

“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9

John Wayne Dobson,

Macon

Trump is being a hypocrite

Trump’s ridicule of Biden is hypocrisy to the highest level, given his own bragging about groping large numbers of women, unsolicited and without remorse or consequences for himself. When one adds his brazen and well-documented entry into beauty contest dressing rooms to his sexual activity with prostitutes during his wife’s pregnancy and childbirth, an ugly pattern emerges.

Then there is his “campaign expense” of paying big bucks for those women’s silence during his run for president. It’s amazing that this sleazy behavior is ignored and that some even value his signature on their Bible. Biden’s compassion for others is also well documented, while Trump can only throw a roll of paper towels to victims of a hurricane.

Roby M. Kerr,

Macon

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