Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Monday, Oct. 6, 2008

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Displeasure with Perdue

I am writing to express my displeasure with Gov. Sonny Perdue and his office in regard to his action on behalf of Georgia consumers in the latest round of price gouging as a result of Hurricane Ike.

Even as the storm brewed in the Gulf of Mexico oil prices continued to fall on the world markets. Gasoline prices began to rise in the Middle Georgia area Friday afternoon. By Saturday morning gasoline in Forsyth had risen some 70 cents or nearly 20 percent. Anyone excluding an obviously disconnected head of government can see the price-gouging was taking place.

While I am aware Perdue's office issued a state of emergency effective Sept. 12, gasoline prices continue to skyrocket. I along with countless other consumers in Georgia wonder where is the response to this corporate greed. I submit that while little action, while disappointing, it is not too late to take some real steps to help rectify this situation.

I respectfully call on Perdue to take the following steps too protect his constituents and restore faith in his character and his office.

1. Immediately send out a press release that price gouging will not be tolerated and violators will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

2. Send out a team from the Governors Office of Consumer Affairs to each metro area performing spot checks of the records within the businesses to verify the market is what is driving gasoline prices and not greed.

3. Post the phone number for the Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs on each gas pump throughout the state, to encourage consumers to report suspected gouging and begin to restore the faith of the people in their elected officials.

Will Durmire

Forsyth

Can you say 'ripped off?'

I find it very interesting that our gas prices are in the $3.60 range but in Boston it is $3.10 and in some places in the Midwest it is below $3. The highest prices in the lower 48 are in Georgia and North Carolina. Can you say ripped off? Our state government is really looking out for us.

Mike Mauro

Warner Robins

Afraid for their jobs

I am want to express my contempt for the members of Congress who voted against the "bail out of Wall Street." This was defeated because members were too afraid of losing their precious jobs. We ought to out source our lawmaking to a third-world country. It would make just as much sense.

We need to throw every one of the bums out of office and put in people who know what it is like to work for a living. Forget putting lawyers in there. Look what they have done to us.

Dan Lovelace

Warner Robins

Two letters

As I was recently reading the letters to the editor and two caught my attention because they were back to back and seemed worth commenting on. So many people speak before they realize they are stuck with tunnel-vision mentality.

First I have been reading several letters about the use of the word "uppity" as it applies to certain people, mainly to African Americans. I may have heard it in my lifetime of 79 years used to describe African Americans, but I don't remember it. I do remember it being used many times to describe women when I was growing up.

The other letter immediately following this letter said. "I see where President Bush will ask Congress for more than $700 billion to bail out the financial institutions." And then went on to ask, why not health care or something like that. "I don't get it," he wrote.

And he really doesn't get it. President Bush asking Congress for money is exactly like the little boy asking his father for candy. The little boy (President Bush) asks his daddy (Congress) for some candy. Now the father has two choices, he can give him the candy or he can refuse. The little boy has no choice in the matter after asking and neither does President Bush. That's the way our government works and it is really not hard to understand just hard to accept sometimes when you want to blame the president for everything.

Art Cape

Jacksonville, Fla.

Comment was correct

Your comment that funding for ACORN was not in the bill voted by U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall and rejected by a majority of the House was true as the funding was removed from the draft bill.

However, in my call to Mr. Marshall’s office, his objection to funding ACORN was conspicuous by its absence. Whether by omission or commission, Mr. Marshall saw no objection to funding an organization via taxpayer money that has committed fraud on a systematic basis.

Gilbert Held

Macon

Volume low for Palin

It was no fun for me or my fellow Republicans to listen to the debate between Gov. Sarah Palin and Sen. Joe Biden this past Thursday evening. I discovered early on that the remote control was going to be a necessary tool. It was very apparent who CBS and its sound crew were for.

The volume was audible for the responses of Sen. Biden; however the volume was scaled down, very low, for anything Gov. Palin said. When you turn up the volume to hear what she was saying, it about blew you out of your chair when the senator spoke.

Robert L. O'Neil

Macon

What is the solution?

There seems to be a lack of police presence in the south Macon area since the escalation of crime lately. Since there is more crime, there should be more police. Is it because the people in charge don't care about the south Macon area, or is it a staffing issue?

If it is a staffing issue, maybe we should pay overtime to help solve this problem. People are afraid to drive their cars; we have problems already with the economy, gas shortages, no jobs, and now we live in fear just going to the grocery store. I ask you, what is the solution?

Joe Hamilton

Macon

Coup de grace

Erick Erickson (Viewpoints, 10-2-08) calls the proposed interstate interchange a "coup." Had he gone a couple more words in his dictionary he would have found a much better term for it — a "coup de grace," meaning "death blow" or "finishing stroke." If built as designed, this interchange will do similar damage to our historic town.

He also calls the interchange "modern." Wrong again. This GDOT design is old-school and outdated. State DOTs around the country have gone beyond this sort of overbuilding and inflexible designing, but not Georgia. This design could easily have been produced 30 years ago and our DOT does not seem to have progressed any since then. Therein lies the problem. It is not modern, it is overbuilt, and it will solve very few of our traffic problems and create way too many more. It also does not address the main traffic challenge we have in Macon — moving the east-west through-traffic out of the heart of our city.

James H. Webb

Macon

Are these valid reasons to vote for someone?

I would not begin to know who won the vice presidential debate. I do know that the news pundits don't know, either. The foundation for media approval is twofold: How did they look and how did they act and how much longer can we continue to keep this controversy on the front burner. How shallow; no one in the media ever takes the time to look at the issues that forecast extreme peril for our country.

Here is what we hear the pundits slather over: He looked cool, she looked great, he smiled a lot, she had an infectious laugh, etc. In no other case does the axiom "Perception is reality" carry more danger for the American people. In 2000 and 2004, millions of Americans voted to elect a man they felt was "just like we are." they voted to elect "a guy I could sit down with and have a beer," and now we hear the same old garbage about whether these sentiments are a valid reason to vote for someone.

Please spare me, they got what they wanted — a good guy, not too intelligent to make them feel inferior, and look where the last seven and one half years have gotten us. I do know one thing, anyone running for president or vice president should know that the correct pronunciation is "nuclear" and not "nuculer." What must leaders of other world governments think when they hear a president and vice presidential nominee mangle this simple word.

I consider myself average, and I like to have a beer with almost anyone. If you got to know me, I think you would say that I am much like you. You should, most likely, not think I am qualified to be vice president even though I can name the newspapers I read daily, the magazines I read weekly, and most of the books I read each year.

You would be making a great mistake to feel that I am in any way vice presidential or presidential material. By the way, I comb my hair in a comb over and, rest assured, I would never vote for any one who does likewise. Says something about narcissism, vanity, and trying to fool all the rest of us.

Bill P. Northenor is a resident of Warner Robins.

Prayer for today

Father, we are thankful you do not need a stethoscope to hear our heartbeat. No matter how fast the pulse is, may our knowing you're always with us slow our heart a bit and cause us to be more compassionate. Thank you, In Jesus' name. Amen.

— Submitted by Chris Westbrook, Liberty United Methodist Church, Macon

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