Letters to the Editor

Viewpoints for Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008

You go, girls!

Due to being in Arizona for the last two months, I was not aware that Wesleyan had won a GHSA Class A football championship! I was most perplexed to say the least, as I was not aware the school had a coed football team. I am thrilled to see this progressive institution move forward in a predominantly all male sport. I believe a parade might be in order. Not to sound too corny, but you go girls! —Steve Buford, Macon

Punish oath violators

All people who campaign for public office and are elected become servants of the people. Yes, some of them think that we are here to serve them. They take an oath, and swear on the Bible to serve and obey the duties of the position for which they ran. So if one of them lies or cheats or deceives the people for personal gain, as it appears in the case of the Illinois governor and many others, there should be a special and immediate justice for them.

Remove them immediately from their position, have a speedy trial, and if they are innocent return them to their position with back pay. If they are guilty, the punishment should be tougher than it would be for a regular citizen. In most cases it seems to be lighter.

Remember that they took an oath. —Glenn S Gibble, Bonaire

Loophole for the rich

Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush gave us a total of 16 years of trickle-down economics, stock market failures, and trillions of dollars of debt. It made the rich richer, and now the working class is worried about how to make ends meet. Since 1980 the upper crust has stuffed its pockets and off-shore accounts with profits. The rich are passing Reagan's and Bush's debits off to be paid by blue collar workers.

How? We hear more and more about a fair, flat and equal tax. It would do away with the IRS and close loopholes. You pay only if you spend money. Simply put, it's a 20 percent to 25 percent sales tax on money individuals spend. To avoid taxes is simple: "Do not spend money on the day-to-day cost of living, go to the soup kitchens."

Money not spent is not taxed. Under this new scheme there would no tax collected on stocks, bonds, real estate and other investments. This amounts to a loophole for the rich. —Victor T. Volskay Sr., Warner Robins Now is the time

Ready or not, most of us will go forth into the New Year along with our president-elect and his staff. Ready or not, we will still have children to raise, mouths to feed and war victims to grieve.

Now is the time to pray we will rise to the challenges facing "we the people," our country and our faith in God. In doing so, 2009 will be a Happy New Year. —Faye W. Tanner, Macon Signs will be ignored

I read with some amusement the article published last Wednesday about right-turn only at two intersections on Russell Parkway in Warner Robins. Prior to present construction on Carl Vinson Parkway, the street immediately behind Cracker Barrel restaurant was limited to right turn only, as was the traffic traveling north on Carl Vinson at that same intersection.

The city even erected plastic rods approximately four feet high to keep drivers from making a left-hand turn. The rods only lasted a matter of weeks before they were mowed down by cars turning left.

The intersections at the street and on Carl Vinson were both posted with "No Left Turn" signs. They didn't work. Drivers will ignore the signs and continue to make left-hand turns. Only concrete barriers may prevent left-hand turns, but I doubt it. —Jerry Prater, Warner Robins A fairer FairTax?

In the perpetual race between Frank Gadbois and Oscar Coile to see who can distribute more misinformation and inaccuracies on the Opinion page, Mr. Coile has taken the lead, temporary as it might be.

In Friday's Viewpoints, Coile clearly demonstrated that he has absolutely no grasp of the most basic premise of the FairTax, and that premise is to make sure that those people who wish to spend more on luxuries pay the taxes on their higher spending.The "pre-bate" check is actually an advance refund of the FairTax that would normally be spent for food, shelter and necessities. This is to ensure that the persons who earn a lower income are not penalized or put in a bad economic situation. Of course, one can choose to work harder (or smarter) and earn a larger paycheck, but when you spend the extra money on luxuries, you’ll have to pay the FairTax.

I have another idea. If we were to end the ever-increasing entitlements agenda that left-wing liberals endorse and that are pushing us closer to a socialist state, we could institute the FairTax at a much lower rate. A fairer FairTax -- what a brilliant concept.

—John F. Ricketson III , Macon Reciprocate in kind

There are three economic situations that are hammering America. The one everyone who can read knows was the failure of all government oversight of our financial institutions. The taxpayers spent billions on salaries to protect our economy, and now due to their colossal failures the world economies face $15 trillion in losses. Japan, our former strongest financial partner, is in shambles. In 2007 they recorded 30,000 suicides.

The oil-producing nations are cutting production in an attempt to raise fuel prices. America and other nations should reciprocate in kind. We all have the essential products that oil-producing nations must import. That is the only leverage we have. I am not calling for isolation; I am certain they cannot eat oil. We are cutting back on consumption, and that must continue.China has an enormous trade surplus! America must alter that now. I was shocked to find 80 percent of what I received for Christmas came from China. The products came from top brand-name stores. I can only imagine the profit margins. From tainted toys to food products, we must take a positive stance. Take a look at the labels and buy American. —Joe Hubbard, Macon

12 Days of Christmas

Like Elizabeth Ward and millions of others, I also celebrate the traditional 12 Days of Christmas until the Epiphany on January 6. The media and advertisers tell us Christmas ends Dec. 25, the day it really begins. Many churches observe Advent in the weeks before Christmas, a time of spiritual longing and preparation for Jesus' birth. —David B. Conner, Macon