Letters to the Editor

Viewpoints for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009

The loyal opposition?

I can not claim to give an informed opinion about the details of the proposed health-care plan; I have not read it yet. As with all publicly mandated plans, including Social Security, I would like to see all the funds and administration left in the private sector. That’s not likely to happen.

I would like to offer an opinion on the opposition to this bill. When our president wanted to invade Iraq on the assumption of weapons of mass destruction even though U.N. inspectors did not concur with our findings, the American public was behind him with no thought of the deficit.

There was almost no opposition on the public’s part based on the deficit when financial giants such as AIG, banks and auto companies were bailed out.

When the massive stimulus package was passed, it was seen as a necessary evil, even though any cognitive person would have to understand that it was going to be a huge hit to the deficit and the national debt.

I have to believe that the impetus behind the current outcry about health-care reform is being originated by companies and people sympathetic to companies with a vested interest in maintaining the status quo in our health care system.

Regardless of what the president and proponents of the current health-care legislation might tell us, it will probably be a bitter pill for many Americans to swallow, but we may need to take our medicine.

In the face of swine flu and other potential pandemic diseases, can we afford to leave the segment of the U.S. population that is most likely to contract and spread disease unprotected?

— Tim Talcott Sr.


Good call on last call

I applaud the Macon City Council for refusing to lower the time for last call for alcohol. That would harm our tourism and convention business beyond repair. Did anyone notice that Club Sinsations bikini bar was not one of the clubs listed for excessive police calls? This proves what studies are showing all across the nation, that bars offering nude, topless or bikini dancing get far less calls than other formats. We need to repeal our archaic laws against nudity in bars. We must join Atlanta, Dekalb County, Fulton County, Gainesville and others in allowing nude dancing in our Macon bars.

— David Corr


Philosophical Telegraph

What a marvelous confluence of information we find in Aug. 30’s Telegraph!

First, Ed Grisamore introduces us at last to Frank Gadbois, and we learn not only that is he real, but as witty and intelligent as his frequent letters indicate.

Then, after a long search, we locate the business section and Linda Morris introduces us to Joe Evans, the until now mysterious figure behind the brilliant rescue of Security Bank. Linda’s piece is worthy of the Wall Street Journal. My congratulations to her.

After finishing the two pieces, I looked up and saw my copy of “Atlas Shrugged,” which I am re-reading after 45 years, and the philosophical juices flowed in abundance. Here in one issue of The Telegraph was distilled all the wisdom it took Ayn Rand more than a thousand pages to present.

We have the intelligent scholar who made an honorable living in a distinguished career providing valuable service, but who produced no wealth to speak of. Then we have the entrepreneurial banker whose specialty is taking failing banks and turning them into financial powerhouses, producing millons or billions of dollars of wealth and creating thousands of jobs in the process.

The one, because of his background and life’s activities, sees wealth as a stagnant pool to be distributed fairly to all by a beneficent government. The other, because of his background, realizes that wealth (or value as he calls it) is created, not by government or God, but by hard and skillful work whose only aim is its creation, and in that creation, the entire population is enriched and employed.

While enjoying reading Frank’s letters and working to see that he and his fellow travelers do not bring us to ruin, I will continue to hope that Atlas doesn’t shrug and that Joe and his colleagues will continue to prevail.

Thank you, editors, for the great issue, and thank you, Joe Evans, for what you’ve done. Oh, and thank you, Frank, for the entertainment.

— E. B. Ellison


Bad Kanye, good Beyonce

Only by channel surfing did I witness the atrocity of the MTV award show Sunday night. From the sick-minded, foul-mouthed host, to the “If I can’t have it my way, I’ll take my ball and go home” Kanye West’s absurd interruption of Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech, to the downright scary Jack Black’s imploring the crowd to join him in a prayer to Satan, no wonder our once great nation is no longer blessed by God.

To Kenye West, the MTV awards are voted by the fans. As any choice made by a majority vote, it doesn’t mean Swift’s the best, she just got the most votes. I expected no less of Beyonce to show you and the world she does not need your likes in her corner. Just as any bully should be treated, she stood up for the underdog. Thank you, Beyonce, for put putting this wanna-be thug in his place.

— Laurie Sullivan


Thank you, officer

I had the occasion to speak to a very pleasant officer Kent with the Macon Police Department over the weekend concerning some suspected stolen items I had found. I always enjoy talking with the officers in our precinct and sharing the concerns of our neighborhood.

While talking with officer Kent, I was really impressed with his attitude and helpful thoughts about fighting crime in the neighborhood. I also learned that he has been over in Iraq and will go back next year to Afghanistan.

He never once complained about his working conditions in Macon or about having to leave again to serve his country. After he left, I couldn’t get our visit out of my head and wanted to write a letter to let officer Kent and all our other police officers and service members know that we appreciate their service to our country. They serve us every day with very little gratitude and appreciation from the public. My family and I thank all of you who serve us daily.

— Ron Lemon


Prayer for Sept. 15

I bless you, Lord, because you have not rejected my prayer or removed your mercy and loving kindness from me. God, I pray that you will help me to be wise. Help me, to hear and increase in learning, to acquire skill and to attain to sound counsel so that I may steer my course rightly. Help me, to forever dwell in your presence Lord. I’m sold out.

— Pamela C. Harris