Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Friday, Sept. 10, 2010

Taking its toll

I recently submitted a letter mentioning former President Franklin Roosevelt, and my point was to compare the financial disasters of 1929 and 2008 and what government did to solve a national problem. The preamble to the Constitution speaks to the purposes of the document, i.e., “insuring domestic tranquility, promoting the general welfare, providing for the common defense and securing the blessings of liberty.” Accordingly, waging war and feeding the hungry, helping and protecting those who can’t help themselves are a few of the things that the government, and only the government, can do. No one is so blind that we cannot see that some of our citizens abuse the charity of the American taxpayer.

Perpetual welfare is perpetual slavery for the lives of recipients and taxpayers. I don’t care to support the education system with my taxes because my children are educated, grown and gone. We are in a financial mess and countless fingers are pointed at countless causes. The time it takes to talk about the problem takes time away from solving the problem. Perhaps we would be better served to offer solutions for these times and to behave as a nation of neighbors, not a nation of competitors. Whatever the cost, it is a small price to pay for living in a country that aspires to the great standards set out in our Constitution.

— Jon Gary Branan


Need a precinct

The people in Village Green want to thank Ed DeFore for his efforts in having a precinct put out here. We have an Americorps office that is inactive. Probably fewer than a half dozen people even know they exist. Might I suggest it be replaced with a precinct. There should be no extra cost and lives might possibly be saved. It would be of great interest to the residents of this area to know if the mayor is working on solutions to our problem and what they might be.

— Janice Hamlin


Waiting for the day

I have been reading in the Hawkinsville paper the announcements of higher property taxes every year. This year, they are using the excuse that they have to pay teachers’ salaries. These teachers and employees of the school system were published in the Hawkinsville Dispatch, I guess their way of justifying raising property taxes this year. Most are making close to six figures and 75 percent of the kids still can’t read and write. They never go on field trips. A few years back, I read in the Atlanta Journal that Pulaski County had one of the wealthiest school systems in the state. The story said Pulaski loans money to other counties for support of their broken school systems. What is the real reason behind raising property taxes in this poverty ridden county? I will tell you: so our elected officials can make $5,800 a month for a county of about 6,000 people. What lame reason are they going to come up with next year? I want to see the day when property owners can’t pay taxes anymore and the county owns all the property and no one is supporting the salaries of these elected officials.

— G.M. Simmons


‘Palin effect’

A lot has been said regarding the “Palin effect” on the 2010 mid-term elections. Sarah Palin has made 42 endorsements this year and 20 of her picks have won, 10 have lost and 12 more are undecided.

Palin had a large impact on Sen. John McCain’s presidential hopes in 2008. McCain’s pandering to the far-right fanatics of the GOP and picking Palin for vice president, more than the economic collapse of 2008, spelled doom for his presidential bid. As long as McCain had an “R” after his name he had the support of the Republican base. By picking Palin he lost the swing voters, the people he would need in order to win a national election.

If McCain had any backbone (or something lower) and picked a moderate such as Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty, Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee or even Sen. Joe Liebermann, he would have been our 44th president, Barack Obama would still be a junior senator from Illinois and Palin would be a nobody in Alaska.

— William D. Carter


Invest, invest

Frank Gadbois (in the Sept. 6 issue of The Telegraph) strongly promotes tax increases to finance the nation’s social programs. He said, “we cannot afford tax cuts for our richest 1 percent.”

I have no doubt that the top 1 percent of income taxpayers can afford a tax increase, but is that the relevant issue? What do the wealthy taxpayers do with their money? Clearly, they do not become wealthy by stuffing money in a mattress. Rather, they invest their savings. These investments become the capital that is invested in the municipal bonds that build new schools, government buildings and highways. These investments become the capital that is invested in hospitals, colleges, universities, factories and office buildings. And these investments become the capital that finances our mortgages and car loans. All of which leads to increased employment and economic growth.

Every dollar paid to taxes is a dollar that cannot be invested in schools, hospitals, factories and new jobs. Just last week, TIMCO advertised new jobs as a result of investing capital to expand its business. Even President Barack Obama noted last week the importance of job growth in the private sector. So why do we want to give the federal government discretion over even more tax dollars for programs that do not increase private sector employment?

— Charles J.W. Mason


Fool me once

I have noticed several advertisements from the Roy Barnes campaign running on the local television stations in the past week. I am amazed by the tone of the attack and negativity of the ads so early.

Nathan Deal is under an ethics investigation. At least I know that about him. I wonder what Barnes has managed to hide. Am I the only one who remembers the state of Georgia’s economy during Barnes’ administration? As a teacher, I certainly remember the effects of his economic policy. According to the media at the time, everything was great and Georgia was in sound financial shape. I hope Deal will take the higher, more ethically correct road during his campaign and refrain from negative attack ads. I have a suggestion for a campaign slogan for Deal. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Georgians do not be shamed.” Or better yet, “Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, shame on Roy Barnes.”

— Mark Swords


Look for action

The old cliche “Actions speak louder than words” aptly applies to President Barack Obama. After the Gulf oil spill, he was telling Americans they were to go to the Gulf for their vacations. The next thing we hear, Michelle is off to Spain with her friends. Then the Obamas find a whole 27 hours to “vacation” in the Gulf — wow. And then it is off to Martha’s Vineyard for a 10-day vacation hobnobbing with the elite.

Another example, while campaigning for Obamacare, we were told over and over again that “I will not kill Grandma.” No he won’t. He just appointed Donald Berwick to be in charge of Medicaid and Medicare, in the dark of the night while Congress was away on a short holiday to do the job for him.

He knew this far-left wing radical would never have made it through the vetting process in the Senate. Berwick romanticizes about European health care and believes in rationing. There are many more examples. Pay little attention to what Obama says, but observe carefully what he does.

— Carolyn Cox


Forgot about The Telegraph

Rinda Wilson was right on target with the Your say “Time magazine riding to the Democrats’ rescue.” The point about Time and Associated Press is correct. However she over looked The Telegraph.

It was The Telegraph’s wordsmith Phil Dodson who wrote “The lessons of Watergate” on Aug. 7, 2003, where he correctly excoriated former President Richard Nixon for his conduct and criminal acts.

He then insinuates former President Bill Clinton’s only deviation from the straight and narrow was his lying “about having an illicit sexual affair with a woman.” Nothing about her being an intern. He then informed us that “other allegations of wrongdoing proved to be unsupportable.” He completely ignored Paula Jones and the Supreme Court order that disbarred Clinton from practicing law before the high court on Oct. 1, 2001.

Then in April, Clinton’s Arkansas law license was suspended for five years and he paid a $25,000 fine. The Telegraph also promoted the big lie that the previous administration tried to connect the 9/11 attacks to Iraq. This is according to The Telegraph’s wordsmiths Charles Richardson (How did we miss the clues?) with a follow by Dodson (Continuing the big lie). No one to my knowledge has ever provided definitive proof that the Bush administration ever did this. If anyone has proof of this I would like to see it.

— Jimmy E. Baldree


Wilson off base

Regrettably Rinda Wilson’s Your Say in the Sunday edition misrepresents two superlative Time magazine articles she cites as evidence of an orchestrated media apologia of President Barack Obama.

In “The Case Against Homeownership” by Barbara Kiviat, Wilson “guesses” that Time’s point is that “the subprime mortgage crisis was a good thing.” But actually the point of the article is accepted common sense: Universal homeownership is not a logical housing policy. The article includes comparison of housing policy in other countries as well as the practicable implications of owning a home versus renting.

Criticism of Michael Grunwald’s article, “How the Stimulus is Changing America,” as “pro-administration propaganda” seems not based on close reading. Wilson contends the article says the four main aims of the stimulus bill are underwriting private/public development in battery life, renewable energy, solar power and genome sequencing. Actually, the article explains that these items represent about 17 percent of the $787 billion budgeted. The bulk of the stimulus ($653 billion) cut taxes for 95 percent of workers, bailed out every state, expedited unemployment benefits and other aid to struggling families, and funded 100,000 projects to upgrade transportation, schools, airports and more.

Most of the 17 percent goes to launching the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy based on the 1958 Defense Advanced Research Projects, which incubated the GPS, the Internet, the Stealth fighter, M-16 rifle, etc. Similarly, ARPA will found industries advancing U.S.-based technology in more affordable, renewable, local, portable and sustainable energy essential to our security and prosperity.

— F. Camp Bacon


Prayer for today

O Lord, only with thine eyes shalt thy behold and see the reward of the wicked, because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most high thy habitation. There shall no evil befall thee neither shall plague come nigh dwelling for he shall give his angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways. Amen.

— Submitted by Shirley McGhee Harvey

Warner Robins

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