Not the problem
There were several letters last week along the lines of “what’s wrong with Georgia’s schools,” topped off on Sunday by Karissa Reid, who wrote, “what’s really affecting (students) is teachers who care more about a paycheck than helping kids learn.”
I don’t know about Ms. Reid’s schooling, but I’ve worked with dozens of teachers in my career, and not one of them has cared more about a paycheck than about helping students learn.
Something else: There’s less in teachers’ paychecks now than there was two years ago in every county in Georgia. And our governor-elect practically has guaranteed that there will be even less this time next year.
There are plenty of things wrong in Georgia’s public schools, but teachers grubbing after a paycheck isn’t one of them.
— Kevin Dockrell, Bibb County
Voters are fickle, emotional and often uninformed. Jim Marshall was an excellent congressman who represented his district well. He deserved re-election and will be sorely missed by his constituents even if they are too bone-headed to realize it.
— William Perkins Macon
Williams is on target
In regards to the letter from Jeremy Williams (State should allow Sunday alcohol sales, Dec. 20), I could not agree more. It is a clearly untouched, new source of funding for the state.
No one would lose a job (more may be created), no cuts would have to be made to anyone’s budget (instead more income generated), etc. If necessary, the money could be earmarked for education, roads, medical or a combination of other projects. I understand there are people who do not agree with this, but it is time to put all that aside and think about the economic crisis our state is in and what awaits our state. Not just the state, but individual cities and counties would all reap the rewards from new-found revenue.
Sunday is no longer the only sacred day there is. What about the people whose holy day is Friday or Saturday? It is now just another day in the week. After all, we go out and buy everything else Sunday, including the demon tobacco. No one says you have to buy it, but why should we all be limited? And don’t use the “drunk drivers” on the highway line, either. Just ask the Centerville police if they had to add another patrol just for the unruly people leaving O’ Charley’s after a Sunday evening glass of wine with dinner.
We have new blood in our government now, so maybe it is time for those in favor of opening up this avenue of income to start bombarding their offices with calls, letters and e-mails. It is now the 21st century, and Georgia needs to join it.
— Deborah Watson, Bonaire Eight good Samaritans
Early on the afternoon of Dec. 9, our sister was in the Wal-Mart parking lot on Watson Boulevard in Warner Robins. She was loading purchases into the trunk of her car when she collapsed, pulling her shopping cart down on top of herself.
When she regained consciousness, she saw eight people coming to her aide. They called the EMTs. They picked up the shopping cart. They finished loading her purchases into her car. They comforted her and stayed with her until the EMTs arrived.
The EMTs treated her and transported her to the hospital, where her heart stopped twice while a cardiologist was trying to diagnose her. The next day, she received a pacemaker, and she is now recuperating at home.
The facts clearly indicate to us that these good Samaritans contributed to saving our sister’s life. They saw a person in need, and they chose to help. We do not know who they are, but we praise them for their actions.
We hope they will see this letter in the Telegraph and accept our appreciation.
— Kathy Mason, Centerville, Jan Wright, Macon, Randy Smith, Verbena, Ala. U.S. can’t be outdone
I heard on the news where 141 Mexican prisoners walked out the front door of a jail in Nuevo Laredo near the U.S. border, surpassing the 85 inmates who broke out of prison in the northern border city of Reynosa in September. At least in the case of the 141 inmates, 44 prison security guards and its director were arrested.
The U.S. can’t be outdone in the treatment of inmates serving in jails and prisons. We ignore safety and just release them claiming, overcrowded or cost. Therefore, no jailer, law officer, government, congressman or politician is arrested.
Even illegals awaiting deportation back to Mexico are free to roam where they may. Way to teach and/or punish them for I am sure they desired to go back to their home country on a jetliner paid for by the taxpayers so they can re-enter the U.S. and start over.
In Feb. of 2010, 1,500 inmates were released from county jails in California. With such a large illegal population, I bet some illegal inmates were from Mexico. Of course, we have no way of knowing due to laws forbidding asking proof of identification.
Now tell me why we object to the way Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Arizona treats his inmates. He gives them three meals, beds, nice pink clothes, teaches them English and provides TV, light labor, education and training. They are not hurting each other, nor are they free to hurt the good citizens of his jurisdiction. So why is Sheriff Arpaio hammered by some because he puts safety of his citizens above citizens’ cost for safety? I guess some figure he is not considered a good politician for performing the job he is paid to do.
— Faye W. Tanner, Macon