Early Christmas present
My Christmas present arrived early this year. On Wednesday, the U.S. Senate ratified the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with a bipartisan vote of 71 to 26. After 18 Senate hearings, scores of briefings, nearly 1,000 questions and answers for the record, and more than a week of Senate debate, Georgia Sen. Johnny Isakson voted to ratify New START along with 12 Republicans. He has my great respect and admiration as does former Sen. Sam Nunn, who has long worked hard on nuclear security issues and strongly supported New START.
Georgians such as State Sen. Nan Orrock, and organizations such as Women’s Action for New Direction (Georgia WAND) in Atlanta, worked tirelessly educating people about the need for New START. I’m proud to have worked along with them in bringing about this success for all humanity.
New START makes for a more secure and cooperative relationship between the U.S. and Russia while making us all safer from the nuclear threats we face. The number of nuclear weapons will be reduced, we will now be able to inspect Russian stockpiles and work jointly to secure weapons and material that could otherwise fall into the hands of terrorists.
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Ratification of this historic treaty is especially meaningful during this season of peace on Earth, good will to men. I can only hope that our citizenry and politicians will not lose sight of nuclear weapons issues and continue working to make our world safer for our children and grandchildren during the coming year.
-- Bob Farquhar
Giving away billions
The idiots in Washington are so busy giving away billions of dollars they did not notice oil prices have reached $90 a barrel. Now gas will be more than $3 a gallon by Christmas.
Don’t they remember the price of gas is why we have this recession? Now the president and his family are off on another vacation while the seniors will not get another cost of living raise in the year 2011 for the second year in a row.
CNN just announced gas prices have hit $2.99, the highest price since 2008 even though oil companies are making billions of dollars in profits. Let’s hope the president and his family have a merry Christmas.
-- Jimmy A. Faircloth
Enough is enough
OK, we all read the story, we all saw the picture and we’ve all read the negative comments. Raymeica Kelly now has the most famous TV in Macon. How dare she want to be warm and watch TV, too?
Enough already. The general opinion seems to be that Kelly should sell the TV and other electronics to pay her bills. How do any of us know she didn’t try to do that? The fact is, we don’t know how long she has had the TV or how her circumstances may have changed since she acquired it. We don’t know why she needs assistance now.
Perhaps unforeseen hardship such as illness, unemployment or any number of other occurrences, things that could happen to any of us, plays a part here. So why don’t we all try being a little less judgmental and leave Kelly alone. I’m sure she knows how you feel by now.
-- Lisa Meredith Cole
Shaping public opinion
Whether through faulty genetics or a reincarnation snafu, homosexuality is anything but elective. What is elective, however, is how gays view, reveal, indulge and display their unsolicited differences. These hows are important because they shape public opinion.
Gays who accept, understand and approach their differences with dignity and respect garner the same. Those making a mockery of their homosexuality with unrealistic demands, opposing gender exaggerations and by emphasizing sexual passion rather than psychological desires generate amusement, contempt, ridicule and homophobia.
A national campaign to dignify its image, to educate, to champion accomplishments and to humanize psychological yearning would do more to produce understanding and compassion than using a political sledge hammer to force the nation’s Defense Department and citizens into accepting biblically and socially offensive sexual behavior that’s best left private.
The legislation allowing homosexuals to service openly in the military is in assent condoning unnatural sexual conduct, which is contrary to the laws of nature and God. By signing the repeal, Barack Obama is literally and figuratively slapping the face of God, and this is going to energize Muslims around the world. Some allies are going to be reluctant to support such an army, as is God.
-- Travis L. Middleton
Get over it
Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas.
Now, if I have offended anybody let me simply say, “Get over it!” We are celebrating the birth of our lord and savior Jesus Christ and celebrating God’s wonderful gift.
Before I forget it let me say, “Merry Christmas to you and to all you love and to all by whom you are loved.”
-- David E Wittenberg
This is the prayer for Friday, Dec. 24
Heavenly Father, thank you for the times that you healed my sorrows, dried my tears and mended my hurt heart. Help me to remember, dear Lord that through you I can have the love and strength to face all difficulties of life. Forgive me when I fail you. Lead and guide me to do your will in my life. I humbly pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.
-- Submitted by Johnnie N. Moore
Readers – ministers, rabbis, priests and laypersons alike are invited to contribute prayers to this weekly feature. Mail them to “Prayer,” The Telegraph, P.O. Box 4167, Macon, GA 31213; or fax to (478) 744-4385; or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.