Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Friday, July 13, 2012

On Saturday July 14, 1973, something happened at 2 p.m., that would change television forever in Macon: The first broadcast of “Ebony Speaks.” It was originally hosted by Tina Taylor, Bill Green and James Timley. The program was directed by Cynthia D. Knight and Leroy Thomas Sr.

For the next 20 years it would be “good afternoon and welcome to ‘Ebony Speaks.’” There were three theme songs during the life of the program. The first was entitled “Mr. Thomas” by Donald Byrd and 10 years later, “The Awakening” by the Reddings.

The third and final theme song was written and performed by Stanley Mohammed. The program left the air in 1993.

I would like to say thank you to the many friends and others for supporting “Ebony Speaks” for 20 wonderful years. It let people speak their minds and provided something for their minds each and every week.

-- Peggy Mohammed

Macon

I was very distressed to read about the euthanizations at the animal shelter last week. We should have a “no-kill” policy like other towns. We should spend how ever much it takes to enlarge our animal shelter to find homes for all animals. Not one should be euthanized.

There is no worthier cause for our government than to protect God-given life.

-- Lisa Felton

Macon

America is full of whiners. We have a group who whine because of their gender. Another whines because of their color. Another group whines because they work for a local government while others whine over their sexual preferences.

Teachers whine because they are asked to produce results. Can a group whine illegally? Yep, we got that, too. And, more surprisingly, is the group of non-working folks who relentlessly whine that they aren’t getting enough free money and food.

And, let’s not forget those who whine because it’s getting too hot or because we aren’t eating right.

This is how Americans recognize success these days by whining until they get what they want. Many groups have origins sprung from a need to right a perceived wrong.

No country is perfect, including ours. But a case could be made that whining has gone so far as to become the method of choice, instead of hard work, to achieve results.

If true, that means something has been lost. Call it our work ethic, our ambition, our passion. Maybe even our self-respect. The wonderful ingredients in the Melting Pot have become separated.

-- Robert D. Norcott

Byron

On July 6, the U.S. Department of Labor estimated 80,000 new jobs were produced by the Obama economy in June, while also in June, 85,000 citizens qualified for lifetime disability payments in the mushrooming Social Security disability income program. President Barack Obama called these data “A step in the right direction.” Just to repeat, more people went on disability than found jobs, and our leader says “That’s the right direction.”

Gaining 85,000 new dependable voters due to reliance on Democratic Party largesse will help Obama’s base, but is this really a step in the right direction? Since the number of food stamp recipients (and likely Democratic voters) has also nearly doubled since 2008, it logically appears that new voters are more important to this president than new workers. No wonder the economy stinks.

-- John Brogden

Warner Robins

When I was growing up in the 1960s, no one in the middle class had swimming pools, fireplaces, new cars or took vacations that involved air travel. Now, I look around and I see everyone in the middle class with at least some of those luxuries we could only dream of back then.

With the debt the present administration has accumulated, and add to that Obamacare, that will soon change. I hope everyone in the middle class saved their tie-dye and bell bottoms because we will all be living that way again soon.

-- Robert Grant

Macon

My faith in customer service has been restored by the local Cracker Barrel in the Middle Georgia area. Without going into a lot of details, I was looking for an item from Cracker Barrel recently and after a few calls to area stores and the corporate office, I was able to find the item. Every phone call to every store and even the cooperate office, showed nothing but kindness and professionalism.

All were very helpful and went beyond your normal actions to help me. It is very rare in this business world today that you receive this kind of customer service. A huge thank you to Cracker Barrel in the Middle Georgia area and corporate office. Keep up the great service.

-- Harold Daniels

Macon

The beloved actor, Andy Griffith, has left us. He lived to a ripe old age of 86. I first began watching the “Andy Griffith Show” in the early 1980s and I instantly fell in love with it. I grew up in a small town very much like Mayberry. We all knew each other and looked out for each n other. Life moved at a slower pace. It wasn’t a perfect world, but we grew up with certain values.

There are several reasons why the “Andy Griffith Show” was a huge success. The writing was superb, the characters were great, the chemistry between the actors was good. They liked each other. Andy and Don Knotts became best friends. They were like brothers.

I know there are many diehard Andy Griffith fans out there and we were saddened to hear that Andy had left us, but he will live on as Sheriff Andy Taylor of Mayberry. I developed a crush on Sheriff Taylor. He was my hero. Rest in peace, sweet prince, we all love you.

-- Ellen Endres

Warner Robins

The roving “Listeners” project sounds great, and it is great when we get to know people. All the electronic devices we have tend to have us focus on “sound bites.” Not much face to face. We will all be rewarded if we take the time -- not only to listen -- but to do so face to face.

We will all benefit and become a more caring population when we talk face to face.

-- Carol Price

Milledgeville

God, you know that some early morning drivers jockey for a better traffic position. We thank you that none has to jockey from place to place to quickly pray seeking your accompanying attention. It’s truly unimaginable how you can listen to all the prayers of the world simultaneously while answering them. Amen.

-- Chris Westbrook

Macon

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 letters@macon.com.

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