Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Morality no more

What has happened to morality? Some say it’s lost on liberal ideals or conservative beliefs. But around the world we are seeing a shocking growth in authoritarianism, egotism and aggressive nationalism that is rapidly evolving into fascism.

We see it with the militarization of police, thanks to a congressional act that allows the federal government to sell excess war items to local police. Couple this with ingrained bigotry of the American injustice system and the rise of private, for-profit prisons. Lo and behold, every town may soon become a Ferguson, Missouri -- littered with dead children and heavily armed storm troopers ready to kill.

As the national security state points the finger and eyes more and more to the American populace, we see similar violence and bigotry rear its head in America’s favorite ally in fear-mongering, Israel.

In almost 60 days of violence nearly 500 children and 3,000 civilians have been murdered in the open-air prison known as Gaza, while Israeli citizens cheer Arab deaths. This bigotry and violence will never end. It is unacceptable. We can and must do better.

The common bonds that unite us are being torn asunder for profit, belief and nationalism. It’s time to put outdated ideas to rest and embrace each other before it’s too late.

Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. It’s time to put aside divisive beliefs and to stand together.

-- Kelly Stefano

Macon

Due consideration

A New York City courthouse in 1957: The jury retires to a private room where they spend some time getting acquainted before taking a first vote.

It is apparent the jurors have already decided the boy is guilty and they plan to return their verdict without taking time for discussion with the sole exception of juror No. 8; he believes there is too much at stake for him to go along with the verdict without at least talking about it first.

-- “Twelve Angry Men.”

A young black man is tragically shot dead on a street in mid-day by a white policeman in Ferguson, Missouri, and the debate began. Justifiable homicide by a sworn peace officer in the line of duty or murder by cop? It is a scenario similar to other shootings that happen everyday in our country. In fact, there have been 66 homicides this year at the end of July in St. Louis County, according to the Riverfront Times there. Most of the shootings were gang or family related, but this one involved a white officer and a black teenager.

Rumors and evidence immediately begin to spread across the country and world about how and why the killing happened. An in-store surveillance video surfaced showing the victim involved in a purported strong-arm robbery minutes before the confrontation with the officer, and some allege there were street drugs in his body at the time of death.

Some eyewitnesses have reported the young man was trying to surrender with his hands in the air when he was shot by the officer, and that he was a gentle giant with plans of beginning college in a few days.

The local district attorney in this case is Robert McCulloch, a family man with years of experience as a prosecutor. Special interest groups want McCulloch removed from this case because of alleged prejudice he might have for the white police officer in presenting evidence to the grand jury, and in vigorously prosecuting the case if a true bill is returned from that body. McCulloch is standing firm and has assured all parties that “every shred of evidence available relating to this incident will be on the table for the grand jury to consider.”

It all needs to be discussed and reviewed by those who will determine whether charges against this officer are warranted. The good, bad and ugly.

When I heard of McCulloch’s position in this case I thought of Jury No. 8 in that classic film “Twelve Angry Men.” Let’s take the time to examine and talk about the evidence before voting yea or nay. It made a difference then and it will now.

-- John G. Kelley Jr.

Macon

Pardoned

Watching the news on Friday, I saw and heard Michelle Nunn say that her dad was against base closures for 24 years and so is she. Does she know that our maintenance folks recently had a 48 percent completion rate -- the worst in the command? Wouldn’t Boeing do a better job at our local base?

I noticed the front page photo of the change of command ceremony in The Telegraph. Brig. Gen. Cedric George, the outgoing WRALC commander, never looked so happy in past photos. It was like he was on death row and had been pardoned.

George no longer has to worry about the 48 percent rating, or the encroachment problem that shamefully still exist, and whether or not his maintenance workers have learned where their tool boxes are instead wandering around their hangers daily looking for them.

I wish George and his family all the best in the future. He certainly tried his best to make a less-than-wonderful situation better. Hopefully, labor relations have improved under his stewardship.

-- Frank W. Gadbois

Warner Robins

Join the winners

For decades, folk such as Catherine Meeks, Jesse Jackson and hundreds of black radicals have dug up the past to showcase their agendas. Jackson lives higher on the hog than 98 percent of those he says he cares about.

Yes, more blacks live in poverty, but who is to blame? Most are products of dropouts who had children out of wedlock, did drugs, committed crime, and this is the fault of the rest of us?

Although about 15 percent of Americans are black, 40 percent of the crimes are committed by blacks. Statistics do not lie. Meeks’ columns, more often than not, persecute anybody who she deems unworthy of mingling with her people.

Many whites have very good relationships with blacks who they work under, are doctored by, taught by and pray with in churches.

There are hundreds of thousands of extremely accomplished blacks. Generals, presidents of international companies, professors of major universities, renowned leaders of countries, pilots, surgeons and every other major opportunity in the world.

They said no to failure. They got up and went to school. They did not listen to the negative hogwash spewed by opportunists. They found opportunity in World War II as fighter pilots and became admired as the best of the best. They died as heroes and were a major cause of wining many battles. Join those who choose to be winners. It takes a lot of work, but you can do it.

-- Joe Hubbard

Macon

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