Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014

Donate today

While you are at home and have nothing else to do, why not clean out your closets and donate everything you can to the Salvation Army? The Salvation Army relies on donations to help the poor, but sometimes it runs out of items due to low volumes of donations and has to turn people away, even when they need the most basic of essentials. So please, give today because what you don’t want is exactly what is needed.

-- Christan Keith Bowen

Fernandina Beach

A tolerant debate

Jim Costello has joined with Neville Smith in his “embarrassment” over Bible preachers and teachers. Of all things, his letter was titled “Tolerating debate,” but was filled with intolerance against those who place full faith and trust in the inspired word of God, and invites Smith to “join a church with a pastor with an open mind and is willing to discuss the Bible and religious principles and one’s individual understanding of the meaning of life.”

These words sound good, but I and many like me want a pastor with confidence in the very book that instructs churches how to operate. It tells us who is qualified to be a bishop, deacon, or servant of the living God. It isn’t someone who doubts the Bible.

The Apostle Paul instructed Timothy to “Preach the word, be instant in season and out of season. Reprove, rebuke and exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine.” A careful reading of the pastoral letters of first and second Timothy show the preaching of the word was paramount. Giving an ear to false doctrines means one is listening to the wrong source.

I respect the opinions of Costello and Smith to do with their ears as they see fit, but please don’t castigate us if we don’t agree. Isn’t that what tolerating debate is all about? We who believe the Bible has the words of the very founder of our faith, Jesus Christ, who said, “Heaven and Earth will pass away, but my word will never pass away.”

If I am flying on an airplane, I want a pilot who knows the aircraft well. I wouldn’t want to fly with a pilot who doubted or experimented with the controls. The word of God has stood the test of time and will last for eternity. I will be happy to discuss anyone’s “understanding of the meaning of life.” I was once looking for that very thing the morning Jesus Christ entered into my life. I am certain that God is the author of the Book of Books, and that certainty has never failed to disappoint. I don’t have to worry about God changing. My main concern is that I let him change me through the clear teaching of his word. Rest assured, we will tolerate debate about the efficacy of the word, but please be so kind as to acknowledge that our views are not pulled out of a vacuum and without precedent through our obedience to his word. We who believe the Bible also act on it by giving alms to the poor, praying for one another, loving our enemies and introducing our fellow man to the Lord Jesus Christ through the word of God.

-- Anthony Smith


Adequate substitute

In his letter published Tuesday, Bill Copley derisively described Senate candidate Michelle Nunn’s supporters as “low information voters.” He then (twice) warns us that, if elected, Nunn will “keep her mouth shut and vote as instructed.” Either Copley lacks a sense of irony or considers clairvoyance to be an adequate substitute for information.

-- Neal Snyder

Warner Robins

No answers

Responding to Danny Hinton’s Friday letter I can only say that Rep. Austin Scott is no Jim Marshall. In recent times Rep. Scott came to our local chapter of the National Association of Retired and Active Federal Employees. He told us that he doesn’t believe in government-run health care and wants to repeal Obamacare. And that his dad hates Obamacare and might retire to avoid it.

I asked him why he had voted 39 times for the repeal of Obamacare but not once for the American Jobs Act that would create a million jobs, mainly in road construction and bridge repairs across our nation. He refused to answer.

Did he support Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to privatize Medicare? Scott refused to answer. Does he believe the federal government creates jobs such as the 23,000 jobs at Robins Air Force Base? He refused to answer. He did submit a House resolution to reduce our federal workforce by 1 percent a year for five years -- including Robins.

Scott’s Washington staff doesn’t offer world class service, either. But parts of the VA does, but our Scott doesn’t want to give the VA funds to improve it or hire more doctors. I didn’t go to his recent town hall meeting in Forsyth because he wouldn’t or couldn’t answer questions that I would ask.

-- Frank W. Gadbois

Warner Robins

Convention of states

Our federal government wants us to believe its purpose is to provide for our needs. It does this because it serves its purpose -- the aggregation of federal power. Over the years, the federal government has amassed overwhelming power that is clearly outside of the boundaries the framers intended when they wrote the Constitution.

Our Constitution permits the Supreme Court to be the final interpreter. This interpreted Constitution allows runaway spending, undeclared wars, government agencies spying on the citizens, massive debt, rule by executive order, coercive medical insurance and the rise of a dominating bureaucracy. All of these things are constitutional, according to the Supreme Court. The high court admitted it disregarded the framers’ intents in the court’s opinion in New York v. United States in 1992,

Congress will never amend the Constitution to restore the framers’ intent -- it’s not in their interest. It is up to the people and our state legislatures to rein in the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through Article V, convention of states. Citizens for Self Governance started the Convention of States Project in August 2013, and it has taken off. Learn more by visiting www.conventionofstates.com.

-- Art Bedford

Saint Augustine, Texas

Great customer service

I am writing to express my gratitude to you about Telegraph employee Ruthie Martin and the great customer service I received. I was having problems with my paper. Not missing papers, but changing from weekend only to seven days. I feel she went above and beyond her duties in customer service because she ended up having to contact the manager to finally get my service changed. Even though the computer stated I should get seven-day delivery, it did not happen. She was so sincerely concerned about me receiving the paper she even gave me her personal extension in case I had further problems. She is certainly an asset to the paper and customers. Thank you.

-- Debra Brummett


Immunization requirement

There’s an urgent and dangerous problem to our vulnerable school children. Tens of thousands of illegal aliens have breached our southern border with potentially communicable diseases. This invasion is an extremely important concern because these youngsters are not immunized against communicable diseases. Smallpox, tuberculosis and poliomyelitis, for example, have been under control for decades due to immunizations, which are requirements to enter our schools.

Governors, school and public health officials, cannot allow this potential disaster to happen. Verifiable and legitimate health documents must be demanded before disease exposure to our students. As a teacher, I am fearful. The word “epidemic” comes to mind.

-- Jacquelyn Wilson

Whispering Pines, N.C.

Wrong flag

The picture of a tank on page 9A said to be a Russian tank, but something is wrong. Look at the red spot on the left side of the picture. That is not a Russian flag. Take a good look. It is the Union Jack, better known as the British flag, painted on the tank. I hope the English are not helping the Russians.

-- Brian T. Reid Sr.