Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014

Racial, not racist

The email that has caused Atlanta Hawks majority owner Bruce Levenson to sell his interest in the team was not racist. It was racial, but not racist. It was honest and it was certainly capitalist. I was not offended by his words. I am offended by the reality of some of his observations.

Many “Southern whites” (his words) are not comfortable being in a place where they are the minorities, and they don’t want to navigate their way through people of color to be entertained. The Atlanta Braves gave in to this pressure in their decision to build a new stadium.

Where Levenson got it wrong is his assertion that black people in metro Atlanta aren’t affluent enough to afford season tickets or buy team merchandise. I can assure him that is not true. Blacks didn’t support the Hawks for the same reason whites didn’t. They are an inferior product. They draft horribly and are miserable at attracting and retaining talented players.

Simply attracting more white fans won’t increase revenues. I hope the new owner learns this lesson.

-- R. McClendon


He didn’t do it

In July 2002, Pillowtex Corp. in Kannapolis, N.C. was in bankruptcy and was owned by creditor banks.

They hired David Perdue, who had turned around another company that was in bankruptcy, as CEO to see if the company could be turned around. Perdue discovered and revealed to the banks that previous management had used the $50 million in the employee pension fund for operating expenses and other accounting discrepancies, while attempting to emerge from bankruptcy.

The banks then saw it was a hopeless situation and after just eight months, Perdue left Pillowtex. The banks then hired another CEO, and after just a few months he saw there was no hope and closed the company. Perdue had already left before that decision was made and had no part in that decision. At that point in time about 95 percent of the American textile industry was already closed due to foreign imports of cheaper goods.

I worked in that industry for more than 30 years and saw the industry struggling to survive. Michelle Nunn is just simply lying to the voters in Georgia about this situation. Is that the type of person you want in Washington? I certainly hope not.

-- Gerald Bradley


Do unto others

ISIS is suddenly front page news now that two journalists have been decapitated. It should have been for at least a year. Our 44th president pleads innocent to being unaware because of “bad intelligence.” This didn’t sit well with those responsible for said information and they made it known that the president had been told in daily briefings of ISIS activity for over a year.

Now we learn that this band of religious nuts is already here. This information should have come to light when large groups of decapitated bodies, one numbering 14 and another group of 49, suddenly began showing up in Mexico.

There were reports of ISIS joining forces with the Mexican drug cartel but no connection was made concerning the sudden propensity to remove heads or that these terrorists were crossing our border.

We should also pay attention to the fact that these animals have vowed to kill us all. Attorney General Eric Holder has vowed to bring them to justice in the civilian courts of New York.

Now, isn’t this going to really put the fear of Allah in this bunch of goons? Holder is too busy right now in his attempt to indict every cop in America.

Col. Ralph Peters, U.S. Army retired, phrased the urgency of this situation pretty well by saying, “We have to kill them until we kill every last one. Then we find their pet goat and kill it, too.” This is a case of do unto others before they do it to you.

-- Tommy Parker


Question and answer

Question: When did Congress get the idea that the president of the United States of America is their personal servant, to follow their orders, answer to them for every move and be disrespected before the whole world at their whim?

Answer: It was probably about the same time they also decided “We the people” are their chattel, our tax dollars their spoils and that we can just do without anything they do not care to be bothered about giving.

Question: How many of them can we “overthrow” on Nov. 4?

-- Jerrilyn M. Larkin

Warner Robins

Harvesting souls

Harvest time is usually associated with the gathering of crops, fruit and grain. But, harvest time, or reaping the fruits of what one has planted, has a deeper implication. Harvest time can be the blessings of living a good, moral, Christian life. And it can be also trouble, resulting from an immoral, evil life. “Whatsoever a man soweth, that will he also reap.” (Gal. 6:7).

Harvest time has an even richer spiritual connotation. It is not God’s will for anyone to perish. The gospel of our lord Jesus Christ is likened unto seed in Mark, Chapter 4. The Lord commanded his followers to spread this “seed” throughout the earth, or “field.”

When men respond to the gospels and believe with all of their heart, it brings forth fruit through the Holy Spirit. The fruits of the spirit are love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance. (Gal. 5:22) Those who show forth these fruits will win others to the gospel.

The Lord will soon come and be looking for a good harvest of souls. Souls won for the kingdom of heaven. What a harvest that will be.

-- Dwight Poole