Wiping away history
Now the Douglass house. Are you people in Macon going to just sit idly by and let developers destroy your beautiful city by razing your historic structures? Did you buy the excuse that the house could not be restored?
I know that is a lie. I come from a historical town that has restored all structures dating back to the 19th century and early 20th century. Shame on you, Macon. Shame on you. If you do not stop the developers, you will see your history wiped away.
-- Stephen F. Beaty
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The “terrible precedent” Ethiel Garlington moaned about seems to be a lesson. If Chris Sheridan claims the house was very savable, why was it allowed to be neglected and left to rot so many years?
If it was so important, why wasn’t something done before Patel took ownership? The only policy change necessary is to enforce code compliance and make people who own things take care of them. Try that, instead of whining after someone responsible steps in.
-- James Huber
America is blessed
Many religious Viewpoint and Opinion articles have been written. I hope mine will be. God has blessed America and because of it, America has blessed the world because our country’s foundation is built upon the belief and trust in God.
No other nation has ever witnessed the influx of humans worldwide in pursuit of the freedom, liberty and moral lifestyles anchored in a Christian nation.
There are two great symbols of freedom and liberty in America. One is the Stature of Liberty. This lady of liberty stands upon her pedestal on Liberty Island in New York harbor, lifting high her torch of freedom. And she issues an invitation to all oppressed people of the world with these words written on her base:
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
There is a second and yet greater universal symbol of freedom and liberty in America and the world. It is the cross of Jesus Christ. This cross issues the summons of our Lord:
“Come unto me, all you that labor and are heavy laden and rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matt:11:28-30).
And it is true isn’t it? When we become Christians, we yoke ourselves to Christ. We transfer ownership of our lives to him, and he lives his life through us. His yoke is easy for he leads us in paths of righteousness, to do what is right, good and responsible.
Many say we are no longer a Christian nation. If this is true, then we are yoked to ourselves, which produces pain, sufferings, lying, cheating, stealing, immoral living, destruction of marriage, murder, etc.
The truth we need to see and understand in America today is that these two great symbols of liberty are intricately related. This is not only a biblical witness, but a human witness as well.
-- Rev. Richard Aultman
How dumb are you?
The story about Jonathan Gruber, the architect of Obamacare, who stated that if he had told the truth, “the stupidity of the American voter would have killed the law if more people knew what was in it,” broke on Nov. 11.
Many politicians ran away from Gruber as if he had contracted Ebola. But you didn’t hear about it on CBS, NBC, FOX or ABC. Instead, they ran long stories about the coming cold front, Putin and Obama ignoring each other in China and Kim Kardashian’s rear end.
I did a search for Gruber on the websites of our local TV stations and found nothing.
Finally, on Friday, Nov. 14, two networks ran short, innocent pieces about this corruption. The stories were in defense of Gruber, not to report his transgressions. It took the networks four days to concoct a story line they felt we would swallow. Did it work on you?
Sadly, they really do believe people are stupid. Are you going to let the networks and the administration lie to you twice? Are you insulted by these two actions, or are you a charter member of the stupid class?
This is governance in the 21st century. Are you happy?
-- Bob Norcott
During American Education Week, which runs through Friday, the Bibb Association of Educators will join Americans across the nation and the National Education Association in raising awareness about the need to provide every child with a quality public education.
The celebration highlights the importance of bringing together educators, parents, students and communities in a unified effort to build great public schools.
It also reflects NEA’s vision of calling upon America to provide public school students with quality schools so that they can grow and achieve in the 21st century.
American Education Week’s celebration days include:
Tuesday -- Parents Day. Schools will invite parents into the classroom for a hands-on experience of what the day is like for their child.
Wednesday -- Education Support Professionals Day. Individuals who provide invaluable services to schools are recognized for their outstanding work.
Thursday -- Educator for a Day. Community leaders will be invited to serve as educators to get a glimpse of a day in the life of a school employee.
Friday -- Substitute Educators Day. This day honors the educators who are called upon to replace regularly employed teachers.
For any concerns or questions, you may contact me directly.
-- Robert “B.J.” Shepherd