Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

Anniversary at Griswoldville

You are cordially invited to the commemorative service of the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Griswoldville on Saturday, Nov. 22,

A living history program will begin at 9:30 a.m. with the commemoration starting promptly at noon, honoring all who served at the Battle of Griswoldville and environs in November 1864. Our guest speaker will be Pastor John Weaver, of Fitzgerald.

Although this event is sponsored by the Jarrell Plantation, it will not be held on that site but on the actual Griswoldville Battlefield, regardless of weather conditions.

There is never a charge of any kind. For more information, please call 478-986-5172, 478-396-4838 or 478-731-5531. Again, this event is not held at the Jarrell Plantation and there is no admission charge.

-- Brenda Dobson

Macon

‘Super Riot I’

Does anyone know when tickets to “Super Riot I,” to be held in Ferguson, Missouri will go on sale? The buildup has been enormous, and anticipation is so thick you can cut it with a Swiss Army knife. I’m also eagerly awaiting the announcement of the entertainers who will appear in the halftime show. Will it be Al Sharpton? Eric Holder? No... wait.. I’m getting the entertainers confused with the cheerleaders.

On a related subject, I wish these “leaders” would learn the difference between racism and bigotry. From what I see and hear in the media, they don’t have a clue and misuse these terms every time they write or say something. Shouldn’t pick on blacks, though. Most other ethnic groups don’t know the difference, either.

-- Jerry Norris

Warner Robins

Another terror attack

A terror attack on a synagogue in Jerusalem neighborhood left five people -- four rabbis and a Druze police officer -- dead and several others severely injured Tuesday when two Palestinians entered a synagogue during morning prayers armed with knives, meat cleavers and a handgun.

They began to attack the worshippers inside. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking in London, called the attack “an act of pure terror and senseless brutality and murder” that was a pure result of incitement.

Officials from Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Fatah had praised the attack. Palestinian officials, up to and including President Mahmoud Abbas, have for weeks used Palestinian media, including PA-run news outlets and Fatah’s official Facebook page, to make inflammatory remarks about Jews and Israelis.

Candies were distributed to the children in many Palestinian neighborhoods. Abbas issued a condemnation following Tuesday’s attack but was blasted by Israeli officials who slammed the Palestinian leader for weeks of incitement. There has been a recent string of attacks against Israelis, including last week’s murder of a soldier at a Tel Aviv bus station and the attempted assassination of an Israeli activist in Jerusalem in October.

Following the Tuesday attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted Palestinian officials for this daily and hourly incitement against Israel. Netanyahu had, following comments made by Abbas last month, warned that continued Palestinian incitement regarding Jerusalem risked generating violence. In Secretary Kerry’s statement Tuesday, he called on Palestinian leadership to “begin to take serious steps to restrain any kind of incitement that comes from their language.”

The New York Times noted that this was the worst attack in Jerusalem in six years. It brought the number of people with American citizenship killed in the latest wave of Palestinian violence to four. The U.S. State Department confirmed that three of the victims were U.S.-born; a three-month-old baby was murdered last month. CNN reporter Jake Tapper tweeted that “More people with American citizenship have been killed by Palestinian terrorists in the last year than have been killed by ISIS.”

-- Hill Kaplan

Macon

Duped

Maconites have been duped into believing that the Douglass House had to be torn down. In Fort Payne, Alabama, in the 1970s we were told that our 19th century opera house, which had not been in use for more than 50 years, would need to be razed. The people got together, raised money through a nonprofit organization they created and saved the historic landmark. It is in use today and is the pride of the community. The same thing could have been done for Tremont Baptist Church and the Douglass House if people had tried. Also, your mayor wants to build a minor league ballpark. Why? You have a historic ballpark already. Also, you cannot keep a team in Macon because you do not support it. It is the same with ice hockey. Why waste money on a new park if you can’t keep a team?

-- Stephen F. Beaty

Warner Robins

Using the ER

The individual who visited Houston Medical’s emergency room but left after four hours without seeing a “doctor,” in my taxpayer opinion, typifies that section of American society that is too lazy to work, thus they are left with no “free stuff” like health insurance.

The emergency room should be just that -- a place where emergencies are treated; such as temperatures near or above 102.5, white blood count 31,000, severe chills. I was seen in five minutes. The fact that an individual would hang around for four hours waiting for some free “stuff” hoping that his song and dance routine might impress some medical whiz.

Until ERs change their mode of operation and charge (however slight) for non-insured treatment (take two aspirin and go to a med stop in the morning) they will continue to be a midnight rendezvous for a host of society with undefined, but taxpayer costly illnesses.

-- Ken Brown

Byron

Lee Robinson

Dr. Bill Cummings’ column “Laws are made to question” brought to mind the efforts of then young state Sen. Lee Robinson of Macon when he introduced legislation that with any new law passed there must be two current laws removed from the books. (This appeared to offer intelligent and timely opportunities to assure that our laws reflected current enforceable conditions and generations. Regrettably, it failed to be enacted.)

Many of us are prone to throw darts at elected and appointed officials, some most deserving, while rarely adequately acknowledging the dedicated service of those who have given so extensively to the public.

From the time Robinson graduated from Georgia Tech, he has admirably served in many capacities starting as a U.S. Army company commander in Vietnam; service in the reserves for decades; state senator; Macon mayor; and currently leading the Macon Judicial Circuit -- Indigent Defense Office.

I had the privilege many years ago to serve with Robinson on the Board of Deacons at Ingleside Baptist Church and shared teaching young boys in Sunday School. Robinson has consistently walked his ethical and moral talk.

Our community has been most blessed to have his family live in Macon. I salute a fine citizen and good friend.

-- Arthur D. Brook.

Macon

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