A friend of mine asked me the other day why my dog was doing backflips last November. I told him that the dog always did that when Georgia beats Tech. When he asked me what my dog did when Tech beats Georgia, I had to admit that I did not know, because the dog was only 6 years old. Go Dogs.
-- John Ricketson
Words to live by
This Thanksgiving let us, “Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: It is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”
-- Psalm 100
We need to pray that sacred words of truth be spoken by our president and political leaders to “we the people.” Truthful hearts should also give thanks to our God for his blessings upon our nation. Let us pray God will guide our leaders and all Americans in the path of righteousness honoring the words of our Constitution and laws that protect and defend our everlasting freedoms.
I believe the words of John F. Kennedy are very fitting for this Thanksgiving season. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”
-- Faye W. Tanner
The intolerant few
A few years ago it was easy to identify the intolerant individuals. Usually they were white Christians forcing their views on various minorities. Because of the government’s all consuming zeal for political correctness, this has all changed. Now a few or even a sole secularist can force views on the majority. They only have to claim that their freedom from religion is being violated or is threatened. If they observe a religious object on public land or writing on a public building they can deem it offensive.
Praying at public gatherings is banned because they claimed they were being forced to participate in a religious event. Because our cowardly government bureaucrats will not define the difference between the “freedom of religion” from the “freedom from religion” they have overreacted to protect the rights of the few who are anti-religious. In its zeal to protect the few godless, the government feels it is justified to limit the rights and freedom of the religious.
We are almost at the point where the radical few can denounce anything they consider to be religious and the government will rush to suppress or eliminate whatever has been declared to be offensive or intrusive no matter the cost or the tradition or the beliefs of others.
-- Jim Costello
The Air Scout’s wishes
We have the liberal progressive Democrats in D.C. saying “If you like your doctor you can keep your doctor.” We now have our local liberal progressive Democrats saying “If you vote for consolidation your taxes will go down, the cost of government will go down and local government will be more efficient.”
We know all about how the first statement has turned out and now the second statement is following the same suit. The Air Scout and his merry people can’t even meet their current budget requirements, now they want to raise taxes and build a new ballpark. We have a historic ballpark and is available for use. If the Air Scout and his merry people can’t meet the current budget requirements, where will he get the money for the new ballpark?
I do have a kudo for this administration, after 11 months they have been able to move the Lamar, Johnson Road and Thomaston Road junction road intersection and four stop signs 75 feet to the west but still no roundabout.
-- Ronald B. Fouse
Frank Gadbois is more confused than a dyslexic cyclist in the Four de Trance. In the Nov. 21 Telegraph Viewpoints, Gadbois stated: “Not a single Democrat voted for the ACA” (Affordable Care Act). Well, excuse me, but somebody voted for the absolute stinker of a law. No Republican voted for it and the ACA is (unfortunately) the law today. That leaves only the arrogant Democrats, 59 of which rammed the bill though under a bizarre procedure on Christmas Eve 2010, before the last Republican elected to the Senate (Scott Brown) could be seated and vote it down.
Yes, the House did not take up the Senate passed immigration reform bill because their constituents are not in favor of reform before securing the border. Meanwhile over 350 House passed bills sit on Harry Reid’s desk totally ignored. The truth cuts both ways.
-- John Brogden
It appears that Frank Gadbois has once again been intoxicated by the Kool-Aid of PMSNBC, CNBC or one of the other left-wing outlets that continue to propagate the failings of the 0bama presidency.
To say this is the most failed presidency ever would actually give Jimmy Carter a boost in the polls equivalent to a 20 percent approval rating. Carter was the worst, Obama has replaced him. Nothing good has come from the ACA (0bamacare) due to the difficulties of the program as well as the red tape that one needs to go through just to get the coverage.
Do your research and don’t listen to the Kool-Aid drinkers out there who will tell you anything to move their policies forward. The truth is the truth, nothing can change that, unless you listen to the Kool-Aid drinkers.
-- Steve Barker
On the Nov. 21 Viewpoints page, Frank Gadbois labeled my Nov. 13 letter “ridiculous” and then rattled off the usual liberal gobbledygook to refute my assertions about the Affordable Care Act and other miscarriages of the Obama administration. It’s too bad that he missed the point.
If Gadbois had read my letter without his blinders on, he’d have noticed that I was calling out people who cry racism when anyone disagrees with President Obama. It’s an intellectually lazy way to avoid intelligent discourse.
I wouldn’t expect agreement from anyone who believes that more and bigger government is the cure for all of society’s ills, and Gadbois didn’t disappoint. In fact, I’d be worried if he agreed with me on much of anything.
Gadbois’ derision is a badge of honor for a conservative like me, and it’s the best form of validation I can imagine.
-- Steve Wooley
“Long lay the world in sin and error pining, ‘til He appeared....” I love that Christmas hymn, and it reminds me of the reason for the season. How sad that our annual observance of Christ’s birth in Bethlehem has become a shopping frenzy, which now has invaded Thanksgiving Day because some can’t even wait until Black Friday to get running.
Slick advertising by masters of psychology can manipulate our emotions and make us forget that material things don’t bring us true happiness.
Giving to poor children through organizations like World Vision can bring them, and us, real joy.
-- David B. Conner