Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014

Didn’t work then

The article by D.A. King, an expert on immigration matters, proves that the “Know Nothing Party” is reborn. Only this time under the sponsorship of the right-wing. What happened to Dustin Inman was a tragedy, but to use it as a tool for anti-immigration reform by legislation is also a tragedy.

Lets face it, racist views play a part in all this from the anti-Obama rants by King to the immigrant issue. Notice the lack of griping about the border with Canada. Not a peep. I wonder how many illegal Canadians reside and work in the U.S. I knew one. She was my mother. That was OK, she looked like us and probably had the proper religion.

This brings me to the possible real reason for all this noise. I believe that 20 percent is the Latino nationality and 80 percent is their religion. The history of the “Know Nothing Party’ reads like the political scene today. Almost identical. It did not work in the 1800s and will not work now.

-- Alfred J. Graham

Macon

Republicans are anarchists

I love the president’s new immigration program that he had to announce because of the refusal of the speaker of the House of Representatives for one-and-a-half years to bring the Senate bill on immigration up for a vote. What was he waiting for? He will not vote for anything that makes our president look good.

According to The New York Times, his program: “ ... undocumented immigrants who are parents of American citizens or legal permanent residents and have been in the United States for more than five years will receive three-year deportation deferrals and work permits. They have to submit fingerprints, pass criminal background checks and pay an application fee of $465.”

What’s mainly sad about all this is that these folks, according to the feds, will not be able to submit applications “no later than May” but will have no clue how the process will work. This is not a politically smart way for our president and the Democrats to benefit from their bravery.

Congressional Republicans are anarchists who only care about our rich, like the Koch brothers, and too many of our uninformed citizens vote against their own interests. They think most of us are moochers as they avoid paying their fair share. Greed is their goal. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas and Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., are their heroes. God help us.

-- Frank W. Gadbois

Warner Robins

‘Slap in the face’

I like many others, I watched the news conference given by the prosecutor regarding the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Missouri. Leading up to the decision, I was forced to watch hundreds of protestors working themselves into a frenzy not having any idea of how the process works. But then the real tragedy occurred. Immediately after the decision, the media reported that a statement had been released from the Congressional Black Caucus stating this decision was a “slap in the face” for America.

I wonder how much evidence they saw or heard during the investigation. I would venture none. No courage at all from the caucus, just an inflammatory statement based on media released evidence and lies. Good job, Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio. You served your caucus well. And finally, the president. He stated numerous times that he had spoken with the Brown family, but not once did he say he had spoken with the Wilson family. You know, the family of the young officer who put his life on the line. Not the one with marijuana in his blood and who had just robbed a convenience store. I understand liberals well. The law is a great thing when it goes your way, but when it doesn’t, it’s slap in the face. This is what we get by electing con men and con women.

-- Wilton Collins

Macon

Two bucks?

The price of crude oil has dropped 30 percent and gas sells for about $2.70 a gallon, a four year low. Every 10 cent drop in gas prices gives Americans an extra $3 billion to spend on something else they need. The reason for lower gas prices is that the U.S. now produces 11 million barrels of oil a day while protecting the land it comes from. This lessens our dependence on foreign oil.

Thousands of jobs have been created in the regions around the Bakken, Eagle Ford and Permian Basin fields. Dozens of other basins are being considered for investment and production. This American renaissance in crude exploration has reduced the need for foreign oil, cut down on our trade deficit, put people to work and scaled down our need to protect the Middle Eastern oil supply.

But this wonderful news angers two groups of people: Arab nations and environmentalists. Competition lowers the profit of greedy foreign oil producers while more dollars for your family to enjoy a better lifestyle diminishes the influence of the scare tactics used by hysterical environmentalists.

Personally, I like cheaper gas, made in America, by Americans, utilizing safe production methods. I see $2 a gallon next year.

-- Bob Norcott

Byron

No idea

Millions of Americans’ still underemployed would have loved to have been saved from losing their jobs. The Macon-Bibb County Commission, led by commissioners Al Tillman and Bert Bivins are not looking after the taxpayers but the majority, which is about as rational as the roundabout on Oglethorpe Street. It is costing the real taxpayers (80-plus percent white) disproportionately. If it were not already true that our streets are in disrepair while monies are wasted -- ruts and pot holes on Bass Road, Zebulon and Rivoli, too. The mayor picking up trash is little more than grandstanding. If our workers were held accountable and managed, Reichert could go to the club more.

The very fact the commission did not perform due diligence prior to telling voters that a 20 percent reduction was coming, this situation would not exist. The spineless majority of taxpayers in Bibb County know this type of leadership is consistent with that of Detroit, which went bankrupt.

Why not pick up trash every two weeks (supply another bin)? Why not eliminate nonessential jobs (spokesperson for Reichert, etc.)? All of the commissioners now represent the majority, but do not have a clue as to how to make government less expensive or efficient.

-- Joe Hubbard

Macon

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