Way to go, Bubber. It’s nice to finally see someone try and hold the Macon-Bibb County commissioners accountable for their promises. As some will remember, consolidation passage was based on several promises, one being the reduction of the budget. Once the politicians get what they want, they seem to have very short-term memories. Thank the good Lord for folks like Bubber Epps.
-- A.M. Yaughn
In God I trust
God really knows what’s best, and I’ve learned to trust him in all situations. Sometimes it takes looking back to hear him say “trust me.” As a sergeant (E-5) I received orders to Marine Corps Recruiter School in San Diego, California. Following graduation, I determined that the last place I wanted to be assigned was Recruiting Sub-Station Brownville, in Brooklyn (New York).
To my disappointment, I discovered that my class was the first to have the assignment rules changed based on class standings. Prior to such change, top students received preferred assignments to their choice of recruiting station. However, the Marine Corps, after realizing that marginal recruiters were disproportionately being assigned to less than desirable areas, reversed this policy. I got caught up in this “Catch-22” due to my high class standing and was subsequently assigned to, in my opinion and many others’ at that time, the worst recruiting station in the Corps. The Corps does not tolerate “whining,” so having no other recourse, I accepted the cards dealt to me and decided to give it my best effort.
Fast forward. In less than 18 months I was nominated and subsequently selected for “Recruiter of the Year” and meritoriously promoted to Gunnery Sergeant (E-7), awarded the “Navy Achievement medal” coupled with the “Marine Corps Commendation medal.” I received reassignment orders to Fairfield County, Connecticut, as chief recruiter/supervisor.
When I look back, I can see the hands of God shaping my destiny, clearly demonstrating to me that during the course of life, things are not always as negative as they may seem. What may appear to be a stumbling block is actually a steppingstone. Today, regardless of life’s appearances, I look for the inherent opportunities that always come with a challenge. I refuse to permit myself to dwell in fear or a state of malcontent. Such environments are Satan’s dominion.
-- John Haugabrook
As I expected, the residents of Bibb County who live in the previously unincorporated areas have been relegated to second class. The city of Macon is all that matters. And that is why I did not vote for consolidation. No longer do I see deputies patrolling in my neighborhood. The only time they are seen is sitting on a major highway trying to catch a speeder while thieves make off with our personal possessions.
Trying to get Public Works to correct a problem is impossible. For six months I have tried to get this department to correct a water overflow problem created by an overgrowth of trees and bushes, only to be told that the ditch by the road and the ditch the county dug themselves does not belong to the county. It is “private property,” so someone says.
Talking to someone who can help is a mystery. I have called numerous times with promises that someone will get back with me, but it never happens. I have called my commissioner, but he does not really give the needed help. I called the mayor with no response.
The taxpayers of Bibb County should all be treated equally. But if you live outside the city limits, good luck.
-- John T. Whitehead
To older guys like me, the song “America” from “West Side Story,” particularly the line that says “everything’s free in America” is an absolute classic. Yep, a bunch of immigrants making the most of America while giving nothing in return. I hope “West Side Story” is remembered as entertainment and not a prelude to total disaster.
-- Ken Brown
Bad trade off
Re: Frank Gadbois on allowing illegals into the country. If he is so concerned about allowing people in to add to our rolls, what’s the purpose? His favorite guy is bringing down our health care system, causing a massive doctor shortage so he wants to bring in doctors and medical folks? Nope, no doctors, just more gardening and janitors and kids with no jobs in a dead market. Are there more jobs for young people? No. Are there more jobs for untrained workers? No. How about getting more doctors? Oops, we didn’t increase the number of people applying from India and Japan who have medical and technical degrees we need. Only poor countries with no education.
-- Tim Davis
With every person paying the school tax watching the transactions of our academic leadership in Bibb County as it continues to drag us down, where will it end? It started with the last superintendent. They put millions of dollars into useless investments then provided him with a golden parachute of $375,000. Now we are paying $8.5 million for a building we sold for $250,000 that was not needed. And we paid them to use part of the property at an exorbitant rate. The fact they upgraded the property is pointless. We did not need it then, so why now? In the same transaction, the BOE is giving them another property free. If some of you would please advise me as to why the taxpayers are not recalling the entire board, I would greatly appreciate it.
-- Joe Hubbard
Members of Congress who voted for the spending bill must think there is not enough money in our political system. The bill includes a provision that increases the limit individuals can give to political parties each year by a power of 10, from $32,400 to $324,000.
Along with Citizens United, McCutcheon v. FEC, and other Supreme Court rulings, this is yet another blow to our democracy that will increase the influence of wealthy donors on our elections and further undermine the political power of most Americans. In a democracy, the size of your wallet should not determine the volume of your voice, and the House just voted to give large donors an even louder megaphone.
-- Michael Sikora