In April after the death of my father, the last thing I was thinking of was my newspaper. Apparently it sat and accumulated for a bit. Then I received a phone call from my carrier checking on me. She advised me that she had more of my papers at her house and asked when could she bring them all. This was something she did not have to do. That touched me.
I’ve only seen her once and she was driving a borrowed vehicle because hers was in the shop. She has even called me if my paper will be late. Every morning I like to bundle up and walk to my mailbox where I know my Telegraph will always be. Rain, cold, fog. I would like to thank my newspaper carrier, Ruby Simmons; she is awesome.
-- Alice Maturana
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Several weeks ago after reading a small note in the paper stating there were inaccuracies in the book and movie of “Gone With The Wind” concerning the Civil War, I was prompted to write a letter. However, I decided to read the book again for the third or fourth time.
Now there are letters almost every day from Civil War buffs, and Ed Grisamore’s column with Jackie K. Cooper, the movie critic, in Sunday’s paper stating Melanie killed the Yankee soldier (Scarlett did) with Melanie right behind her holding her brother’s saber, I just had to write.
You “GWTW” fans might be interested to know there are two books approved by Margaret Mitchell’s estate written by Donald McCaig: “Ruth’s Journey” about the life of Mammy, and “Rhett Butler’s People.”
Being only 9 years old when the book came out, I was not allowed to read it. But all the mothers in our neighborhood couldn’t stop talking about it. I was lucky to have two older cousins who told me the story. Then almost immediately preparations for the movie started with every movie star giving screen tests for the parts.
When the movie came out three years later, I was not only old enough to see it but was even allowed to miss school and go with my parents to the matinee at the Grand Opera House.
I have a first edition of the book and wish I could find a book binder because it is in such fragile condition.
-- Jean E. Weaver
We all, individually and collectively, leave a legacy. Some are obsessed with how others will perceive their legacy, trying to make or rewrite “history,” oftentimes to the detriment of others with lack of regard or concern. Former Bibb School Superintendent Romain Dallemand’s legacy is one of opaqueness and deceit with obsessions for the dual viruses of greed for unfettered power and money. The Bibb school board continues systematic opaqueness that leads to many questions about reasons why certain decisions are made, such as the latest decision about the Promise Center purchase. Is the opaqueness an attempt to conceal prior decision reasoning and avoid exposure of past decisions?
My question, after many unanswered prior questions, is will our community’s legacy be that we allowed our public school system to be destroyed by our indirect actions or inactions?
We continue to allow our school board to flounder without a permanent school superintendent and keep the citizens uninformed. If you do not know where the system is going, rest assured you will arrive there, and then you may find out that this is not where you desire to be.
Since our community leaders, elected and un-elected, continue to remain mute about the performance of our elected school board, we only have questions by citizens in The Telegraph commentary and informational crumbs off the BOE table printed in The Telegraph. Please do not “kill” (disparage) the citizens’ questions, because like icebergs much more displeasure lurks beneath the surface. (board members might need a refresher course in the management philosophy of Attila the Hun. He encouraged followers to bring any “bad news” to him without fear of retribution because he could then take timely decisive measures to counter the bad news.)
Which route should we follow? Recall the sitting board. Request that the state temporarily take control of the district. Surrender and admit we deserve the leadership and results we have elected.
-- Arthur D. Brook.
World communism launched a campaign of terror, murder and war based on its holy book, “Das Kapital.” The Nazis launched a campaign of terror, murder and war based on their holy book, “Mein Kampf.” Islam has launched a campaign of terror, murder and war based on their holy book, the Koran.
What’s the difference? We have outlawed communists, Nazis and other sects engaged in sedition and treason. For the good of the basic concepts of the United States Constitution and the citizens who live here, why are we tolerating such a menace to Western Civilization?
-- Bob Hubbard
I am not running for political office; however, listed below are 16 things that I feel would make an excellent platform for a good candidate to run on for the upcoming 2016 election that would be in the best interest of America at this point in our history.
Paying off debt
Securing our borders
ROTC in high schools
Stop drug traffic
Increase minimum wage
Keep industries here
Teach civics, respect for the law and other people and proper public conduct in all of our schools nationwide.
-- Jim Cooper
Now that the truth is in, the new chant in Ferguson should be “Pants up, don’t loot.”
-- Mike Wolff
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Maybe Ken Brown should review the song “America” from West Side Story in its complete context. First, the young people singing are Puerto Ricans and therefore, U.S. citizens, not immigrants.
Then, when the girls’ chorus sings: “I like to be in America, okay by me in America, everything free in America,” Bernardo completes the verse with, “For a small fee in America.”
Later, when the girls sing, “Life is all right in America,” the boys reply with, “If you’re all white in America.”
-- Ron Wheeler