I don’t know whether it is the season or paying my tithes, but some things have just worked out great lately, from the Christmas tree at church to the card I picked out for a girl who wanted PJs for Christmas.
My wife’s shopping ability and some children’s books I had on hand enabled us to put together a nice gift without exceeding our budget.
When shoppieng for Toys For Tots, I found a buy-one-get-the-second-half-price, so I got more toys for the same money. My children always enjoy taking these gifts to the fire station pickup point. When I walked into the store to pick up gifts and Christmas cards for teachers, I saw the Kids Yule Love box and thought I should probably get them a toy. Passing the box, I saw it was still completely empty so I knew I would have to do it. To my surprise when I bought cards, I got a free teddy bear with three greeting cards. I was able to put something in the box and even had money for the Salvation Army bell ringer without spending more than I planned.
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I don’t know if I had an angel, the Ghost of Christmas or the everyday hand of God. However, it seems as if something more than simply coincidence is at work here. This morning when I was dropping off more new toys, my Teddy bear was still visible. I know times are tough, but I know that if you are giving to food banks, Christmas for kids or other worthy causes, your life will be enriched and things will work out.
-- Tim Talcott Sr.
What’s on her mind
Several things: Walter Williams has stated many racial profiling occurrences that take place daily. However, the Obama administration, Attorney General Eric Holder, all the Als of the world, and yes, Congress claim racial profiling when it profits them and their cause. President Bush passed laws and/or programs just for Hispanics and Obama just for blacks. Not claiming they racial profile has become a joke. Just ask the nations of the world.
For goodness sake, y’all leave Hattie McDaniel and Thelma “Butterfly” McQueen alone. No other could have played their parts with such excellences in my favorite movie of all time, “Gone With The Wind.” Although the NAACP gave both a hard time, they should be a shining star to their entire race.
It is good to read so many churches are taking part in assisting the needy in all areas of their growth.
Isn’t it just like politics as usual to blame everyone else for the behavior of people except the people responsible? In the Wings Cafe case, it seems some commissioners blame liquor licenses and want to close down business owners for the behavior of their customers after they leave their business and commit murder. Maybe if businesses could screen and choose their customers, boy that would surely close them down.
Yes, John Wayne Dobson’s “last-minute gifts” that he mentioned are sacred. We all have to come this way to get there, but never fear for no one ever walks alone.
-- Faye W. Tanner
Brook versus Gadbois
My cup runneth over, twice in Thursday’s Telegraph, Viewpoints with a letter from Frank Gadbois and comics (Dilbert). It has been said you are who you associate with, and I am pleased to be listed with the names in Gadbois’ letter, “Rich and poor,” including Frank, because I try not to separate myself from those with other opinions.
For some it may be their rare opportunity of diversity and enlightenment. I confirm that I am rich in blessings (comfortably retired) beyond my wildest, early dreams with our large family. Proud of them all. Jane and I celebrated our 62nd anniversary, Dec. 20.
When my high school sweetheart married a U.S. Army private, E-2, home from the Korean War, I returned to Georgia Tech to complete my engineering degree with Jane working at Crawford Long Hospital and the assistance of the GI Bill. The opportunities for an excellent education and many 80-plus hour weeks provided resources to fund a college education for each of our five children and Jane completing her degree at Wesleyan College without debt. State HOPE funds were not in the picture.
I have firsthand knowledge of the cost of a college education, and that led us to establish five modest scholarships at multiple colleges where family had attended. Frank’s ideology, striving to divide classes and groups, especially demonizing what he sees as the rich versus poor, fell short of the mark with his typical lack of research as in my case, inferring a bias against public employees. Nothing could be further from reality. Nearly all in our family, at one time or another, were public employees, from my post office pickup jobs into the late hours at the Atlanta Central Post Office around Christmas, to our “Yankee” physician daughter who spent years at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mainly dealing with virulent diseases such as Ebola while in Africa.
My “blight” letter did not disparage public employees, but I tried to point out the shortcomings of the system, with any finger pointing, if needed, toward leadership. Removal of blight is an important objective to strive for, but the blight fight system should first be cooperative, not adversarial. I do not want to frighten or confuse Frank’s attempt to place me in a Bed of Procrustes of his making, but I proudly claim our elder grandchild who happens to be director of legal services for North Carolina’s ACLU. He called several years ago to tell us he was changing jobs. My response: “They recruited the best of the best.”
Thursday’s “Dilbert” made me think of a possible conversation between engineer Brook and progressive Gadbois. That probably will never occur, even though I have offered to pay the lunch tab.
-- Arthur D. Brook