In reading about the Kroger gas center proposed for the corner of Nottingham Drive and North Avenue, I was struck by the statement from the Kroger representative questioning neighborhood feelings -- “Are they adamant about ‘no, no, never’ or are they saying ‘if it’s done right, we can accept it?” I’d like to go on record as stating unequivocally -- no, no, never. There isn’t a way to do a gas station “right” at that location. Traffic on Gray Highway at this intersection is already at capacity (probably over), and this won’t do anything but increase with this station, making it even more congested and dangerous.
Why doesn’t Kroger buy the eyesore of a vacated gas station at the corner of Spring and Riverside and open their fuel center there? It is properly zoned, not in a historic district, not abutting and encroaching on a stable residential area, and away from the congestion of Gray Highway. Or, perhaps buy the vacant building behind the store and put the tanks there, or the vacant parcel behind the McDonald’s. There are options. If this goes through, this Kroger shopper will transfer her loyalties and her Kroger points to Publix, only a few exits up the road. Shoppers have options also, and we should exercise them.
-- Kelly Wood
Last Sunday in church, one of the speakers to address the congregation related a personal experience. Traveling with co-workers, they encountered a person panhandling. Most of the group, declined, thinking it was a scam. One person opened his wallet and gave the man some money.
When the group teased their companion about being fooled by this scam, he replied that fortunately it was only his responsibility to give, not to judge how the gift would be used. That was God’s job. At one time or another many people, myself included, have made those same judgments. We use words like welfare, handouts, government assistance, socialism, needy, charity, and liberal in the most pejorative sense possible. We hear stories of misuses of charity or government programs and automatically draw the fallacious conclusion that what is true of the part is true of the whole.
We let these things make an excuse for not showing compassion for our neighbors, countrymen, and fellow human beings. Remember, God will do his job and judge. We simply need to fulfill our responsibility to give to the best of our ability.
-- Tim Talcott Sr.
Time for a carbon tax
This year will go on record as the hottest year on record for global temperatures. Congressional leaders can and must address greenhouse gases released into our atmosphere due to fossil energy use. One of the best ways to tackle this is through a carbon tax at the initial source of emissions. Under this plan proposed by the Citizens Climate Lobby, all of the tax revenue would be returned to the people much like the dividend Alaska residents receive from the fossil fuel industry today.
Our representatives next year, David Perdue, Johnny Isakson, Sanford Bishop and Austin Scott, must be asked by the citizens of Georgia, why they do not support a tax to move this industry to a renewable one instead of leading us down a path of no return for a stable climate with dirty energy.
Even with cleaner energy our nation should prepare for even hotter temperatures on average and more disruptions in our climate. But a carbon tax is one necessary tool out of many we can use to mitigate a predicament that is not going away in the foreseeable future.
-- Fred Gunter
I was reading the “Out and About “section of The Telegraph Friday morning and saw that Selwyn Birchwood and John Nemeth were appearing at The Cox Capitol Theatre on Friday night. I could hardly believe that two blues bands of this quality were playing on the same bill here in Macon.
I called my son, Thomas, and we ordered tickets and attended. Let me tell you it was fantastic. There was not a large crowd, but they saw a special show. Birchwood (winner of 2013 international blues guitar challenge) showed his virtuosity on both guitar and slide guitar.
Being a harmonica player myself, I consider Nemeth (Grammy winner) one of the top five harp players in the world. He and his smokin’ hot band The Bo Keys are as good as it gets in the Blues And R&B arena. Believe me, they rocked the house. We are certainly blessed to have people like Wesley Griffith and his Moonhanger folks bringing such wonderful performers to Macon. It was a night I will not soon forget. Macon is a happening place and our music, as well as the other arts scene, is becoming more and more vibrant. That being said, this progress could be expedited with a little more community participation. Happy Holidays to all,
-- Randy Sanders
For what gain?
After the five major theater chains announced the cancellation of the Christmas Day showing of the inane Rogen/Franco comedy “The Interview,” Sony pictures made the decision to pull the release of the movie in response to recent hacks into sensitive Sony data and threats made to theaters which played the film.
Many Americans look at the decision by Sony and the major theater groups to pull “The Interview” as little less than complete capitulation to the unsubstantiated threats from a rogue nation that cannot even keep its lights on at night. Are we going to let a perverse nation that routinely tortures its citizens for minor infractions and subjects millions of its countrymen to periodic starvation to dictate cinema content in America?
George Clooney is one of the few folks in Hollywood with the chutzpah to publicly call for Americans to go on the offensive to get this movie shown. In an interview with Deadline Hollywood, he said that “we’re talking about an actual country deciding what content we have.”
Mary Katherine Ham of Townhall Magazine is also challenging this sudden and disturbing turn of events. In an online petition she posted on Change.org, Ham said that “Once you let bad guys dictate which movies the American public is allowed to see, we are less free than we once were and no more safe for that loss.
-- Perry Thomas Barrett
Thank you for the spot on Bibb County’s namesake, William Wyatt Bibb, in Saturday’s paper. Here are a few more interesting facts about this great Georgia and Alabama leader. He was the son of William Bibb, a captain in George Washington’s Revolutionary Army, and Sally Wyatt Bibb, a prominent Virginian whose large progeny became leaders themselves. William Wyatt attended The College of William and Mary and became a physician at Philadelphia Medical School, then the best med school in the country. He moved to Georgia and practiced medicine in Elbert County and later owned a plantation in Wilkes County. He was so successful, well liked and popular, that he entered public life serving in the state Legislature then three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives and one in the U.S. Senate.
He moved to Huntsville, Alabama, and was appointed governor of the Alabama Territory by President James Madison. He then became the first elected governor of Alabama. Tragically he died as a result of being thrown from a horse during a rainstorm. He was succeeded by his brother Thomas Bibb, the second governor of Alabama.
Personal note: The College of William and Mary is my own alma mater. William Wyatt was the great-great-great-great-uncle of my brothers Terrell, David and myself. Thomas was our great-great-great-great- grandfather.
-- Cash Stanley, MD, FACS,(Ret.)