We don’t care
I ask often: when will the hypocrites called the “African-American community” get as sick and tired of our young people killing each other every day as we are at the occasional killing by a rogue cop? We march and protest while national church organizations demand congregations wear black because, “black life matters.” Ministers cry for justice/protection for our sons; professional athletes wear T-shirts and anyone with a microphone worrying about their sons. Personally I worry about my sons being somewhere just trying to have a good time when someone who looks exactly like them pulls a gun for no good reason and starts shooting.
We pretend as if we care, but no one says a single word in disgust except “close the business.” If that’s the case, I don’t know where you’re been in the last 10 years, but if you close a business where young African-American males have been murdered you would have closed half the businesses in Middle Georgia. They weren’t killed by cops. In my opinion my community can’t stop the killings of blacks by blacks because these young men know the black community really doesn’t care. If we did, we would protest every time it happens. That’s hard to do when we are the most segregated race of people on earth. Segregated by job status, neighborhoods, church membership, social standing and organization membership. It’s difficult coming together to save our young men when we don’t care to be around each other.
-- Charles McGhee
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The Peach County school superintendent would like a new high school and convinced the board of education of the need. The vote was unanimous in favor of hitting the taxpayer with the bill for replacing a failing school system. Latest figures available on graduation rates around this area vary widely, but Peach County’s 59.94 percent certainly isn’t something to write home about. Tragic is more appropriate.
Wonder whose warped logic came up with the idea? Changing the curriculum doesn’t seem to be working; free meals only makes the students sleepy; picking up students at 6: 35 a.m., and delivering them back home after 3:30 p.m., makes for a long day when you are of that age. How much of that time is actual classroom instruction?
My high school building turned the century mark the year I graduated, so turning 40 probably just matches the age of most of the staff in Peach schools. Changing personnel surely isn’t the answer. The only item left is the “schoolhouse” and at 40 she is “over the hill.” Time for a new one.
-- Ken Brown
Reconciliation with creditors
Please forgive (terminate) all my debts /obligations. I’m sorry, scripture tells me to owe nobody a thing except love -- (God help me do that). I pray for you daily. I’m sorry, please forgive me if you think scripture is taken out of context. Otherwise, please pray his miraculous power in me produces solutions that honor him.
As a Christian who is relieved to accept Jesus as my personal savior, I faithfully believe in his virgin birth and redeeming resurrection as preeminent bookends (Christmas and Easter) revealing his benevolent presence in me. He created every creature on this dirt clod, and another 100 billion planets in this solar system, and another 100-billion solar systems in the universe. And he preceded every original spark of genius that formulated its production.
Again, please forgive me if you think this scripture is out of context. My God has limitless capacity -- In verses 15-17 of Colossians chapter one, Jesus is the revealing image of the invisible higher power, for whom all things in heaven and earth were created and held together for him. I celebrate my strong champion redeemer/reliable personal savior who does all that to share with us. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas.
-- George McGinty Jr.
I wish Dr. Miguel Faria would express his opinion on the U.S. establishing relationship with Cuba.
-- Carolyn G. Meadows
Still a work in progress
I have written this letter on “A work in progress” three times only to discard each as not worthy to send. We can continue to cite any of the many negatives experienced by the Bibb public school system for the past two-plus years as the result of a lack of adequate leadership at the highest levels. However, this only adds to a petulant atmosphere that lingers with the current board. Our community is blessed and we all need to acknowledge these blessings, especially at this time of year.
The continued educational efforts by our district professionals and staff in a time of distress.
A son of the community, Steve Smith, who unselfishly answered the call of his mother school system to return, if only for a short time, to assist at a time of its great need.
The continued efforts by The Telegraph to keep the community informed in spite of the dense fog of BOE leadership.
The community knows what action should be taken, lacking only the possible courage to do so.
-- Arthur D. Brook.
A recent Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in its Opinion Section told its readers about the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles and its past secrecy. They used to pardon violent felons and sex offenders in secret without telling their victims and prosecutors.
But thanks to the investigatve journalism of the AJC those involved are notified of such applications and can act to prevent violent felons and sex offenders from getting their gun rights back. This makes us all safer.
-- Frank W. Gadbois