Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015

My fault?

I would like to share my version of two people who share their tales in The Telegraph. My tale is not racist nor is it mean or distorted, it is just a different tale of what I think about being told that it’s my fault we have so many poor people in Macon-Bibb County.

There are many children who have to rely on free food in school to help them in their daily lives. I have no problem with feeding children, I do have a problem with their parents not trying to help themselves. Unemployed men and boys causing children to be born out of wedlock. If they pulled their pants up and turned their hats around and presented themselves as someone with pride in their appearance they could find a job.

The pay raise to $10 an hour that C. Jack Ellis wants would only cause the employers to layoff some workers because they could not afford to pay that hourly rate. Sad to say, most would spend the extra money for tattoos and bigger flat screens. We would still have to feed their children.

Dr. Catherine Meeks, bless her heart, will never be content if she could not blame the bad past and present times on the white men. I am a white man older than Ellis and Meeks and I have never had anything to do with harming any person because of their color. We have always had poor people and will always have them, but if everybody did their part we could be of more help to the poor. I do not like being forced into doing anything and will put up a nasty fight before I give in to the enforcers.

My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gave guidelines for us to follow so that we could represent him in our daily lives. If we choose to follow his guidelines, I promise you that our lives and the lives we cross each day will be better off.

-- Rev. Randall Mimbs


Sorry Republicans

The 2014 election is over and the House of Representatives along with the Senate having secured their leadership. Sen. Mitch McConnell is the Senate Majority Leader and Rep. John Boehner is Speaker of the House. All is well on Capitol Hill. With Frick and Frack (Sen. Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi) in the wings; what could go wrong?

On the horizon, the Republicans will probably select another liberal candidate for president like Sen. John McCain, Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush. As for Bush, his wife will have influence on decisions of immigration. Bush will talk about the need for more middle class jobs as the number of those jobs continue to shrink.

However, attempts to elect any Republican president will be in vain regardless of their qualifications because we have a black president and we are supposed to have a woman president next. Considering Hillary Clinton’s sparkling performance as a senator from New York State; Secretary of State under President Obama and perhaps her most important qualification -- without question -- was her experience as First Lady at the side of our most sterling president since Ronald Reagan, William McKinley Clinton. Sorry Republicans, you loose again.

-- Gilbert R. Switzer

Warner Robins

What’s the plan?

This is an open letter to the Republicans of Georgia and the rest of the country. You got what you wanted in the last election and now the rest of us are going to be watching and seeing what you accomplish with your new power. Try to come up with legislation that does good things for education, from elementary school through college. We need programs that help middle and lower income citizens with medical expenses (since you didn’t like the Affordable Care Act).

I’m hoping for legislation that controls energy sources and the search for more energy sources. How about legislation that encourages new industries and businesses to improve their employment opportunities and their working conditions? I hope there are lots of other things on your agenda, such as what to do about immigration, legal and illegal. You can’t build a high enough fence along the borders of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California to keep “undesirables” out. By the way, most of our Latino workers are doing jobs that you can’t do or wouldn’t like to do. Please come up with some wonderful plans and legislation, because I want my country to do well. Last on my list, you’d better try to come up with someone wonderful to run for president in 2016. I haven’t seen any good possibilities yet.

-- Jeanine E. Frey

Warner Robins