Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Friday, March 27, 2015

Burning in hell

Dr. Bill Cummings did an excellent job with his recent column entitled “The little ledge in hell” in which he chastised ministers who preach eternal fire and brimstone for nonbelievers. I well remember as a young boy many long-winded sermons in the Baptist Church, especially during revival when each message got hotter and hotter as the week progressed. By closing night the church pews were sizzling like a hot cooking stove for those “lost in sin,” and many waded into the baptismal pool to escape the heat of a misguided Elmer Gantry.

Indeed such preaching scars young children and that should be grounds for child abuse charges. Anyone subscribing to the belief that our God of the universe is so narcissistic he would condemn one of his own to an eternal pit of fire for any reason whatsoever should use his tithing dollars to buy psychiatric help.

-- John G. Kelley Jr.

Macon

Solar disaster

Every time I hear a conversation in the news about solar panels, it’s always how wonderful they are and how much easier they are going to make our lives. But I haven’t seen it. I still believe the current energy systems of coal and gas are working fine. It stinks -- but it’s not ugly. The subject of what happens to the land that is replaced by a solar panel never comes up. In my view solar panels should be on tops of homes and businesses not in our forests. According to Lesley McNary of the Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, she is looking for ways to raise funding in her county and has lined up five projects for construction of solar panels that could produce 382 megawatts of power from cells that cover 3,500 land acres. I’d like to know how many light bulbs or washing machines these megawatts of solar power are generating compared to what they cost to build, operate and maintain?

How many acres of CO² producing trees and habitat for wildlife have to be destroyed, replaced by solar panels, before it’s beneficial to, in fact, destroy them? Reminds me of the Joni Mitchell song in the ‘60s “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot ... then they took all the trees and put them in a tree museum.”

I’d really hate to see four million acres of land in 131 Georgia counties turned into solar panels for a tax break instead of pines trees and wildlife habitat. But that’s what Dublin Republican state Rep. Matt Hatcher has put forth and has actually gotten passed in the House of Representatives. It goes to the Senate for passage next. This could impact hunting/hiking/wildlife throughout the state in a negative way. Let’s rethink this land takeover by solar panels. Or like Mitchell’s song ends, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you got til its gone?”

-- Mike Malone

Bonaire

Timing off

In recent weeks, Cox Cable has developed a timing problem with local commercials starting several seconds after the network commercial has begun, which causes a late return to programming causing me to miss opening dialogUE. Cox has shown little propensity for correcting the timing of their automated control room.

-- A.W. Garland Sr.

Warner Robins

Entrance fee

I totally agree with the letter concerning the Cherry Blossom Festival entrance fee. I noticed the problem when it was first announced. Many of us who went to the park multiple times during the festival will have to cut back to maybe one visit. I’m a native of Macon and have been to every festival since it started. I’ve noticed, over the years, that the quality and number of great events has declined. I would get the booklets by the handfuls from festival promoters and give them out to people who knew nothing about the festival. I loved the kaleidoscope of cultures at Wesleyan and many other events like the health fair at the church on Vineville Avenue. I think this new additional charge can only hurt. Sorry.

-- Julian Lashley

Byron

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