Dear Macon community:
On the night of March 16, we made a terrible decision and vandalized two pieces of public art in Daisy Park and Tattnall Square Park. We are extremely sorry for our actions. Vandalizing the two bear statues showed an absolute disregard for community property, public art and community revitalization efforts in Macon. We realize our actions cannot be undone and the uniqueness of each piece of art is forever lost. We are committed, however, to paying the full amount needed for replacement of each statue to the Macon Arts Alliance and working with the alliance to ensure new statues are able to be made to replace the two we destroyed.
We want to publicly apologize to the artists, Ingrid Lyndon and Heidi Clinite, and to the Macon Arts Alliance. We also plan to come in person to make a formal apology to the entire board of the Macon Arts Alliance. We understand now the time, effort and love poured into each one of the bears and how that directly represents how people feel about this community, particularly the downtown area and Mercer University.
While our actions that evening cast a negative light on the institution we love so much and the fraternity that has been a home to us, we want to reiterate that these actions were ours alone and do not reflect the student body in any way or our chapter of Kappa Alpha.
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We have already begun working closely with Friends of Tattnall Square Park to volunteer in the park each week and will continue this throughout the spring semester.
We take full ownership for what we have done and again want to express how sorry we are. We believe the many steps we will be taking in the coming weeks and months will allow us to learn from our mistake and grow closer to the community.
We are proud to be Mercerians and proud to be a part of the Macon community. We certainly did not demonstrate that March 16, and plan to do everything we can to make up for that.
-- James McManus and Paul DiCarlo
I support a disarmament deal with Iran (Iranians express optimism over nuclear agreement, 3/17), but even the toughest agreement cannot completely eliminate the danger posed by Teheran. The UN says Iran already has enough low-enriched uranium to make seven nuclear weapons and we will never truly know what other secret progress Iranian scientists have made.
In the end, the only way to truly protect the U.S. homeland from rogue states with nuclear weapons, be it Iran, North Korea, or whoever comes next, is to fortify our defense against nuclear attack. Our ballistic shield is the front line of this defense. It uses a global network of radars and other sensors to spot enemy missile launches and then steers a “kill vehicle” into their path, destroying enemy incoming at the very edge of space. It’s one of the most amazing technologies our military has ever developed and it is cheap as well, just 1/500th of the military budget last year.
Democrats and Republicans have joined together to support this lynch-pin capability and the administration has restored funds it had initially proposed to cut from the program.
Optimism over a nuclear deal may be growing, but we must still do more to strengthen and expand our last line of nuclear defense.
-- Frederick S. Humphries, Ph.D.
Florida A&M University
Catherine Meeks believes we need to have a conversations about race. That we need to address where we are in the 21st century. Because she states, “it is certainly not where we were in earlier centuries.” I wonder to which century she is referring? She may not believe that this is the best of times for blacks, but it certainly is not the worst of times. In an effort to advance racial healing and reconciliation, she invites us to attend a meeting where the major impediment to a conversation about race will be identified.
I wonder if Meeks ever considers why so many whites do not want to discuss race? Many believe it will be a one-sided conversation. Meeks has stated many times that the fact that we have a black president is relevant. Does she think no whites voted for him? Also, for what ever reason, she is ignoring the fact that three people of color are seeking the Republican nomination for president.
Most whites do not understand the concept of white supremacy. To many it implies that they are at fault for the ills in the black community. Most cannot imagine what they have done to deserve such contempt and scorn.
Catherine mentions Ferguson, Missouri. To some whites, it was a spectacle of race mongers flocking to a community to promote their personal agendas and of low-lifes seizing the opportunity to riot, loot and burn. The Department of Justice has stated that many of the eyewitness accounts were false. People lied to promote the image of a racist cop killing a law-abiding black youth.
I wonder what Meeks thinks about the DOJ’s verdict? Does she believe such events will motivate whites to have a meaningful conversation about race? As far as I know she has not commented about the black man who shot two Ferguson cops. How does this fit into her campaign for the need to have meaningful conversations on race, social justice issues and the latest guilt-laden fad, revisionist history? That is, the version of history that conceals the wrongs committed by the majority, advances their achievements, and is intended to make them feel good about themselves.
-- Jim Costello
Freedom to vote or not
Compulsory voting is just another scheme by the liberal progressives to force all Americans to be on a national registry. All citizens would have be registered. That would be the only way the government would know if you voted or not. When voting you would have to show your picture ID card. Isn’t that what the Dumicrats are against now?
-- Brian T. Reid Sr.
A rich fantasy life
Gil Switzer obviously leads a rich fantasy life since he writes in the “Viewpoints” section of the March 25, Telegraph that the one question that should be asked of all presidential candidates is, “What are you going to do about the multiple Islamic enclaves (military training and community types now in the United States starting in 2002)?”
If Switzer will line his baseball cap with aluminum foil, it will protect him from surveillance by the drones and the black helicopters but not from alien abduction.
-- Charles J. Pecor