Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Monday, April 6

Anybody for a game of cards?

Boy, Obama and Secretary Kerry must be really disappointed in Iran’s nuclear scientists. I mean, how long is it going to take to build the damn bomb after all? Once built, there will be no restraints on the deranged Mullahs in Iran. Then King Putt can go back to work on curing his slice and Kombat Kerry can go back to windsailing in Narragansett. The current ludicrous ‘deal’ would die a natural death.

Meanwhile we are stuck in a “negotiation” the likes of which none of us has ever seen. Iran screams “Death to America” while Obama literally begs for a deal, any deal. If Iran’s foreign minister had a three digit IQ he’d realize he could ask for and get Hawaii, too.

I have a fantasy where my college roommates and I engage Obama/Kerry in a game of seven card stud. In short order we’d own their cash, wallets, car keys and a pile of IOUs. It would be an “unprecedented” beat down.

-- John Brogden

Warner Robins

In praise of Skene

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Attorney and Judge Mary Louise Skene, who grew up in Macon, served as a judge in Metter and practiced law in several Georgia communities, on her recent and very untimely passing.

During her exemplary 34-year career in the legal profession and justice system, Judge Skene practiced law in Newnan and Peachtree City and as an assistant district attorney in the Piedmont Judicial Circuit. After moving to Metter, she served as a Municipal Court Judge and as a Juvenile Court Judge for the Middle Judicial Circuit. She also served the Peachtree City community as president of the Civitan Club.

Judge Skene’s lifetime of service is an inspiration to all Georgia lawyers and judges. We are grateful for her many contributions toward ensuring justice for all citizens.

-- Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker

president, State Bar of Georgia


Burning in Hell, Part 2

Let me stand corrected. Viewpoints on the Opinion page in the Telegraph is no longer the best part of the newspaper. It has been displaced by comments some readers make toward the letters featured on that page, and Viewpoints has fallen to second place. Sorry guys, you can’t expect to remain number one forever. Perhaps a brief explanation is needed on my part for this personal renaissance.

Recently, one of my letters was used in Viewpoints where I joined columnist Dr. Bill Cummings in chastising some clergy of the church for frightening children and others in the congregation with tales of eternal fire and brimstone if they fail to live up to the tenets of that denomination. It was aptly titled “Burning in Hell” by the Viewpoints staff. Some readers agreed with my position but others whipped out a pen or keyboard and took a different stand. Commenter Felton/Fay Swicord was by far my favorite when she opined that Dr. Cummings and I were heretics. He cited two biblical passages supporting that we should be given two admonishments and if that proves ineffective, according to Titus 3:10 we should be “kept out of society.”

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a heretic as someone who dissents from an accepted belief or doctrine, a nonconformist. Some of the world’s biggest heretics were Galileo, Newton, Einstein, Churchill, Jefferson and JFK. My older childhood friend Paul was also a smaller heretic because he read science fiction in the 1940s and told us one day man would walk on the moon, but Mama always said he was just crazy. In that way she was a lot like Felton/FaySwicord, but she lived long enough to to hear Neil Armstrong say “that’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” from the moon’s surface and to apologize to Paul.

Hopefully Felton/FaySwicord will be so fortunate and will make a gesture toward Dr. Cummings. None for me please; the laugh I enjoyed from your post was enough.

-- John G. Kelley Jr.


Judge not

I am a Catholic and this is my take on homosexuality. I believe in the ‘”corporal works of mercy” which Jesus spoke of on the “Sermon on the Mount”

But, we also have the “spiritual works of mercy”

Comfort those who are suffering

Console those who have suffered loss

Forgive those who ask for pardon

Forbear with those who hurt us

Admonish the sinner

Educate the ignorant

One day we will all stand before the Lord and have to give an account of how we fulfilled these directives.

The last two necessarily involve making judgements concerning the actions of others which in this day and age is considered anathema. So, involving homosexuality, we are to admonish this action as is spelled out in our faith as being immoral. But, we are to do it with love and compassion. We are not called to judge the individual, only the actions which we believe are sinful. We have a duty as Christians to do this at the peril of their and our own soul. We should never judge, discriminate or degrade another individual as we are all children loved by God. All we can do is educate the individual on what is the real and absolute truth and let the Holy Ghost perform what it is He does. What we can never know nor judge is the inner motives of others in this respect because God alone knows the hearts of men and this judgement is reserved for Him alone.

-- David Burkovich


Children’s blessings

Once again I heard a politician state he/she is “doing it for the children.” It seem no matter the subject or political agenda, national, state or local politics, children are always proclaimed to be the recipients of their good intentions and are why this legislation needs passage. Really? That’s why the national debt that is reported continues to grow at a rate that simply boggles the mind. After all it’s not their money they’re spending. It makes me think -- blessed are the children for they shall inherit the debt.

-- Michael Snipes