Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Path to clean water

I attended the town hall meeting hosted by Environment Georgia on March 30, and I thought it went tremendously well. Congressman Hank Johnson’s presence was much-appreciated, and the fact that he took the time to attend demonstrated his care and passion for Georgia’s waterways.

The meeting was very informative, and I was glad to see so many other avid citizens in attendance. This is a great way to bring awareness to Georgia’s polluted water systems. As a resident of Georgia, I am becoming increasingly concerned about our water systems and the amount of pollutants that are currently and continuously being dumped into our rivers and streams.

Although it was great to observe Johnson’s passion, as a resident of Atlanta, I would like to see U.S. Rep. John Lewis also heading down the path of clean water. I believe that together, we can make a difference.

-- Lucy Shen

Atlanta

Religious freedom act

I have been listening to some of the TV attacks on Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana for signing a law designed to provide specific legal rights to people who believe in and practice the Christian faith. I was more than pleased to see someone with the courage to oppose the attempts of homosexuals and corrupt politicians who are working to destroy the Bible and teachings of God. I recalled the statement in Joshua 24:14-15 “And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the river, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Several Republican candidates for president have recently affirmed their endorsement of these religious freedom laws. This is an effort to be recognized as standing on God’s side.

When politicians are willing to stand on God’s side we should recognize it, regardless of party. Today, tomorrow and through the future elections you can stand on God’s side if you will commit to not vote for any politician who attacks or opposes any religious freedom act.

-- Bob Blackshear

Warner Robins

April Fools’ joke?

Here I was thinking no one would play April Fools’ jokes on us. That maybe we had all become too jaded. But lo and behold, Frank Gadbois came through. His April 1 letter had to be that. I mean really, no one can be that much of a bleating sheep, uneducated, illiterate, left-wing sycophant. It had to be an April Fools’ joke on us. Either that or another of his desperate cries for attention. You choose.

-- Michael Collins

Centerville

Entrance fee

I have enjoyed the Cherry Blossom Festival for many years, spending several afternoons at Central City Park, where our family would eat, enjoy the live music, look at crafts while the children enjoyed the rides. I even played with a team when they used to have a volleyball tournament. On March 20, the first day of the festival, we went as a family, to enjoy the park and the festivities and found the park fenced off. They didn’t charge the customary $5 parking charge, but an individual entrance fee into the park, which means our daily visits to Central City Park during Cherry Blossom are history.

Our festival is not ours anymore, unless of course you hold some type of public office, which makes you somebody and you gain entrance into the park as a VIP and do not have to pay the entrance fee. This saddens me. I really love the festival and the activities around it, but I will not be paying these fees to gain entrance into our public park. Cherry Blossom Festival organizers, shame on you. I seriously doubt attendance to this year’s events were boosted or that sales inside the park were as good as in year’s past. People who pay an entrance fee, may not be able to spend money to eat and buy souvenirs as they did in prior years, because now they have to spend money just to come in.

-- Rocio Burlison

Macon

Sending a message

Nothing explains the actions of the educators in Atlanta. Not unlike our current BOE, those people put themselves above the students. Adult cheating and corruption is exactly the wrong theme to show on every media in Atlanta to all the students. Assuming the judge is not corrupted and the juries perform their duties, the maximum 20 years is the best way to get the message across.

Will our president once again use his executive power to release those found guilty as he did with 20 murderers and life terms last month. Folks, as sure as Arizona and California are running out of water, America is a tailspin toward self-destruction.

-- Joe Hubbard

Macon

None of the people pardoned by Obama or whose sentences were commuted were in jail for murder.

-- Editors

Illegitimate

I looked up the definition of illegitimate child and here’s what I found. 1. Born of parents not married to each other. Born out of wedlock.2. Not legitimate, not sanctioned by law or custom. 3. Unlawful, illegal. 4. Irregular, not in good usage. 5. Obsolete. No child should be referred to as illegitimate and no child should ever be called obsolete.

-- Christan Keith Bowen

Fernandina Beach, Fla.

Line in sand

The president must have drawn a “line in the sand” about finishing up nuclear negotiations with Iran by March 31, because he announced that negotiations would be extended past the deadline.

-- Dan Topolewski

Kathleen

How you really feel

Archie Bunker is alive and well, living in the body of Rodger Woltjer (Love or leave.) In the course of one letter to the editor, Woltjer uses the following words to describe those with whom he disagrees; no-good dimwit, bonehead elitist, pea-brain Americans, idiots, pinhead students, putrid, morons, ignorance, dipsticks, warped-minded and crackpots. Why don’t you tell us how you really feel, Woltjer?

-- Anne VanDalinda

Warner Robins

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