Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Wednesday, April 29

Faulty reasoning

In a recent article, Dr. Bill Cummings inferred that our President lied when he rolled out his health care plan, with Mr. Obama stating: “if you want to keep your doctor you can.”

One of Cumming’s best friends wrote to him and suggested that President Obama was not lying when he made this infamous statement. His friend’s assertion was that “you can’t accuse the President of lying unless the President admits he lied, and he has never admitted it.”

My simple question to Dr. Cummings and his misguided friend is this: since when did a liar have to confess himself to be a liar in order to qualify as one?

Furthermore, Dr. Cumming’s friend’s contention that “it’s not Obamacare that prevents us from keeping our doctors -- it’s companies like UPS and Home Depot ... that have changed their insurance coverages because of the high cost of Obamacare” is faulty reasoning.

After all, why did all those “hundreds of companies” feel compelled to change their insurance plans? You can bet it was not because, under Obamacare, they had suddenly found a better deal. The answer is obvious -- it was a direct result of their employees being unable to keep their doctors or their existing health plans due to the high cost of Obamacare!

I agree with Dr. Cumming’s assertion that it pains him when journalists state their opinions as facts, but I assert that it is equally painful when journalists fail to have eyes to see and ears to hear.

-- Tim Lewis

Elko

Back to Gettysburg

I did not imply that Mr. Sandefur does not have the right to propose a what-if scenario on what would have happened if Gen. Lee died July 2, 1863. The problem with what-ifs is that they are based on conjecture; therefore, all suppositions are valid. I believe that Gen. Longstreet would have retreated July 3. And he would have asked President Davis for guidance.

Someone had to be blamed for the defeat at Gettysburg. I do not believe it was Longstreet’s fault. Lee’s strategy July 3 was complicated. Longstreet had to wait for all of Lee’s objectives to be completed before he could commence an attack. None of Lee’s objectives was accomplished. And the attack on the Union’s center did not start until midday. Some of the infantry did reach the Union Army’s line, but because there was no reserve force they could not take advantage of the breach, and they had to retreat.

Grant was a proponent of total war. He knew that the only way to end the was to destroy the Army of Northern Virginia, and destroy the Confederacy’s ability to manufacture war material. Grant knew that ordering Sherman to attack Atlanta was risky. But it achieved its objectives. The Confederates could not transfer reinforcements to help Lee.

-- Jim Costello

Perry

Taking the Fourth

I absolutely do not condone the actions of any person or persons illegally discharging a firearm randomly or otherwise in a residential area, especially one known to be frequented by boaters. In the case of the recent shooting at Lake Tobesofkee, all the facts are not fully known at this point, so I must await those facts before making any final judgments as to the motives of the shooter. With what I know now, I believe this was just an unfortunate act of random stupidity with no malice intended.

As to the actions of the sheriff’s deputies, I think they acted prudently under the immediate circumstances where so little evidence was verifiable and the home owner’s Fourth Amendment rights were in full force and authority.

Had the deputies had hard evidence of criminal activity coming from this particular home identified in the dark, they could and should have obtained a legal search warrant and then entered the premises to complete their investigation.

Unfortunately, race has become an issue in this case as in other recent “hot button” cases involving other law enforcement agencies and I believe Sheriff Davis bowed to the pressure as did District Attorney David Cooke.

The larger issue here as I see it involves the doctor’s Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable search and seizure. If the evidence is compelling enough to persuade a magistrate to issue a search warrant, then there must be probable cause and a search for further evidence is justified.

Our Fourth Amendment rights are in real jeopardy today with even the Supreme Court siding with a New Jersey town allowing the town to take an elderly lady’s home so they could collect more taxes from a proposed commercial development that was never built.

Surely the boaters had their right to be secure on the lake and until proven to be a source of illegal activity, the doctor had his right to be secure in his own home.

-- Charles T. Wolf Jr.

Macon

Intolerant

The Liberal left likes to throw around the word “tolerable” a lot, but when it comes down to facts they are the ones who are the most intolerant when it comes to social issues like gun rights and abortion.

-- Mark Rhodes

Pitts

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