Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Friday, May 8, 2015

Selective history

Bob Norcott’s Tuesday letter blaming Democrats for Baltimore’s urban problems is based on false premises. But then he blames the promises of citizenship to 11.2 million illegals by Democrats for future job woes in Baltimore. Most of these new citizens are homeowners and small businessmen who pay their taxes. They are assets not liabilities.

The 2008 recession was caused by Wall Street and the banks run by mostly rich Republicans. We were losing 80,000 jobs monthly and countless Americans lost their homes and life savings. Remember TARP and bailing out AIG? Bob’s sad commentary on Baltimore and our illegals is basically a fictional rambling of selective history aimed at discrediting Democrats and not the whole truth.

-- Frank W. Gadbois

Warner Robins

Irritate liberals

There are three sure-fire ways to irritate liberals (pay attention Mr. G):

1. Own a gun.

2. Have a job.

3. Read the Constitution.

Thanks to my grands who introduced me to Facebook.

-- Jerry Norris

Warner Robins

Clucked

Tuesday’s vote by the Warner Robins City Council to ban backyard chicken raising was exceptionally disappointing. The council cobbled together a terrible ordinance and then heroically voted it down on May 5. Instead of creating an ordinance that protected citizens’ personal liberties while ensuring property values would be unaffected and that nuisance issues could be addressed, the council created an illogically restrictive, disjointed and expensive ordinance, knowing they would be forced to vote against it.

More than 500 cities in America allow urban chickens. Let’s learn from their successes and challenges. Let’s create a workable ordinance that protects our liberties and our property values. Let’s ensure nuisances are avoided. Nuisance laws are already in place. Let’s acknowledge the large number of pro-chicken voters -- Warner Robins Citizens for Urban Chicken Raising (CLUCK) submitted a petition signed by more than 400 Warner Robins citizens. That’s not chicken feed. Yet, those voter signatures were utterly disregarded. This is not rocket science and does not have to be a divisive problem. It’s just four hens.

-- Tammy Bushnell

Warner Robins

Will miss Ed

My wife Martha and I would like to provide special commendation to Ed Grisamore for his outstanding daily work in bringing readers’ attention to ordinary people and their many extraordinary accomplishments. Ed has a special and unusual talent of finding and writing about the many unnoticed deeds of regular citizens in Middle Georgia. He has no equal in this regard. We are both daily readers of The Telegraph and read without exception his writings and we always question: how is it possible for him to locate and write so many interesting stories of everyday folks?

That special talent is always inspirational and uplifting and Macon received a special blessing when Ed was given an opportunity of being an employee of The Telegraph. We commend you Ed. You are one of a kind. We will miss you each and every day. A job well done.

-- David and Martha Carter

Lying among the wreckage

The Christian flag no longer flies over City Hall in Cochran. Although not a revelation, the news hit me as if I were a Southern soul of long ago, being informed of the fall of Vicksburg, Petersburg, Atlanta or Richmond. A national activist group claimed that Cochran was violating the First Amendment by flying a Christian flag at its City Hall and threatened a lawsuit. A “national group.” Many of our ancestors fought a war to keep anything “national” beyond our borders. Our loss is now re-emphasized.

The point of controversy was only few feet of tri-color cloth being hauled down in a citadel of unabashed faith, but the finality was oppressive. I lament the actions of those who voted for removal, but I was not the one threatened, they were. All it took was a threat from Americans United for Separation of Church and State who probably never heard of Cochran before the community tried to boldly stand for God? Its executive director, the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, wrote, “When government buildings fly a Christian flag ... it sends a crystal clear message that one religion is favored above all others.” He sounds nothing like any reverend I know.

This flag causes the same distress to some as the King James Bible? If they are powerless implements of Almighty God, could they not be easily ignored among those who acknowledge no such belief?

America will lie among the wreckage of those who turned from God.

-- John Wayne Dobson

Macon

“Jeopardy” question

A fictional exchange on “Jeopardy”: “Alex, I’ll take Human Curiosity for $200.” The answer: a letter writer who rails against someone twisting the word of God in regards to homosexuality when it’s listed as a sin in both the old and New Testaments then proceeds to question someone’s salvation which the Bible says not to do.

“What is irony?” “Correct!”

-- Dave Whitaker

Danville

Dagny’s dream

Just a feel good story on a local Macon student. Dagny Ingle, my 14-year-old light of my life, is a ninth-grader at Central High School in its magnet programs (International Baccalaureate and Fine Arts minor in dance). She considers herself a self-described nerd. A straight “A” student with a love for math and science. But first and foremost, my Dagny is a dancer. Dancing since she was 3 years of age, we have spent most of her life in leotard and tights. She has been a part of Jane Madison’s Studio in Macon since she was five and she has danced in the local Nutcracker of Middle Georgia since she was eight. For those who make the local Nutcracker a tradition, you will have seen her as a mouse, jester, party girl, Chinese, flower, Spanish and in 2013, Clara.

This January, Dagny auditioned for the esteemed American Ballet Theater’s summer intensive. She has been invited to attend their five-week New York City advanced classes this summer. This is a dream opportunity but this small town single mom didn’t see how we could make it happen. Dagny refuses to give up. She has created an Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign to raise the funds to cover her tuition, room and board, transportation and required ABT dancewear: http:/igg.me/at/dagnysdancingdream.

I was wondering if we might tell her story in our local paper to help her reach her dream. Small town dancer trying to dance in the Big Apple.

-- Joyce Ingle

Macon

Not worthy of pity

For those who, like me, are disturbed about the juvenile desecration of our nation’s flag, Old Glory, I have advice for how to handle this latest assault on all levels of our national traditions. The Supreme Court has ruled that this action can be considered a form of free speech protected under the Constitution. We should all, from the highest elected and appointed offices, obey our laws even though we might personally disagree and not emulate the example of many who break laws rioting and causing mayhem, even though encouraged by the actions of some leaders.

Those committing these actions are not worthy of pity that might be considered upon one who has such inadequacies of knowledge and communication skills. Do not argue or give them a stage for their 15 minutes of shame. Bestow on them that which they deserve, silence. Shun them as you would carefully walk through a chicken yard lest their presence foul you -- no pun intended.

Their actions vividly display their inability to articulate their infantile actions. I further suggest that we refrain from urging them to leave the USA. We can possibly utilize their talents for the menial tasks needed in every society.

-- Arthur D. Brook.

Macon

A lie

Dr. Bill Cummings, a lie is a lie is a lie is a lie. Half truths are lies. If you repeat a lie it is still a lie. You cannot whitewash it. A lie will always be a lie, no matter who repeats it and how many times it is repeated.

-- L.A. Wright

Warner Robins

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