Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Monday, May 18, 2015

Fine without paperwork

Bibb County has an opportunity to collect tens of thousands of dollars by using a little common sense (That might be the problem). We have hundreds of homeowners who refuse to maintain their properties.

Now the merry-go-round starts. You call 751-7192 and file a complaint. An inspector goes to see the property and writes a report. Here are the costs. Salary, gas, SSI, retirement wear on vehicle and insurance. ($125) Then a letter is sent (salary, postage, copy and file time $26). Then that same inspector goes back to see if it has been resolved. So now duplicate the initial original costs. The bottom line is this: Fine the homeowner after one failure to comply ($100 up to $500 for multiple cases).

Result? Cut staff by half and rather than lose money on this department, make money.

I do not know the number of repetitive people involved, but I bet taxpayers are spending at least $500,000. Guessing at least 15 people at $32 an hour when you add all the costs of employment and another $20,000 for transportation. Folks, this is not rocket science. But remember, top management knows votes come from happy folks. We still have a lot of dead wood and costs.

-- Joe Hubbard


Stick to paper

I read in Tuesday’s paper about the proposed budget for Houston County schools. I was shocked that their goal is to move 50 percent of their testing online. I think this is a recipe for disaster. Younger kids tend to know more about computers than adults. This means kids being tested might be able to hack the system and give themselves higher grades. Of course this isn’t the only problem. We can all remember the recent sentencing of teachers who changed grades in Atlanta. How much easier is it to change grades that are saved on a computer? There would be no paper trail either, and teachers would possibly be able to edit thousands of grades at once if they wanted to. Paper testing is much safer and we should stick to it.

-- Marcus Roting



On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to Dean Daisy Hurst Floyd on her reappointment to serve as dean of the Walter F. Georgia School of Law at Mercer University.

In her return to the position she previously held from 2004 to 2010, and in an interim role since February 2014, Dean Floyd will be well-served by that experience as well as her more recent service as University Professor of Law and Ethical Formation, in which she led Mercer in collaborations between undergraduate and professional education to prepare students for lives of purpose and responsibility. Before starting at Mercer law school, she was associate dean for academic affairs at Texas Tech University Law School, where she was a faculty member for 14 years.

Dean Floyd’s acceptance of this appointment is further evidence of her dedication to the cause of justice through strong legal education. We wish her well as she resumes this capacity of academic leadership.

-- Patrise M. Perkins-Hooker

President, State Bar of Georgia

Fence sitters

A new research survey has shown that Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to hold permissive views on other sexual morality issues. This makes sense as many who profess to be Christians have fallen “lock step” in line with popular culture and need to take a close, hard look at what it is they really believe. You cannot sit on the fence anymore. The times we are in dictate a commitment to one side or the other. Which side will you fall on?

-- David Burkovich


All the best

With all the murder, madness and mayhem going on in the world today, it was a pleasure to read about the four college graduates in the “Meet the future” in May 9’s Telegraph. Each is a true inspiration, and they deserve front page coverage. I wish them all the very best.

Robert L. Lehane

Fort Valley