Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Continuing legacy

A sizable group of people of diverse backgrounds and positions were gathered Monday for the celebration of the life of Jerry M. Modena Sr. (retired sheriff). An appropriately solemn, meaningful service was given. Not only were his achievements noted, but his great character and love of family, friends and community were evident. There was a spirit of God’s presence and love throughout the whole group. A thought of continuing legacy for Modena is that each of us seek community enrichment, not through diversity, but the unity of God’s love that was present throughout this service. May we all share God’s love, forgiveness and peace every day.

-- Bobby W. Chastain



When we say “eat, drink and be merry,” “scapegoat,” “a broken heart,” “a fly in the ointment,” “a labor of love,” “a sign of the times,” “a two-edged sword,” “fat of the land,” “wolf in sheep’s clothing,” “the skin of my teeth,” “eye for an eye,” “the blind leading the blind,” “my brother’s keeper,” “thorn in the side,” “salt of the earth,” “the handwriting on the wall,” “woe is me,” “sweating blood,” “a drop in the bucket,” “we reap what we sow,” “the powers that be” or the “spirit is willing but the flesh is weak,” we’re quoting Scripture.

These biblical phases and thousands like them are woven into the world’s vocabulary and can be heard in conversations throughout the world. Making atheists and freedom-from-religion people Bible-quoting hypocrites.

Mark Twain once said, “It’s better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and remove all doubt.”

-- Travis L. Middleton

Peach County


Richard Brunt of Victoria, British Columbia, recently wrote a letter about the confusion Canadians have about U.S. elections. His letter was published by the Daily Kos and has since gone viral. I thought some of our regular Viewpoints readers might find the following letter interesting:

“Many of us Canadians are confused by the U.S. mid-term elections. Consider, right now in America, corporate profits are at record highs, the country’s adding 200,000 jobs per month, unemployment is below 6 percent, U.S. gross national product growth is the best of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.

“The dollar is at its strongest levels in years, the stock market is near record highs, gasoline prices are falling, there’s no inflation, interest rates are the lowest in 30 years, U.S. oil imports are declining, U.S. oil production is rapidly increasing, the deficit is rapidly declining, and the wealthy are still making astonishing amounts of money.

“America is leading the world once again and respected internationally -- in sharp contrast to the Bush years. Obama brought soldiers home from Iraq and killed Osama bin Laden.

“So, Americans vote for the party that got you into the mess that Obama just dug you out of? This defies reason. When you are done with Obama, could you send him our way?”

-- Carl Pirkle


Makes you proud

So often we are quick to admonish members of our police force. I wish to do the opposite. Last week a lady suffering from some mental problems was evicted from a Greyhound bus in Macon. She was traveling from Indiana to Florida. The sheriff’s office was called. The deputy assigned to the call saw the lady’s distress, paid to have a transfer bus ticket given to her to complete her trip later in the day, bought her a breakfast and dropped her off at a downtown church. I met her at this church.

Later in the day, he confirmed that all was well at the bus station. I was amazed that someone in our sheriff’s office would share so much of his time and finances to help this lady reach her destination. The whole incident made me very proud of our Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

-- Marilyn Armstrong


‘Mater sandwich

I enjoyed Ed Grisamore’s column in the Telegraph on teen texting as I have enjoyed most of his writings. Ed has that gift of snatching the germ of an idea from thin air and spinning it into an interesting story for all to enjoy. In the years I’ve red his material I don’t recall Ed wading into politics or other name calling sports, and that has been to his credit. We will miss his regular columns, but it is good to know he will, from time to time, grace the pages of The Telegraph again with good human stories. As Alan Funt said in years past: “When you least expect it, smile; you’re on Candid Camera.” So will it be with Ed’s future columns.

Any writing about Ed falls short of its mark unless his love of tomato sandwiches is mentioned. I kid you not, Ed would choose a couple of mayonnaise laden July tomatoes on soft bread any day over a porterhouse steak with trimmings. A few days ago I planted some Better Boys and Amelias and in 60 days they should be ripe unless the deer, blight, drought, wilt or hail pays a visit to the garden. Maybe Ed will get a tomato text when he least expects it.

-- John G. Kelley Jr.


They really care

I just wanted to give a little credit to the people working at Pet Supermarket on Tom Hill Sr. Boulevard for their love of animals. I stopped in there for the first time and saw the wonderful way they care about animals firsthand. Someone had brought them a little dog that had been found on the road. Apparently the lady who found him had been turned away from other animals stores and didn’t know what to do with it. The staff there couldn’t be that cold hearted. They set about trying to find the lost pet a home.

I was tempted to take him with me but I have enough already. When I came back today, there he was, playing with one of the managers. When I asked about his condition the man said the staff had agreed to take turns boarding the pet until they could find him a home. You just don’t find that kind of care anymore. There are a lot of these places that claim to care about pets that are just out for a quick buck. But these people went the extra mile to make sure this lost little soul was OK. As an owner of two rescues myself, I’ve used their big name competition for years, and I can truly say that you won’t find that attitude there. In this day and age, it’s nice to see people live up to their talk. Cheers to them. You earned my business and my respect.

-- Graham A. Nash


Unspoken agenda?

The truth seems to have struck a nerve in Frank Sherian of Juliette. No matter what you believe, it’s not going to change the truth. Ask the medical field and not politicians what they believe about cannabis oil. I believe the people who are pushing to legalize this drug may have an underlying reason. Time will tell. Of course, liberals think everything should be legal. As far as voting, my vote will probably cancel out Sherians vote every time. Prayer and counseling is always available for the unlearned.

-- Louis Kitchens


Speak English to drive

I read the letter from Liz Shepard “More wrecks than ever.” I agree with what she said about the lack of driver training and how it has become a joke. One item she forgot to mention is the ability to read English so you can read the road signs.

I witnessed an accident the other day and the “at fault” driver ran through a red light and hit a van with three children in it. Sad to say, two of the children were injured and had to be hospitalized. Here’s the problem. The “at fault” driver had a Georgia driver’s license yet could not speak or read English. The police investigating the accident said this happens all the time and their hands were tied.

My questions are, how did the driver get a Georgia license without being able to read English? Who approved the “at fault” driver to get a license? Did the driver have insurance? What do the arresting officers do with the driver not being able to speak English? It goes on and on.

-- Richard Powers