Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Friday, May 22, 2015

Is it time to walk away?

“You got to know when to hold ‘em

Know when to fold them

Know when to walk away

Know when to run”

-- “The Gambler” by Don Schlitz

Anyone with enough personal financial savvy to have a $1,000 in the bank at the end of the month after the bills have been paid knew in 2014 that a large water park at Lake Tobesofkee is not a viable project. Spirit of America Corp. boondoggled the Bibb County Commission then with visions of profit and improved local quality of life if they would use some taxpayer dollars to help in the construction of such facility on the lake.

A frugal investor might have asked how any business can operate four months during the summer and earn sufficient money for upkeep during the eight months when tickets are not being sold. Now, as predicted by many, the manager of the park has pushed up opening date and is asking the commission for a permit to begin without completion, and for more financial help on the construction site. According to The Telegraph, Spirit of America is even proposing the use of temporary bathrooms for five years. Some taxpayers would not be surprised to see a proposal soon from the developers to sell the improvements at the park to the Bibb County Commission and hire Spirit of America Corp. or some other entity to operate the facility. If that should happen, it will push the local tax burden even higher, especially for the older population.

Hopefully the commissioners will take the sage advice of Kenny Rogers in his hit tune of 1978 and cut our losses on this failing project, and run. I would not bet the family farm that they will do so.

-- John G. Kelley Jr.



The “John Cole” Wednesday editorial cartoon was very appropriate for our National “Train Wreck.” However, the casual and incorrect utilization of the title “engineer” appears too often, especially to refer to a train operator as “the engineer.” One is only legally allowed to utilize the title “engineer” when the person has met the educational and experience requirements established by the respective state in which the person proposes to practice engineering in a specific discipline and that person has given satisfactory evidence of his proficiency to the licensing authority.

This leads me, as a registered engineer in multiple states for decades, to wonder why is the education, experience, proficiency, for engineering registration and verification more stringent than that to be president of the United States, but this is an unfair allegation since President Obama does have verifiable academic records similar to mine, doesn’t he?

-- Arthur D. Brook.


Not so fast on soy

I respect an individual’s right to choose whatever they wish to consume. With that stated, I want to address the letter sent by Morris Newman urging us to adopt a non-meat diet. One of his recommendations included using soy products as a healthy alternative.

Due to agribusiness, this could not be further from the truth. Unless USDA organic, the seeds used in the U.S. soy crop are largely controlled by Monsanto and have been genetically modified to accept glyphosate. These glyphosates are estrogen mimickers and deleterious to our health. Soy products made to resemble meat products are highly processed with the sludge of the soy bean industry.

Asians consume non-GMO fermented soy. Fermenting soy stops the effect of phytic acid, which binds and reduces assimilation of essential minerals. Soy phytoestrogens disrupt endocrine function and contain protease inhibitors. It is important to understand the biochemistry of our bodies, how agribusiness has so polluted and corrupted our food supply, and repeated disinformation has brought us to where we are today.

Prior to factory farms, our cattle were humanly raised and fed their natural diet of grass. Grass feeding causes the animal no distress or alteration of their biochemistry as grain and corn do. This is evidenced by the fact that meat from grass fed animals is rich in healthy CLA’s and omega 3 fatty acids and low in dangerous bacteria.

High levels of refined carbohydrates, transfats and polyunsaturated fats, which were introduced and widely used after WWII, are the main cause for our health woes today. Prior to that, consumption of quality saturated fats was much higher and obesity and heart disease were rare. Our bodies contain high levels of saturated fat and it is needed particularly around organs and cell membranes. Children need it to ensure proper brain and neurological development.

-- Kathy Solomon


Day of reckoning

On Wednesday, Richard Powers asked how licenses are given to people who speak no English. It’s very simple. The Republican Party in Georgia, along with the Democrats, is doing the bidding of business interests in the state who want cheap third-world labor. They have to make it convenient for them to stay here and take jobs that employers refuse to hire Americans to do. Don’t let the paid spokespeople in the media fool you. It isn’t just menial farm jobs. It is in industries across the spectrum from construction to information technology. Driver’s licenses, welfare, unemployment, whatever it takes to keep the business interests happy and the cheap labor in Georgia, they will do it. They despise working class Americans like you and me.

The short term profits are far more important than building our own economy and taking care of our own people. So what if the immigrants increase the burden on our schools, hospitals, law enforcement, courts, prison system and public assistance? They don’t think that far ahead because they can’t see past their hatred of their fellow Americans and their disgust at the idea of paying an American a decent wage so he can support his family and be a productive citizen who, in the long run, will contribute far more to the economy than the cheap Third World labor they are bringing in. Their day of reckoning is coming and it can’t come soon enough.

-- Mike Ganas


Free graduation speech

With high school and college graduations taking place, let’s clear the air on a important issue. Student-led prayer is protected freedom of speech and cannot be infringed upon by the schools, any judge, or the ACLU. Asking for God’s blessing and protection on classmates is the appropriate thing to do and does not violate the so called separation of church and state.

-- Mark Rhodes


We’ll leave the light on

The U.S. Capitol police force just announced a project to add spikes to the top of the fence around the president’s residence with the stated intent to keep out undocumented visitors. I hope all Democrats and “open borders” outfits protest this hateful and misguided effort, obviously rife with prejudice and discrimination. This fence is discriminatory and stigmatizes all who are turned away. These undocumented fence climbers deserve to visit the symbolic home of the USA -- the people’s house -- at any time they like.

-- John Brogden

Warner Robins

Ship by rail

For years I have been interested in the expansion of the Panama Canal and the resulting expansion of the ports at Savannah and Brunswick. However, it wasn’t until I read in the Wednesday Telegraph that the Panama project is expected to be completed next year. That is soon.

I understand the concern about the choke points at the Interstate 16/Interstate 75 interchange. But I am more concerned about the added maintenance of the entire highway as a result of having 500,000 more heavyweight containers being shipped by trucks.

Then in Thursday’s Telegraph is the article about the congressional highway funding bill. This may be the time to consider shipping the containers by rail rather than using the highways. Just a thought.

-- Jean E. Weaver


Second Street plans

It’s been several weeks since the mayor’s office said drawings of the Second Street Corridor would be posted to http://maconbibb.us. So far we have a low resolution aerial photo colored in highlighter and a two-year-old cartoon. And the cartoon shows three different options for the current phase of construction. When are we going to get real data -- elevations, lane widths, sidewalk widths, landscaping details, surfacing materials, etc. -- that will provide a detailed view of the finished corridor? At least the current phase. Surely they’re not building without drawings so we know drawings exist. I went by the engineering department but they referred me to the contractor.

-- Matt Dykes


The aerial photo is low resolution until you click on it to make it larger, and that makes it clear where the Little Richard Penniman Connector is headed, but as the letter writer suggests, it does not have the detail he is looking for.

-- Editors

Income inequality

At a time of massive income inequality, when 99 percent of all new income generated in this country goes to the top 1 percent, income inequality has also hit seniors. When the average Social Security benefit is $1,328 a month, and more than one-third of our senior citizens rely on Social Security for virtually all of their income to buy food, medicine, heat their homes, Social Security should be increased.

Republicans oppose helping our seniors. Instead they have proposed privatizing or raising the eligibility age. Republican trolls Ben Damron and Spyros Alvonellos tried to deceive and mislead readers with erroneous information about Social Security. That Lyndon Johnson used Social Security funds to fund the Vietnam war. And Jimmy Carter authorized Social Security to undocumented aliens. Neither claim is factual.

It is a common ploy by Republicans and GOP trolls to state erroneous information to deliberately deceive people. Damron and Alvonellos deliberately planting misleading information calls into question their creditability about anything they write. Damron and Alvonellos may try to deceive people about Social Security, but it is a fact Republicans are trying to undermine the solvency of Social Security.

Senior citizens need to send a loud, clear message: Don’t mess with senior citizens. And they can start by replacing Sen. Johnny Isakson.

-- Ronald L. Cain