Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Sunday, May 31, 2015

Slowpoke for highways

I’m not a lawyer or politician, and I don’t play one on TV. But I would like to attempt to answer the recent letter regarding the “slowpoke law.” In answer to the gentleman’s question, I don’t think the law was intended to penalize people driving in town needing to make a left turn. Someone who gets in the left lane a mile or so before turning off Ga. 247 onto Watson Boulevard isn’t obstructing traffic.

I think the law was intended for interstates and four-lane highways such as U.S. 441. It’s infuriating, not to mention dangerous, to get behind someone in the left or passing lane going slow then having to strain your neck to the right to pass, then have to look back to the left again to see if you can get back into the passing lane.

Before anyone writes in complaining about the dangers of speeding, two things to consider. 1.) Local law enforcement (not Georgia State Patrol) can’t ticket someone for doing five to seven miles over the speed limit. 2.) There are signs all along Interstate 16 which read “Slower Traffic Keep Right.” Though I’ve not noticed them along Interstate 75 and don’t travel Interstate 475, I’d be willing to bet the same expectation holds true there.

Really, it boils down to this. While it is frustrating to get behind someone slow in the left lane on Riverside Drive, they have a reason to be there because there are connecting streets on the left that one might need to access. But unless you’re attempting to merge onto I-16 from I-75 north or stay on I-75 south coming from Forsyth to Macon, what need do you have to be in the passing lane if you’re not going to use it to pass someone?

People who obstruct the flow of traffic on the interstate and highways where it’s all one direction, I would submit, are the ones the “slowpoke law” is intended for.

-- Dave Whitaker


It’s our responsibility

You know with all the ISIS killings and human suffering, we are so blessed for all Americans who gave their lives for the freedoms we so seldom realize, yet the framers of our Constitution foresaw and formulated a document instilling laws and principles we should forever adhere to.

Today it seems presidents, Congresses, secretaries of state, politicians, special self interest groups, etc., have forgotten principles and why laws are passed. They expect us to appease them when they lie, cheat, ignore our Constitution, break our laws and use people to achieve their political power over “We the People.” A good example is illegal immigration. Aren’t you sick and tired of hearing “our immigration system is broken?” Well, any system breaks down and goes into overload when principles are thrown away and laws are broken, resulting in millions of illegals, incarnations, broken families, drugs, killings, rioting, burning, destroying, judges colluding with political parties rather than justice, etc.

Well today, I am William Tyler Page of 1918 speaking to you on behalf of our beloved country. I believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people, whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed, a democracy in a republic, a sovereign nation of many sovereign states; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity for which American patriots sacrificed their lives and fortunes. I therefore believe it is (our) duty to (our) country to love it, to support its Constitution, to obey its laws, to respect its flag and to defend it against all enemies.

Since we the people are our country, who among us elect our officials, maybe it is time for all to take a good look in the mirror, for it seems so many are losing and/or have lost the desire and/or ability to uphold our laws and principles for which so many have died.

-- Faye W. Tanner


A few questions

Apparently our Bibb County Board of Education has no shame. Airing the members’ inability to deal with contracts due to racial barriers are childish, immature and one of countless reasons the board cannot lead. Since they also rule the roost over the superintendent, if he is worth his salt, he might well seek a recall of the entire board through the state board of education.

In Friday’s article, an all too regular appearance of a local builder with a $1.2 million design contract appeared. My first thought was, is this the very best that can be found? Taking no issue as to whether they (any of the contractors) are competent, but just how many sources were used to get bids?

How much business does all of Bibb County’s agencies do with which companies? If it is unevenly distributed, there is bound to be conflicts. Knowing they are highly socially tied to many of our elected officials is unavoidable. The Country Club, after all, comprises 80 percent of the total wealth of Bibb County. Our mayor is one of a long line of families who had their children follow in this wealth.

Please consider that if the Bibb County leaders could save just 15 percent of the tens of millions of dollars contracted annually, our taxes could be lower.

If the county was run with a business plan like yours and mine, their travel and entertainment would be cut by more than half. But Bibb County is centering our taxes on downtown and the taxpayer be damned.

-- Joe Hubbard


Blending in

Now we know that Mike Ganas doesn’t like folks who cannot speak English and have a drivers’ license. Also that he doesn’t care that “eight children and teenagers are lost to gun violence daily.” His Second Amendment rights are supreme.

Most of the immigrants in our nation’s history arrived here not speaking English, including my grandparents from Sweden in the 1890s. They learned English and started a small milk dairy and had seven children who were my aunts and uncles who all spoke English.

Our state needs workers to do jobs like roofing, construction and landscaping, etc. All the roofing jobs in my subdivision were done by Hispanic crews of hard-working men. Their supervisors/bosses are often American citizens who speak English and enough Spanish to do their jobs.

If we allow them to come here on tourist visas to visit their relatives, they will usually stay. Then they will learn English and eventually become productive citizens. They will need drivers’ licenses to be self-sustaining. They will blend in with our 1 million new legal citizens annually.

-- Frank W. Gadbois

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