Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Saturday, June 6, 2015

Infiltrate ISIS

Since ISIS seems to accept Western potential Jihadists with open arms, it seems to me that this outfit should be fairly easy to infiltrate. A few dedicated, brave westerners could wreak havoc within their ranks. We complain that we have no reliable intelligence without putting troops on the ground. Sure it would be dangerous, but we’ve done it before in other conflicts.

I’m sure we know the names of Westerners fighting on the side of ISIS. Somehow sow the seeds of doubt as to their loyalty and actually subtly betray them so ISIS has to watch their back and can never really be sure these people are not spies for the West.

Once they behead a few western “spies,” their recruitment program will take a serious hit. This shouldn’t be that hard to figure out -- that is if we really want to. Also, it should be obvious to the most casual observer that ISIS troop movements are not exactly in the jungle-covered Ho Chi Minh trail. They are in a desert. I know I’ve seen miles of convoys on television. Observers on the ground are not necessary as I’m sure these troop movements are visible by satellite. Where are the A-10’s?

-- Gary F. Biltz


Win to cooperate?

On D-Day Gen. Dwight Eisenhower did not tell his troops we were going to defeat the national socialists so that we could cooperate with them. The order Eisenhower gave was to rid the earth of Hitler, his band of murderous thugs and everything they stood for.

In the November elections, America gave the Republicans a mandate to stop President Obama and the Democrats from wrecking this country, and we expect that this carnage be stopped and reversed. Republicans now say they want to cooperate with Obama so that he will move to the middle. Americans don’t want to hear this nonsense, because Obama is a leftist who hates our Constitution and deliberately circumvents it.

Much to our chagrin, GOP House Speaker John Boehner and all but 67 House Republicans joined Obama and the Democrats to repeal Section 716 in the Omnibus spending bill. Section 716 was included to prevent government bailout of Wall Street trading losses in speculative credit swap derivatives. Obama knew the contempt voters have for Wall Street bailouts when he told bankers that he was the only thing between them and the pitchforks.

-- Robert A. Dahlquist

Orange, California

Time to get a life

If the entries for debit card purchases in my checkbook register are any indication, I live a very uneventful life. Most entries are for Fred’s, Chick-Fil-A and Wal-Mart. With all due respect, there’s a trio that screams, “get a life.” A further examination revealed that I also use my debit card to pay for gasoline. But that doesn’t make my life more exciting. Although I use different gas stations, I get the same brand every time.

But life hasn’t passed me by completely. A recent survey revealed that Wal-Mart is the most popular commercial enterprise in the nation. And I shop there. That alone doesn’t improve my life, but it does mean there are others out there as bored and boring as I am.

-- Robert L. Lehane

Fort Valley

Antibiotic resistance

President Obama directed federal agencies to serve antibiotic-free meat and poultry in government cafeterias. The FDA will require animal producers to obtain authorization from a licensed veterinarian to use drugs to treat a specific disease, rather than just to promote rapid growth, as is current practice. As much as 80 percent of all U.S. antibiotics are used in animal agriculture. The moves come amid growing concern about the link between routine antibiotic use in animal agriculture and human infections by bacteria that have developed resistance to antibiotics because of their excessive use.

The CDC estimates that antibiotic resistance causes 2 million illnesses per year in the U.S. and 23,000 deaths. It also adds $20 billion per year in health care costs and $35 billion in lost productivity. And we thought animal products were just linked to heart disease, cancer and stroke. While government agencies reduce antibiotics in animal products, the rest of us can do better immediately with wholesome vegetables, fruits, legumes, grains and a rich variety of plant-based meats, cheeses, milks and ice creams available in every supermarket. These foods contain all the nutrients we require, without the deadly pathogens, antibiotics, carcinogens, cholesterol and saturated fats.

-- John Bennett


The next Detroit?

A cast of highly-paid individuals showed taxpayers we need new people handling our tax dollars. The very idea that the county manager and his assistant is just looking into a $5 million shortfall in the year 2012 is tragic. Knowing the budget deadline, why were those eligible to retire not mandated to do so in early June? To tell us after your foolish extension of time what a problem it is causing is moronic. This is not rocket science. I am finally understanding there is open competition to disclose who is more incompetent, county government or the board of education. Reaching into financial reserves should not be taken so lightly. Rarely does it prove logical. Clay Murphey points out our pathetic infrastructure and need of $50 million and our leadership talks of an opulent sports center. Point of fact, we need to shut down or at least cut spending on recreational projects. Check back to 1960 when Macon was strong and you will find kids playing on school grounds and not supervised pools and the like.

Talk to knowledgeable folk and they will tell you Macon-Bibb is looking like the next Detroit.

-- Joe Hubbard