Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Sunday, June 7, 2015

Too steep boat ramp

Bragg Jam got cheated on the so-called canoe and tube take-out. Get ready for more people to get swept down the Ocmulgee by missing the “New South River Boat Ramp” at Amerson River Park. Who designed this canoe and kayak take-out? It is a flight of concrete steps about three-feet wide and 20 feet high. Look at the Spring Street boat ramp. That is a very nice boat ramp. Try dragging a kayak or canoe that weighs between 50 and 80 pounds up concrete steps that are not straight but have several turns. Somebody please fix this. Make a real boat ramp for the south river access at Amerson River Park.

-- R.D. Coleman

Macon

No more room in the clown car

With the inclusion of Sen. Lindsey Graham, the distinguished gentleman from South Carolina, as a presidential candidate there is no more room in the GOP Clown Car. As a GOP hawk, the distinguished gentleman from South Carolina, Graham has endlessly presented himself as a Gulf War veteran.

Despite repeated statements that he served in operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm, Graham was actually living out of harm’s way at home in South Carolina, where he was processing wills and other paperwork for the Air National Guard personnel preparing for deployment to serve in the conflict. He never once served in harm’s way.

On his official website, Graham still describes himself as “an Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran.” Other biographies he has written read similarly. According to numerous military experts contacted, Graham has no legitimate claim to being called a veteran of the conflict.

As Graham, an individual who apparently served his county very honorably as a member of the Air National Guard, why would he claim otherwise? There is absolutely no dishonor in serving our nation in a military non-combat role, unless he claims otherwise.

-- Carl Pirkle

Byron

Answer to question

There was a short piece on 3 June from Mary Oppy asking a few questions. One of her questions referred to providing “positive support and assistance” to minority youth. She wants to know what she can do to help. I would like to offer a positive suggestion.

The United Methodist Church is the second largest sponsor of scouting in this country. The United Methodist Men have been training men and women to be scouting ministry specialists who are committed to helping local churches establish and expand scouting ministry opportunities.

During the weeklong class, one of the sessions addressed the challenge of recruiting minority children. Minorities are under-represented in scouting. One reason appears to be that minorities do not have a tradition of scouting and therefore it is not something they consider. Yet both the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts offer role models to all youth, teach them citizenship and service to others in a fun-filled setting. So, one of the answers to the question of what you can do is simple.

If your church does not sponsor a Boy Scout or Girl Scout unit, become a spokesperson for forming a unit. Scouting is a typical outreach ministry for the church. If your church sponsors a Boy Scout unit, consider adding a Girl Scout one or vice versa. If you have scouting units, the scout unit committee could use you as a committee member to help them operate the unit.

If you have a child and you would like to visit a scout unit to see for yourself what they do, you can contact the Central Georgia Council of the BSA at 478-743-9386 or the Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia at 478-935-2221, and they can provide you with the address of your nearest Scout unit.

Finally, if your pastor or congregation would like to talk about starting a scout unit, I would be pleased to provide the information to get them started.

-- Roger Boan

Scouting Ministry Specialist

Bonaire

Keep Shariah law out

Non-Muslims are severely oppressed in those parts of the Middle East controlled by ISIS. Their houses of worship are destroyed. Young females are kidnapped, forced to convert and married off. Protesting males are beheaded. Criticism of Mohammed or the Quran is punishable by death. Proselytizing by Christians and apostasy from Islam are also punishable by death. Shariah Law would supersede our Bill of Rights. Free speech, freedom of religion and equal protection under the law would become a thing of the past.

Keep our Constitution and prohibit Shariah Law in the U.S.

-- Hill Kaplan

Macon

‘Misplaced priorities’

Strange to me that most young African-American males are in the juvenile justice system due to acts of violence, being disrespectful when dealing with police officers, bullying and the lack of the desire to follow rules. I know why they are there because I visit the Youth Development Centers. My point is, organizations sponsor forums, community awareness events and many other programs dealing with these very issues all of the time. I have attended these programs/events in Macon, Warner Robins, Fort Valley, Forsyth, Perry, Montezuma and other cities.

The one constant is, very few youth attend, especially males. On the other hand, football and basketball camps all over Middle Georgia, which I have nothing against, will be overflowing with young males.

The chances of becoming a professional in either area is less than 5 percent. The chances of a young black male going to jail for a first time offense is 48 percent, higher than any other group, yet we can’t figure out why the prisons like the one I volunteer at is full of young black males. It’s called misplaced priorities. Then we, African-Americans, blame everyone else for the downfall of so many of our young brothers. Go figure.

-- Charles McGhee

Warner Robins

I appreciate

If we have rain, shine, good, bad, hot or cold weather, the people who pick up our garbage, yard or house trash, recycle and deliver our newspapers and mail do not get the credit they deserve. Without them we would have a mess. I wanted to say thank you. I, for one, appreciate all your sacrifice and work.

-- Hank Millis

Macon

What the 146 believes

I don’t know from where Frank Gadbois votes. I don’t think it’s District 146. Here in the 146 we believe in lower taxes. We don’t think government has a better plan for our money than we do. We believe in the U.S. Constitution. A citizen has a right to keep and bear arms, so he can keep a tyrannical government in check.

We are not all rich here in the 146, but we believe a man who earns his money doesn’t need the government to redistribute his wealth. I don’t know where Gadbois votes, but in this part of Georgia we think Kelly Burke makes a mighty fine candidate.

-- John Dominey

Warner Robins

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