Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Sunday, July 12, 2015

Snuff the fireworks

The new Georgia fireworks law is ridiculous. The Georgia Legislature and the governor approved the law without voter approval probably due to heavy lobbying on the part of the fireworks industry. Most civic displays of fireworks are over by 10 p.m. The new Georgia law allows the use of fireworks until 2 a.m. on the Fourth of July and New Year’s and on other days until midnight. What were they thinking? Allowing fireworks in densely populated subdivisions is downright irresponsible and dangerous. My neighbor and I both had spent fireworks in our yards. No thought was given to combat veterans with PTSD issues, the elderly and those who are ill or have pets. I sincerely hope this law is changed to reflect more reasonable hours and locations. If not, I and others like me, will remember come voting time.

-- Donald J. Mangold

Warner Robins

Peace and quiet disturbed

Sorry for the delay. Had I written sooner, I’m afraid my temper would have gotten the better of me, causing me to say some unkind things about those we elect to govern us. The purpose of this letter is to invite all of my esteemed legislators, or, even one, to explain to me the rationale behind unleashing the incredibly disruptive, nerve-shattering, peace-breaking sound and fury of mortars and other extremely high impact explosives upon the populace.

Was it the peace of a quiet night you felt needed to be done away with? Was it a few dollars in revenue? (But wait, didn’t you already raise our taxes via added tax on gasoline?) What lobbyist convinced you that lost dogs, cats and, yes, a horse, causing untold heartache, swollen animal control populations and added stress on already stressed out rescuers was worth the added revenue? Exactly who made the decision, and why did you vote for the state law superseding local jurisdiction, making this monstrosity of a fireworks law a lock until next session?

I am not going to mention the guys who may or may not be suffering from PTSD. No, I’m sure all you guys discussed that at length, as well. Who is going to answer these questions? I’ll take an answer from any of you boys who voted for this. In the meantime, I will be hoping to see the red-tailed hawk pair with a juvenile. I haven’t seen them for over a week. They were nesting three houses down from me, right about the height where these mortars exploded. Well played guys, well played.

-- Danny Hinton


Bullies with guns

My fellow Maconites and other Americans should be feeling very proud if they have been non-violent lawful citizens. The Second Amendment right gives citizens the ability to protect themselves. Unfortunately, there are some people who are bullying people with guns.

The monarch butterfly flies over 2,000 miles to California and Mexico to escape the cold weather and survive without any GPS tracking system. This is a sign from the higher power that people have to do a better job at self preservation and not let their guards down like the victims in Charleston did.

Statistics show that guns are seldom used for self defense but are used more in domestic violence situations and to intimidate and commit other crimes. One out of three women has been affected by domestic violence. These women become confused and scared and need more resources and safe havens because their lives matter.

Since launching my campaign against bullying there continues to be cases of bully-related deaths. Bibb County schools have policies in place for bullying. The victims and their parents must report this because it disrupts the educational system.

Let us remember not to abuse our rights that so many others are not as fortunate to have.

-- Renee Lee


The bully

The definition of the word “bully” is “the use of force, threat or coercion to abuse, intimidate or aggressively dominate others.” Bullies do not want to have an honest discussion of their claims. They want all discourse to be one way -- theirs.

This covers the fast-food employee leaving work to protest for an undeserved $15 an hour wage. This person cares not that it will raise the product’s price or that the pay raise is unearned. It also describes an organization called Women on 20s who demand a woman’s picture replace a founding father on a $20 bill because of some perceived injustice that had nothing to do with them.

Currently, people and governments are being bullied by groups to make a flag disappear because they claim it insults them. They care not what it means to another, only what it means to them, as they invent violations the flag perpetrated on them.

Then there’s the people who want to rename the FBI building because “they” don’t like some of the actions the first director, J. Edgar Hoover, took before they were born.

And notice how we are bullied into applauding Bruce Jenner for “being himself” but are bullied into condemning Tim Tebow for being himself.

Bullies disrupt conventions, block traffic, interrupt speakers, manufacture facts and make a nuisance of themselves to get their way.

They are self-absorbed in their rhetoric, boorish in their methods and intolerant of all who disagree with them. Machiavelli is their patron saint while senseless rationalization is their religion.

And the media dutifully reports these antics which begets only more extreme measures. Environmentalists screaming about global warming are a perfect example.

They have been caught lying, cheating and manufacturing data to promote their cause. That not one of their apocalyptic predictions has come true will not deter them. Each claim is more alarming, and incorrect, than the previous one.

So, the next time you hear the word “bully,” realize it doesn’t only happen to children. There are many adults with some anger in their hearts who want to force their opinions on you instead of engaging in honest discourse.

-- Bob Norcott


Advance warning

RE: MAP comments: I am disappointed to have been required to surrender personal, private information before I could be allowed to submit comments to the Macon Action Plan, through Dropbox.

I realize that I am an old fogey, and I understand that it is a pervasive maneuver for organizations get “free” access to web tool sites which will allow them to perform tasks such as registering people for an event or performing a survey.

But this is in exchange for shifting the cost to the target audience who must “pay” with personal data.

I have no problem verifying my identity as a concerned citizen who is serious about submitting a comment about the plan.

However, surely it is not too much to ask for a preemptive apology from the team by way of an advance warning that I will be asked to pay personal data in order to contribute my opinion about our community.

-- Stella Tsai


Unfair advantage?

I early voted today (July 9) at the Central Georgia Technical College in Houston County. The building where I voted was “The Larry Walker Building.” The name of the building is prominently displayed to the right of the entrance. I think this is an unfair advantage for the other two candidates. This would have been a good place to hang a “Vote Here” banner or any other covering to temporarily conceal the name of the building.

-- Wymann Hartley