Economic viability predicated on the presence of military bases are in for a wake-up call. The recent cuts announced at Fort Benning will result in a spending power decline in excess of $180 million. Simple extrapolation suggest that 100s of businesses will be adversely impacted and perhaps forced to close.
I wrote an article less than two years ago in this publication urging communities similarly situated to come up with a plan to ease the pain typically associated with base closures and cuts. The 21st Century Partnership, located in Warner Robins, is taking measures to effectively respond to such threats and not waiting for the inevitable axe to fall. Trust me, it will fall in one form or another (cuts or closure).
Future wars of America will not be won with troops. The days of charging the beaches are over. Today’s warfare capabilities are more technological and sophisticated. Accordingly, our current troops strength far exceeds what we realistically need to secure this country. The Department of Defense, which represents a huge chunk of our national budget, isn’t in business to provide jobs or secure the welfare of citizens of this country. Nevertheless, we have grown accustomed to depending on DoD to drive our local economies. Wake up, do the analysis and math. Our way of life in this regard is not sustainable through DoD.
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-- John Haugabrook
Flags don’t kill
Flags of any kind cannot do harm to anyone. Remember, flags don’t kill people, people kill people.
-- Bruce J. Albright
I just read where Macon-Bibb will let Navicent Health run a tube under the street and collect $2,500 per year for allowing this. This made me question why some other privileged firms are given a free ride on the backs of the taxpayers, a benefit not afforded to everyone else.
The real estate brokers appear to be immune from the state law and local ordinances that prohibit signs and advertising on the public (not private) right-of-way. They hire firms to dig holes, install posts, and nail huge signs to those posts on public property (the right-of-way) in direct violation of the law. If this is to be tolerated, and Navicent has to pay to use public property, why doesn’t the Macon-Bibb County Commission pass an ordinance to legitimize this practice and collect a fee as compensation for use of public property? With all of the howling about the budget, this would generate money for the general fund and level the playing field at the same time. I suggest $100 per sign location permit and it renews at the same rate annually. How’s that for playing fair?
-- John Ricketson
A coup in Centerville
Within three days, Centerville’s City Council eliminated the position of assistant chief of police, a councilman resigned only to be appointed within five minutes to the newly created position of director of police services, and a new councilman was installed during a special meeting. The residents of Centerville had no prior warning as to the agenda they were to see developing right before their eyes. Council meeting agenda items were written only in general terms without any indication of what was to happen.
The only hint of any trouble was the resignation of Police Chief Sidney Andrews last month. The next one to assume command would have been the well qualified Assistant Chief W.G. Cooley. Instead, the position was eliminated. Now we have a police department that has no qualified Chief, no assistant chief, and an unqualified and uncertified, part-time police services director. I wonder how the police department will run with no leadership to speak of, only a part-time director who, in his own words, said he would just be managing the budget and oversee day to day operations. How is all that done, part-time? And how safe are the residents of Centerville?
There was no consideration given to any other candidate for city councilman. Don’t resident have a voice anymore? For all this to have happened in such a short period of time, it had to have all been planned well in advance. Things don’t run that smoothly in real life.
-- David Parker
I am so tired of the dispute over the Confederate flag, statues etc., on the TV news and newspapers. It is our history and you can’t just overlook it or eliminate it from the past (or history books) because someone today doesn’t like what happened at that time. The flag has different meaning to a lot of people. We are cowing down too much lately. The American Indians had a lot more taken from them and they aren’t demanding we take down the American flags.
People wake up. Flags posted at Andersonville (and other places) is our history/heritage and we should be able to treat it as such (freedom of speech). Next thing they will try to take away is our re-enactments and anything else having to do with the Civil War.
This all has to come to an end or we will end up in another war in the states.
-- P. O’Connor
Who’s the best choice?
I agree with Donald Trump’s recent statements on immigration, but there is no way he could be considered a conservative. For example, he has described himself as a cheerleader for Obama. He has made large donations to the Clintons, Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi, among others. He has used the doctrine of eminent domain to take properties, including at least one residence of a senior citizen, so he could enlarge a parking area for one of his properties.
The large number of Republican presidential candidates makes me wonder if there is an unseen hand at work. The conservative vote will be split so many ways that any runoffs in the primaries will almost certainly be limited to establishment candidates. Conservatives will again face a choice of voting for the lesser evil. I understand it is unrealistic, but I would like to see all of the real conservatives get together, put the best interests of the country first and select one of their number to carry the torch in the primaries. We should never say never, but I will never vote for Jeb Bush, Donald Trump or Hillary because my last vote ever, for a lesser evil, was cast in the 2012 election.
My choice at this point is Ted Cruz. My main reasons are that while he has an Ivy League education (Princeton) and a law degree from Harvard, he is consistently conservative. A visit to his web site will impress any open mind. He has clerked at the Supreme Court and is a champion debater. In my view he handles the bias of the media better than anyone else in the field. I believe he is the only candidate who has not been stampeded by the media into condemning Trump, because he believes that he spoke the truth on illegal immigration.
I have given up on ever finding a candidate I agree with 100 percent and I disagree with Cruz on legal immigration (I believe we need a moratorium on all immigration) but to me he is the absolute best choice among all those candidates.
-- Melvin Anthony
A declining America
This truth is imploding. The concluding statement of Cal Thomas’ 4/29 column says “America is rotting from within.” In the 5/30 Telegraph, a statement says, “Macon has become a very scary place, says resident.” Walter Williams 7/9 column mentions scary cities of “Detroit, St. Louis, Oakland, California, Memphis, Tennessee; Birmingham, Alabama, Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Buffalo, New York.”
Rotting from within means morally corrupt, despicable, putrefaction, decay. It is from within, not without, for we have the strongest military in the world. We can see, hear and read this rotting from within everyday on television, movies and publications, not only in America, but around the world.
There is much more rotting within today than when I grew up in Fort Valley in the 1940s and 50s. Destruction of marriage, sexual immorality, killing the Godly created unborn, lying, cheating, stealing, robbery and murder were rarely practiced in those days.
Decay and rottenness from within is the victory of the American Humanist Association which proclaims that God does not exist. “Humanist Manifesto I” was published in 1933 and signed by 34 authors and educators, including John Dewey, often referred to as “the father of modern education.” It was the declaration of a totally secular religion. The term ‘religion’ was employed at that time to describe the movement.”
“Humanist Manifesto II” was published in 1973. It included the following signers: Betty Friedman, founder of the National Organization of Women, Allen F. Guttmacher, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Lawrence Lader, chairman of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws. The list of the many signers of “Humanist Manifesto II” was considerably longer than the first, indicating that humanism had gained respect in the intervening 40 years. Many of the signers of “Humanist Manifesto II” are strategically placed in highly influential areas of public life. They have the power to influence public opinion far in excess of their numerical strength.
Decay and rotting from within proceeds from sinful human hearts. The word sin and its attributes are revealed over 1,000 times in the Bible. God provides victory over sinful words, thoughts, choices and decay from human hearts in the death and resurrection of his son, Jesus in 2 Cor. 5:21, “For God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
Christians who possess, not theirs, but God’s love and righteousness in their hearts that produces holy, righteous living and reaching out in love and helping the needy. True Christians do not make their choices of what is right and wrong, moral and immoral lifestyles. They pursue and live God’s holy righteous commandments, laws and moral lifestyles that are revealed in the Bible.
Rottenness and decay continues and increases in a Godless society that Humanist Manifesto I and II are pursuing. “Blessed is that nation whose God is the Lord.” Ps. 33:12.
-- Rev. Richard Aultman
Out of the marriage business
RE: Letter by Father Allan J. McDonald, 7/10: I agree with his discernment for the need of separation of church and state. I have long believed that the government should be the institution for generating a civil service certificate of union which would be the document of reference applicable to governmental legal issues; and that the governmental bodies of law should determine the legal criteria needed for obtaining such a certificate and adjudicate any controversies.
In contrast, each religious institution should be delegated the authority to generate a marriage certificate applicable to its particular institution’s criteria and such certificate should be subject to the institution’s own regulations.
-- Stella Tsai
I wholeheartedly agree with Guy Weatherly’s letter of July 2. How in the world has God not already said enough is enough? I pray every day that he will cause Obama and the other leaders to fear him as we should. Unless and until we all turn away from our wicked ways and seek his will, we will all perish.
-- Teena Scarborough
This is in response to Charles E. Richardson’s opinion of Sunday, July 5, “Small prank, big price.” As defined by Webster, a prank is a mischievous trick or a practical joke. To quantify it as small is to further diminish its magnitude. What had been characterized as a riot and vandalism has been reduced to a childish escapade.
At Richardson’s writing, two teens had been charged with rioting, criminal damage to property in the second degree and criminal street gang activity -- none of which can be considered a prank. Trashing Wal-Mart was much more than a prank. It was a deliberate act of destruction of another’s property and should be labeled as such.
-- Robert Lehane
Purpose for war
The cartoon showing the Confederate Flag and the tip of the iceberg was interesting. It tells me that this Confederate flag issue is not over. Nor, the war for historical truth. Mike Scruggs, in his “Uncivil War,” states another reason or version concerning the purpose of the war: This war was given by Northern Congress on July 22, 1861: “Resolved.... That this war is not being prosecuted upon our part in any spirit of oppression, not for any purpose of conquest or subjugation nor purpose of overthrowing or interfering with the rights or established institutions of those states, but to defend and maintain the supremacy of the Constitution and all laws made in pursuance thereof and to preserve the Union, with all the dignity, equality and rights of the several states unimpaired; and that as soon as these objects are accomplished the war ought to cease.” In other words the Northern Congress stated in resolution that the Union and not interfering with the institution of slavery was the purpose of the war.
-- Dwight Poole
Time to rethink
Erick Erickson wrote a column for Friday’s paper about the decisions on how to spend the blight money. I understand that he writes about serious topics and throws in provocative comments for theatrical effect. Or humor. Or something.
In a few sentences today he made derogatory comments about our mayor, the black community and the gay community. This old white lady finds his characterizations not only offensive and not contributing to a serious discussion, but despicable. I ask him to rethink what he wrote today.
-- Jane Carder
No slaughterhouses here
On Wednesday, July 8, U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop voted to prohibit the use of tax dollars to fund the opening of horse slaughter facilities in the United States, and I write today to commend him for his vote. It is important that Rep. Bishop continue to vote YES on the defund amendment in order to advance protections for America’s horses and citizens. Horse slaughter, whether in the U.S. or in foreign-operated plants, is performed inhumanely and Americans are overwhelmingly opposed to the practice. Horse slaughter plants also endanger local communities by polluting water supplies, decreasing property values and damaging the environment. We should direct our tax dollars beyond this divisive industry.
I applaud Bishop for his outstanding leadership and urge him to support legislation to end this practice in the future.
-- Kelley McIntire
Spreading ‘I love you’
Kudos, kudos, kudos, to Carol Megathlin on her column of July 6, “Three Little Words.” Wonderful message. It brought back an earlier happening to me. I am a deacon in my church. In my first years of my ministry, my pastor, Gary Thomas, a big guy with a full beard called a meeting with the deacons on Sunday afternoon. He told us that he had been asked to take over the Macon Hospice program. A better and more compassionate man will not be found. After the meeting was over, he and I were walking down the aisle. He stopped me and put his arms around my neck and whispered to me, “I love you.” I was shocked and I told him that I loved him too.
Later, I got to thinking about this. The first time a male friend of mine told me this, I began then to tell my male friends that I loved them. I like to think that this was how the “I love you” phrase got started in our church. Each Sunday at the beginning of church, we take five minutes to greet visitors, friends and members, with a hug and an “I love you.” At Lizella Baptist we think we have the friendliest church anywhere.
-- Elbert Neese
I watch and read the news daily. For some time now, I have not felt safe driving to work, at work, or at any of the businesses I patronize on my way home. Why? Because it is illegal to carry a weapon to my workplace on Robins Air Force Base or any other federal installation (with some exceptions). Military bases have “rules” which do not allow us to be armed, meaning I can’t even leave a gun in my car to have it available when I stop in a local business on my way home.
I can’t believe I need to say this, but Congress needs to pass a bill which requires all organizations to uphold The U.S. Constitution. The Constitution was written for a reason and no one should be allowed to trump any amendment with a rule or policy. We’ve had murders in schools, churches, malls, military bases, workplaces, etc. Those who follow the rules are just sitting ducks for the bad guys. I have the constitutional right in the Second Amendment to protect myself and my family from all the crazies out there, but I will not jeopardize my job by packing. “The only person who can stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.”
-- Mike Smith
Flag not racists
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and a growing list of state and national political leaders and civic rights activists should apologize for saying the Confederate flag is a racist symbol. She does not know what she is talking about.
She said the flag was appropriated years ago as a symbol of hate and should move to a museum. What kind of statement is that? They all need to know what they are talking about before they start running their mouths. It seems to me they have some racists tendencies in them.
There are absolutely no links between the Charleston massacre and the Confederate flag. They need to go after the killer and let the people be told the truth. Blame the actions of the person and not the Confederate flag.
-- William Brown
How will we react?
None of us alive today either owned slaves or were slaves in the antebellum United States. Yet based on the crazed action of one idealistic person at a church in Charleston, the nation has been in an uproar about the necessity to remove all vestiges of the Confederate Battle Flag from public life, under the perception that he was influenced by it.
Four Marines were killed on Thursday from yet another idealistic Islamic rampage. I wonder how that same nation will respond this time, based on how the shooter was influenced by the Koran? Semper Fi, Marines. Sleep well.
-- Dan Topolewski
Narrow the gate
The Supreme Court justices have made a decision of injustice to the people of this country. Their ruling on same-sex marriage will create much confusion in the lives of unstable minds, especially very young citizens.
There has already been too many factors of confusion that have entered our world because we have departed from the voice of scripture in favor of our own inventions of behavior. Some folks who claim to be Christian accept the way of the world (the spirit of the anti-Christ) to satisfy some benefits offered. Man cannot have God’s way and the way of the world. We can only choose one, not both. Matthew 7: 13,14 (paraphrased) says: The way of the world is wide the gate, and broad is the road that leads to destruction. But small is the gate and narrow is the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
We all need to choose as Joshua declared in Chapter 24, verse 15, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
-- Carlton C. Cook