Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Sunday, July 19, 2015

Atoning for past mistakes

People celebrate because a flag comes down from a pole in front of a statehouse, yet fail to see the monster was never the flag at all, but the ideals, principles and symbolism it stood for, which sadly are very much alive.

We live in a time of so much opportunity, yet haven’t found a way to heal the wounds of generations of past mistakes. Racism is a vicious cycle of hate that has to stop. From the abolition of slavery in 1865, to the 1960s civil rights movement, it took a nation of one to conquer this hate. Unfortunately, once these laws came in effect, the country moved forward, failing to see the blood that had already been spilled and the scars that remained, ignored and unspoken of, keeping us divided secretly.

Just ask our fellow American Indians about such travesty that got ignored. We are all fresh new faces though, who can learn from the past and make a change by being better people. Celebrate the diversity among all cultures and learn from one another. Each encounter you make, do so with good intentions and love in your hearts. Help the person next to you, and share a smile. Yes, these are all simple things in the big picture of life, but by doing so, we are providing a positive atmosphere for those around us. Share the love with many and overcome the hate by few.

-- Courtney Brooks

Indianaplis, Ind.

New category

A spokesman for the Macon Film Festival announced that adding the new category of LGBT films will open that event up to a new audience. I’m confused. Who was stopping them from attending before?

-- Dan Topolewski

Kathleen

Right on

Thank you, Sloan Oliver. You are, in my opinion, spot on about Jack Ellis and his ranting about removing Confederate statues. Well written letter.

-- Ken Fowler

Hawkinsville

Always have racism

Is racism still going on? Yes, and it is a shame, but before anybody blames the white race for it, let me tell you my thoughts. Racism is still here because of the black punks who walk around with their pants hanging down, the loud music in their cars, the boys that father several children with several mothers. Then their parents expect the system to take care of them. The punks that create situations like trashing Wal-Mart, the drive-by shootings, the black-on-black crime that seems to happen everyday and the trashing of neighborhoods where whites lived and took care of for many years.

Are there a lot of good blacks in Macon? Yes. And if the good blacks want to be mad with someone about the racism, they should be mad at the blacks who are bringing their race down. The problem is we see so much crime, we are sick of it. We are tired of reading about it. I know it is unfair that the good citizens are being pulled down by the punks, but that is the way it is and until this changes, we will always have racism.

-- Elizabeth Moore

Macon

No power over religion

I Just saw a CNN host activate a conversation on the post-Supreme Court edict on homosexual marriage. Foremost, nine men/women in Washington D.C., all appointed by politicians, have no power or authority and will never make homosexuality acceptable to devoted Christians. These Christians all know the Bible teaches homosexuality is an abomination to God.

The U.S. Constitution prohibits the government from making (or enforcing) laws on religion. While the federal government may direct state governments on issuing papers (marriage licenses), they have no authority to direct religious individuals or organizations on their commitments and beliefs on religious faith.

In short, an individual who is a member of a religious group who believes God condemns the practice of homosexuality cannot be forced to “marry” those individuals. They may force the individual to vacate a government office but not force him to participate in an act that violates his faith.

Overbearing acts by the government on the people in the past have fueled many revolutions. The Muslims of the Middle East are said to have a phrase “The enemy of my enemy is my friend; the friend of my enemy is my enemy.”

The devoted Christians of the United States would be well-served to remember this when voting for politicians, particularly those who appoint others who will “interpret” our laws.

-- Robert Blackshear

Warner Robins

Out of whack

I am visiting and found the fantasy article by a man named Wayne Overholt. As usual, with this type of scare mongering, he had no references. He also showed a total lack of knowledge of history. Maybe his memory is out of service this week.

-- Dvid Allen

Holtsville, N.Y.

Never happened

Wayne Overholt is guilty of reading headlines and not whole paragraphs. He somehow, somewhere, came up with the idea that martial law overrides elections. Never happened, never will. Congress must approve it. It is not instituted by a president. Source American Government 101. Your sources? Ron Paul maybe?

-- Michael Collins

Centerville

Common misconception

Wayne Overholt’s memory did not serve him well. In 1942, we were under martial law. There were elections. No where in any document available is there a provision to stop all elections. It has never happened.

I suggest that he do just a little research before offering scare tactics. This is a common misconception among those easily led by fear mongers.

-- James Huber

Centerville

Gaza bound flotilla III

The Israel Navy intercepted four vessels heading to the Gaza coast in a failed attempt to break the Israeli naval blockade. Three turned back. The fourth, the Marianne of Gothenburg, did not, was peaceably boarded and was brought to Ashkalon. Inspection revealed there was no aid on board. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said the flotilla was a “provocation,” and was not an honest attempt to help the people living in the Gaza Strip.

“There is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza,” he told reporters. “Seven hundred trucks enter the strip every day.” Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip does not hinder the entrance of aid. The purpose of the blockade is to prevent arms smuggling to Gaza terror organizations. Israel also provides drinking water and electricity.

In a statement to reporters Ya’alon wrote: “There is no blockade on the Gaza Strip,” “and you are invited to transfer humanitarian supplies through Israel. Preventing access through the sea is done in accordance with international law ... and we even received backing from a committee of the UN secretary-general.” Israel and Egypt imposed a blockade on Gaza in 2007 after Hamas wrested control of the strip in a bloody coup, ousting the Palestinian Authority leadership.

Both countries say the blockade is meant to prevent Hamas, which is committed to the destruction of Israel, from importing weaponry into Gaza. The Hamas Charter seeks the destruction of Israel. Reminder: Hamas fired thousands of unguided rockets at Israeli civilian centers in 2014 and the IDF finally responded with pinpoint artillery and aircraft weapons.

-- Hill Kaplan

Macon

Real genius

For practically all of my life I have considered those on welfare to be the sick, lame and lazy of society. Not smart enough to get a job and off the dole -- too lazy to get a better education and in general a giant sponge on society.

Not so. This is the real genius side of society. Only those welfare types can get by with money earned by the “working class.” No time clock to punch, flextime, etc. Free medical (occasional waits in the ER, but why rush).

Besides, at tax time the government sends money to those without income taken from those who work. Yep, real genius. Glad I’m not one of them.

-- Ken Brown

Byron

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