Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Monday, July 20, 2015

The Telegraph's letters to the editor

The Supreme Court’s ruling on gay marriage doesn’t mean gays should force their beliefs on anyone else. If you consider your sexual actions as an attribute that you should share, you need to get a life and find something that actually contributes to society.

-- Bobby W. Chastain

Macon

Freedom no more

Sometime ago I sent in a letter saying that the U.S. Constitution was a living document. The Constitution lives in the heart of every man or woman who fought for and or lived or died. Now I must write that part of that great statement is dying. What is killing our freedom? The ruling that same-sex marriage is legal. Now all those people whose faith is based on the love of God find that they have to set aside their God-given beliefs and bow down to the homosexuals.

Freedom of speech and religion have been removed from our daily lives. We must marry same-sex people in our churches, and we cannot post or talk about God on government property. Soon we will have to register our guns or turn them into the government. The government-owned Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac hold the mortgages on just about all of the mortgages in our great country. He who holds the mortgagees has total control over that house. Fail to make your payment and see who shouts the loudest. Welcome to the welfare state. Coal mines are shutting down because Big Brother says the smoke is killing us. Yes, so-called global worming is cooking eggs on my sidewalk. Many types of food have been taken off of the market because they were deemed bad for us. You should eat only food the government says is safe. After all, the liberal progressives know best.

-- Brian T. Reid Sr.

Gray

The U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding same-sex marriage does not require churches to marry same-sex couples.

-- Editors

Removing Confederate memorials

One of the headlines on the June 26 issue (page 1C continued to 5C) reads: “Former Macon mayor wants Confederate statues removed,” shows C. Jack Ellis has found yet another way to keep his name out there for the public to remember.

The article references the massacre at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, as the impetus for a movement for the removal of flags and other memorials to the Confederacy in “a wave of Southern communities.”

What happened in Charleston brought grief not only to the people of that city but also to many people throughout the country. We have to question why did the individual -- and I refuse to give him further recognition -- kill these people whom he sat with for one hour before killing them?

The media, print and video, have done an awesome job of locating photos of the individual that can only tend to incite people who are already on the fringe. In steps Ellis. He seeks to give his half-baked plan to the news media about removing the statues. He goes on to say he “hasn’t spoken with any public officials about his plan.”

One other little point, “he didn’t know how much it would cost to move a statue, but said he hopes local foundations might help out.” Local foundations could certainly use their funds move wisely for the citizens of Macon. There are many children who go without food and clothing.

A good point Ellis made when he said he “would like to see new markers placed across the city noting its role in slavery.” His idea of a marker on Poplar Street showing it contained a slave market at certain locations would be part of an excellent history lesson -- for everyone.

Mayor Robert Reichert’s statement to The Telegraph that North and South had monuments to fallen soldiers and removing them could be a slippery slope. Joe Allen compared Ellis’ idea to Nazis burning books and other acts to wipe out the cultural identity of German Jews. This could be that slippery slope for sure. Reichert also agreed putting more plaques on monuments would make it easier to teach history.

In fact, teaching actual history in the school classrooms would give a far better view of the world. Providing, of course, it was taught from the viewpoint of both sides. The statement made by Andrew Manis, professor at Middle Georgia State University, sounded egregious: “If the flag stands for the Confederacy, then you have to ask what the Confederacy stands for? There’s hate involved in that heritage.” Manis needs a deeper study of the Confederacy and the real individuals involved.

The most sane action, and certainly one that all of us should follow, was given by the families of the innocent victims of the Emanuel AME Church. They forgave the hate-mongering individual that killed their family members. They actually live what they believe. I do not know that I could be that good and forgiving.

-- Norma Jean Perkins

Juliette

Hiding in plain sight

Recently on Bill O’Reilly, Kristen Powers made a statement about racism, comparing the percentage of incarnation of blacks versus whites. Are Powers and others blind? Can they not see or do not want to see all the crime videos of the black race rioting, burning, destroying, raiding, etc. Just recently, 70 blacks raided Wal-Mart here in Macon for which it seems The Telegraph and others want to hide from public eyes. Is this what our society has come to? Just ignore or excuse criminal behavior due to racial percentages?

Are some attempting to eliminate incarceration of lawless and/or criminal behavior based on race as a means under “political correctness” or some other governmental bias terms such as being accused of racism or even racial discrimination?

Crime and lawlessness do not know color, and people who use blacks and/or the percentages of such being incarnated versus those of any other race are the problem for non-punishment promotes continuation of same. Get real folks. Some are using, making up or ignoring all kinds of bad racial activity in order to promote their personal books and political agendas. The bias media, mayors and their attorney generals lying about telling their law offices to stand down while blacks burn and destroy. It needs to stop.

-- Faye W. Tanner

Macon

This newspaper first reported on the June 28 Wal-Mart incident on our website on June 28. We had updates on June 29 and June 30. We ran an editorial on July 1, the same day the sheriff’s department released the video of the incident which we posted on our website. We have also followed each arrest, the last being July 7. Sorry you missed the coverage.

-- Editors

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