Good old days
School days in the ‘50s when we all graduated from grade schools.
You respected and cooperated fully with your teachers.
The ‘60s when drugs were beer and whiskey.
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Gasoline was 35 cents a gallon.
If you kissed a girl it was a big event.
A bicycle was a great mode of transportation.
Being cool was not taking drugs.
Both of your parents graduated from high school and one finished college.
You respected them and they you.
You had a job from an early age and bought your first car ($250).
You and your friends loved dancing and playing Elvis, Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, The Mills Brothers and The Four Aces.
The boys cut their lawns and the girls helped around the house.
We rode around the Pig N Whistle and Varsity for fun. Then we went to the drive-ins or the Ritz, Grand or Capitol theaters.
All too many of us witnessed the death of thousands of troops in Vietnam and all of us worked for everything we wanted.
Five percent were on welfare, where as 46 percent now get multiple financial (gifts) food, housing and far more.
The results of the current systems is about to be resolved. Stay tuned for an enormous sea change soon.
-- Joe Hubbard
‘No fury like ...’
“Hell hath no fury, like a woman scorned.” It should also be noted that “Hell hath no fury, like Bill Shanks scorned if you walk off his interview,” because he asked such stupid and repetitive questions. Once again Shanks -- or is it Jill Shanks? -- has let everyone know his seething dislike of UGA head football coach Mark Richt.
His continuing, boring diatribes against Richt are not only starting to sound like a whiny, spoiled child who doesn’t get his way. They are also a detriment to the ears of the Middle Georgia listeners of 1670 AM.
Shanks says he is a Big Dawg fan, yet he has to realize that his stupidity in bad mouthing Richt has cost UGA some recruits over the past few years. They hear a radio personality dissing the coach and look elsewhere. If all fans were like Shanks, coaches Tom Osbourne, Joe Paterno, Bobby Bowden and Vince Dooley would have never stayed around long enough to win their championships.
Shanks should take the advice of most wise parents, which is: If you don’t have anything nice to say about someone, keep your mouth shut.
As for his lackey Ed McMahon wannabe sidekick from Georgia Tech who chips in his little giggles. Richt is 12-2 against his school. So he should keep his mouth shut as well.
-- R.V. Rampy
Time is coming
I wonder when the descendants of the American Indians will complain that the U.S. flag offends them, for we did indeed invade what they considered their homeland and not only interrupted their way of life, but changed their way of life and even told them where they could live.
-- Faye W. Tanner
On the path
Has this country gone crazy? I can answer that with a resounding “Yes.” To deny that certain periods of our country’s history didn’t happen and try and change that history is a huge mistake. It only tends to drive us farther apart. I am offended by people who are offended by anything that does not suit them and some politicians and other leaders can’t act fast enough to jump on the band wagon and pander to them. Unless God intervenes, this country is headed down a path of no return.
-- A.M. (Mac) Yaughn
As a Yankee and as a WASP I have no love of the Confederate flag, though I have had a college undergraduate course on our Civil War in the 1960s. I have no emotional feelings about the Civil War except to say that I have no doubt that it was all about slavery.
I don’t understand enactments nor the similar ones in jolly old England. I do know that 625,000 Americans died under often horrific conditions. That the medical care was primitive and too many died because of all this. Slavery was a dumb, cruel idea that had to have a short shelf life.
All Confederate battle flags need to be in museums and out of public view. Confederate statues don’t bother me as most of us don’t even notice them. I am more cognizant of our horribly disabled recent veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Victims of unnecessary and unwinnable wars. Plus their trillion dollar expense.
-- Frank W. Gadbois
‘Facts are facts’
America has now heard Donald Trump’s opinions on Latinos, government and many other subjects. This billionaire knows how to make money and possibly bring in billions of dollars through trade agreements to make America strong again. What Trump lacks is diplomacy. He delivers facts in a harsh way. A lot of things he says, (in my opinion) are true. In reference to some Mexicans crossing the border as criminals is likely true. Rumor has it many convicts were given early pardons to lower the cost of incarceration. Consequently, these people crossed the border along with many respectful Latinos. There is no doubt that many Latinos are on our welfare programs.
I have come to the conclusion just as Trump has that many Latinos can be trusted more than many Americans. Many Latinos work diligently unlike some American workers. I visited southern Florida last week and experienced a very large produce market. The market was entirely made up of Latinos. I had a sense of joy seeing them succeed in America.
When I had my house roof replaced, 10 Latinos tore it off and replaced it in two days, a perfect job. Trump sees what America sees, who is on welfare, who cares little regarding highway laws, who is not to be trusted when enforcing America’s laws. Trumps knows who would return your lost wallet and who would not. Despite Trump’s crude way of delivering his message, facts are facts in America today and big changes are needed.
-- Ed Taylor