Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Droning limerick

Bibb’s Davis, Reichert and Floore

Fill the Macon airwaves with bore

Five million for drones

Our privacy gone

We wish they’d do less and not more

-- Matt Dykes


Move on

Confederate flag and moments are a part of the Southern tradition. Catherine Meeks and C. Jack/Hakim Mansour Ellis need to just move on down the road and find something else to occupy their idle minds. I have been told as a child and adult that an idle mind is a devil’s workshop. The Civil War has come and gone, now please find something else to write about. My suggestion is to read a good book. Try reading Pope Francis’ book, “The Joy of the Gospel.”

-- Rita A. Keller


Applied science

RE: 7/15 article on the subcutaneous defibrillator: Thanks for this engaging article. It would be interesting to know what constitutes “a good fit” for a patient to be eligible for this implant. External defibrillation used in CPR often leaves burn marks on the chest because, among other things, of the amount of energy applied so that the energy can be transmitted through all the body tissue from the skin to the heart. So I would wonder whether part of assessing “a good fit” is related to the patient’s size/BMI, an increasing problem in the U.S.

The procedure certainly sounds less invasive; presumably battery replacement difficulties are equal. It would be interesting to know the cost comparison.

-- Stella Tsai


Ugly development?

It is being called the Beast of Georgia Avenue. Some say Frankenstein’s Lofts, while others wonder if another face of Lon Chaney has now appeared. What is it? It is none other than the new Lofts being built behind the College Street Post Office. Why these labels? Because the new building is just plain ugly, cheap looking and incompatible with the Historic Intown Macon neighborhood. It reminds me of an apartment building in the Soviet Sector of East Berlin before the wall came tumbling down.

How is it that a developer, Planning and Zoning and Historic Macon could have approved such a beast? Even the orange seems to have been imported from Tennessee.

-- Thomas R. Mann


Free will/predestination

Indeed, Lewis Costello penned a great letter about God and religion in an earlier Viewpoints post. I agree that any God smart enough to create an entire universe can communicate with us if he (or is it she?) was so inclined. Some claim God does chat with them and passes on small miracles occasionally, but none have been able to produce a writing or recording of any kind to substantiate the encounter. Tammy Bakker once said on her husband’s Christian gospel television show that God spoke to her often.

As Costello confessed, he does believe in God, albeit that universal supremacy does not belong to any one religious order or cult. Those practicing some religions have great difficulty in sharing God with other denominations. Some really believe their group has an exclusive copyright to the God of our great universe. A mentality of join my congregation or perish.

Finally, Costello conveyed that he has problems with free will versus predestination, and I do too. I believe we could agree that all of us are predestinated to grow older and die, but beyond that our feet may wander on different paths. As for free will, God knows every move we will make a thousand years before we are born. Does that not cause free will to meander into predestination? I think I will enjoy an apple while I ponder more on that.

-- John G. Kelley Jr.