More flags now
Since the Confederate flag was taken down at the South Carolina Statehouse grounds I’ve seen more flags flying here in Georgia than I’ve ever seen before. It seems to be an act of defiance than honoring some dead ancestor. Thumbing their noses at The Man. Like it was in the 1950s and 60s when those flags went up after the Supreme Court and the federal government started dismantling the segregation laws.
-- William D. Carter
Damaged by digital?
The brain is made up of about 100 billion nerve cells called neurons that gather and transmit electrochemical signals. The development of these neurons are being disrupted sometime between conception and birth leading to a gamut of electrochemical malfunctions. Wherever humans procreate, you’ll find children with these complex neuro-behavioral disorders that include, but not are limited to, social and developmental impairments in language, communication skills, emotions and physical dexterity. These symptoms are indicative of neuro-biological and neuro-psychiatric disorders being experienced by tens of millions of children encompassing every race, ethnicity and socioeconomic groups throughout the world.
In the year 2000 one out of every 150 children born in American had malfunctioning neurons. Today it’s one in 88 (119.4 percent increase), and if the trend continues by century’s end, every child born in America will be mentally crippled by it. The various high-powered digital and WLAN (Wi-Fi) signals powering the world’s communication system is the only common denominator capable of disrupting the development of neurons of vulnerable embryos as they proceed through the embryonic stages regardless of their location on Earth or their race, ethnicity or socioeconomic status.
Those born with malfunctioning neurons are said to be autistic; whether mild or extreme, highly functional or nonfunctional autism can be managed to some degree with drugs and therapy, but, drugs and therapy do not and cannot repair the billions of damaged nerve cells. Mankind has created this quandary and if not faced and dealt with decisively and honestly, autism will in time end civilization as we know it.
-- Travis L. Middleton
Neighborhood war zone
I believe the irresponsible lawmakers passing the “firecracker” law needs to have their heads examined as soon as they find their way out of the smoke house and mess. The habitats of many critters are protected, why not the human habitat? There is no place in a residential neighborhood for a war-zone type noise. No one should have to worry about fire due to a few, maybe more, overzealous pyromaniac types getting thrilled by directing their skyrockets to neighboring properties, using the street for a launching pad. They create smoke so thick one can’t see, and it smells like sulfur. They stop traffic while they “light-up,” leaving residue everywhere.
All people have a right to expect peace and quite in their homes. Babies sleep, shift workers sleep odd hours, people are sick (maybe hospice), maybe migraines, ears are damaged, dogs are frightened, accidents may happen and little Johnny’s homework has to be done? Inside our homes, everyone’s lives are different, and no one should be “bombarded” because “fired-up” lawmakers could not think straight.
There’s a place for everything. We can celebrate our country’s birthday without blasting every soul to kingdom come. Again, I report, not in our neighborhoods.
-- Marie C. Meadows
At this time I will now demand full legal equality and full marital equality for polygamists.
-- Don Sweat
Female yes, Clinton no
I have an immediate distrust of anyone who tells others to trust them. I also have a distrust of most politicians. So you can understand how distrustful I am of politicians who tell us to trust them. Case in point is Hillary Clinton. In her first major campaign appearance, she talked of shared prosperity, economic fairness, easing college debt and combating climate change. And she insisted we can trust her to work for us.
I believe we need a woman president. But Clinton is not that person. She will likely be the Democratic nominee. I would like to see the Republicans nominate a prominent woman. Then we could vote for the better qualified candidate rather than someone simply because she is female.
-- Robert L. Lehane
Inspiration versus dissension
On June 29, The Telegraph ran a heart-warming article about Charles Johnson, a professional football player from Hawkinsville who has created the Johnson Foundation that is giving away more than $40,000 a year to deserving high school students so they can fulfill their dream of a college education. The two scholarships he gave this year are the seventh and eighth such scholarships. That fact alone reveals that he did not begin yesterday. Most old people living today have seen great human decay in virtues that were once commonplace in our early lives, but that article written about Johnson by Hayes Rule is reassuring that we still have some benevolent giants walking among us who still know how to show appreciation to those who came before and made their lives easier by giving to some deserving young people in the present.
When I read that article, I could not help but compare it with another that appeared in The Telegraph about C. Jack Ellis in which he was trying to divide the people of Macon by wanting some Confederate monuments removed from Macon streets. Ellis was mayor for two terms and he had every opportunity to raise that issue but waited until now so he can get attention.
What troubles me more than what Ellis said was that The Telegraph devoted more time and space to Ellis, who only wants to stir up dissension and unrest, than it has to Johnson who is attempting to inspire and lift his people up so one of them might become another Booker T. Washington or Albert Einstein. Ellis, as always, is like a rooster who thinks the sun only rises just to hear him crow. Johnson, on the other hand, has made it big in the football world and did not forget where he came from. He is an inspiration to people of every color and is a credit to his race -- the human race. He is trying to inspire and lift some children up who otherwise would not have the opportunity.
It is tragic that some who desire so much attention have a greater passion to cause unrest and dissention. I doubt seriously that most people who drive by those monuments daily would notice them if Ellis had not brought attention to them. The Civil War is 150 years old and everyone needs to forget about it because, like most wars, was a dumb and stupid one. Everyone in Georgia and the South needs to concentrate on the present. Everyone who is 80 years of age or older appreciates every day. It is a gift, and that is why we call it the present.
The news media needs to devote more coverage to positive matters than it does to the negative. People like Ellis and Donald Trump only antagonize and breed hatred in abnormal people like the 21-year-old who killed those nine innocent people in South Carolina. Human petty differences are things we must ignore since our common humanity matters so very much more. I, like many others would like to know more about Johnson, his parents and his family in general, because what he is doing makes us all feel good. He appears to be a true humanitarian who will leave a lasting legacy that will dwarf anything he can ever do on the football field. His story is very inspiring.
-- Max B. Asbell
As I entered a “local” office supply store I noticed a stand with sheets of colored paper, each from a different school within Houston County and each spelling out the “required materials” a student would be expected to bring to the “first day” of the new school year. Too bad most parents do not visit these office supply stores and none of those sheets represented a school outside Houston County.
-- Ken Brown