Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Monday, August 3, 2015

Take them all down

Frank Gadbois and his myopic view of life once again entertains those of us who see the big picture. It’s not the flag, Frank, it’s the cry baby liberals who shout loud and often until they win. Every day I go to town I have to drive by the English Pantry, my heavens, they have a flag outside on their billboard. It’s the Union Jack. I am so offended. Look what the British did to the colonists. How horrible that we let the flag fly.

I saw a Greek flag at a restaurant, I was so offended I had to eat more Souvlaki to calm my nerves. After all, I have Turkish friends. Oh, not to mention a Mexican flag at another restaurant. Look what Santa Anna did at the Alamo. Take it down, por favor.

-- Jim Huber


Spare the rod

Having spent a 40-year career in the care of scores, if not hundreds, of abused children, it was distressing to read of the “discipline” used by, I’m sure, a well-meaning person in a local youth center. If I learned anything in those 40 years, it is that nothing good ever comes from hitting a child. Corporal punishment is an evil substitute for missing patience, commitment, role modeling, societal/family structure and sometimes professional referral to a woefully deficient system (lack of referral sources) that is necessary to deal with “problem children.”

In this context, the euphemism of “discipline” is a rationalization and justification for violence against a child. If there is anything this society needs less of, it is violence against defenseless children. Likewise, the article mentioned shaming a misbehaving child into better behavior. It has been said: All violence is an attempt to replace shame with self esteem. Is shaming a child an acceptable option?

Child abuse is too often a vertical, generational phenomenon. Corporal punishment is often learned as a proper parental behavior or even responsibility. However, that does not make it right, and such should cease if we are to consider ourselves civilized. “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” The Bible will be held as the authority by many who read these pages, but where is the love that was the essence of Christ? How can love and hitting a child in the name of discipline be equated? What would Jesus do?

-- Lowell Clark M.D.


Happy birthday

Medicare turned 50 years old last week. President Ronald Reagan touted when it was created that “it would destroy American freedom.” But Jeb Bush has recently stated that he would allow all of us already on Medicare to stay on it but, “We need to figure out a way to phase out this program for others.” Also, raise the age of eligibility.

What Bush really wants is Rep. Paul Ryan’s voucher system. Those now age 55 and below when they get to be 65 would then have to find their own medical insurance and pay $1,800 in out-of-pocket expenses their first year. The Congressional Budget Office did a study and decided that raising the eligibility age “would hardly save any money.” Republicans hate the idea of Uncle Sam “providing a successful, universal safety net.” Plus they say that Medicare is unaffordable and inept at controlling costs.

Republicans don’t like any good news about Obamacare and Medicare. But Medicare will never be privatized.

-- Frank W. Gadbois

Warner Robins

The right to secede

Kudos to Ricky Camp for his letter regarding his ancestral ties to the Confederate States of America and his disgust with the opinion recently pinned by C. Jack Ellis. While the concept of slavery in and of itself is wrong, there were other issues besides slavery that were tied to the Confederacy and secession. One can conclude this by reading reliable and well-documented historical accounts. The Confederate States of America was not a recognized separate government. It was a federation of states that comprised the current southeastern United States from 1861-1865.

Each state enacted their right as an independent state to secede. Camp uses two important words in his letter when he makes reference to his ancestor when he uses the terms “followed orders.” All Confederate soldiers followed orders when they enlisted for service. These were not men acting as street gangs raising hell for a self-serving identity nor were they radical thugs rioting to prove or to enact their own narrow-minded and often one-sided opinion. They were soldiers on a battlefield fighting for the concerns that were then associated with their territory.

For anyone to decide that it should be their prerogative to wipe out the history of another culture is not only ludicrous and self serving but it is also ignorant.

-- Melissa Kuipers


Not a Camp fan

I’m sorry to see that the Telegraph lowered its standards enough to print Ricky Camp’s “Your Say” piece. The debate about the Confederate battle flag and Confederate memorials is an interesting one. It is also one that any intelligent person has to admit has good arguments on both sides of the debate.

As a person who had three of his four great-grandfathers fight for the South in the American Civil War and uses one of those great-grandfather’s picture for his Facebook avatar, and as a person who thinks Jack Ellis was one sorry excuse for a mayor, I think you did Ellis and your readers a disservice by printing Camp’s silly little rant.

Not having the mental equipment needed to debate the issue, Camp resorts to non-sensible statements, ad hominem attacks and name-calling -- the mark of a real coward and childish (ideas) that should find no space on this page.

-- Jim Sandefur


All are heroes

I don’t think Trump needs to apologize to Sen. John McCain. Why was only one from the Hanoi Hilton was chosen to be a hero? Why not all of them? Truman stopped World War II with the two atomic bombs on Japan. They never call him a hero. The sniper who saved a lot of men’s lives is never called a hero. I think anyone who joins the military to fly a plane to kill a lot of people or a supply person ordered to make sure everybody gets what they need to end a war are all heroes to me.

-- Charles Biggerstaff