Two notable arts stories
There’s not that much going on in the arts in Macon, so it is surprising when two art censorship stories are happening at the same time here. In one case a museum stood up for the arts and against censorship. In the other, a gallery exhibited shameful cowardice when threatened unjustly by city officials.
The Tubman African American Museum Curator Jeff Bruce and everyone on the museum board showed integrity and backbone when they took a firm stand for the arts and against censorship by local preachers. SoChi Gallery owner Terrell Sandefur (no relation) and everyone involved in a silly show about body painting tucked their tails when threatened by a sheriff’s deputy who doesn’t know the difference between a strip joint and an art gallery.
It is the duty of everyone involved in the arts to stand firm against censorship by local bigots or goobers in City Hall. The Tubman has done just that and deserves our support. They have a great show going on right now. My favorite piece is called, “Preacher Pimp.”
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-- Jim Sandefur
Honor the family
My wife and I did early voting last week and were surprised to see the Larry Walker building name was covered up by a piece of cardboard. Considering all the years Larry senior represented our community and how well we have grown, I had to ask the election officials what was up. We didn’t receive a good answer.
The building name was to honor a man that through the years has done service and honor to this county. The Walker family has been hardworking and instrumental in the good growth of our community, and we hope everyone will honor this man and continue the Walker legacy by voting for a good decent hard-working family man Larry Walker III. They deserve our support.
-- Naomi and Dick Morris
Look it up
Mike Wolff, to quote Sen. Lindsey Graham, “Donald Trump is a jackass.” He has a lot of money and he thinks that gives him the right to slander anybody that he wants. He is a racist. Not all illegal immigrants are Mexican. They come from South America, Haiti, Cuba, Asia, Europe, and believe it or not, from Canada. Its sad to think that whenever somebody mentions illegals, they are thinking Mexican. When they see a light- brown person they think illegal Mexican. Statistics show that the majority of violent crimes in the U.S are committed by Americans rather than illegals. Look it up. Also the majority of the suspected terrorists that have been arrested during this past year are naturalized citizens, and not Mexican.
Trump hasn’t mentioned that has he? A year or so ago the Homeland Security director said he was more concerned about terrorists coming in from Canada that from Mexico. Look it up. You want Trump to build a wall along the southern border, then he better build one along the northern border, too, because that’s where the bigger problem is. Then Trump can fly the hammer and sickle like in old Berlin. Remember that?
So before Trump destroys America, look up the facts or shut up.
What Trump said about Sen. John McCain was just as bad as what he said about Mexicans.
I’m Hispanic and a proud retired U.S. Air Force Vietnam veteran, so I really don’t like him very much.
-- Esiquio Hernandez
Congress should reject the deal with Iran for this reason: It is a slap in the face to the United States and to Israel. If President Obama thinks that Iran will honor a piece of paper, he is being very naive.
-- Mark Rhodes
Thinking in reverse
Am I the only one who has noticed that drivers in Macon don’t go when the traffic light turns green, and when it’s red, they keep going? I sometimes think my hometown has become like Alice’s Wonderland: “What’s up is down, and what’s down is up.”
-- Lee Martin
With all the discussion about deploying drones in Bibb County, it occurs to me the commissioners have failed to address three salient issues which, one way or another, may impact public sentiments. Specifically, when is the season? What’s the bag limit, and how much will it cost to have one mounted?
-- Joel Raley
Only for the weak-minded
Bravo Dr. Sam Williams. His letter articulates my feelings precisely. I really get a chuckle out of the folks who write in and cite Bible verses as proof of their viewpoints. This Bible that they are so fond of quoting is nothing but a book of fairy tales, and they are not even very good fairy tales. Here are some examples that come to mind.
The Bible says the Earth was created about 6,000 years ago, yet we have fossils that are millions of years old. There is another story about a man who lived to be more than 900 years old. How ridiculous. My favorite example of the outrageous claims is the story about Noah and his ark. That would have to be quite a boat because there are more than 2 million species on Earth. Also, this benevolent being supposedly then just drowned everyone else.
Accordingly, in order to repopulate the world there would have to be a lot of incest going on. My biggest problem regarding religion is that no matter what church you attend the last thing they always do is virtually demand money. Apparently, you have to pay to get into heaven. Religion is the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on Earth. It is indeed a crutch for people too weak to make it on their own. I feel sorry for them.
-- Randal D. Duckworth
Paint a different picture
I am appalled at a recent Viewpoints letter by Dr. Sam Williams of Macon. For a person in our American society to achieve the title of “doctor” and have such disrespect, disdain and such a dim view of preachers is absolutely astounding. Williams states that the function of preachers and pimps in society are “very similar” and goes on to say that “each preys upon the weak, ignorant and gullible.” Nothing could be further from the truth. While there are objectionable people in every profession, surely Williams knows that the very essence of preaching is to persuade people to make an intelligent and knowledgeable choice relative to the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Preaching has had a profound and positive impact upon the history of our nation (and other nations) and the “preacher” has played an integral role in black history in America. The vast majority of these preachers who lead our churches and have helped shape our history were not and are not “pimps,” nor is their profession or lifestyles similar to that of a pimp. In fact most of the time just the opposite is true. Our churches are being pimped by politicians or somebody who is angry and looking for a scapegoat to blame life’s problems on or somebody who is trying to abuse or take advantage of the church or the preacher.
The “mural” that Williams refers to at the Tubman African American Museum is a disgrace to the overwhelmingly positive contributions that have been made to our American culture by preachers and to our black culture in particular. If the artist wants to display a negative work in a public facility reflecting on a small percentage of an honorable profession, I suggest that he contrasts it together with a piece reflecting the greater, absolutely positive aspect of most preachers. Suppose he did the same thing for the medical profession or school teachers? The artist may not mean any harm, but I expect a “doctor” to know better.
-- The Rev. Clifford Little
Green’s Tabernacle Baptist Church
While the stupid Republicans are always shooting themselves in the foot, they worry that Trump could choose to run as an independent. Well here’s one nobody has seemed to think about: What if Bernie Sanders decides he can’t win the Democratic nomination and decides to run as an independent? That could really shake up the Democrats. Are you listening, Bernie?
-- Gary F. Biltz
In reference to Jim Sandefur’s letter, “not a Camp fan.” Why is it OK that just about every day I open the paper to see a comment (or rant) from C. Jack Ellis but when someone has a different opinion, the paper is doing a disservice by printing that opinion? Everyone has a voice, whether you like it or not.
-- Chuck deVries