What ever happened to the personal carrier we had in Macon many years ago under Machine Gun Ronnie? Why not do something new, use common sense? Let the National Guard units based in Macon order some of those drones from the Department of Defense and see how that works before sticking taxpayers with another bill?
— Steven Huff
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It’s his right
Randal Duckworth has the right to his opinion concerning religion and the Bible. I am glad he’s so well versed in saying Christians are weak-minded and use religion as a crutch. How does he know? He shouldn’t feel sorry for us. We’re just fine, thank you. God loves us whether we believe in him or not. And I doubt anyone has pushed religion on Duckworth. Why is he so upset? He does his thing and Christians do their thing and all is well with all concerned. Christians have not written letters concerning nonbelievers. Why should nonbelievers write letters concerning Christians? But then again, that is his right.
— L.G. Holloway
Like many people who have little knowledge or understanding of sacred scripture, Randal Duckworth makes some absurd claims about what is contained in the Bible (“Only for the weak-minded,” Telegraph, Aug. 7). First, the Bible does not say the “Earth was created about 6,000 years ago.” In fact, the Bible makes no assertion whatsoever regarding the date of the earth’s creation. It was Anglican Archbishop James Ussher (1581-1656) who, using some interesting but highly questionable calculations, who concluded that the world was created on Oct. 23, 4004 B.C. The last time I checked, Archbishop Ussher was not a figure found in the Bible.
Second, Duckworth has no understanding of why the Bible ascribes great age to “a man” who lived more than 900 years. It is hard to know to which man Duckworth is referring to since, according to the Bible, no fewer than eight reached some age over 900, including one woman. In some ancient near Eastern cultures, living a long life was understood to be an unassailable sign of God’s favor. The same was true of material wealth — if you were a rich man, you were thought to be one of God’s favorites. Thus the anxiety expressed by the apostles when Jesus warned, “Again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.”
Ascribing great age to Methuselah or the other seven who lived over 900 years was not meant to be understood literally, but to show that they were among the holy ones who were believed to be especially blessed by God. The greater the age, the greater the blessedness.
Third, while there are many forms of literature in the Bible — myth, didactic fiction, poetry, parables, debate, apocalyptic — “fairy tales” are not included. Knowing the literary genre helps the reader to understand the meaning that is contained in or found behind the words. Were one to read “Gone With the Wind” and think he or she was reading a factual history of folks who actually lived in the Atlanta area during the Civil War, one would arrive at some questionable beliefs about that time.
Along with his apparent ignorance of the Bible and biblical interpretation, Duckworth’s assertion that churches “demand money” is, as most every churchgoer knows, nothing more than hyperbole. While there are certainly a few “prosperity preachers” who try to increase their income by trying to equate earthly riches to being blessed by God, most pastors I have known don’t buy into this false doctrine. As a pastor I do have to speak from time to time about the budgetary needs of my parish, but I have never known any pastor who demanded funding, virtually or otherwise.
— Fr. Michael J. Kavanaugh
As a newly-commissioned member of the 2015 Class, I would like to say a big thank you to all of the staff of the Middle Georgia Regional Commission and the J.W. Fanning Institute for their vision and work to establish this eight month journey, experience and class known as the Middle Georgia Regional Leadership Champions (MGRLC). Your efforts to establish the beginnings of a committed group of leaders with a regional mindset that foster collaborative efforts to be catalysts for improving economic prosperity, education and quality of life for a thriving Middle Georgia have been a success. I encourage commissioners, council members, mayors, commission chairs, economic development professionals and other leaders in the Middle Georgia region to participate in future Middle Georgia Regional Leadership Champions classes when they are announced.
— Jacob Cox
MGRLC Commissioned Class of 2015
The liberals are Republicans
Gov. Nikki Haley, R-S.C., after much deserved national news attention, removed the Confederate flag from the South Carolina capitol grounds. Gov. Robert Bentley, R-AL, didn’t play around. He ordered four Confederate flags removed from the state grounds. The Supreme Court conservative majority ruled that Texas is allowed to reject a license plate design that features the Confederate flag. Gov. Nathan Deal. R-GA, stood firm in his decision that the flag symbol could remain on car tags, only to recant a few hours later. I would love to know who called him. Bet it wasn’t you.
U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-KY, and Senate Majority Leader called for all Confederate flags and statues be removed in all states. Steve Scalise, R-LA, and House Majority Whip agreed with Mitch. Rep. Paul Ryan, R-WI, and Mitt Romney, you remember them, said flags should come down.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich agrees with South Carolina. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., went from defending the flag to recommending its removal in the span of a couple of days. Same phone call as Deal? Gov. Bill Haslam, R-TN, called for the removal of Confederate flags and statues from their Capitol.
Mississippi is holding firm in its Confederate flag displays. Perhaps its one phone is not working. Republican party contributors such as Amazon, Sears, Wal-Mart, Target and others stopped selling Confederate memorabilia. It appears someone other than the Southern voter base is calling the shots for Republican decisions, but as far as I can tell, Georgia is most angry at liberals and that Ellis guy.
— Pat Fair
No censorship here
Censorship is not a dirty word, unless it’s used to suppress free speech. Such was certainly not the case with the “Dark Eden” body art show at the SoChi Gallery in Macon. If anybody was confused about the difference between a strip joint and an art gallery, as Jim Sandefur suggests, it was the organizer of this traveling exhibit, not the Macon-Bibb Sheriff’s Office. They acted to protect the standards of decency in this community, which were duly enacted into municipal ordinances. Their actions could hardly be called “unjust,” as Sandefur terms it.
We use motion picture and TV ratings to censor material that would corrupt the young and offend the moral sensibilities of principled adults. An analogous situation prevailed at the SoChi Gallery, and I applaud gallery owner Terrell Sandefur for responding appropriately.
As for the “Preacher Pimp” art work now being exhibited at the Tubman Museum, the museum management has every right to display it, but I’m disappointed in the insensitivity it reveals to a group of individuals who have long played such a valuable role in civil rights leadership, character formation and social betterment. African-American clergy deserve our respect and gratitude for their dedicated efforts to make this a better community. Sandefur could have expressed his opinions about the SoChi gallery incident without going out of his way to further insult them.
— John Marson Dunaway
Wherever they work in the sex trade business, whether it’s as a call girl, street prostitute or in the adult entertainment industry; whether they work independently, pimped or controlled by sex traders and whether they’re male, female, children, teens or adults doesn’t matter. Their need for contraceptives, abortions and treatment for sexually transmitted deceases are satisfied by Planned Parenthood.
Their catering to America’s multibillion dollar sex industry (an industry that caters to the narcissistic and perverted needs of tens of millions of Americans) has made Planned Parenthood indispensable in maintaining one of the major voting blocs owned by the Democratic Party. A bloc with extremely deep pockets.
Planned Parenthood’s operating capital comes primarily from taxpayers, a few private donations and from money generated from shamelessly and coldheartedly harvesting body parts from aborted fetuses which are sold to the highest bidder.
Planned Parenthood and all it represents exist because Christians have failed to promote and defend values championed by God and his son, Jesus Christ. If the 2016 election reaffirms the majority of voters still prefer the values championed by the Democratic Party — the inaugural address on January 20, 2017, will be Christianity’s eulogy.
— Travis L. Middleton
President Ronald Reagan, as part of a 1982 transportation bill raised the federal gasoline tax from 4 cents per gallon to 9 cents. He stated, “When we first built our highways we paid for them with a gas tax. It was a fair conception then, and it is today.”
Our federal gasoline tax is 18.4 cents a gallon and was last increased by Bill Clinton in 1993 and by George W. Bush in 1990. Gasoline prices have dropped a dollar in the last year.
Our Senate has passed a six-year transportation bill but funded it for only three years. Senate Republicans refused to raise the gas tax. They want to pay for it by selling oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve, which is for future oil crises.
So why is our Republican Party so bitterly anti-science, anti-tax, anti-government, anti-minorities, anti-gay rights and anti-immigration from the Tea Party and its media enforcer, Fox News?
— Frank W. Gadbois
I appreciated Charles Richardson’s excellent tribute to Willie “Bill” Odom. I live at Carlyle Place in Macon. We have a large, good picture of Odom in our pub with a bronze plaque underneath. The plaque tells that Odom was on the board of the hospital when Carlyle Place was built. Naming this lovely place was discussed for a long time. Eventually “Bill” Odom said that the Carlyle Hotel in New York was a fine, upscale place and perhaps Carlyle Place would be a good, fitting name for this fine, upscale place. So Carlyle Place it is, thanks to Odom.
— Dallis J. Jones
In Feb. 2007, a couple of Vietnam veterans started meeting at a local restaurant for coffee and breakfast. As time went on, we started growing in numbers, so we had to go to a larger place. The management at IHOP on Watson Boulevard graciously opened their front room for us to meet regularly on Monday and Friday mornings.
Over the course of the last two years, we have had the honor on three different occasions where someone has paid for our coffee and breakfast. If memory serves us right, the first person was or had been a pastor of a local Church of God. The second person wanted to remain anonymous and the third time happened this past Monday, Aug. 3. This individual left a note saying, “We appreciate your service to our nation. God bless you! You all were there fighting it out before we were even thought of, for that, thank you. With love, The Lowe Family”.
It’s people like this, whether they buy our coffee and breakfast, or not, that represents the antidote of the way we were treated when we came home. It’s to these kind people we would like to say a special “Thank You and may God Bless You.”
— Tom McLendon
— Richard McKee
I don’t get it
Some people are in a fearful tizzy over the Iranian nuclear agreement intended to prevent Iran from getting “The Bomb,” yet they say not a word or express concern about the roughly 16,300 nuclear warheads in existence in nine other nations. Russia: 8,000, U.S.: 7,300, France: 300, China: 250, Britain: 225, India: 110, Pakistan: 120, Israel: 80 and North Korea: 8. Instead, people wring their hands over the possibility that Iran might acquire one or two. I don’t get it.
— Bob Farquhar
Villa Park, Illinois