Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Friday, Feb. 26, 2016

Say no to stadium

This baseball stadium and team (unknown) will attract 250,000 people annually, according to a study. An earlier study said the Georgia Music Hall of Fame would attract 130,000. It has now closed. So why would we believe this study? I see nothing but problems and money down the drain, money that could be spent on the many problems that Macon has.

The reasons I think this stadium will not work:

1) Macon didn't support the Macon Braves. We could watch our minor league players move on to the major league team right up the road.

2) Many games are played at night. Many people in Macon don't even dare go to shopping centers, groceries stores, etc. at night for fear of being robbed or worse. And how many people from outside the county will drive into Macon for a game when they can read the paper about Macon's out of control crime problems?

3) We have a huge percentage of poor people in this county. Tickets to these games will not be cheap. The concessions will not be cheap. So we will be building something many of our citizens will not be able to use.

Macon should not build a stadium. This will be another waste of our scarce tax dollars.

— Vivian Whelan


Vote early

If you want to feel good, vote early. If you want to feel real good, vote Donald John Trump. If you want a downright thrill, vote for Donald John Trump using your middle finger!

— Mike Wolff


Elect Trump

We the people are fed up with the lies and deceit of the greedy politicians who think more of themselves than the people they represent. They are a group of self-righteous individuals who capitalize on every opportunity to benefit themselves. Our voice is being heard loud and clear. Politicians, you will mistreat us no more. We will elect a person who is not a politician and cannot be bought. One who is on a mission to take this country back and restore the greatness that it once had. We will elect a one Donald J. Trump. And so it shall be.

— George Devine

Kokomo, Indiana


My wife and I met Dr. Ben Carson 12 years ago when we put our little 7 year old daughter's life in his hands for Chiari Malformation brain surgery up in Baltimore. We knew at that time that we'd never met and talked with a more humble, compassionate or brilliant man. His character is truly above reproach. Our son is in the U.S. Air Force Reserve. If Carson is elected president, we will then trust the life of our other child to him.

Most Americans living today have never had the opportunity to vote for a man of his great character and brilliance as the leader of our nation. Carson is the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation's highest civilian honor). CEO, Carson College Scholarship Fund. One of the fund's chapters is in Atlanta.

He's a member of the President's Council on Bioethics, received the 2008 Ford's Theater Lincoln Medal, named one of "America's Best Leaders" by U.S. News & World Report, Jefferson Award for "Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged," the Healthcare Humanitarian Award, named by CNN and TIME magazine as one of the nation's 20 foremost physicians and scientists, one of 89 "Living Legends" by the Library of Congress, the 2006 Spingarn Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed by the NAACP, the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine, authored over 100 neurosurgical publications in peer-reviewed journals. He is a real-life rags to riches life story. Now if that's not qualified, I don't know what is!

— Gary Sullivan


PC: R.I.P.

Have you noticed the subtle change in tone? Has something unsuspected caused you to think, "That's kind of new"? Has a comment made you more alert and attentive during a news program? Yes, a change has quietly occurred. It isn't making everyone happy, but others have no trouble watching this meme spread out. Manny Pacquiao did it. So did Bill Cosby, Ricky Gervais, Adrian Peterson, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Cam Newton. The president does it all the time. It's an action, long dormant, that is successful almost every time it is used.

People are refusing to be shamed into apologizing and have begun pushing back against political correctness. We are refusing to allow others to determine how we behave, what we can say or what we can do. We are saying that a difference of opinion does not mean we have to apologize.

Political correctness is being rejected because we are tired of having the pettiness of others interfere with our lives and do not require its false premise to monitor us.

Guess who deserves the gratitude for starting this refreshing sense of individuality? Do you know who started the anti- PC ball rolling? Like him or not, win or lose, we have Donald Trump to thank.

— Bob Norcott


Missing in action

I can recall Saturday, Jan. 30, 1965, when all our local TV stations broadcast the BBC coverage of the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill. We watched it because even with our (public) grade school education we knew that he was one of the greatest statesmen of the 20th century. Even though he was British, and the funeral was in England, we still watched.

Now we are told that the funeral of the most influential Supreme Court justice of the past 50 years was not attended by the president, or first lady, with no explanation offered.

Maybe he was be too busy reading resumes.

— Dan Topolewski