Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016

Recycling success

Two weeks of following the Macon-Bibb guidelines on recycling has filled our new curby to the three-quarters mark. We found it easy and the program has reduced our landfill garbage and trash tremendously.

If you are not into recycling, give it a try. It's good for our purses and for the environment.

John G. Kelley Jr.


Toad vs. Trump

Today I had a eureka moment. It suddenly leaped into my head that the creature who should easily come to mind when one sees Donald J. Trump is the toad. Both are masters of bloviation, although to its credit, the toad merely bloviates and catches insects while its human counterpart belittles us by then stating how wonderful things will be if we just wait for him to work his magic.

To make the comparison more invidious in the toad's favor those of us who disagree need not fear being labeled "loser" or threatened with a lawsuit. Finally, while the toad's policy prescriptions and tax returns are as opaque as Trump's, at least this odious creature has yet to describe the same as "awesome."

T. Len Perkins


Bad boys

After reading the two stories in the paper this week about the deputy arrested for violence against his girlfriend and the other women who came forward, I just have to come out and say it.

Why is it that men can treat women like this and have them keep lining up to date them? Why do women gravitate toward this type and reject and ignore men who would treat them right, only to ask years later, after a long series of dating "bad boys," why they don't have a good man in their lives?

This is just one of the many reasons why more and more men are walking away from dating and relationships and joining the Men Going Their Own Way movement.

— Mike Ganas



As a member of the Baptist church and more specifically in a leadership role within the Baptist church, I am confounded by the fact that so many "Christians" are throwing their support to Donald Trump and Ted Cruz. On one hand we have a blow hard who calls himself a Christian but apparently has no need for forgiveness by his own admission, never mind the fact that scripture tells us we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

On the other hand we appear to have a wolf in sheep's clothing. I'm not entirely sure which one scares me more. What I am sure of is that for men like James Dobson with the amount of influence he has in the evangelical community to come out and openly endorse a candidate who has had many problems with the truth in this campaign is shocking. It appears even our own leadership has sold their souls in exchange for four years of Republican rule.

I am a Republican and I am also an ultra conservative, but more importantly I am a Christian, and as such I am asking publicly for an open rebuke of Ted Cruz for his actions on the campaign trail and this includes James Dobson. As for me, my mind is made up and I will be voting for Marco Rubio. I pray others will join me.

— Jared S. Denton




Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., doesn't want Antonin Scalia replaced until after the presidential election in November. He has changed his interpretation of our Constitution. He used to say that when the Republicans got control, democracy and venerable tradition would rule. No more of those sneaky tricks that his predecessor Sen. Harry Reid used to keep the other side's ideas from coming to a vote: The answer is to let folks debate, to let the Senate work its will.

Sen. McConnell is a hypocrite. So is Sen. Marco Rubio who has said: "We're not moving forward on it, period." Donald Trump has said, "Delay, delay, delay." Sen. Ted Cruz would filibuster any nominee. Ben Carson's reply made no sense whatever.

— Frank Gadbois

Warner Robins

Trump has a plan

Super Tuesday, March 1, is fast approaching. As I travel around Middle Georgia I see empty strip malls, closed businesses, hundreds of foreclosed homes, people struggling trying to work two jobs to make ends meet, or just doing without the necessities, or making low wages.

For years both political parties have promised more and better jobs and prosperity, but it's all talk. Our country is turning into a third world country and there is poverty everywhere.

We have in Donald Trump a presidential candidate with a plan to make America great again. People want to know what his plan is for America. This information is readily available if people would do a little homework. But most won't, so here are a few of the things that Trump wants for America:

1. Trump wants America to have a strong military again. He believes the single most important function of the federal government is national defense.

2. Trump wants a strong foreign policy, and that American interests come first. Always. No apologies.

3. Trump believes a secure border is critical for both security and prosperity in America.

4. Trump wants a radical change to the tax system to not only make it better for average Americans, but also to encourage businesses to stay here and foreign businesses to move here.

5. Trump wants Obamacare repealed. He says it's a "job-killing, health care destroying monstrosity that can't be reformed, salvaged, or fixed."

For each one of these points and others that I haven't mentioned, Trump has a real plan that will bring about the changes we need. If you want to do your part to make America great again, go to the polls on March 1, and cast your ballot for Donald Trump for president.

— Carolyn Ragan

Pulaski County Campaign Manager for Donald Trump


Trump loves America

I lock the doors to my home because I love the people inside, not because I hate the people outside. Build the wall Mr. Trump. I honestly believe you love America.

— William Liles