Letters to the Editor

This is Viewpoints for Saturday, March 12, 2016

Patterson a legal leader

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of 1999-2000 State Bar President Rudolph N. Patterson of Macon on his recent passing.

Throughout his distinguished career of 54 years, Patterson was a leader among his peers in the legal profession since first being elected as president of the Macon Bar Association in 1967. In addition to serving as State Bar president, he was a member of our Board of Governors (1991-2001) and Executive Committee (1992-2001) and served as secretary (1996-98) and chaired the General Practice & Trial Section (1985-87). He was also a trustee of the Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the Georgia Bar Foundation, chair of the General Counsel's Overview Committee and member of the William Augustus Bootle Inn of Court.

A longtime partner in the Macon firm of Westmoreland, Patterson, Moseley & Hinson LLP, he received the Tradition of Excellence Award from the General Practice & Trial Section in 1995. At the national level, Patterson chaired the Benefits Committee of the Administrative Law Section of the American Bar Association and served as president of the National Organization of Social Security Claimant's Representatives (1981-83).

We are grateful for Rudolph Patterson's lifetime of service, his steady hand of leadership and wise counsel to countless Georgia lawyers and are inspired by his many contributions toward promoting the cause of justice and upholding the integrity of the legal profession in our state.

— Robert J. "Bob" Kauffman

President, State Bar of Georgia

Stop being racist

I am a white/Hispanic female living in the Middle Georgia area. Last weekend I was out shopping and passed by a group of black females. As I passed by, I overheard one of them say "well we didn't go to the black-owned business, we should have went to the black-owned business." Are you kidding me? How can racism end when people think that this kind of a mentality is OK? If I were to say something like that as a white person saying that I should have gone to the "white owned business" I would have been called a racist and probably would have gotten into an altercation. But for some reason our society thinks that it is OK for black people to behave this way?

Guess what, if you want racism to end stop being racist. It works both ways. Grow up, buck up and stop trying to constantly portray yourselves as victims. My niece lives with me and she is mixed but primarily looks like a young black woman. I don't want her to grow up in a society that condones one race to behave so poorly while the other has their hands tied behind their backs. God forbid if a white person says something not in good taste as this woman did, it would become a national outcry for racism. Do we really need to be a nation of hypocrites?

— Terri Adams

Warner Robins

What diversity is not

Diversity does not always mean black or white. Diversity may mean income levels, geographic, party affiliations, school affiliations, cultural differences and other factors. Many people tend to think diversity stands just for racial diversity.

All blacks do not think alike. Many assume just because a person is of a certain skin tone that the person will act, think, or promote the interest of those with similar skin tones. Such is not the case.

When making educated decisions about voting and other important matters, we must think of diversity from the standpoint of what is best for the community. When I think of diversity, I am looking for a person who can add to the establishment of an organization with a different way of thinking or a person who can bring another perspective.

Many blacks tend to think just because a candidate is black that the person will share a certain mind-set with other blacks. Blacks are as different as day and night. No group of people should let a limited group of members of its community speak for them regarding leadership. We must educate ourselves on what's best for our community. Even persons or organizations promoting diversity may have its agenda which may be contrary to the best interest of the majority of people.

— Harriet Parks Williams


Cultural terrorism?

On Feb. 26, 2001, the Taliban began destroying statues and monuments in Afghanistan. The first was a 3,000 year old statue of Buddha. They did this because as Islamist, "it offended" them. Little did we know that this signaled the beginning of a rein of cultural terrorism that continues to this day.

Has anyone realized that exactly the same thing is occurring in America? Yes, America, the bastion of freedom, liberty, tolerance and all things great and fine. We are seeing a kind of cultural cleansing that is similar to the actions of the Taliban and ISIS. With the help of gutless politicians and their tacky pandering for political favor, memorials to the South have been coming down. The monuments in New Orleans are a prime example. Those who "don't like" these monuments can't wait to tear them down. And for what?

Please tell me who will live better for it? Who will be richer, healthier, or perhaps, simply a better citizen? (Nah, that won't work because you can't be a cultural terrorist and a good citizen at the same time). All our people and our nation would be a lot better off if our leaders addressed the real problems in our society. I don't need to tell you what these problems are because our local newspaper is chocked full of reports every day.

Instead, what we need is a bit of respect and tolerance for the other man's treasures. That is something that must be done. This cultural genocide is like a thief, it has no honor. Someday it will turn on its promoters. Who knows, the next things to be destroyed just might be the Vietnam Wall, Lincoln Memorial, or maybe, even a statue of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This may sound far fetched to you, but who ever thought that centuries old relics in far off Pakistan might be in danger?

Show some respect to the South's memorials and the favor will be returned tenfold, I promise. Otherwise, my advice is to quit your whining, and get over it.

— Clifford Dunaway


Earned equality?

It is truly amazing what some Caucasians will say to debase African Americans. Joe Hubbard is probably one of those who constantly writes about what the Constitution says. However, he stated that blacks must earn equality; yet the Preamble to the Constitution clearly states that "All men (and women) are created equal" and the Bible says that God created humankind in his own image, which means that all people are equal before they are even born. So, for Hubbard to say that equality is "earned" is downright insane. I would like to know what white people have done to earn equality.

Does he not know that whites murder, lie, cheat, steal, have abortions and illegitimate children, drop out of school, take and sell drugs, collect welfare checks and use food stamps as much as blacks do? To lump everybody together because of the color of their skin is simply wrong and certainly not Christ-like. Hubbard, Faye Tanner, and several other of the habitual contributors to the Opinion page's ideas reek of racism. They need to learn how to treat everybody regardless to race, creed or color, with equal respect or quit feigning being Christians.

— Carol Stewart


Who would have thought?

Just when many like-minded Americans thought its better days were gone with the wind, along comes a very improbable ray of hope in the rude and crude form of one D.J. Trump. At first, everybody including, but not limited to both Republican and Democratic party-crats, scoffed at his ill manner. Now they are at a loss to understand how the monster of their own making is storming ahead on his way to the White House.

Meanwhile, the Democrats are in a self-imposed mess as the shady lady of their choosing could be headed to the big house. The lobbyists and all the other D.C. power brokers are crowding around their own candy wagon, perplexed at a new found kind of broker that doesn't need their candy. As Mr. Trump just flatly told them, "I'm worth billions and don't need you or your money."

I've never, in my lifetime, seen such political discourse that could end our perpetual nose dive and actually unify a badly divided people. If he pulls it off and actually "Makes America great again," the entire world will be better for it. Let us pray.

— Tommy Parker