September 6, 2013
Letter to the Editor
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Quick medical work makaes survival of widow maker possible
Chest pain center medical staff and EMS team enable patient to survive critical heart attack.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School district votes on school budgets not a bad idea for south Georgia
Issues over school spending, reckless behavior and crooked politicians are crop up in North as much as they do in the South.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Column recasts thoughts on political landscape
The U.S. is losing its Constitution a little bit at a time.
WARREN D. GRANT: Divert money from parks and the Civic Center to pay law enforcement better salaries
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Money spent on recreational, educational and entertainment facilities could be better spent
Dougherty County Sheriff’s Office personnel should have salaries raised with spending that now goes to the Civic Center, Flint RiverQuarium, Chehaw and Paul Eames Sports Park.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Despite personal shortcomings, President Clinton left a budget surplus
While Bill Clinton showed his human failings, he also had low unemployment, a booming economy and federal budget surpluses during his presidency.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Leola Williams brought passion to her work at the Phoebe Putney Cancer Center desk
The family and co-workers of Leola Williams have lost a dear friend.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dougherty law enforcement officers have not had a raise in six years
Losing law enforcement officers because of low pay will make it tough to keep the “good life” in the Good Life City.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The rules favor foreign producers who do not have to abide by the restrictions imposed on U.S. manufacturers
America needs to return to the days when it produced the highest quality products in the world.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: April is Confederate History and Heritage Month in Georgia
Former GOP gubernatorial candidate Ray McBerry will speak at this year’s Confederate memorial service for Dougherty and Lee counties.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Writers should know biblical facts before they type
Teaching anything that God’s word doesn’t support is taking his name in vain.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dollar for dollar, President Obama has outspent President Bush
President George W. Bush realized that a terrorist’s most dangerous weapon was his mind.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: President George W. Bush started the current streak of budget deficits
Republicans worry about political gain instead of doing what’s best for America.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The dredging has been approved, so why the hold up?
The unnecessary delay in the work deepening the Savannah port is a prime example of the federal government doing its finest bungling.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Law enforcement officers are critical personnel who deserve a livable wage
Budgets are always tight, but paying law enforcement officers is not the place the scrimp.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Olympics have been completed, but Americans still try for bronze, silver, gold and even platinum
Most like the idea affordable health care offerings, but they dislike fraud and mandatory compliance.
LETTER TO THE EDITIOR: Eliminating positions with no warning is poor business
Abrupt eliminations of positions can adversely impact employees who remain with the company, too.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Many do not like concealed gun carry because it infringes on their ability to bully
Those who carry concealed weapons illegally are the biggest concern.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The mass changing of grades should not have been allowed
The Dougherty County School System leveled much stiffer punishment for the whistleblower than for those who were involved in the changing of the grades.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The law under consideration could have adverse impact on gay individuals
A proposal that could adversely impact gay people should not be cloaked as an act ensuring freedom of religion.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The annual event gives a good impression of Southwest Georgia to movers and shakers in business
The work by organizers of the Georgia Quail Hunt has given business leaders a positive view in regard to doing business in Georgia.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The disclosure of student information to the public was not as bad as the actions that were disclosed
In the case of the Westover High School freshmen grade changes, the respective punishments don’t fit the actions.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Government programs step in to provide care that should be up to parents
Government programs should not just throw money at the problem, but also hold parents accountable.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Owners who are negligent are the real issue
Albany dog ordinances should apply across-the-board and more resources should be devoted to dealing with people who abuse their pets.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: While fundraising is challenging, the Albany community came through
The Cancer Coalition was able to exceed its fundraising goal with the event as it worked to fight cancer in Southwest Georgia.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: People should be more willing to help those in need and in trouble
Live life as an example to those who have problems and do what you can to help out.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Look at any president and you will find evidence of your preconceived notion
Placing 47 million non-working Americans in the backs of those who are working doesn’t “elevate” them; it drags everyone else down.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nearly four out of every five farm bill dollars go to food nutrition programs
Those who want the farm bill cut in half need to realize that near;y 80 percent of it goes to nutrition programs such as food stamps.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Celebration of birthdays of Confederate generals a reminder of Southern heritage
The annual event at American Legion Post 30 honored the memories of Gens. Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The federal government has gotten out of control
Americans need to make an effort to rein in the overreaching government that is spending too much and interjecting itself too much into everyday lives.
With the support of Albany’s congressional delegation, the recently passed federal budget includes funding to keep Southwest Georgia Regional Airport’s contract control tower open through Sept. 30.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Where is the outcry against gang members?
Gangs will not only injure people, they will steal from their livelihoods.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pit bulls the victims of irrational stereotyping based on fear
Every dog should stand on its own merits, regardless of breed.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Dougherty School Board should offer superintendent job to Butch Mosely
Interim Superintendent Butch Mosely already is improving the Dougherty County School System and deserves to be named the permanent school chief.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The proposed ordiance can be improved by modifying it
The Albany City Commisison will hear comments on its proposed dangerous dog ordinance on Feb. 18 before a second reading on the proposal on Feb. 25.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: While senasational lawyer ads are frowned upon, they are protected speech
A Savannah-area lawyer’s Super Bowl ad has created a stir, but the State Bar has little control over the content of its members’ ads.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tax allocation districts (TADs) must create more tax revenue to work
The fear is that the Central Business District will not generate greater tax revenues, leaving the payment of TAD debt to be picked up by taxpayers throughout Dougherty County.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pit bull owners have a choice that the defenseless do not have
An attack on a niece and her small dogs by pit bulls resulted in the small dog dying, the niece suffering permanent injuries and her daughter being traumatized.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: One path leads to rewards, the other to pitiless death
The battle in America is between capitalism and communism, not liberalism and conservatism.
LETTER TO THE EDITIOR: Taxpayers will have to foot the bill for insurance company losses
From the start, Obamacare has not functioned as envisioned. Now, taxpayers are on the hook for costs.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Welfare recipients who can work and illegal immigrants get free passes
Americans who work have fewer rights than those who scam the system.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hikes in the minimum wage means corresponding hikes in the cost of living
President Obama should have addressed importance of parental responsibilities in his State of the Union address.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christmas gifts stolen during a residential break-in are recovered
What started out as a traumatic experience was mitigated by the recovery of the property and the service and consideration provided by Albany and Dougherty County police officers.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Albany chapter of Mended Hearts marks its 30th anniversary
Members of Mended Hearts visit heart patients and their families to offer support and encouragement.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Too many are following the noise from Washington, D.C.
The loss of freedom doesn’t come all at once. It is eroded slowly over time.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Government cannot legislate a wrong into a right
The Constitution guarantees to the right to express one’s opinions.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: American youth are watching a self-absorbed generation
Humbleness, kindness and concern for others are in short supply these days.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Taxpyers foot bill for free wine and cheese on Amtrak
While some legitimately need help from the government to survive, others are gaming the system and the so-called government watchdogs do nothing to stop it.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Scripture should be quoted in context
The Bible’s teachings on homosexuality are in agreement with the statements made by Phil Robertson, though some do not like to hear the truth.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A segregated society was simply the way things were
The unpleasant memories of a woman who worked at the original Arctic Bear bring back events and conditions that people are trying to put behind them.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Civil War was a fight for independence
The Confederate flag represents principles upon which the United States was founded.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Reminding people of the past an attempt to keep racism raging
Woman with unpleasant memories of the Arctic Bear should be thankful she lives in a country that can change for the better.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The federal government is acting like a dictatorship
Americans need to take a stand and run all the cronies out of Washington, D.C.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Social media will not replace family bonds
Social networks let teen strengthen friendships, with even casual acquaintances having the potential for a positive impact.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: It took the combined effort of hundreds of people to make the Albany Christmas parade successful
The Celebration of Lights parade requires hundreds of volunteers who channel the spirit of the season.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columnist Cynthia Tucker didnt read minds in writing her column
Columnist relied on words and accounts of Sarah Palin and Thomas Jefferson in her opinion column.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Democratic lawmakers change positions with political winds
Democratic senators who decried idea of the so-called nuclear option when Republicans were in control had no problem hitting the button now.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Liberal pundits are too quick to applaud U.S./Iranian deal
Conflict has been common in the Middle East for thousands of years, and the pact negotiated by the Obama administration likely won’t end it.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Meant to be temporary help, public housing has become permanent for some families
Allowing those who don’t qualify financially into public housing denies those who truly need it.
The biweekly lunches served at Albany Technical College rival fine meals
Gourmet meals are affordable from the young chefs at Albany Tech’s Culinary Arts School.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Cynthia Tucker is decieved by her political crystal ball
The columnist is the one who is paranoid and overwrought, not Sarah Palin.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Albany is obscured on the Weather Channel radar map
Montgomery stretches from central Alabama to the Atlantic Ocean on the Weather Channel map.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Affordable Care Act provides neither affordable insurance nor quality
The Affordable Care Act for Southwest Georgia has only one hospital and no doctors accepting it.
Letter to the Editor: The Articles of Confederation was a first attempt to decentralize the national government
Under the Articles of Confederation, the national government was dependent upon states for its funding.
Letter to the Editor: Greed and power led to U.S. federal government shutdown
If another government shutdown occurs, America may not regain its sanity.
Letter to the Editor: In 70 percent of the states, an individual makes more while on welfare than by working for minimum wage.
As the federal debt continues to rise, the U.S. money barrel is getting more barren.
Letter to the Editor: Money spent on buildings and salaries could help poor
Look at Albany area churches and you see where temples and idols are built.
Letter to the Editor: Under Obamacare, $750 billion is being moved from Medicare to Medicaid
The cost of the poorly working Affordable Care Act signup website has jumped from $94 million to an estimated $600 million.
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Too often if we live with something that needs repair, we gradually become accustomed to it.
A government shutdown comes as no surprise, given our dysfunctional system where the people we elect to represent us instead represent themselves.
We need some sort of health care program in this country, but it need not be a partisan effort. Both sides in Congress must get together and develop a system that relies mostly on common sense and logic.
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People do not want “pure” capitalism. Caveat emptor are the words you do not want to hear.
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While we will all agree that there are many problems in our society, they are not limited to Albany. Looking at the positive things that we have in Albany, we see many.
Letter to the editor
I have been out of town for a while and while reviewing past issues of The Albany Herald, I saw an article by Terry Lewis entitled “Griffin supports school chief, but not new contract.” This article prompted a number of memories after spending 12 years on the School Board. I feel compelled to respond.
Why are houses in the Albany ares not selling? On Yahoo and on TV I see and read that there is a shortage of housing nationwide. Yet, in our area we cannot give them away. Why?
The obvious evidence of the failure of governmental support programs. I am addressing aid to the able-bodied, not the truely disabled.
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Charles Krauthammer wrote an article in The Herald Sept. 8 titled, “Unless he’s serious, vote no on Syria.” I disagree; the president is very serious about limited military intervention.
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So, the federal government plans to convert all vehicles from mechanical to electronic. Your steering, brakes, fuel system, and ignition system will operate on electronics.
All government officials, no matter the capacity, are supposed to be responsible adults. If some of our citizens that pay taxes can budget for their households, why can’t our elected officials?