September 6, 2013
Letter to the Editor
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Material placed on vehicles attack the Catholic church
On Sunday, Sept. 27, the members of St. Teresa Parish were attacked while at worship. A pamphlet titled “Are Roman Catholics Christian?” was placed on their vehicles.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Family of law officers held to higher standard
In a time where there is so much negativity towards our brave first responders, it saddens me to think there are still those who feel the need to belittle the honor and respect inherent with the job.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Taking life of unborn child is not the answer
Leaving infants that somehow survive the abortion process alone to die or to deliberately kill those newborns because they inconvenience someone is unconscionable.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Have you been to the dentist lately?
Many people have a degree of anxiety over going to the dentist, but they may be surprised at how good the experience can be.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No one should get preferential treatment
Law enforcement officials should enforce the law equally regardless of a person’s occupation or family connections.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: NAMI supports those facing mental health challenges
We must support NAMI, especially today; when the weight of stigma and injustice loom heavy, we need every physical body we can muster, standing together on our side of the scale.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stigma of mental illness must be changed
Through NAMIWalks, we are able to display support for people affected by mental illness and are changing how Americans view persons with a mental illness.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Japan is gearing up for a stronger military
South Korea is finding itself in a difficult position as Japan gears up its military to get it on par with China and Russia.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: State agencies are still in a position to intervene
The Department of Natural Resouces, with board member Jeff Sinyard, and Environmental Protection Division could help block the Sabal Trail natural gas pipeline and protect the environment.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mental illnesses are treated differently that visible ones
An annual fundraising walk for NAMI, an organization that offers help to those with mental illness and their families, is slated for Saturday in Moultrie.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Individuals should fight for their homeland, not flee from it
I have a hard time accepting the death of a single American fighting Islamic states as long as able-bodied individuals flee as refugees, expecting others to fight what in essence is their fight
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Funds raised with NAMI Walks makes support possible
I have seen firsthand what NAMI can do to help a family in crisis. I want to help make it possible for NAMI Albany and NAMI Moultrie to continue offering this support in our local communities.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Agreement with Iran places Israel in jeopardy
U.S. Rep. Sanford Bishop shows faulty memory in thinking Iranians will live up to the agreement, one that is heavily in that nation’s favor.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Police have become targets
It is time that we as citizens of this great Country denounce these acts of violence and come together as one to support our law enforcement officers.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: East Albany is being overlooked
It’s time for someone or some people to step up and take leadership to move East Albany forward.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Albany commissioners paid too much for bank building
I wish I had a better answer for getting the public involved, but, embarrassingly, I don’t.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Stop pointing fingers and start cleaning up
The solution to unsightly litter is for each and every individual in Randolph County to develop a sense of community pride and strive to rid the community of this major problem.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Terms can be confusing these days
The dictionary is little help these days for those who want to use politically correct terminology.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Americs is being destroyed from within
Soviet goals stated in the 1950s are being realized in 2015 America.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: You can't be 'trapped' if you aren't speeding
Too many allowances have been made, especially for lawmakers, regarding traffic laws, Speed limits are rules, not suggestions.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Elitist pressure is not true concern
Why are leaders focusing on political correctness instead of correcting real problems?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Disagreeing with liberals leads to harsh labels
When conservatives or Christians (usually the same) disagree with culture changes, it must be because we are ignorant, racist, and “using religious liberty as a weapon,” according to columnist Catherine Rampell.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Churches endorsing same-sex marriage is a puzzling thing
Can someone in a church that supports same-sex marriage please publish the scripture reference from the Bible that would permit them to allow and perform same-sex marriage?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Ethnocentrism has had a strangulating effect on the public sphere
Perhaps if we practiced standing in our truths rather than projecting them, we could finally distinguish the real from the ideal.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: There are better uses for the Albany Deal-Closing Fund
The Albany Deal-Closing Fund money should be spent on projects that have a benefit, not on speculation about what downtown property might be worth sometime in the future.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Law-abiding citizens targeted by gun-control advocates
Criminal activity by a serial sniper in Colorado does not make all gun owners bad people.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christian values are God's standard, not man's
I find it so odd that when Christians hold beliefs that are based on God’s Word and have stood the test of time for over a thousand years, we are ridiculed and belittled.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Spread the wealth while you are still alive
I remain intrigued by the rich, well-to-do individuals advocating for the government providing for its citizens they perceive to be disadvantaged.
Finding people who say Albany has problems isn’t difficult. The difficulty is mapping out a strategy and pulling together to achieve solutions.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mistakes of the past should not hold back progress for the future
Albany is a city with untold and as yet, undiscovered potential. It is time to stop focusing on past misdeeds and begin to look toward a brighter future for this downtown.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Albany can be a place we're proud to call home
I say now let’s set ourselves up for success. Let’s build on what we have learned and move forward. I’m asking for all of us to please leave the negative attitude and words behind!
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Meeting on future is set for June 2 downtown
Downtown Albany can be improved while making the most of what’s already there and also saving major taxpayer expense.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Non-emergency call center responsive to inquiries
I would like to give a shout-out to the people who work for non-emergency calling. Yes, the 311 number has been really helpful for some of the questions I have asked.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Columnist relies on debunked myths in denying climate change
Climate denial pseudoscience comes from Fox News, a number of right-wing “think tanks” and websites clandestinely funded by the fossil fuel industry.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: City commissioners complaint of assignment is shocking
Last Tuesday, a city commissioner complained about the assignment of female officers to lead the Albany Police Department Gang Task Force. I can assure you that his comments are his own only and do not reflect the rest of the City Commission.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Climate change is real and effects may be devastating
The question is not whether climate change is happening. The question is how badly it will impact people’s lives.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: What special deals and benefits are officials and their relatives getting?
I often wonder what politicians don’t want the voters to know. With enough research, it probably could be found out, but which voters put in that kind of research?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Albany residents should appreciate this unique asset
I was thrilled this past weekend upon taking a tour of “Old Beautiful Albany” (2nd-7th avenues west of Jefferson, basically) to see the beautiful oak tree canopies on many streets in the area and for many blocks.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Albany proved to be town of great care and caring
After woman is hit by motorist while running, individuals in Albany did things to ease the situation and gave reason for the community to take pride.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mental health and addiction issues are finally out of the closet
Moultrie symposium on mental health issues provided answers for those who attended.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Albany city leaders have allowed an eyesore to happen
There arew options for improving the appearance of the intersection at Slappey Boulevard and Third Avenue.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Somebody else is always to blame
Freddie “Pepper” Gray story in Baltimore is another example of the liberal viewpoint that bad decisions that lead to bad results are not the fault of the person who made them.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Working hard and working through problems are in the past for many
People today see work as an inconvenience and too many see public assistance as an entitlement.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it
While we can predict when people will eat, there is no way to predict when an emergency will arise. If Lee County EMS were to be cut back and an emergency call comes in, what is the dispatcher to say?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tax forces heirs to sell off land or business
Why should the government coffers profit from the hard work of individuals, only to make politicians richer in wealth?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: U.S. may be Norway to pulling the plug on FM
One must remember that FM signal represents the old analog signal and governments do not trust laymen. With a digital signal, a government can listen and track your behavioral pattern and every word you speak. Governments become angry when they eavesdrop on each other, but the common man, they can tolerate.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Valdosta State has taken path of least resistance
I am appalled that the hierarchy at Valdosta State University has taken the path of least resistance in an attempt to solve the recent situation of disrespect to the flag of the United States of America on that university campus.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hacking will lead to the downfall of free enterprise/capitalism
Now, we have Internet sites that provide personal data with nothing but a promise to never use the data in a “negative way,” like bad people care.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Appointment of Charles E. Peeler a benefit to Georgians
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to attorney Charles E. Peeler of Flynn, Peeler & Phillips LLC in Albany on his appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal to serve on the Georgia Judicial Nomination Commission.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: K9s for Warriors will exhibit at Transforming2Wellness
The free, all-day symposium on the recovery journey from mental health and substance abuse conditions will be April 29 at Moultrie. Deadline for registration is today.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Problems with roadways are ignored
Money is spent on other things, but not enough is spent to repair and repave streets.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: There is no constitutional right to burden other Americans
In my travels toward Vermont twice a year I stumble across pearls of wisdom.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Missed medicine gets special delivery
Ms. Amanda Black went way above and beyond her job description and showed something scarce this day and time — caring.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Who is going to work when baby boomers retire?
I would like for someone to tell me how does one go about getting work experience if no one will give them a job?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: President Obama has shut out Congress plenty of times
The squawker who opines Obama has too much class to invite a controversial foreign politician to speak to Congress without telling the speaker must have been taking too many memory-loss medications.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Visiting business leaders exposed to natural beauty, quality of life, economic benefits
Guests of the Georgia Quail Hunt have invested over $2.5 billion and created over 8,500 jobs as a result of corporate relocations or expansions since 1994.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Prison is no deterrant for many criminals
The article in the Albany Herald (Feb. 17) about the life sentence of F.W. (name withheld so as to not give additional publicity to a convicted murderer) got me to thinking about the state of our criminal justice system.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Knowledge and memories casualties of technology
There was a time when people didn’t need computers to do simple math.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: How could anyone with common sense believe Christian family values to be hurtful?
God created and designed marriage to be only the union of one genetic man and one genetic woman as husband and wife, and it cannot be redefined.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Wild hog populations are growing since new baiting laws have taken effect
In trying to enhance deer hunting, people may have had the unintended consequence of bolstering the populations of nusiance wild hogs.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Authorities should connect dots on illness outbreak, illegal immigration
Illegal children and adults should be inoculated against diseases that has been eradicated in the United States before they are allowed into the country.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The positives outweigh the negatives for Lee County facility
Lee County residents can show support for the county-owned Grand Island Club at tonight’s County Commission meeting.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Farmers grow food, not economic conflict
The American farmer is the most productive in the world, and because of that abundance, products are sold at low prices, and that is an economic function known simply as supply and demand.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Both parties are to blame for the sorry state of affairs in the U.S.
So by the statisticsI got from various government websites, Obama has done nothing exceptional other than print money like a mad man and double our debt by the time he leaves office.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Lee County-owned recreational facility is not self-sustaining
Rather than cut back on emergency services and other areas, Lee County should stop subsidizing Grand Island Club/Golf Course with property and sales tax funds.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: John White was incon for civil rights
After nearly a half-century of working for civil rights, human rights and improvement of Albany, John White is returning to his home state of Alabama.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Everything, even torture, is debatable
Torture is a terrible thing, but when you’re dealing with terrible thugs you have to fight fire with fire.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Citizens should speak up about shooting crimes
Someone saw more than they are telling. You can be unknown, and yet let the facts be known. It is all up to you what you do to deal with this threat to your community, and ours.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Nothing in the Constitution separates church from state
It would be helpful if the Ten Commandments were to be displayed in prominent places, it just might be that some young boy see these and would ask his daddy, “What does it mean to honor your father and mother?” or “Why is it wrong to steal, Daddy?”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Adults who should know better are inciting riots
In the aftermath of the Ferguson, Mo., grand jury decision to not convict a white policeman for shooting a black man who reached into his police car and struggled with him for his gun, 18 people were injured, and 12 buildings and two police cars burned.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Sabbath is Saturday
The first day of the week is mentioned nine times in God’s word and not one time is it called a holy day or anything but the first day of the week.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Univesity of North Carolina is the latest to face a scandal
What are we teaching kids? Cheating is fair game if the results produce the expected outcome (national titles and big revenue).
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Christians should work to keep Christmas in the holidays
We are entering not a holiday season, but rather a season in which we celebrate the life, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the most significant being to ever walk this Earth.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Criticizing from the sidelines does nothing to solve education issues
Improving schools in a community takes more than booing from the sidelines. It takes collaboration and teamwork to help find creative solutions to difficult problems — poverty, homelessness, abuse, drugs, etc.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: technology is killing more jobs than it creates
Next time you self-checkout at the store, remember, this was sold to the stores as a way to save money by doing away with cashier’s positions. Where will these people that are working, and want to work, going to find employment?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A bad deal with Iran is worse than none at all
Congress must step up and fully fund the GMD missile defense program; it’s our only real defense against a missile launched at the U.S. homeland by Iran.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: District 2 seat has been vacant for more than eight months
The Second District of Georgia is not being represented when the Georgia Board of Education meets to discuss budgets, policies and educational issues.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Large media outlets ignored admissions of lack of tranparency
If you depend upon the mainstream media for the information needed to understand those who would run our country, you may not recognize this name — Jonathan Gruber, MIT professor and a major player in structuring and selling “Obamacare.”
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: A repeat of the previous performance by Republicans is unacceptable
Now that Republicans have a chance to lead the country, they should adhere to conservative ideals and values.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Politicians are jockeying for position in 2016
Promises made during the campaigns will be forgotten like yesterday’s lunch.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Holli Anne Reksten was killed in a traffic wreck Thursday
The city lost one of its long-term dependable anchors of stability for the disenfranchised, the abused and the children left behind. In an instant, I lost the best part of my life and my best friend.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Dougherty School System needs cultural change
Poor graduation rates, insensitive picture, a loaded gun and a student facing sodomy charges show a school culture that needs to be addressed.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Big age differences can be a concern
The gist is that the “powers-that-be” should monitor this after-school service.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: We want to help, but cannot find the answers
Be ready. Be prepared. Be vigilant. It’s the ending of times, so the Bible tells me.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Early County Democratic Party: Midterm election critical
Ezekiel Holley will prioritize education, the middle class, and ensure fair access to affordable health care for all Georgians.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Georgians have a chance to send a job-creator to Washington
David Perdue understands the conditions that need to be present in the tax, legal, regulatory and economic areas to encourage strong job creation. His extensive business dealings with government policies inform him that a too-big, intrusive, wasteful, corrupt federal government must be tamed.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Michell Nunn has pledged to support a harmful immigration bill
The Obama-Nunn plan would double the number of new lower-wage foreign workers provided to corporations to fill jobs at lower wages. David Perdue told the corporate immigration lobby to go take a hike.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The culture of today does not promote traditional marriage
I harbor no hostility toward anyone. However, I am a Christian and, if asked, I will readily quote scripture to explain why I believe the gay lifestyle to be wrong.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: More aggressive steps should have been taken in Westover bullying incident
The bullying culture of Westover did not begin on the trip to a Tallahassee basketball camp last June. Bullying of that magnitude has to be built up, nurtured and ignored by the school’s leaders. If the leadership of the system and school had taken a stronger stand, this problem could probably have been resolved.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pro-life, traditional-marriage candidates deserve voter support
Elected leaders should act on what is right, not what is popular in surveys and polls.
Funds raised at the orgainzation’s September golf tournament will help pay rewards to tipsters who alert law enforcement to crimes and the locations of criminals.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: People should take the logical, least obstructed path
If someone acts reasonably in dealing with a law enforcement officer, problems would not get out of hand.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Running an organization is a real job
Working long hours with your brain can be just as exhausting as hard physical labor. What counts in the end is results.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Former New York mayor will want support for his anti-gun stance
Georgia needs a senator who believes in gun rights and who knows how to operate a business.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Success or failure reflects on the person in charge
An effective leader takes full responsibility for his or her actions. The leader must be technically and tactically proficient, which means that he must know what his job entails, and how to how to do what his job requires. He does not blame others for his shortcomings.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The state school chief impact the lives of every child in the Georgia public schools
Georgia voters are not paying enough attention as to who will be guiding Georgia’s secondary education system for the next four years starting in January.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Taxpayers have to go to polls to effect change
Special interest groups work to get folks to register and vote who will support their positions. Taxpayers need to vote en masse to protect their interests, too.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Did Savannah police shoot an unarmed suspect?
Family members say a man fatally shot by law enforcement in Savannah was patted down before being placed in a patrol car.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Poor quality images do not help police catch crooks who break in stores
Better images would give police investigators a better chance of nabbing someone who breaks into a store.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Hearts are still heavy with memories of Sept. 11, 2001
The grief of a nation so blessed and yet violated by an act of evil men cannot be suppressed nor forgotten.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: No permanent appointment has been made for a representative from the Second District
Georgia’s largest and poorest district deserves a permanent appointment to the Georgia Board of Education, not a “fill-in” representative.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Albany police uninterested in attempted contact by witness to an arrest
Taking my name and number wouldn’t seem too much trouble if someone makes an allegation aganist the officer and he could use validation.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Are doctors colluding with insurance companies on coding procedures?
Routine colonoscopies turn into out-of-pocket financial hardships and the consumer has no good recourse.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: If someone breaks a firearms law, throw the book at him
Crack down on those who violate firearms laws and the number of incidents will decrease.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Citizens have a responsibility to inform city leaders about concerns
We can only hold our elected officials accountable if and when we express our desires. Upon voicing our opinions, we, as citizens of this community, expect our elected officials to act upon our request.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: An armed person has a chance to defend himself
If all organizations are going to ban weapons for lawful law-abiding citizens, then they should bear the brunt of any and all consequences from any harm caused by those who don’t bother to obey the law.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: If a motorist has violated a law, he or she should be ticketed
If you are going to operate a motor vehicle on Georgia roads, obey the rules and you won’t be inconvenienced.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: While taking care of other groups, the federal government unfairly penalizes notch babies
Congress owes it to those who were born in the notch baby period to ensure they are fairly treated.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Sherwood Christian Academy joins GICAA league
While the GICAA offers a high level of competition in sports and academics, we will not lose focus on our main purpose; providing an atmosphere that allows young students to grow into responsible adults.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jail alone will not correct the problems with young criminals
Corporal punishment is a deterrent to crime.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: An Albany group meets monthly to support those suffering from loss
Survivors of Suicide meets at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR; The Olympic great received more recognition elsewhere than in her hometown
The death of Alice Coachman Davis should have been a time for the Albany community to collectively reflect on the positive image that she projected around the world.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Those who question God are the ones who are arrogant
if God doesn’t exist, there is no heaven, so if someone doesn’t believe in God, they shouldn’t be upset with any perceived unfairness in rules for getting there.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Life savings are wrapped up in Seasons Christian residence
A decision is expected Tuesday on whether the bid for Seasons Christian Retirement Center will be accepted.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Taxpyers should not foot the bill for lunches for everyone
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Better technology could help students improve performance
With the exposure kids today have to technology, the Dougherty County School System’s technology initiative could be a step in the right direction.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The Legal Services Program provides service to those outside Atlanta who canot afford a lawyer
GLSP earned national recognition for implementing innovative strategies to meet recession-driven legal needs in the face of a 20 percent cut in its budget.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Will it take an injury to a well-known person to spark action?
It may take a wreck involving a high-profile individual before needed action is taken at a dangerous interection north of Albany on U.S. Highway 82.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: GOP Senate ticket a choices between lesser of two evils
The Democratic Senate nominee also has little to offer except her family’s political name.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Tybee Island takes conservative approach to beach wear
Tybee Island won’t give up its jurisdiction over its beaches.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Certificate from 1976 is lost by local sports group
A 1,600-mile ride from Pelham to Texas got presidential recognition in 1976, but the certificate has been lost.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Elk Lodge a good place for all times and places
We are so glad to learn Jon DuMond is putting new blood and life into the Elk Lodge #713.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Taxpayers paying for people who kill
Those responsible for others’ death get jail time, and taxpayers foot the bill.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Albany worse off without Taylor
Albany is a better place because of James Taylor’s vision for its future.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obama administration has done too much trimming
The economy is lean, the jobs are lean and the military is getting leaner.
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Some journalists still express themselves without worrying about being politically correct.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Jack Kingston has made mistakes, but he puts Georgia first
I know which of the two I will pick, and why I chose the way I did.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Local governments should not circumvent the state law
Law-abiding citizens should not be impeded in their efforts to protect themselves.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: America does not need more of the folly of the Bush administration
Two hundred fifteen Republicans voted for the Iraq war, while 81 Democrats voted for it. Ten years later, the Republicans have been working assiduously to forget.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Bug zaapers are effective at controlling mosquitoes at residences
An electrocution light and a heavy-duty extension cord are a safe and low-cost way of preventing mosquito-related health problems and the annoying itching.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Forcing a team to change its mascot can have a cascading effect
The political pressure is mounting on the Washington Redskins to change their mascot and nickname.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Outdoors writer seals the deal with The Swamp
Bob Kornegay’s work reminds nature lovers of what is special about the outdoors and shows those not in awe of nature what they’re missing.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: An enemy of the U.S. will enjoy protections from the government he despises
A military court at Guantanamo Bay prison is the proper venue for dealing with Ahmed Abu Khattala, the Libyan militant accused of being a mastermind of the 2012 Benghazi attacks.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: There should be no amnesty for those who illegally enter the United States
By co-sponoring the Enlist Act, U.S. Rep. Austin Scott, R-Tifton, is giving amnesty to illegal immigrants and allowing them to enter the U.S. military.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pipe water from flooded areas of the U.S. to drought areas
Pipes like those used to distribute oil and natural gas could move water from areas where it is in surplus to areas where it is needed.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Frustrated drivers are taking dangerous chances
The intersection of Hickory Grove, Oakland Parkway and U.S. Highway 82 is frustrating for motorists.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Locating a discount store in a residential neighborhood is unacceptable
An Albany neighborhood is not welcoming the Dougherty County Commission’s decision to let a discount store locate in it.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: With 400,000 in and more coming, U.S. assistance programs will not have enough money
Women, pregnant women and children are assembling in Central America and illegally entering the United States, where they will be supported by the U.S. government and taxpayers.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Being classified with a mental issue often results in lost contributions to society
Some can exhibit intelligence, but if they lie outside mainstream, they are shunned, outcast or isolated by society.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The number of items stolen has piled up in five years
I would have preferred the bike as an in-kind replacement for the one lost, but the officer wanted to back-pack it back to precinct in trunk of his patrol car.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vehicle backup cameras have benefits for profit, not safety
Americans are allowing their fears and concerns to dictate where their money goes.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Swapping five terrorists for soldier who walked off post was wrong
President Barack Obama is clearly the worst president ever elected.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: People cause deaths, not the guns, knives or cars
Regardless of what is used to kill someone, the common thread is that an individual committed the act.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The servicemans plight has been overshadowed by the prisoner swap in Afghanistan
American citizens should demand that the White House and Congress act to free a U.S. serviceman who is being held in a prison in Mexico.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: This letter is part of a fifth-grade project at International Studies Elementary Charter School, Albany, on child and elderly abuse
Activities such as parental involvement classes, mentoring programs, and after school activities can help prevent or support children who are being abused. Most of all, if you believe a friend or classmate is being abused please tell the counselor or an adult.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: This letter is part of a fifth-grade project at International Studies Elementary Charter School, Albany, on child and elderly abuse
There are websites, organizations and hotline phone numbers that victims of abuse — and those who suspect it — can contact for help.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: This letter is part of a fifth-grade project at International Studies Elementary Charter School, Albany, on child and elderly abuse
Regardless of the type of abuse, effects may linger for years after the harm is done.
OPINION: Butch Mosely has renewed a level of trust and respect in the community for Dougherty County public schools
After educating yourself about the dollars being spent on quality leadership statewide, please consider the dollars that Butch Mosely’s leadership has already helped us save locally.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The world has cooled and heated routinely with no help from people
Ice ages that have come and gone did so by themselves, so why are humans being blamed for the one that is supposedly to be ending now but may take a few more thousand years to complete its cycle?
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Series revisits memories of those who fought in Vietnam
Bot the articles on the Vietnam veterans and Andersonville Prison were intriguing.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR; Demands for I.D. are remeniscent of Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union
The required documentation that a Georgia resident must present when renewing a driver’s license is ridiculous and more in line with what is required in a police state.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The right to vote deserves the endorsement of everyone
Look over the list of candidates and vote with a focus on the future of the community.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Early voting ends today at elections office
Both Republicans and Democrats have a great dela at stake in the primary elections Tuesday.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: If you do not vote, you have no right to complain
Republicans are not concerned about the needs of the poor and minorities, which means it is critical to get out the vote.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Care was excellent during nine-day hospital stay
I met not one individual I could find anything to complain about.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Radiology staff efficient and courteous
Expecting hours of waiting with an aching back, an unscheduled radiology visit for an x-ray takes 45 minutes.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Proper training and love at home will have a child ready to learn at school
Paying a child for performing chores at home helps them develop skills they’ll need later in life.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: While calling out a rancher at odds with the government, Sen. Reid has been quiet on marathon bombers
Rancher Cliven Bundy in Nevada hasn’t killed or hurt anybody, and the American citizens helping him haven’t either. Harry Reid has labeled all of them as domestic terrorists.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Widespread ownership of guns adds to problems
If Georgia people would promote peace in these critical times, things could be better.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Less opinion and more facts are needed
When it comes to expounding on gun rights and racism, columnists need to first do their homework.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The primary election is set for May 20
Aaron Johnson stays informed about education and the community, and sees the need for parental and community involvement in the Dougherty County School System.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Why government officials do what they do can be befuddling
Recent decisions on what’s allowable and what’s not have you wondering if there is intelligent life in Washington, D.C., and some local governments.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The U.S. will have a hard time recovering from damage it suffered in last six years
We are going into mid-term elections with politicians jockeying for position who haven’t a clue as to what is best for this country, but only for themselves.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Mike Sabot is a candidate for the Lee County Commission
In getting to know Mike Sabot, he has exhibited good character, kowledge and composure.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR: The family is taking 25 1/2 years of memories with it
Moving from Maryland to the Albany in the Deep South, the Brown family made many fast and long-lasting friendships.
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.
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: 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: 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.
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: 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 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: 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: 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 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: 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: Government cannot legislate a wrong into a right
The Constitution guarantees to the right to express one’s opinions.
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: American youth are watching a self-absorbed generation
Humbleness, kindness and concern for others are in short supply these days.
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
Letter to the editor
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.
Letter to the Editor
People do not want “pure” capitalism. Caveat emptor are the words you do not want to hear.
Letter to the editor
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.
Letter to the Editor
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.
Letter to the Editor
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?