April 23, 2009 Issue


McDermott questions where the buck stops

Dear Editor:

Janet Napolitano, the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security just released the findings of an in depth analysis of the current threat to America. She could not identify any threat from Muslim terrorists.

Dan McDermott



Church states political views

Dear Editor:

This letter is being written at the urging of Sunday School members, deacons, church members in general and because we see leaders straying away from the values this once great nation was founded upon. The Declaration states… “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness – that to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed – That whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends it is the Right of the People to altar or abolish it…”

Today, 2009, we see congress and senate voting to take life from unborn, innocent babies, to fund such clinics with taxpayers’ money even though the vast majority of voters reject abortion. To further the crime of abortion it is our understanding that U.S. taxpayer money will also help fund U.N. abortion policies in foreign countries. This certainly is not the “consent of the governed.”

We are following the same destructive policies that Rome and Greece followed. We didn’t learn much from Gibbons “Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire.”

A book that should be required reading for all elected officials in the U.S. is, “The Golden Age of Greece” (Pericles in Athens). It reads as though it was written with America in mind.

Higher and higher taxes, cheapening of human life, laws that affect the average citizen that doesn’t affect the congress, voted into law by congress. This we oppose.

Terrorists being set free to return to their country to again be a danger to the United States. This we oppose.

We have had presidents who did nothing when our ships, embassies and buildings were attacked. Then when we got a President who did do something to protect the citizenry of the United States, he was vilified by the media and many elected officials. This we oppose.

We have guilty men sitting on death row for decades because the same group who see nothing wrong with abortion think it is barbaric to execute murderers. This we oppose.

Once guilt has been proven in a court of law for capital offenses, judgment should be swift and sure.

Most of the people we know have worked hard all their lives, been good citizens, served our country, paid their taxes and tried to make life easier for their offspring.

Now we see elected officials, many who may not have yet paid their taxes, taking billions, even trillions of dollars that the United States does not have to bail out those who were inept or inefficient or extravagant or all of the above. This we oppose.

Now, what little savings any of us have put away appears to be headed to some official to fly home for a weekend in an Air Force plane costing thousands of dollars per hour to operate, or to bank executives for a vacation in a posh resort at our expense, or Union officials to spend many thousands of workers fees to enjoy a seaside resort with all the amenities. This we oppose.

Congressmen and Senators have voted themselves raises and lush expense accounts for us to fund. This we oppose.

The terrorists in Gaza fired rockets into Israel, thus starting a war. Israel, of course, fought back. Now the American taxpayer is being told, not asked, that we will rebuild Gaza. This we oppose.

Taking money working people have invested in Social Security and distributing much of it in ‘entitlement’ programs to the detriment of those who worked for the future is simply wrong. This we oppose.

Approved by membership of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in conference on April 5, 2009.


Donald F. Lumpkin,
Verlon Downs,
Chairman of Deacons

P.S. My parents, whose mothers and fathers live during the Civil War were not bailed out. Their parents started over with burned out homes and barns and very little livestock. They worked hard to eke out a living for their family.

My dad was a successful farmer and merchant until 1929 when he lost everything he owned. I was the last of eleven children and was born in 1930. No one bailed us out, nor thousands of others who worked long, hard hours with very little comforts of life.

(Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to Pres. Obama, Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Sen. Johnny Isakson and to Rep. John Barrow.)

Gordy praises Gay’s victory

Dear Editor:

“Red Bird” would be proud! His grandson, PGA Tour Golfer Brian Gay will play in the Master’s Tournament in 2010 after winning the Verizon Heritage at Hilton Head, S.C. by a record 10 strokes Sunday, April 19.

The one-time Louisville resident whose uncle, Stan Jones, lives here, now takes the place beside PGA Tour winners. The Harbourtown victory is Gay’s second overall win. He earlier notched a tournament win in Mexico.

His grandfather, Frank E. “Red Bird” Jones was the local Cotton States Insurance Co. agent at the time of his sudden death years ago.

Gay’s maternal grandmother was the late Margaret Lamb Jones, sister of Frank D. Lamb, who once was the local Woodmen of the World Insurance Co. agent.

“Red Bird” was a colorful St. Louis Cardinal fan. When Louisville used to field an Ogeechee League professional baseball team, Gay’s grandfather always attended the local Ogeechee League “Mudcats” home games.

I well remember the great Stan Musial fan for whom Mr. Stan Jones is named and for some time I’ve been cheering in silent hope for Brian Gay. Now I can let out my cheers for the one-time Louisvillian.

And I can hardly wait for the 2010 Masters, with Brian in it.


Bob L. Gordy


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