It takes the community to do away with violence
I was shocked and appalled to learn about a man in Wadley being beaten and left to die tied to a post. Hate groups like the Klu Klux Klan and the Neo-Nazi would have been proud of the inhuman way those animals that call themselves the 304 Boyz treated that poor fellow. I donít think the citizens of Jefferson County and Wadley, especially, should stand for this type of thing.
Perhaps a readerís first reaction is that there is nothing we can do. That is wrong. We all have a responsibility to dial 911 if we see or hear anything that indicates someone in distress. We can contact the Sheriffís Department at 478-625-7538 or the Wadley Police Department at 478-252-5215 and ask for training in a Neighborhood Watch Program. We can keep our eyes and ears open for signs of danger.
I also think the churches can help, not only by praying for the victims of crimes like these and for the criminals, but by offering programs for the local youth such as mentoring programs, movie nights, tutoring programs and game nights. Why not donate materials to help maintain basketball courts and other things that young people could do. We can also talk to our local city council members about increasing patrols in troubled areas and enforcing a curfew. Parents and relatives of teens have a responsibility to know where their kids are and should be held responsible for any actions they take as minors both criminally and financially.
What about the man that was beaten? If he was indeed, sitting on his porch drunk and talking to himself, has he been seen by the local mental health authorities or contacted by any member of Alcoholics Anonymous?
Citizens can hide in their homes and whimper about how there is nothing they can do- or we can help take back the night and make our streets safe- by calling and watching and providing help to those who need it. What will you do?
Plant isnít best for middle Georgia
I would like to congratulate the Jefferson County leaders who planned outstanding events to honor the achievements and lessons of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As the President of the Fall-line Alliance for a Clean Environment (FACE) we appreciate the warm welcome we received from our neighbors Saturday.
FACE has been teaching our friends and neighbors about Power4Georgians and the negative impact its proposed coal fired Plant Washington will have on our air, water, land, health, land value and future job growth. Last year as we honored Dr. King, his friend Rev. Joseph Lowery wrote, as a ďchaplain of the common good, I am persuaded that Martin would join in the cry against environmental injustice wherever it seeks to pursue its assault against Godís children.Ē
Rev. Lowery went on to say last year that Plant Washington is a project proposed by Cobb EMC, ďwhich chiefly serves Cobb County residents. This EMC has never put a coal plant in Cobb County itself. But it has no problem placing huge, billion-dollar coal plants in minority communities many miles away. Out of sight, out of mind. That is social and environmental injustice!Ē
Cobb EMCís leader, Dwight Brown, was indicted on 31 counts of racketeering, theft and making false statements earlier this month. Power4Georgians spokesman Dean Alford told a Marietta paper that Brown isnít connected to Plant Washington. Dwight Brown signed the legal papers creating Power4Georgians and applying for the permit for Plant Washington. These facts have everything to do with this plant.
It is time for us to tell Washington EMC, the EMCs in Power4Georgians, our elected officials, and local leaders who support Plant Washington, that we wonít let rural Georgia be the dumping grounds to line the pockets of people like Dwight Brown. By working together, we can make our communities the place where our children want to raise their children.
Find out more about FACE and Plant Washington by visiting our web site at faceenvironment.org, calling 478.232.8010, or inviting us to speak to your church, civic club, or elected officials. We want what is best for Middle Georgia, and we know Plant Washington isnít the way to a better future.
U.S. military spending is too high
How can any country (including the U.S.A.) wage war on two fronts, and itís not a drain on the economy. If we spent as many dollars on fighting drugs, as we do on the Pentagonís Budget, we might make a dent in the fight against drugs.
Hereís a thought: If we bring all the troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan (along with the war machines we took over to both countries) we could save billions. Hold your horses (VETS). Let me make my point and then you can jump all over me.
In the current year, the Pentagonís budget stands at more than 530 billion dollars, not counting an additional 182 billion dollars it has been spending on the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and other overseas counter-terror operations. The U.S. military budget makes up more than 40 percent of total global military spending and roughly five times more than the country with the next biggest budget, (guess who) China. (Now vets, you can have at me, or should I say, take your best shot.)
If I am correct, and you have my permission to correct me, 530 plus 182 equals 712. Think about that number for a moment. $712 billion can go a long way in defending our country, as well as fixing our countryís infrastructure, which would create jobs, not only for the people that are already unemployed, but also for the troops we bring back that donít want to stay in the military. Oh I know what youíre thinking right about now. What the heck does that have to do with drugs? If we bring the troops home, we could put some of them on our borders to help stop the inward flow of drugs, and slow down the crossing of our borders illegally at night, and checkpoints during the day. Let me ask this of recent letter writer Bob Gordy. Did George Bush have a drug czar? No!
No one blames him or the White House for the failures of stopping the inflow of drugs. If there were no market for the product (drugs), we wouldnít be having this problem. The government is not the problem. If we the people stop using, there would be no drug problem at all.
Golly Gee, now that wasnít hard to figure out, now was it?
The lottery, what can I say. I agree 99 percent with you on that matter. And I do play it myself, anytime the Mega Million, or Power Ball go over the $100 million mark. Even though I know my chances are one in a few million, Iíll play when it or both top a $100 million or more. I am sure of this much, I do know of those who really cannot afford to play, but they do. As for it being a disease, I couldnít tell you. I am not qualified to make that remark.
I can state the feeling and logic that I have and tell myself before I plunk down my dollar, and it is: You canít win if you donít play. Thatís it, period. I am not advocating anyone who reads this to attach themselves to that statement. What I would say to those who know in their hearts that there are more important things to do with their money, should think this...did I give God his off the top? Is the rent paid? Is there enough food for my household? Are there funds put away for the hard times that pop up without a momentís notice? If they have met all of those and a few more, then I say, place your bet.
Future Wadley Resident
Glascock community thanked
The staff and board of directors of Glascock Action Partners, Inc. along with Glascock County Department of Families and Children Services would like to thank each and everyone who assisted in anyway to the annual ďProject Helping HandsĒ endeavor.
It was another successful year with the groups being able to serve 35 children of Glascock County. We are certain that these childrenís Christmas was brighter and happier because of your acts of love, kindness and compassion for others.
We realize 2010 was an economically tough year for individuals, businesses and churches. As always you came through and dug deep and supplied us with the financial support we needed to help serve the less fortunate in our county.
Itís wonderful to live in a community where you know you can depend on each other to help in times of need. Again, thanks to each and everyone of you.
May God bless you in 2011.
Wanda Davis, GAP, Inc.
Tamika Butts, Glascock County DFCS