January 5, 2012 Issue


Governor calls county office for citizen

Dear Editor:

In my empowerment forum, the open door to a new tomorrow with plans to give us hope for a better future, as a concerned citizen, I expressed my belief that each and every citizen is important in our community.

However I feel it is wrong when our citizens go to purchase a vehicle registration and are denied the right to do so because they are delinquent in their property taxes.



When I was informed this was going on, I called the tag office myself to verify this information and was told it was true, that it was something new they (the tag office) had started.

I later called several elected and appointed officials seeking answers, no one could help me. One even said, ďTell them to pay their taxes and they can then purchase their vehicle registrationĒ and hung the phone up in my face.

I want our citizens to know, just because your money is few you are still somebody and you are important. No one has the right to make you feel otherwise because God loves us all equal.

Money, power donít mean you will go to Heaven, it just means you live a little better here on Earth. Money and power donít make a person better than you. The economy is really bad for most people. We the citizens elected a tax commissioner who we believe in and thought would be fair and concerned about the citizens of our community. However, that changed. Just because we elect you and give you power and you remain in that position for a long period of time does not give you the right to make your own rules and laws. We, the concerned citizens trusted in you.

I later called our Governor Nathan Deal and his staff and informed them of what was going on in our community at the Jefferson County tax office. The governor informed me that that was so wrong, illegal and unconstitutional. I was then put on hold and the governor then called the tag office to stop this.

If you, the people, feel you arenít being treated fairly and need answers, donít settle. Please go further and ask questions. You, as concerned citizens, have that right.

The governor also advised me in the future, if we need help, please feel free to call him.

Thank you, our Gov. Nathan Deal, whom we the people have chosen to make it fair and safe for our people, our community and our state.

We must love each other!

Sandra N. Wilburn
A concerned citizen of
Jefferson County

A thank you to all

Dear Editor:

Iím sitting here in front of my computer, trying to remember all of the great exchanges I had in your newspaper over the past 12 months. I decided not to write about anything political, but to just say thank you for allowing me and those Iíve had exchanges with, the privilege to express our views and disagreements, in The News and Farmer, whether it be politics, the wars, the economy, or jobs.

To those that I have agreed or disagreed with, thank you also. I trust that those that want me to just go away will use these last few days of the year and thank God for the birth of Jesus, and pray for me and mine, because Iíll be thanking God for Jesus, and praying for them and their families. It is good to agree to disagree.

To you, your family, your staff, their families, to your many readers, and to all of our family and friends that live in Wadley, Louisville, Bartow and the surrounding communities, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We hope 2012 will be as good, or better for everyone. Again, I thank you.

Future Wadley Resident
Clyde J. DíAntignac III

Christ is Christmas

Dear Editor:

As a born again Christian, I felt I had to say something about your editorial on Christmas. It was to say the least, disappointing, and most of all, disrespectful to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

First of all, there is no such thing as celebrating the holiday in a secular way. If you donít believe in Christ, then you are just giving a gift, you are not celebrating Christmas. Although the exact day of His birth is not known, Christmas is the day we recognize as our precious Saviorís birthday. There is no way to separate the two. Christ is Christmas, end of story.

Second, to tell people that they donít have to believe in Christ to live the life Christians try to live, is not only irresponsible, but dead wrong. We as Christians, try to live our lives a certain way because of Christ. All of the things you mentioned, showing kindness, mercy, and forgiveness are exactly what Jesus taught. He was the one who told us to love one another as He loved us. It was His new commandment. Christ also taught to forgive others as He forgives us. So you see, Jesus is the very reason we try to do these things. Do we always succeed? No, being human we sometimes fail. But when we do, we get on our knees and ask Jesus to forgive us, and try again.

Last of all, you were right, people donít have to believe. God gives everyone a choice. But remember when you die there are only two choices, Heaven or Hell. And the only way to Heaven is through faith and belief in Jesus Christ. The Bible says that no one comes to the Father except through the Son. If you believe with all your heart and soul, and honestly ask Jesus to forgive you, He will. The choice is yours.

Yours in Christ,

Tammy Ryan


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