Letters to the editor Thursday

Earning community service hours after Irma

 

I am so proud of our school system for requiring community service. I do not know how long this has been going on, but when I got back home after evacuation three young men from Islands High School rang my door bell prepared to clear my yard from the storm for their community service project required by their school in order to graduate.

Wow, what a character-builder.

Also thanks to Georgia Power for a quick power recovery.

PAT DOYLE

Savannah

 

Teach people how to hunker down for storms

It has been over a week now since residents of Coastal Georgia have been dealing with a major hurricane. Now that the storm has passed, it is time for some common sense reflection on this storm and preparation for storms that are always a possibility in this area. Significantly, this storm has taught us that weather predictions are not reliable, even within 24 hours of storm impact. Merely having large masses of people evacuate is not necessarily the best solution. After all, they have to have a realistic destination and a means to get there.

Additionally, evacuating is not cheap, nor is it simple to deal with. Try moving into a motel or shelter with three or four cats or a couple dogs and perhaps a horse or two. Emergency management organizations need to focus more on teaching those capable of dealing with a storm how to live through it, rather than simply running them out of town. There are in fact many areas of Chatham County that would take extreme weather conditions unlike those that have ever been seen in this part of the South before people who stayed would be in danger.

Of course, those who live in mobile homes and flood zones have more limited options than those who don’t. That stated, many folks have safely stayed in parts of Chatham County during Mathew and Irma. Success is rooted in preparation.

My guidelines include having an industrial duty 9 KW generator, two weeks of fuel for it, two weeks of water and 2-3 weeks of food supply. Another important issue is removal of large trees in close proximity to your home. Assume that if the wind is strong enough and the ground is saturated enough, they may fall on your house. Preparation should be yearly and ongoing. If you are looking for gasoline, food and a generator as the storm’s rain bands approach, you are not prepared. Additionally, you should learn to operate and service your generator on a dry, sunny days, not while been drenched in tropical storm rains. Preparation and learning how to survive safely should be a key option, not just evacuation.

DAVID SIKORSKY

Savannah

 

True patriots deserve to win title for talent

So they are stiff, pitiful, and out of step when they dance. But when they march they move with precision, grace, determination and brotherhood.

They handle crisis, war, protection, rescue, and they are the pinnacle of the term “no one left behind.” They protect us, they give us our freedom and rights, and many times they receive no accolades for being the definition of a true patriot. They get paid very little, their living quarters are sub-standard, their families sacrifice time and love in being together due to their duties to our country.

I have been watching “America’s Got Talent” and granted, there are many contestants who deserve to win. But no one gets higher accolades than the Air Force Acadamy’s A Capella group named appropriately “In The Stairwell.” The name originated due to lack of practice space, so the group improvised and began to sing in the stairwells of the dorms. I salute these young people who might have had promising singing careers but chose to serve our country especially in this time of strife and war.

They deserve to win “America’s Got Talent,” not only for their excellent singing, but also for their integrity and selfless contribution they make to us. So give them a salute back and vote for them.

VAN ROBBINS

Savannah

 

Churches brainwash more kids than comics

I live in Sun City, S.C. Some local readers harangued the editors to drop the Doonesbury comic strip from the Sunday comic pages, and they apparently succeeded. But Doonesbury was the very reason I purchased the Sunday paper.

I believe that the writer who claimed Doonesbury was brainwashing children knows very well that the newspaper is for adult reading. That includes the comics. Children are too busy with their creativity-robbing, hand-held devices.

The only brainwashing children get is from church, which is the master of brainwashing.

DOLORES SWEATT

Bluffton, S.C.

 

I fought to defend free speech for everyone

I am not a neo-Nazi, a white supremacist or a member of the KKK. I am a retired soldier with an inter-racial marriage of 45 years.

I am deeply offended by all the hatred directed at the president for telling the truth. Neo-Nazis, white supremacists and members of the KKK have the same rights under the Constitution as all other citizens. I gave 26 years of my life defending these rights for all citizens.

The liberal media and others seem to think that those people should not be allowed to speak or protest.President Trump was right that both sides in Charlottesville, Va., were wrong.

If I walk into a biker bar and call everyone punks I would expect the bikers to be offended.

The neo-Nazis, white supremacists and the KKK wanted someone to provoke them, and the liberals did.

I don’t agree with them, but if we take away their rights, whose do we take away next?

NORMAN DAVISWORTH

Glennville

 

Why we fought Germany

Some national news folks have said we fought World War II to defeat the Nazis because of the Holocaust. We fought the war because our national interests could not tolerate a Europe dominated by Germany. When we entered the war in 1941, we knew nothing of the death camps.

FRANK COFFEY

Savannah

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