Letters to the editor Tuesday

Surprised by a lack of trick-or treaters

 

Being a native Savannahian and raised in midtown Savannah, I have seen many changes, some positive and some negative, in our community which I call home. One of those changes occurred on Halloween this year.

As instructed by the media, we turned on all of our front porch lights as an invitation to our anticipated visitors. We prepared bags of candy as we have done in the past. Needless to say, we were surprised by the fact that was had only a single visitor – a father and mother and their four toddlers.

They were our only Halloween visitors between 6:30-8:30 p.m. Based on our experiences in previous years, we were quite surprised.

Unfortunately, in my opinion, this is not a positive change. To our many friends who have enjoyed this event over the years, “Happy Halloween.”

NEAL V. PURVIS

Savannah

 

Isakson too sweet on Big Sugar

I believe that Sen. Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) is in the pocket of the nation’s beet and cane sugar cartels. Isakson continually votes to maintain the U.S. sugar program. Why? It is really quite simple. Sen. Isakson received well over $36,000 in political donations from the sugar cartels since coming to Washington in 2005.

Thanks to Sen. Isakson and others, the U.S. sugar program continues. The sugar program is a Soviet-style command and control scheme that restricts planting and imports. This inflates the price of sugar in the United States to almost double the world price.

So, when you go to the store to buy a snack cake or anything sweetened, you pay more. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the program means Americans pay $3.5 billion every year in increased grocery costs, which breaks down to $58 per household.

In Sen. Isakson’s 12 years in office, he repeatedly voted against sugar reform costing each Georgia family an additional $696 for groceries. You have to ask yourself, is my senator really fighting to make life better, or is he just another politician in it for the campaign contributions? It’s time for Senator Isakson to step up and end this costly government giveaway to the cartels!

The Independent Bakers’ Association is an international trade association that fights to protect the interests of mostly family owned wholesale bakers and allied trades.

NICHOLAS A. PYLE

President

Independent Bakers’ Association

Washington, D.C.

 

What’s happening to America

“What’s happening to our country?” That’s a good question.

In 2008 we elected the first black president: a constitutional scholar who understands founding father James Madison’s decree that “free people evince an equitable and liberal way of thinking as to the rights of conscience.”

Barack Obama was the first presidential candidate to openly appeal to an all-encompassing embrace of “others,” including LGBT. The world was changing.

And the GOP, hijacked by a deeply oppressive brand of religiosity, was having none of it.

After the Democrats signed health care legislation into law, conservatives saw their out. In the 2010 midterms they ran highly effective dog-whistle commercials: “Obamacare isn’t intended for you,” the ominous voice declared.

Their victories were astounding! Taking control of two-thirds of state legislatures, just as the 2010 census called for redistricting, they immediately set to work gerrymandering districts (in 2016 the GOP took Congress with only 48 percent of the votes, to the Dems 51).

And then, in a coup like no other, they convinced the Supreme Court to eviscerate the 1964 Voting Rights Act by removing its enforcement arm, solidifying their plan.

This has led to a ruling party that the American people agree with on practically nothing.

Fast forward to the recent Values Voters Summit, an annual D.C. confab put on by the notoriously anti-American liberty group, The Family Research Council. FRC not only shares a mission-statement goal with Putin’s Russian Federation pledge, “that conservative, traditional religious values dominate,” but an affiliate organization’s chief, Brian Brown of The National Organization for Marriage, has had great success colluding with Putin’s regime in Russia to oppress their LGBT community.

Our so-called president, lacking any sense of moral authority, took the stage to tell this confab of the faux-holy, “We are going back!” To a time when black folks and gay people, and women, et al, knew their place?

It’s a long story, but I was a born-again “Christian” in the early 80s. I also attended seminary.

Hence, I know these “values voters” people intimately. Embittered by one too many huge Supreme Court losses, same-sex marriage, they are obsessed with finding a way to make everybody obey their mindless anti-Christ prejudices. Aligned more with Putin than our own Founding principles, they exchange truth for a lie, warping everything they touch.

“They (the anti-gay rights crowd) present themselves as apostles of Christ, but they are false” — The Apostle Paul, parenthesis mine.

And now, battling against American liberty with everything they have (including Putin-assisted treasonous maneuvering), they seek a strongman in Trump to overthrow the progress we’ve made.

What won’t happen. (See: How ‘bout them Dems!)

BERNIE EVANS

Black Creek

 

Stop tearing country apart over statues

I read another article on the Opinion page on Nov. 13 concerning the removal of historic Southern statues. If you want to continue dividing our country, keep it up.

I am an old white “racist” man, born in 1930. During my lifetime, so far, my heroes have been Joe Louis, Franklin Roosevelt, Herschel Walker and Peyton Manning.Race played no part in this selection. I think my thoughts were typical in my era.

This past Sunday, I was watching a program on public TV, moderated by Henry Louis Gates Jr, that traces a person’s family roots back through many generations so he can see who his ancestors may have been. It’s a very good program.

The person who was being reviewed was Bryant Gumbel, a respected news and sports announcer. As Mr. Gates went through Mr. Gumbel’s ancestry, it indicated that some of the freed slaves, back prior to the Civil War, actually bought farm land and purchased their own slaves as farm workers. I was not aware of this.

We should stop reviewing what happened over 100 years ago and start bringing our country together. As President Lincoln stated, “a house divided against itself cannot stand.”

RICHARD LEECH

Savannah

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