L-E, your biases are showing

July 9, 2014 

Our local Democratic delegation to the State Legislature, the Honorable Representatives Calvin Smyre, Carolyn Hugley, Debbie Buckner, and Sen. Ed Harbison, have worked closely together for a number of years to protect our environment and the water rights of Columbus and its environs. They all received the Clean Water Champion award presented by the Georgia Water Coalition this year. Why then, in its typical bias toward Republicans, did the Ledger print a large picture of Johnny-come-lately Sen. Josh McKoon, touting him as the sole recipient of that same water award?

This slap in the faces of our hard-working delegation is not only a disrespectful dismissal of their years of effort on behalf of Columbus and of our state at large, but is blatantly untrue! I think that a retraction should be printed, including pictures as large as the one accorded unfairly to Sen. McKoon, explaining the Ledger's mistake and giving our delegation its due credit. Anything less would be an admission of unforgivable bias in reporting and an indication of the Ledger's conspicuous want of editorial credibility.

It is also a grievous error on the part of the Ledger that at least twice, Josh McKoon has been mentioned as running unopposed, when an intelligent, personable, and well-informed opponent by the name of Brian Roslund is running against him, but has been ignored by our paper. I guess that investigative journalism really is dead, if the bloodhounds at the Ledger can't sniff out such overt pieces of important information.

Judy F. Brouillette

Columbus

Demographic detail

Although it probably doesn't make any difference, I found it interesting to find out that although Protestants comprise 51.3 percentof the U.S. population, Catholics 23.7 and Jews 1.9, the U.S. Supreme Court has no Protestant justice. There are six Catholic justices and 3 Jewish justices.

What makes it even more fascinating to me is that Protestant presidents appointed all of these judges. As I pointed out, it probably doesn't make any difference since it seems the justices all vote their political beliefs, i.e., conservative or liberal, instead of strict interpretation of constitutional law. Isn't it amazing that most decisions are 5-4 and always the same justices in the majority or minority? The one big exception is Chief Justice Roberts upholding "Obamacare" as a "tax" even though all arguments to the Court were that it was not a "tax." Oh, well, I guess all judges make mistakes once in a while.

Sebert Trail

Columbus

Anonymous slander

I resent the unrealistic, ranting name calling the "Republican" nut wrote in the Sound Off of 7-8. It is totally uncalled for and totally not a true statement. My husband, a retired Marine and Army Major, fought two wars on the ground, saved many wounded soldiers' lives, was seriously injured, highly decorated and respected, lived and died for America's freedom. He received his GED in the Marines at age 17 and his bachelor's degree in business at Nebraska University.

Though he was a registered Democrat, he voted for the man or woman, not the party. And when Major (R) George P. Cady wrote one of his many letters to the editor, he always signed his name. To call him and many other soldiers cowards, perverts, lazy, and refusing to obey God's law is a real slap in the face to him, his family (which includes a retired 2-star general).

He knew and I know many wonderful Republicans and Democrats and thank God, they're nothing like you. Talk about a coward and ungodly, you didn't even have the guts to sign your name. What military record do you hold?

Proud to be a military family and to have served America!

Fran Cady

Columbus

Personal loss

Reading about Mr. Amos' death and the 600 people showing up for his funeral reminded me of my brother's (Yogi Rumsey's) funeral. He also was buried this week.

I don't know how many people came to his funeral, but it was many. Yogi did not have a lot of money, but he had a lot of heart. He loved people and people loved him. I have been proud of him all our lives. He was good at everything he ever did. When we were little he always protected me. His first job was delivering groceries on his bicycle.

On the weekend he was made by our stepfather to sit in front of the window and look for the police. If they came, Yogi's job was to pour the corn whiskey out. We didn't have it easy but we had each other. Now I feel so lost. He is gone forever and my heart is so broken. Someday we will meet again where there is no more pain or trouble.

To all the people who came to Yogi's funeral, thank you. He would have been impressed just like I was.

Dianne Cannon

Phenix City

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