Much has been said about the decision for sales in stores of alcohol on Sundays from after worship at 12:30 to 11:30 p.m. as somehow being based on a mass hysteria of local folk coming together to see a Sunday solution for their parched, alcohol-deprived blood. Local need. Local control.
A few years ago, there was not one story where any writer called for a local vote on the state flag change under the dubious heading local control. And we all see our state flag. Local vision.
Nor will we vote on the state budget, which receives all its money from folks who are local somewhere. Local taxation.
As to local control, the Georgia Christian Coalition did not hear from one organized group, even a family, that demanded to see alcohol sales on Sunday as a referendum. Or not. Local sober ambivalence.
If drinkers need that extra 11 hours to buy alcohol, they have a problem that will not be solved by more of what caused their problem. Local intoxication.
Fortunately, we have Sen. Josh McKoon, who knows the death and dangerous behavior caused by misuse of alcohol made easier by its availability. Local concerns. So he voted to keep matters as they are. Local applause. Our other senator, my longtime close friend Sen. Ed Harbison, was excused from the Senate on voting day -- and a very few other days -- for a very humane reason. Local understanding.
I hope you will give as much attention to Sen. McKoon’s original work on securing and using DNA to make punishment of the guilty more certain and swift, with assurance of the innocent just as certain and rapid. Local need.
Jerry Luquire is president of the Georgia Christian Coalition (GCCNow@aol.com).
Give us the facts
I read in Tuesday’s paper comments by Muscogee County School Board chair Cathy Williams that “our backs are against the wall” regarding the need for a new middle school and elementary school because of enrollment growth in the school system. In my humble opinion, it is the newspaper’s job to provide readers with factual information when our leaders make general statements, and I use this only as an example. For instance, the above statement suggests responsible reporting would provide us with the school system’s enrollment over the last five years. In fact, I ask you to do just that.
Culture of hate
The world seems to be in a moral crisis. When a murderer slipped into an Israeli home, pierced a baby’s heart and slit her throat, then killed other sleeping siblings and the parents, the world took no notice. In the Palestinian areas of the West Bank, however, there were celebrations. For the free world to not even blink at this brutal murder and to admonish the country (Israel) that literally dies for peace is astonishing.
Would America ever try to make peace with a group that refused to recognize its very existence? Would America try to make peace with a group that had as its published mission to exterminate all Americans? Israel has done that time and again with the Palestinian Authority.
The PA is financially dependent on the international community, which has given the Palestinians more money per capita than has ever been given in the history of foreign aid. The U.S. has shored up the PA with billions of dollars. The international community should have zero tolerance for their culture of hate. The PA must be held accountable. Funding of the PA must stop until it takes energetic, measurable steps to end anti-Israel incitement and begins teaching compromise and peaceful coexistence.
I just visited the West Bank. The lines are not clearly marked, Palestinians and Israelis live literally across the street from one another. We cannot begin to understand the complexity of the ultimate solution, but it must start with a basic recognition of an Israeli’s right to be alive. Then the decisions to live peacefully can follow.
We may be very near the end of our democracy. The Tytner Cycle states: “A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations from the beginning of history has been about 200 years.”
It bears noting that the states nearing monetary collapse are the ones that gave away the most ... to unions, to welfare, to illegals. We are clearly heading toward an abyss, but what politician will have the strength to bring us back to reality?
According to Secretary Gates, Libya is not of vital interest to the U.S. However, it is in a region that is of vital interest. Dah! Secretary Clinton said we are doing Libya because Italy will have an immigration problem if we don’t. So we are spending billions to help Italy with her immigration, but will not spend it to help ours. Go figure.