Here we go again, telling us people will not move into a town with a tax freeze. "Why, this freeze is discriminatory. The person who moves into a house today is going to pay more than his next-door neighbor." DUH. The cost of the house has risen. Alternatively, should all houses stay at their 1982 evaluation? When I bought my house, I bought it because of the freeze. I did not go to the courthouse to see if my neighbors were paying less property taxes. So why should what taxes I pay on my house, bought in 1984 at 1984 prices, have any bearing on the newcomer who will be paying taxes on his house based on his house's 2015 price? If the prospective homeowner thinks at all, he will think the same thing I did when I bought: that he will not need to worry that his property taxes will travel out of sight. He will know that he can budget his money in confidence.
I am also not stupid. I know that if I decide to sell my house and buy a smaller house, that the taxes on the smaller house might be more than on the larger house. After all, chances are great that I'm paying more for my new smaller house than for the house I'm living in.
"Oh, you will get a $20,000 exemption." Then they raise the property tax so high that people lose their home. This happened to my sister, with her property taxes. I know our property tax looks like a moneymaker. If it weren't they would not be so anxious to take us out from under the freeze.
Cassonya K. Douglass
Private vs. public display
Most whites who support the Confederate battle flag have no idea about the relationship between the Confederate emblem and integration. "Heritage, not hate," the typical mantra supporters of the Confederate battle emblem advocate.
As an African American male, the Confederate battle emblem is part of my heritage. When I see the flag, I memorialize my ancestors who were enslaved on a plantation in Macon, just as whites reminisce about state rights, another word for maintaining the slave status quo and segregation.
Supporters have the right to display their flag; just as I have a right to display my Martin Luther King T-shirts. I am vehemently against retailers who succumb to public pressure and discontinue selling the Confederate emblem. In essence, your freedom of speech is being suppressed; next my speech will be stifled.
However, flying your flag over our state capital is another issue. State capitals are property of the people, black and white. Therefore, removing the flag will not remove hate, only hide it!
Finally, I applaud when you display your Confederate symbols; I'd rather know your position than guess.
Loss of religious freedom
Now that we have had time to digest the majority opinion of SCOTUS on same-sex "marriage" we must understand Justice Kennedy's new definition of "liberty" -- now mere self suffices and now you can define your own truth.
The liberals are compromising our "religious liberty" by degrees until it will all but disappear from our society. Without true liberty for believers to live our faith publicly and follow the dictates of our conscience we are not free. The unforeseen consequences of the decision on same-sex "marriage" now threaten the tax-exempt status of our religious institutions. The President's solicitor general during arguments of Obergefell vs Hodges stated a victory for same-sex "marriage" would put the tax-exempt status of religious institutions on the chopping block. Justice Alito suggested in his dissent that "thousands of Americans will find out very personal lessons in how the legislation on same-sex 'marriage' by judicial fiat threatens their schools, their institutions and even their very livelihood." ere in the United States, priests, professors and others on college campuses have already been threatened with disciplinary action for expressing Catholic teaching.
It is profoundly immoral and unjust for the government to declare that two people of the same sex can constitute a "marriage" (USCCB)." The decision is a catastrophic blow to the Judeo- Christian principles on which our nation was founded. It is not discrimination for a Catholic to to publicly profess his/her faith.
It has become increasingly accepted to disparage as bigoted and mean-spirited any one who seeks to uphold fundamental truths about the human person that have been recognized throughout history. At the same time, as this matter is a civil issue, we must remember" our obligation of civility" toward one another. We are all God's children and are commanded to love one another.
I want to encourage Columbus State University's new radio station, 88.5 FM, to continue in the format of playing actual, real jazz. This town is in desperate need of this beautiful art form. I could not believe my ears when this happened. Jazz (real jazz), is one of the greatest musical art forms ever devised on this planet. It is pure musical freedom for the musicians who seek it out. It does not bow down to commercial expectations or standards. It rises above the clutter of inane repetition of the same old worn out pop, rock, rap, alternative, gunk, etc.. I am a jazz pianist and I play here in Columbus and Atlanta. In Atlanta, I listen to Clark State University because they also play actual, real jazz.
This radio station can become a shinning beacon of musical intelligence in this community. I am asking CSU not to cave into Gunk that is perceived to be the norm. Make a new norm, CSU. Make me proud to live in Columbus, Ga. Don 't cave in on us. Go with jazz, straight up.