I call upon my brothers and sisters in the police and military service to stand behind our president-elect Donald Trump. Our fellow citizens have spoken through the ballot box. All citizens must allow President Trump to govern, without unnecessary obstruction. Tell your Representative or Senator if you disagree with what the President is doing, and you might let him know, also.
As a citizen and a representative of law enforcement and military veterans, I will hold our Georgia delegation accountable, for they support us.
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Since there has been so much distrust of the press during this election, you might be interested in printing a quote from journalist John Swinton at a banquet in 1880, when asked to give a toast to the independent press.
"There is no such thing, at this date of the world's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it.
“There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print … If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before 24 hours, my occupation would be gone.
“The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread … We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."
R.A. Valentine, Phenix City
Prayers for the Mayor's mental health are desperately needed at this time. She has suffered defeat in the presidential race as well as the property tax freeze vote. She managed to get the freeze voted on during the general election but was more than happy to have a special election to get the tax issue passed so that they could build a new high school.
Her next agenda is to try to oust the current sheriff who rightfully took action when she decided that she ruled and the rules did not matter if they were not in line with her wishes. She chose to spend the city's money to get her way but wants the public to believe that it was all the sheriff's doing. You would think that by now the citizens of Columbus would see her for what she is. Maybe they finally do.
She seems to be at the end of her rope when it comes to accepting the wishes of the electorate and the electorate seems to have figured it out. It would not be good to see her have a meltdown, but that would be better than the alternative. Maybe she should just go out and ride on one of the seldom used bicycle paths and leave the voting to the citizens of Columbus.
William H. Lance, Columbus
This is a message to those people who witnessed the mid-afternoon November 7 traffic accident at Macon Rd. @ Boxwood Blvd./Auburn Ave. and stopped to render aid or to report what you witnessed to the police; your concern for my wife’s and my safety and well being was most appreciated — thank you.
We’re still in shock, and mourning the loss of our wonderful car that was very nearly paid off — we were so looking forward to not having car payments … but in hindsight, I’d rather mourn the loss of a car than to mourn the loss of my wife.
From our hearts to yours, thank you all!
Jeffrey A. Nix, Columbus
My visit to the Liberty Theater last week was very upsetting, especially since I had guests with me. The actors were great and the plot great, but the props were terrible. I was plum embarrassed and flabbergasted to see they were using metal chairs and a card table as props. Come on, after all these years we can do better. I would like to know who is in charge and if we get federal funding for this “cultural heritage.”
Janie Thomas, Columbus
When I received jobs because of affirmative action, whites considered me unqualified. Sixty-six percent of Americans acknowledged in a survey that Donald Trump was politically unqualified to be president. However, Americans overwhelmingly voted for a man who made outrageous and rash comments, criticizing war heroes, calling for banning Muslims and just making a complete mockery of the presidential process.
November 8 was a quintessential example of voters craving to recapture the status quo and desperately electing an affirmative action president. This time, an unqualified male was propelled into the White House, a qualified female hit the glass ceiling, and a qualified male leaves the White House.
Many voters fallaciously believe Donald Trump is their economic savior and will return their antiquated factory jobs to the States. Trump will only submit legislation that benefits citizens who own real estate, who owns corporate securities, and who earned graduate degrees.
Stephen White, Phenix City