Letters to the Editor

Government shutdown an unconscionable abdication of public ‘service’

C'mon people .... enough is enough. Think about what Congress is paid (to do nothing but argue party lines) and what soldiers, sailors, Air Force and Marine personnel make. Think of the sacrifices our military people make, possibly sacrifice of life.

With this idiotic shutdown, congress sat on their hands and will still be paid. One party is worrying about illegal children when our troops’ children may need meat and milk and housing payment and worrying about meals. This is not to blame the Democrats and not take a slap at the Republicans. Even with a majority they sit on their hands. Remember, this is the party that said give us the president, House and Senate and we will make things right. My take is you could put House and Senate, Republicans and Democrats in a bag, shake it up .... roll ‘em out and you won't know one from the other. Obama? Pulled the country apart with racism .... Bush? Set up the loans to banks, mortgage companies, automobile manufacturers and then said, "you owe the country money so now we will tell you what to do with it.” That was control of every major entity that you and I do business with.

For years, we have talked about term limits. If this doesn't prove it, nothing will. And by the way, add that to Supreme Court judges. Age and power are infringing on our freedom. Let's demand they take care of us, where their paycheck comes from, instead of themselves.

Dwain Maxwell, Columbus

Available now

Regarding Gary M. Profit's Jan. 15 article, "Vets deserve easier access to medication":

My husband and I have TRICARE and we never need to drive "to one of just 10 military treatment facilities across Georgia" in order "to obtain maintenance prescriptions." We just drive to any pharmacy that accepts TRICARE. We've always gone to Publix for our prescriptions. We don't have to drive to a VA clinic, to Martin Army Hospital, or anything like that. And most of our prescriptions are $3 per month. Even if the prescriptions were free at one of the "10 military treatment facilities," it's still more cost-effective to just drive to a Publix and pay the $3. And there are certain prescriptions that Publix never even charges us for. In addition, should we ever have a question, we have the benefit of consulting directly with a pharmacist; we have never had to call an 800 number.

I don't know why Mr. Profit is so thankful to Johnny Isakson and David Perdue regarding their (supposed) creation of a pilot pharmacy program which, according to all three men, "was never launched."

I don't know from where Mr. Profit got his information, but he is absolutely incorrect regarding these issues. Or maybe this article was supposed to have been published ten years ago, but was never launched.

Robin Logue, Ellerslie

Basest base

Mr. Trump’s “s***hole nations” comment is a new low that even his ardent supporters should find repulsive. With it he has emboldened the racist and xenophobic amongst us. His divisive rhetoric divides the land and erodes democracy.

Ironically, many of his “make America white again” supporters are no more important to him than those he wishes to deny admission to the country. They are merely tools to be used. Few are rich, privileged, and thus, suitable as his minor peers.

There are those of wealth and power who choose to embrace the Trump agenda. Many legislators have elected not to notice the nakedness of the Empero,r in order to be reelected or pursue personal interests. Others are sheep that follow the herd hoping nothing awful happens. These are the summer soldiers and the sunshine patriots about whom Thomas Paine spoke.

Today our challenge is to maintain the rule of law rather than the law of rule. Our soldiers are our legislators, jurists, investigators, the legitimate press, and citizens of good will, and I hope that together, we might right our Ship of State.

Charles C. Walker, Columbus

Character contrast

The president’s racist remarks were loathsome, but David Perdue’s defense of them was worse. We already knew what we have in Trump, but we now know we have a senator who thinks we’re stupid. He must, if he expects us to believe the slithery dance he did around the truth. The fact is that President Trump said something offensive enough to compel a senior senator from his own party to confront him.

Rather than stand up for principles of equality and decency, Perdue’s immediate response was to issue a statement with Sen. Tom Cotton denying the president’s hateful vitriol and accusing Democrats and immigrants of being the real problem.

Then he went on national TV — on the Sunday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no less — and did syntactic backflips to cover up the president’s reprehensible behavior.

By contrast, our senior senator Johnny Isakson immediately rebuked Trump: “He owes the people of Haiti and all of mankind an apology,” Isakson said. “That is not the kind of statement the leader of the free world should make, and he ought to be ashamed of himself."

He stood for principles of human equality and decency, principles that transcend party and partisanship, and he did our state proud.

Joe Miller, Columbus