Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor: Whole story still not yet told


I read and reread the editorial "Hospital's health" with great interest.

The editorial concludes that questions are unanswered although hopefully, not unasked.

It might take some inquiring reporter from the media to bring to the light of day, just what happened to St. Francis. Organizations are notoriously reluctant to release unfavorable information -- especially private organizations.

A $30 million oversight is a big pill to swallow. Here is hoping you will charge an investigative reporter to find out what went wrong, how it went wrong and how the whole debacle was attempted to be covered up.

It seemed the crisis was so great, nothing could be done to prevent it from hitting the headlines. Surely it would be good to know what happened. Without the facts, the story just fades away -- another example of white-collar mess-up with no accounting.

James E. Tyrell Jr.


Political misdirection

Mr. Obama's State of the Union address had nothing to with the state of our union; it was a political speech to rally the Democratic Party for the upcoming election of Mrs. Clinton. The election of a majority of Republicans in the House, the Senate and a Republican President will, with the stroke of a pen, erase all his executive orders, and dismantle his signature pieces: Obamacare, climate change and the Iran nuclear deal.

His political speech revealed discrepancies in logic, reason, and evidence. We have witnessed the slowest economic recovery since World War II, our taxes raised, Dodd-Frank legislation enacted, nationalization of student loans, the coal industry dismantled, climate change (still a theory) becoming a major landmark of his presidency, the destructive effects of Obamacare, now 1/6 of the GDP, and the closing of GITMO allowing either Russia or China to rent that facility and bring an adversary just 90 miles from our coast.

On the foreign policy front he is leaving the solutions to the next President -- Syria, which General Petraeus calls "a geopolitical Chernobyl"; ISIS and its affiliates in the Mideast, Africa and cells throughout the world placing American lives at risk, not to mention "Russia in Europe, China in the Western Pacific and our 'friend' Iran in the Mid-East."

As the Republicans move further to the right he will continue to use his bully pulpit demeaning them at every opportunity, sowing the seeds of further division among the American people.

One can only pray that the electorate will, as Joseph Epstein averred, "rise above personal preferences and partisanship, to vote for the good of the country instead of against people we loathe."

Joseph Liss


Familiar noise

While working in my basement and listening to the TV evening news, I heard Sarah Palin screaming that "He'll [Trump] kick Isis' a--," which immediately reminded me of a tipsy, trouble-making-woman in my southeast Alabama bar in the early '80s.

For the record, my patrons never heard one word of profanity from my sober lips in three years of bartending and ownership.

Mike Sawyer


Money down a hole

Sheriff John Darr's out-of-control spending during his time in office has left the Consolidated Government with a huge $11 million deficit. Darr was almost voted out of office last time and by a political newcomer at that. I hope voters will have the fiscal sense to vote this irresponsible man out of office.

At the same time, Marshal Countryman and the whole marshal's office need to be eliminated. They are redundant. For full-time marshals who qualify and meet the standards of the Columbus Police Department, they should be offered a position. As it stands now, the marshal's office is mainly a high-priced self-serving public relations machine.

Thomas Orr


Higher ed gouging

I ran across this story in the Florida Times-Union from Jacksonville: "Georgia lawmakers query university system chancellor about 9 percent tuition hikes last year."

Hey, it's not just the tuition that Georgia Universities are ripping off parents and students.

My daughters attend two different Georgia universities, and the "fees" for many things (including athletic fees for scholarships that make parents pay the tuition and expenses of other people's children) that do not benefit every student are almost $1,000 per semester. One daughter is required to live in a dorm room, and she shares it with another student. Combined, they pay $5,800 for a 360-square-foot "cell." That's for four months and makes it cost $17,400 annually (3 semesters) that's equivalent to $1,450 per month. They could rent a nice apartment in Columbus for less. In fact, I'm looking at a brochure for one of the nicest and safest apartment complexes in Columbus, and its highest rent is for a 3-bedroom, 2 and a half bathroom apartment with over 1,700 square feet. If this apartment complex charged what West Georgia charges per square foot, the rent on such an apartment would be $27,000-plus per semester. That's right -- $82,000-plus annually. Now, why does it take a Florida newspaper to report what's going on in the University System of Georgia?

PS -- This has been brought up to Synovus' Kessell Stelling, new member of the Board of Regents, who thinks it's reasonable. Copy of letter available.

Hal Kirven