Letters to the Editor

Lowry: Voting suit not about electing blacks

I am writing to debunk the recent article ... in the Atlanta Journal Constitution regarding district voting in Fayette County. The article ... and articles written in The Citizen newspaper have portrayed district voting as being about getting blacks elected to public office in Fayette County. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The lawsuit brought by plaintiffs and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) was not about getting African Americans elected to office. Read More»

Editor: Lowry’s letter contradicts itself

Mr. Lowry, your letter misrepresents The Citizen’s reporting of the plain facts and seems to contradict itself:

1. “The lawsuit brought by plaintiffs and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) was not about getting African Americans elected to office. It was about getting people elected to office, regardless of their race or ethnicity, who will represent the interests of the people who live in District 5.”

Then you seem to refute that by saying: Read More»

Letter misses the point of Obamacare: 44 million need more

No, no, no, I reject both of the premises in Mr. Kinsman’s recent letter to The Citizen (“Obamacare may force your kids into welfare status”).

Firstly, using a government program like Medicaid or CHIP does not predispose one to accepting a “nanny state” environment.

There is nothing insidious in the use of government programs. We pay taxes and all of society benefits from the things we provide to each other with that money.

The parents who I know who use Medicaid or CHIP as their children’s health insurance provider are happy with the access it gives to the healthcare system. Read More»

Lentz says ‘sorry’ for partial quote

Mr. Outlaw was correct (The Citizen Online, March 11, 2014) when he said I had left out part of a quotation about drought in the Mediterranean and West Africa.

I was responding to Obama’s prediction of drought in the U.S.A., and limited my remarks to that. In retrospect, that was misleading and a mistake on my part, and I apologize to Mr. Outlaw and the readers of this newspaper.

But (there’s always a “but”), I stand by my understanding of science and the sciences of meteorology and climatology that Earth is warming and that climate is changing and will continue to change. Read More»

Freshman decries loss of rights

[Editor’s note: The following email is from a 15-year-old freshman girl at McIntosh High School. Although she provided her name and address, we are not printing that information.]

Many students might have and should have signed the “Student Code of Conduct” in the beginning of the year. This “contract” had to be signed for students to attend classes.

Most students, me included, did not read the Code of Conduct. It was just another silly form students had to sign to please the administrators. Read More»

Remove judge from office

Our two national organizations, National Down Syndrome Society and National Down Syndrome Congress, are dedicated to serving and advocating for individuals with Down syndrome.

We are outraged by Judge Christopher McFadden’s recent overturned ruling of a jury’s guilty verdicts against William Jeffrey Dumas. Dumas was convicted of repeatedly raping a young woman with Down syndrome on Oct. 18, 2010. Read More»

No ‘right’ way for rape victim to ‘behave’

As president and CEO of the Georgia Network to End Sexual Assault (GNESA), I am compelled to respond to a particularly troublesome sexual assault case.

A state Court of Appeals judge recently overturned a jury’s verdict that found a man guilty of raping a 24-year-old Fayette County woman in 2010. The victim has Down syndrome. Read More»

Constitution Art. V call by Ga. legislators is a very big deal

The passage of SR 736 by the Georgia General Assembly is a much bigger event than many people seem to realize.

The Senate resolution calls for an Article V Convention of States for the purpose of proposing amendments to the United States Constitution. Georgia is the first state in the nation to adapt such a resolution.

Given the importance of the issue, the historic nature of being the first state and the local connection, I’m somewhat surprised at the lack of local emphasis. Read More»

Obamacare may force your kids into welfare status

In your lifetime would you have ever thought that America’s middle income children would be forced into low income healthcare systems?

A provision hidden in the shadows of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) bears serious ramifications for Middle America’s families. It will force their children to be enrolled in sub-standard healthcare and will also tighten the noose of socialist government around their necks. Read More»

Reader challenges Lentz’s quotes

Mr. Lentz, the “truth” is often in the middle. But, not always.

In response to your article, “Both sides are lying about global climate change,” I do not agree that President Obama’s assessment of climate change is alarmist. Furthermore, your argument saying that he is alarmist was extremely weak.

First, the evidence you present misquotes the IPCC by leaving out several important words. The actual quote is, “... drought has LIKELY INCREASED IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AND WEST AFRICA, AND likely decreased in North America ...” Read More»

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