Macon Telegraph Articles

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 2:42pm

In his September 12 column, former mayor C. Jack Ellis remarks, "One might say Ferguson [MO] is a microcosm of Macon [GA] pre-2014, approximately 65 percent of the population is black with a poverty rate of approximately 25 percent. The unemployment rate of young black men hovers around 20 percent. And far too many of its citizens reside in public or subsidized housing." True, but whose fault is it? Opportunity is there for individual achievers; Asians, without “Asian-American” leaders,...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 2:50pm

Dear Editor:

Peaceful demonstrations, even riots, can be understood from the perspective of minorities immorally discriminated by the legal injustice of public segregation, as in the America of the 1950s and 1960s. Martin Luther King Jr. called for non-violent freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly, but using the excuse of a probably illegal and tragic shooting of Michael Brown on August 9, 2014, and "longstanding racial tensions" to perpetrate violent riots,...

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 4:14pm

Dear Editor,

It is not often that I publicly endorse candidates, but I must do so for Dr. Spencer Price, savaged in this paper, which usually sabotages the more conservative and endorses the more liberal candidates (no secret there)! Spencer was one of my brightest students in medical school at Mercer, excelling scholastically as well as expressing understanding and concern for sick fellow human beings — traits of a truly compassionate physician and human being. Since that time, he...

Sunday, February 16, 2014 - 12:50pm

There is a Cuban proverb: “Tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are.”

For those who have not studied the issues and ramifications of convening a “Convention of States,” the Cuban refrain should ring bells of concern. The left has brought forth this issue numerous times. Most memorable was the effort by liberal economics professor Rexford Tugwell (1891-1979), a Franklin Delano Roosevelt “Brain Trust” member, American communist and internationalist known for pushing...

Saturday, September 21, 2013 - 5:31pm

A great many Telegraph posters and avid readers are disappointed and fuming because The Telegraph issued a new directive that henceforth the paper would use Facebook (and not Discus) for online commenting.

Sherrie Marshall, the executive editor, wrote in Sunday’s paper, “story commenting initially was welcomed as a way to extend the life of a story, get news tips, and rally readers around an...

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 5:37pm

When I get a chance I read Viewpoints, the busy electronic version of the Macon Telegraph (MT), which frequently has heated discussions. On September 5, a discussion centered on a MT reader who stated that although in good health at age 75, his doctor would not perform a PSA test or a colonoscopy because "it was not needed" and besides "something else would kill me before colon or prostate cancer does [given his age]."


Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 3:53pm

In his reply to my article, Dr. Miguel Faria, a very fine neurosurgeon and writer, states that it is unethical for physicians “to intrusively ask patients about the presence of guns in the home” and that by so doing, physicians become “snitches” against their own patients.

I agree that if the purpose of asking about guns is solely to report the possession of guns, and that if the physician asks “intrusively” and reports without the patient’s permission and in the absence of an...

Friday, February 8, 2013 - 11:46am

David Oedel is incorrect in his assertion (“A right to armed revolt?”, 1/27) that Justice Scalia’s opinion in D.C. vs. Heller limits the right to keep and bear arms to weapons “in common use at the time” the Second Amendment was ratified. In fact, in his decision Justice Scalia  characterizes such arguments as “bordering on the frivolous.”

In recognizing the power of government to limit the right to keep and bear arms, Justice Scalia cites the historical tradition of prohibiting...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 3:24pm

The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive. It will often be exercised when wrong, but better so than not to be exercised at all. I like a little rebellion now and then.

— Thomas Jefferson

Depending on the level of culture and social progress, violence can take different forms in different societies.(1) For example, in the mid-twentieth century...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 3:17pm

Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom of Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States.

— Noah Webster, An Examination of the Leading Principles
of the Federal Constitution, 1787


Rumors continue 60 years after Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin's death. Did he die as a result of a stroke or was he assassinated by a member or members of his inner circle?