Letters to the Editor

School spirit? How about bad manners?

In the Feb. 10 edition of The Citizen, Ms. Carol Jensen-Linton reported that a very large group of McIntosh High School students joined in the singing of the national anthem at a basketball game at Starr’s Mill High School. The McIntosh students joined in on the line, “and the home of the brave,” singing loudly, drowning out the Starr’s Mill student who was singing a capella, changing the line to “home of the Chiefs.” Ms. Jensen-Linton was critical of the students’ action. Read More»

Important taxing decisions to be made; come to council retreat

The annual City Council retreat is coming up the second weekend in March. This is where council discusses its priorities for the remainder of this year and they begin to discuss the budget for 2011. It is a great opportunity for citizens to be heard as well as be educated on exactly what council is considering for next year and what it deems to be priorities.

Are council’s priorities our priorities? If not, it is a perfect time to let them know. If so, it is equally important that they hear that as well. Read More»

Hey, big spender! You’re outdoing FDR

When the Democrats regained control of Congress in January 2007, they promised fiscal responsibility. They passed PayGo (pay-as-you-go) which requires Congress to find a way to pay for programs without raising taxes.

However, in their first year, they increased spending by $454 billion, raised taxes by $98 billion, and added an additional $356 billion to deficit spending. Read More»

1st, illegal hunting; now loose pit bulls

I have written you before about our neighbor who hunts on property where he has no permission to hunt. It doesn’t matter if it’s deer season or not, he hunts.

Well, the courts took care of that problem: he is on probation, can’t hunt anywhere, and can’t have guns on his property. All is well, you think. Not hardly!

Now he has two pit bulls that are running the neighborhood. I came home from cardiac rehab to find two pit bulls trying to tear down the fence to my chicken pen. I called animal protection [and] they caught one of the dogs and the other escaped. Read More»

Correction

I recently wrote a letter to the paper entitled “Westmoreland Right On Most Things, get government out of the way.”

In the printed version, it says (incorrectly) that government would have cut a trillion dollars from Medicare.

My letter said one-half-trillion. I just wanted it to be accurate.

John Currie

Peachtree City, Ga.

[The editor replies: The mistake was my editing error, and has been corrected in the online version.]

MHS and the anthem: No disrespect meant

I am writing in response to Carol Jensen-Linton’s recent article referencing the alleged poor behavior exhibited by McIntosh High School students during the singing of our National Anthem at the McIntosh/Starr’s Mill basketball game played on Feb. 2, 2010. I have a different opinion. Read More»

‘Home of the Chiefs’: Lighten up a little

My response to Carol Jensen-Linton’s letter (Feb. 10) regarding “McIntosh students dis our national anthem”: I did the exact same thing 30 years ago when I was in high school in Illinois.

We drowned out the last phrase with “... home of the ROCKETS!” Hopefully, high school students will still be showing their school spirit 30 years from now doing this exact same thing. Read More»

MHS kids are patriotic

All I can say after reading Carol Jensen-Linton’s opinion (Feb. 10) that McIntosh students dissed our national anthem is, “How dare you!”

Carol and I have been friends for over a decade, but I vehemently disagree with everything she said. Our national anthem was NOT desecrated by McIntosh students, nor do I believe the Starr’s Mill soloist is due an apology because she was taken aback by the McIntosh students’ spirited lyric change.

I’m a third-generation military veteran, having retired in 1998 after a 22-year active duty career as an intelligence officer. Read More»

Obama’s towering deficits: How can we justify that to our kids?

We just celebrated the birth of our first granddaughter. Amid the joy, I’m already thinking of how I’m going to attempt to explain some things to her – like how the government mortgaged away her future before she was even born.

In his recent state of the union address, Barack Obama stated “When times are tough, you don’t go buying a boat when you can barely pay your mortgage. You don’t blow a bunch of cash on Vegas when you are trying to save for college.” Read More»

Obama’s many missed opportunities

Instead of listening to the American people whose focus in 2009 was the economy and jobs, this president decided to spend his first year on healthcare. Because as he said, seven presidents have tried and failed in getting healthcare legislation passed and he was bound to make history and be the last.

Forget about the millions who lost jobs in 2009, he focused on what he wanted, and in return —

Missed an opportunity. Read More»