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These editorials reflect the opinions of their authors and don't necessarily reflect my personal opinions. Feel free to express your opinion with a letter to the editor to: editor@pikecountytimes.com.

Letter writing guidelines are as follows: I do not have a word limit. However, all editorials must be respectful even when hard points are made about any topic including local, state, or national politics.

If I have a problem with an editorial, I will let you know by email and it can either be resolved or not printed because I will proof your letter for grammatical errors, but I do not edit letters based on content. And last but not least, your editorial must be accompanied by your name and a county or city of residence.

 
Thought for the Week

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience,
but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.
 
Join the Pine Mountain Trail Association

12.3.18

Dear Editor,

On Saturday night the PMTA had its annual pigout. It was only lightly attended, and I decided I'd start up a little one-man ( and all his friends) social media campaign to nudge up our membership. I have been a member since it started back in 1976; Ruth and I are very proud of it and our children always enjoyed hiking on it.

As most of you know, the Pine Mountain Trail is one of Middle Georgia's greatest assets. If you haven't been out on it lately, you should give it a try. It's great and provides a way for "flatland" scout troops and hikers form here and points south to get that Appalachian Trail experience without having to drive for hours to get up farther north.

Please consider joining, and, of course, forward this to any and all of your friends you think might enjoy and appreciate it. And post on Facebook.

Pine Mountain Trail Association - GA. "Service is the rent we pay for our space on Earth" www.pinemountaintrail.org/

Walker Chandler
Peachtree City

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The Midterm Elections in Perspective

12.1.18

Dear Editor,

Many including the President said before the midterm elections that they were a referendum on President Trump. Let’s see what happened.

The elections involved all 435 US House of Representatives seats, 35 US Senate seats and several thousand state and local elections. Some say that the Democrats winning control of the House with a gain of 38 seats was a loss for President Trump and it was. However the Republicans netted at least one additional Senate seat with one still undecided.

If you compare this with President Clinton’s first midterm the Democrats lost 52 seats in the House and 8 Senate seats. In President Obama’s first midterm the Democrats lost 63 House seats and 6 Senate seats. Therefore Trump did much better.

Despite the above Clinton and Obama won re-election.

Note that the Republicans maintain control of the House until January 3, 2019 so we may still see some Republican accomplishments.

Maintaining control of the Senate is exceedingly consequential since the Senate decides on the President’s appointments of judges and cabinet members and foreign treaties.

With the death of Republican Senator John McCain and Republican Senators Flake and Corker not seeking reelection, all of whom were part of the Never Trump movement, along with the above Republican Senate gain should result in a more supportive Senate for the Trump agenda.

Both parties can point to extenuating circumstances. For starters 39 incumbent Republican House members did not seek re-election to the House versus 18 Democrats. Given that incumbents win re-elections 90+% of the time the Republicans started out the 2018 elections with a distinct disadvantage. On the Democrat side they had 26 Senators up for reelection while the Republicans only had 9.

The Democrat Senators who lost voted against Justice Kavanaugh. It is my opinion that if the House Democrats do not follow former Democrat Governor Ed Rendell’s advice to “legislate versus investigate” they will suffer in 2020 as Senate Democrats just did.

I am surprised that with 9M more voting for Democrat House seats than for Republicans House seats there hasn’t been more discussion on this.

Unfortunately this midterm will be remembered for some possible vote count fraud; think Broward County Florida. Also there are charges of voter suppression with Georgia being the most public. Add to this 2.4M provisional ballots, which can be more easily manipulated, were cast with 79% allowed to be counted. I adamantly oppose vote count fraud, voter suppression and anyone not qualified being allowed to vote and so should you since such is a foundational premise of our democracy.

Also there were more tight races than I can recall which makes the aforementioned voting problems even more consequential.

Additionally these midterm elections had a record number of voters, unconscionable amounts of money spent, significant number of female candidates winning, the first Somalian, first Palestinian who is Muslim, first native American who is also a lesbian, and a homosexual being elected governor; proofs of us becoming a more diverse country.

A significant problem Republicans had was that the #1 issue of voters was health care. In reality the Republicans have not had a healthcare plan that has become a reality. Meanwhile the Democrats can still point to Obamacare.

The second most important issue for voters was immigration. This included the “caravans,” wall, sanctuary cities and ICE. Here the Republican candidates did far better than Democrat candidates. Also most of the pro-amnesty Republican candidates lost.

Obama like Trump spent a fair amount of time on the campaign trail. On 11/5/18 he labelled Trump’s response to the caravan a “political stunt.” Since about 6,000 are already in Tijuana and thousands more on their way thank goodness for this “stunt.”

Well there you have the midterm results along with my commentary. Now what will really count is what happens going forward not the least of which could be Mueller’s Special Counsel report.

Rep Jeff Brown (Ret)
jeffwarnerbrown@gmail.com
LaGrange, GA

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Local Ministry Has a Need and It Is You

6.1.18

Dear Editor, [Note from the Editor: I have chosen to leave this letter online for a while more.]

The Pike Outreach Transportation Ministry needs drivers. No CDL is required. No medical degree necessary.

If you can drive one day a week or one day every two weeks you will do. Most important is faithfulness because a dialysis patient can't wait. The van has a chair lift and instruction will be provided. The head of the program passed this need on and I am passing it on to you. Dedicated drivers are needed. Jesus will have your paycheck when you get home.

For more information, call Ann at 678-642-9800 and leave message with your name and phone number.

Steve Hicks
Zebulon

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