Macon Telegraph Articles

Wednesday, May 7, 2014 - 3:14pm

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 - 11:50am

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 - 4:31pm

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 - 4:37pm

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 - 2:53pm

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 - 10:46am

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...

Friday, January 25, 2013 - 3:24pm

In the commentary "Guns, violence, and mental health," psychiatrist Dr. Richard Elliot agrees with President Obama that it is OK for physicians to intrusively ask patients about guns in the home, which, as a medical ethicist, he should know constitutes an unethical boundary violation,(1) not to mention makes physicians potentially effective snitches for the State against their own patients who have not necessarily expressed a threat to anyone.(2)

But then it is NOT OK for a...

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 2:24pm

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 - 2:17pm

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


Wednesday, November 21, 2012 - 2:13pm

In the wake of President Barack Obama's re-election on November 6, 2012, and the virtual demoralization of Republicans, it is important to recognize that the political mastery of the left does not last forever. Moreover, three new conservative, pro-Second Amendment senators and several freshmen representatives were elected. A solid Republican majority was preserved in the House of Representatives. So, the election did not mean complete defeat for the GOP.

The political battle...