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Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

The Georgia state lottery, a suave con job.

Most of the lottery money goes to the lottery, some to winners, taxes for the governments, and to bribe the public with the Hope Scholarship. The promise is made to send a person addicted to gambling to rehab assuming he will be cured. If not, well that is life--life plauged by the lottery's gamblers.

Monies for the lottery belong entirely to the children minus chance of  addiction to gambling. Free children's lunches and supplies. Teachers' salaries. A teacher'sfurlough would not have been necessary. Students and teachers are worth far more than organized gamblers that rob them and diminish their effectiveness.

The suave seduction worked because our leaders carry tin beggar cups for coins from a disturbed society and bad world instead of carrying pick and shovel to build with muscle, brain, and sweat as former governor Richard B. Russell did. Families had to buy school books they could not afford. Russell purchased the plates, printed books, and supplied them free. 

Georgians should remove the lottery, give its annual income through fair taxes to the schools, teachers' salaries and pensions, equipment, buildings for overcrowded schools, and scholarships. The people should love their children first and personal greed last. Let the governments and people drop their beggars cups, adopt Richard B. Russel's pick and shovel, and make a greater Georgia. 

   Billy Joe Parker

Georgia Prohibition


Dear Editor:

State Representative Rick Jasperse sponsored HR 159 to limit increases in college tuition taking control away from the Board of Regents. Let’s go a step further and elect the Board of Regents. Currently the Governor appoints one representative from each congressional district plus five at-large members. It appears the Regents’ only allegiance is to the University System of Georgia rather than representing their districts. Electing the Regents could help solve not only the ever increasing tuition problem but issues other issues as well.  

There have been nine campus consolidations affecting 18 institutions since 2012. In each, a surprise announcement by the USG is presented as a foregone conclusion followed by the Regents’ unanimous approval. No input is sought until after approval. Then the only input considered is that used to implement the consolidation. Citizens across the state have been disenfranchised....



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