Letters to the Editor

Take Shipp's column with a grain of salt

Bill Shipp just keeps on ranting and just can't stop criticizing the Perdue administration. Shipp would never say anything positive about the Perdue administration because Shipp is still irate and upset that he lost his position of power and influence when his erstwhile buddy, former Gov. Roy Barnes, was decisively trounced.

Shipp, a Democratic Party strategist, mouthpiece and operative, poses as a columnist. I don't take a grain of salt when I read the Shipp propaganda; I use a salt block.

Shipp has also changed his tune. Remember him warning Georgians that if Georgia retained the '56 state flag, Georgia would somehow lag behind? Well, Georgia changed the flag, but we are still lagging behind. Shipp warned that DaimlerChrysler would move to Georgia only if we changed the flag. Well, we did and they didn't, and DaimlerChrysler said the flag made no difference and went to Florida. Look at the Florida flag and you will see the St. Andrews Cross, a major component of the Confederate battle flag. Shipp similarly praised Alabama's rising economy and that flag also contains the St. Andrews Cross.

Shipp also used South Carolina as a model for attracting new business and praised their "dynamic economic reports." Perhaps Shipp forgot that the Confederate battle flag still flies on a statue on the Columbia, S.C., statehouse grounds in spite of a NAACP boycott imposed in 2000.

Business has never been better in South Carolina. It is not the former Georgia flag that would have caused problems but the national association of always-complaining people that pouts and cries when it doesn't get its selfish ways and threatens disruptions. What company wants to come to Georgia only to be subjected to whiny threats?

I won't even bother to mention the seemingly routine arrests of Georgia's corrupt black politicians elected by mindless constituents who base their vote on racist rhetoric. Surely there have to be honest black politicians that do not have to rely on racial rhetoric to be elected. I believe we can return to those glory days but only when all citizens and politicians start making decisions on what is best for the state and stop kowtowing to the race warlords and their threats.

- Ernest Wade


Where are all the oil profits going?

I just saw on the news where Exxon is reporting a record 32 percent profit for the past quarter.

When I hear something like that, after having spent most of my week trying to scrape enough money together to buy gasoline to get to work, I wonder about all of the excuses forwarded by the oil companies and suppliers into the media who pass it on to us.

We, the consumers, hear questionable reasoning such as the threat of hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico and civil unrest in Venezuela all the time as being the reason gas prices have shot up.

So, if supplies are so low, delivery is so tough, OPEC isn't producing enough and we don't have enough gasoline refineries, why then are Exxon's profits so high?

- John Reed