Letters to the Editor

Take responsibility for actions

Once we become adults, we make choices along the way. Some of us choose to become educated while others choose not. Some of us choose not to smoke the joint or drink the beer at a party and some of us choose to do so, taking the chance of becoming an addict.

There will always be poverty and addiction because of the choices we make. No amount of money will change that fact. The only thing it does is fatten the coffers of special-interest groups and corrupt governments around the world.

Wise up people, and take responsibility for your choices.

- Debi Ortagus

Sugar Hill

'Mushy middle' begins to waver

A perfect storm has emerged to cause the American "soft middle" to begin to finally collapse - Iraq, Katrina, and gas prices. No longer is the middle voter the bedrock of principled commitment for our nation.

The mushy middle America is now the critical element of our country's future, and no longer can it be counted on to represent a solid base of support for anything. The middle no longer has the courage of conviction, nor strength of character to be counted on by our nation or our political parties.

What we used to call undecided voters are really now just noncommitted ones. During recent national elections our political parties courted them relentlessly. They continue to increase in number but are a conflicted bunch. It's not really surprising when you consider that over decades our increasingly liberal culture has embraced a lifestyle of noncommitment to any national cause and full commitment to immediate personal gratification.

The American middle will not stay the course in Iraq and are quick to reverse party allegiances if any catastrophe or any uncomfortable life circumstance should be counter to their immediate expectations. Now it seems their limits are 1,900 American casualties in Iraq, a 48-hour delay in immediate government support for Katrina and $3 per gallon at the gas pumps.

We have become a nation that is totally uncommitted to withstand mid- or long-term challenges. A nation that, at its middle, is now ignorant of history, unwilling to endure short- or mid-term setbacks,and one with challenges and enemies that require are a more long-term commitment and effort to endure.

What a devastating future this portends. It will be a miracle if our country ever allows any leadership in power to persevere any current or additional future long-term endeavors.

The overzealousness of the left and right has always been with us. It is sad that the center of America has abandoned its willingness to maintain a core commitment of any kind.

As a result, the death of a thousand cuts from our lack of personal commitment to a mid or long-term national cause may be this country's ultimate demise.

- Chuck LeFurge


Georgia's new commitment to wind energy is refreshing

I am glad to hear that Georgia is working to become a major player in the wind-energy club. One of the goals set forth by the U.S. Department of Energy is to obtain 5 percent of domestic electricity from wind by 2020, and we will never reach that goal unless more cities and states jump on board.

This goal can and must be met, as the costs of relying on fossil fuels are too great. The public's demand for clean energy is growing, which should be used to drive down the cost of wind energy.

The wind industry will provide a valuable source of highly skilled manufacturing jobs at a time when outsourcing has become a household word and a serious threat to people across the country.

Finally, the environmental benefits of replacing antiquated fossil-fuel systems with renewable sources are immeasurable. From curbing global warming to decreasing air pollution, clean energy will help to preserve the health of our environment and our children.

We must support the development of wind energy by allowing the industry unlimited access to the power grid and by renewing and increasing tax incentives for producing clean energy.

In addition, our government must commit to meeting 20 percent of the U.S. energy demand with renewable energy by 2020.

- Hallie Caplan

Washington, D.C.