Dear Editor:

It’s apparent from your article that you’re a big supporter of the new Chairman. I think you got carried away with your enthusiasm. Quotes: “There is no denying that [Tommy] Smith and the new-look commission have received a mandate.” With the political capital Smith received in the “landslide that catapulted him to the helm of county government, he should be able to get things done.” “The Board of Commissioners should listen to the voters, that will mean listening to the new chairman.”

Mr. Zachary, you call 52.4 percent-to-47.5 percent victory a landslide victory? He won over a candidate that most in this county never heard of! What is it about representative government you don’t understand? Each of these board members should have their own view of government and how it’s supposed to govern. The worst in representative government is when everybody follows the leader.

Ben Lopez,

Henry County


Dear Editor:

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to express condolences to the family, colleagues and friends of longtime former Clayton County Probate Judge Eugene E. Lawson on his recent passing.

Judge Lawson’s exemplary career spanned more than four decades, during which he served 10 years as a Clayton County Juvenile Court prosecutor before 20 years as Probate Court judge from 1983 through 2003. He also served the legal profession by teaching at the University of Georgia Continuing Judicial Education Center from 1984 through 2003 and his community as co-founder of the Association of Battered Women of Clayton County, the Rainbow House and Samaritans Together and as founder and board member of the Spivey Foundation at Clayton State University.

All Georgia lawyers and judges can be inspired by Judge Lawson’s dedication and career-long efforts to promote the cause of justice, uphold the rule of law and protect the rights of all citizens. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Robin Frazer Clark, President,

State Bar of Georgia


Dear Editor:

Many thoughts and prayers have gone out this Christmas season for the 20 tender souls and six angelic caregivers that laid down their lives in service to these children. What draws all of us into this very personal grief experienced by the good people of Newtown, Conn.? Simply this — those 20 precious children could have been our children and the six adults attempting to protect them could have been our wives or friends.

What about the other victim — Adam Lanza? I hear the shock in your voice now as you read this. What victim? Why consider this madman, this persona of the most damnable of evils a victim? For the same reason we feel such a close connection to the 20 children and six educators. Except for the grace of God, Adam Lanza could have been a member of our family or set of friends.

Adam Lanza was not some real life form of “Rosemary’s Baby.” While we want to think of him that way now, Adam Lanza was not some demon spawned from the loins of Satan in hell. As I consider Adam Lanza, I am reminded of the words from an old Jimmie Rogers song — Child of Clay. Remember it? “Once he was a child, a beautiful child, a child of clay — shaped and molded into what he is today. But who is to blame for this child of clay?”

He was not some outside evil that came to town one day. He was home grown. As I understand it, he was born and raised in this little community and well known to be a good kid. So what happened? I say that like all of our children, Adam Lanza was, in fact, a victim. (I believe) he was a victim of the socialization of the state school systems. A system that indoctrinates by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron. A system which teaches our children that man is nothing more than an evolved higher form of animal. A system which teaches our children indirectly, if not directly, that there is no God and no higher authority than the State itself. A system which teaches that life has no value because a woman’s right to abortion on demand is a Constitutional right that overrides the right to life. A system that teaches there are no absolute truths and right or wrong is a matter of personal values having nothing to do with God or His Word.

The most telling fact that puts Adam Lanza in the role of a victim is something I wondered about the very minute I heard of this senseless tragedy. Would it come out that that antidepressant drugs would be involved, as it has been in every other past school massacre? Now I find out Adam Lanza was on the drug Fanapt. Mood-altering drugs have been the choice of discipline and behavior modification in state schools for more than 20 years. We are only now beginning to see the fatal results of this practice.

Yes, we can connect the families of the 20 children that were murdered as well as the six adults that also died. However, it might do us some good to try to connect with Adam Lanza. Unless we change how we are educating and raising our children, we might be seeing the tip of the iceberg.

Larry Wayne McNorton, Director

High Point Christian Academy