Letters to the Editor Tuesday
Police demerger benefits city of Savannah neighborhoods
The Savannah-Chatham Metro Police demerger was the best thing that ever happened for my neighborhood, Twickenham. After the demerger, my city police department went from constant complaining that we need more money for more officers to being at least 110 percent staffed.
Since the Savannah Police Department has a smaller geographic patrolling area, we have a stronger police presence in Twickenham. We have officers monitoring speeding on the most dangerous streets in our community, and the new police department finally moved a police precinct back to the city’s eastside. This is the most positive that I have felt about my police department in five years.
Thanks County Commission and City Council for not being able to work this out.
Naming bridge after Low would be an insult to African-Americans
It is a disgrace to the black people in Savannah to take the name of the racist Governor Eugene Talmadge off the bridge and replace it with another racist, Juliette Gordon Low.
There are two types of racist in America: the overt racists such as Talmadge who openly granted clemency to the Ku Klux Klan; and the covert racist such as Low who enjoyed the benefits of black slaves. Low started the Girl Scouts in 1917 for white girls only. A troop for African-American girls was founded that year as well. This is segregation.
If Low was a woman who championed justice and equality for all people, I would understand the Girl Scouts pushing for her name to be on the bridge. However, Low enjoyed the riches from the slaves that her father bought and sold like chattel. He even owned a cotton firm.
Her father-in-law Andrew Low was another wealthy businessman of the day. Many of Low’s closest friends were married to men who were slaveholders. She never stood against slavery or pushed for a bill to stop slavery in Savannah; moreover, she never did any noble act of humanitarianism for any other race of people but her own. Low did start an organization called The Helpful Hands Club. This club was set up to help recent immigrants progress. The truth must be told that the Girl Scouts pushed for integration in 1950, 23 years after Low’s death. They elected their first black president, Dr. Gloria D. Scott, in 1975.
While she was alive, Low never inspired any black women to become president of the Girl Scouts or try to integrate the black and white troops together. Many white folks hate to hear the truth but to place Low’s name on the bridge is only trading an overt racist for a covert racist.
By the way, why in the world would the Georgia Historical Society have our black children shamefully dressing in colonial style clothing for the Georgia Day Parade? This is in the same disrespectful vein as honoring Confederate soldiers who owned slaves. In the city of Savannah, the black man and woman have no rights or respect that the white man and his woman would ever honor.
Carter saluted for BOLD support
Thank you, Rep. Buddy Carter for co-sponsoring House resolution Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act, otherwise known as BOLD.
BOLD will create an Alzheimer’s public health infrastructure across the country to implement effective Alzheimer’s interventions including increasing early detection and diagnosis. Alzheimer’s is the most expensive disease in the United States and costs the country more than $259 billion a year. If we are to end Alzheimer’s disease, we must start treating it like the public health threat it is.
Rep. Carter is the first Georgia congressman to co-sponsor the BOLD Act and I urge all other representatives and senators to follow his leadership and sign on as a co-sponsor.
Kemp right choice for rural Georgians
There is life outside the bubble of metro Atlanta. It is called rural Georgia.
Rural communities throughout Georgia are struggling to stay afloat. With high unemployment rates, limited economic development opportunities, and reduced access to quality health care, education, and yes high-speed internet, it’s tough for residents, businesses and organizations in small towns to get ahead.
In the 2018 Georgia governor’s race, conservative businessman and Secretary of State Brian Kemp is the only candidate with a comprehensive strategy to support rural Georgia. The core of Kemp’s plan is simple: To move Georgia forward, we must ensure that all parts of our state — including rural areas — receive the same opportunities to grow and thrive.
He proposes the expansion of high-speed internet through innovation, private sector incentives and streamlined government.
To keep Georgia’s agriculture community strong, Kemp recommends the creation of an agricultural workforce development program through the Technical College System of Georgia to train farmers and agri-business leaders. He also wants to expand our inland ports, protect water resources and take “Georgia Grown” to the international stage.
As governor, Kemp will develop what he’s calling economic development strike teams — through partnerships with local community leaders — to identify assets and recruit businesses and jobs to places outside of metro Atlanta.
Kemp also has a policy prescription to enhance educational outcomes for our students and improve access to health care for citizens throughout our county. Now, more than ever, we need state leaders with a deep connection to rural Georgia and a plan to strengthen the entire state, regardless of zip code. He knows our struggles and strengths. He understands the opportunities and land mines that currently exist. Kemp is experienced, trusted, and knowledgeable. I am confident that as our state’s next governor, he will create a new day in rural Georgia.
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