- A cloak of cowardice with dose of political suicide

The Valdosta Daily Times can blow their glorious trumpets into oblivion preaching heralded accolades for those councilmen who voted for annexation. The VDT calls it "making a decision in the face of strong opposition." I call it "the cloak of cowardice with a dose of political suicide mixed in."

Yost, Sumner, Vickers and Wright all had their minds made up eons before Thursday night. This has been the most disgusting "back alley down our throats politics" I have ever seen. Those public meetings were nothing more than a silly sham and charade.

Surely, certain council members would not use this issue and the livelihoods of those in the islands to promote their own agenda, ie, to embarrass the Mayor with this to bid for his office.

One has to be comatose to believe the reasons for annexation that were regurgitated upon us. The truth of the matter is this: The whole purpose of annexation is about land values, service fees and transferring 240 (less our two) children into the city school system.

If any of those four say otherwise, they deserve a one-way ticket on a bob-sled to the ninth core of purgatory courtesy of the ballot box.

Lastly, on behalf of my wife and children, I take this forum to publicly thank Mr. Yost, Mr. Sumner, Mr. Vickers and Mr. Wright for disrupting and devastating the quality of life that "WE" chose and not by an invading governing body un-elected by those affected.

David Mauldin


- The next Holocaust?

RE: The editorial of March 26 edition entitled, "Let family know your final wishes."

The recent VDT editorial opinion on the Terry Schiavo case sadly promotes the same specious and misguided utilitarian argument of many watching from the sidelines. For this author, the silver lining in Terri's story seems to be that the tragedy has elevated an awareness of the expediency of living wills and perhaps her death is necessary to fulfill this "greater good" obviating all moral obligations. That's equivalent to telling our children not to steal because they might get caught. Terri Schiavo is being murdered by judicial fiat. And why not? The precedent was set 32 years ago when the right of personal convenience trumped the right to life to the unborn. Those judges set in motion the systematic destruction of over 40 million children just as their successors are the systematic destruction of over 40 million children just as their successors are decreeing an innocent woman starve to death - a punishment even too gruesome for inmates on death row.

Only through Terri's death can society rid itself of a liability and her husband be free to marry the woman he has lived with for years. Who's next? Will the mentally handicapped child make the cut in the future? Or how about patients with advanced stages of Alzheimer's? For those answers, we may not have to look much farther than those "outlandish" science fiction movies of the 70's like "Logan's Run" or "Soylent Green." No, the guiding principals of John Mill's utilitarianism has bred a culture of death from which not only germinates the likes of the sadistic killer in Minnesota but also the equally abhorrent but more "palatable" euthanasia of Terri Schiavo.

Bob Donehower


- World needs more folks like Bo's BP and Days Inn

I just want to brag on the guys down at Bo's BP. I was on my way to visit family in Florida when I had car trouble. Luckily, I was able to get to a Days Inn before my car died.

The desk clerk contacted Bo's BP and they sent someone out quickly. We got the car started, and he told me to follow him to the shop. On the way, my car died again. Instead of calling a tow truck and charging me fifty bucks, he hauled out a rope and towed me with his own vehicle.

The mechanics at the garage quickly diagnosed the problem, got a part right away, and I was back on the road in no time. I was completely at their mercy, and yet they didn't overcharge me or keep me waiting.

Thank you to the sweet lady at the Days Inn and the wonderful guys at Bo's BP. The world needs more folks like you.

Angela Ellis

Mountain City, Ga.

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