on January 29, 2010 by in Uncategorized, Comments (0)

Tell Willie, 1-29

Tell Willie

Willie,
The closing of the Seneca/Daniel game should open the eyes of parents in the upbringing of their children and their actions. Instead of putting the responsibility on others, and in denial that their children are not at fault, and a few are not.

And …

Willie,
I see where the Seneca and Daniels basketball game will be closed to the public. I wonder which games will be cancelled next year because officials can’t handle the rowdiness. I have a suggestion for this kind of behavior. It’s called punishment. Or better yet, why not cancel the sports programs at both schools to save the money that our counties so badly need in these dire financial times?
Willie says:
It’s not the rowdiness of the general audiences at basketball games that is the issue in this case. The issue is violence, which, unfortunately, now permeates our society at all levels and, apparently, ages. Willie’s old-fashioned on this point, but parents must take responsibility and, if they don’t, laws should punish them as well as theyoung people who seemingly do not know how civilized people are to act. Schools and police can only do so much.

Willie,
A comment on the latest diatribe against the fact that we are predominately a Christian nation. The writer uses as authority a book by Jon Meacham studied in Sunday school? The writer further states that God isn’t mentioned in the Constitution. Guess again. The closing statement in the Constitution states, “in the year of our Lord,” etc. That is a clear recognition of both Jesus and God by the signers. The reason that God isn’t alluded to in the body of the Constitution is to keep it secular for the sake of all people of all religious faiths. Nonetheless, constitutional law is based upon God’s Laws for human behavior. It is precisely because we are a Christian nation that people of other faiths are not persecuted for their beliefs. The author also infers that people came to this country to get away from not only persecution, but also Christianity itself. Not so. Starting with the landing of the Mayflower, people came here in order to freely worship God without being persecuted. The Mayflower Compact of 1620 begins “Having undertaken for the Glory of God and the advancement of the Christian Faith.” etc. By the way, in my congregation we study the Bible.
Willie says:
The United States of America has always been a place where everyone could come and be guaranteed Freedom of Religion. Willie prays it will always be so.

Willie,
A couple of weeks ago, you had a reader send a message about Seneca Light & Water treating the people unfairly when it came to disconnection of service and trafficking. I would like to know why you haven’t responded to that letter? Personally, I agree with them that Seneca Light & Water takes our money to pay for their debts (trafficking charge) and that they charge us unfairly when we’re maybe a week late due to financial reasons (charging us disconnection fee before disconnecting the service). Why is this? Myself and a few others now see that everyone at The Journal is on Seneca Light & Water’s side and doesn’t care about the people. Tell me why this is.
Willie says:
Willie did respond to that letter and it was printed in my column on Friday, Jan.8. Here’s a copy:
“Willie,
Why is it that Seneca Light & Water charges us a trucking fee when all they are doing is having us pay their debts and charging us a disconnect fee when we are not disconnected? I have just paid my bill and they charged me the disconnect fee when I wasn’t disconnected, then refused to go ahead and disconnect my service before I paid the fee, so that way I had a reason to pay the fee. Willie, please help me on this.
Willie says: Partner, I don’t understand a word of what you just said. I’ll look into this “trucking fee” business, but your message has sent my head spinning, like a water meter out of control.”

Willie,
I have been in this community a long time with a child in one of the local schools. I have heard of more teachers leaving her school than ever. She has had multiple teachers in a few of her subjects. One teacher is there and then there is someone else without explanation. What is going on?
Willie says:
The School District of Oconee County Community relations Director Kay Powell could only say: “While personnel decisions are not public information, we suggest the parent contact the school administration if their concerns are about the instruction that their child is receiving.”

Willie,
During the years prior to 2005, I had to travel many times from GSP to New Jersey. Shortly after 9/11 for about three of those trips, I couldn’t check-in online from home, I needed to see an agent. I finally realized it wasn’t just a computer glitch so I asked the agent what was the problem. She answered that my name was similar to one on the Watch List. I then asked how I could correct it. She directed me to a TSA agent who gave me a phone number to call and request a form to fill out. I did and returned it with copies of the required number of government-issued identification documents. On future reservations, I used my full name and not just my middle initial. Since I didn’t have any further problems, I thought it was corrected. Then in December 2009, I received a letter from Homeland Security thanking me for my participation in their Traveler’s Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP), “PIV,” or “TIV.” They issued me a TRIP Redress Control Number to use when making reservations “to avoid inconvenience or delay that may result from mistaken identity.” It took them approximately five or six years to reply. So how can we expect the government to handle as big an undertaking as health care efficiently and timely? I don’t think we can.
Willie says:
Willie’s thinking that what you’re thinking is likely my thinking!