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Thought for the Week

“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Isakson Op-ed: Thank you for your service


Each year, we honor our veterans on November 11, a day that marks the end of World War I when the armistice went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Veterans Day is an important reminder for all of us to take a moment to stop and reflect on the service and sacrifice of our veterans. As we honor the men and women who’ve fought and risked their lives for our country, it’s important to remember that while their service may have concluded, our duty as a country to support and honor our veterans continues.

America’s veterans fought to protect our freedoms and ensure our way of life, and the top priority of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is to make sure we take care of the veterans who dedicated their lives to serving our country. As chairman, I am passionate about our committee’s mission to help care for our veterans and empower them in their lives and careers. Every day, our committee is working to make sure that the care and support that our veterans earned, fought for, and sacrificed for, are available to them.

For those who say Congress isn’t working because of partisan politics, I would simply point to all we have accomplished on behalf of our nation’s veterans, and it’s because we are committed to working in a bipartisan fashion. There aren’t Republican soldiers or Democrat soldiers on the battlefield. There are only American soldiers who have fought for all of us.

For that reason, every single one of us on the committee took our labels off, we put our armor on, and we marched ahead. We didn’t say ‘no’ to problems that looked like they were too hard. We said ‘yes’ to solutions that are right for our veterans.

So far this year, we have had seven major veterans bills signed into law. All of these bills make great strides in improving the daily lives of our veterans through the care and benefits they receive at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. We must continue to see to it that the Department of Veterans Affairs lives up to the promises we have made to our veterans.

With the full cooperation of Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, a dedicated president, and a Congress working in a bipartisan fashion, I am proud of all that we are accomplishing on behalf of our veterans.

We live in the greatest country on the face of this earth, and it is in large measure because of the great men and women who fought in our military to preserve the liberty that our founding fathers established. For without our veterans, there would be no America.

I’m proud to honor our veterans on Veterans Day and every day. May God bless them, and may God bless America.

Senator Johnny Isakson

The Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs is chaired by U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., in the 115th Congress. Isakson is a veteran himself – having served in the Georgia Air National Guard from 1966-1972 – and has been a member of the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs since he joined the Senate in 2005. Isakson’s home state of Georgia is home to more than a dozen military installations representing each branch of the armed services as well as more than 750,000 veterans.

Helping Main Street Thrive


In Georgia alone, there are nearly 300,000 businesses employing workers each year. Of these, 94.2% employ fewer than 50 employees, yet they often face a steeper tax burden than big corporations with a larger workforce and more revenue.

Aaron McWhorter, a small business owner with two businesses in the Third District, employs a total of 180 folks and says that he has been able to expand his businesses over the years, but always in spite of our current tax code. By reforming our tax code, we will give Main Street business owners like Aaron more money to reinvest in their businesses, their employees and their communities.

Our tax plan would level the playing field for small businesses by cutting their taxes to the lowest rate since before World War II. This tax cut would guarantee that small businesses won’t face a higher tax burden than their corporate counterparts. To ensure this does not become a loophole for tax avoidance, we will also put strict guardrails in place to prevent abuse.

Our tax plan also addresses another obstacle to the growth for Third District small businesses: the threat of the death tax.

“Getting rid of the estate tax in this tax reform plan is huge,” said McWhorter. “You build a small business; the government taxes it. You grow it, and then they tax it again when you die. It is inherently unfair to small business owners.”

Our tax reform plan would provide immediate relief from the death tax by doubling the exemption threshold and then eliminating it over six years. It also gives businesses the opportunity to immediately write off new investments like equipment or renovations, which encourages entrepreneurs to grow their businesses.

These changes not only help existing small businesses, they lower the cost of entry for budding innovators and entrepreneurs across the nation. High taxes discourage newcomers from turning their ideas into brick and mortar businesses. By lowering the tax burden on new companies, we can bring more folks back to Main Street and allow everyone to succeed in a thriving economy.

Small businesses are critical economic drivers and job creators; when they succeed, so do our communities and neighbors. Right now, we have a tax code that punishes small business owners for succeeding rather than rewarding their hard work. Tax reform will change that. We will reinvigorate Main Street by giving current small business owners the opportunity to expand and new entrepreneurs the chance to enter the marketplace, unlocking the opportunity for everyone to access the American dream.

Congressman Drew Ferguson

Thank you to the Pike County Sheriff's Office


Dear Sir or Madam:

Once again our Pike County Sheriff's Office has broken a theft ring--this time through the alertness and personal initiative of one of its jail staff ["Huge equipment theft operation busted after good detective work", 10/4/17 edition].

Unlike many other sorts of crimes, theft undermines whole communities. It instills fear, uneasiness, and distrust among the citizenry and households. It undermines what we might call the community of man.

Thus each time our local law enforcement officers catch thieves, they should be thanked and acknowledged. Thieves, like rats and mice, will always exist, but in the same way that we deal with vermin, they must be suppressed lest they multiply beyond all bounds and control.

One of the great ironies I have observed during my many years of the practice of criminal law is that like all the rest of us, thieves hate to be the victims of thefts. Perhaps most of them never absorbed that most fundamental christian precept that they should do unto others as they would have others do unto them; their criminal acts always reflect--sometimes unfairly--upon their parents.

Thank you, Pike County SO !

Walker L. Chandler