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Your opinion: March 4, 2017

Laws unenforced in the City of Americus
There are at least two laws that are continually ignored in the City of Americus, GA. Not everyone ignores these two laws; however, it seems that they are ignored by a majority.
First, the speed limit in downtown Americus is 25 MPH. Those who try to obey this speed limit are nearly run over by the rest and usually receive a middle finger salute as the speeder goes by. This law is not only disregarded by citizens but by law enforcement personnel in city and county vehicles. With this as the example, how can one expect others to obey? Even though this is a disregard for the law, I cannot say that the disobedience has resulted in accidents.
Second, it seems like the majority in Americus has no concept of a traffic control device law. When you approach a traffic light which is turning red, instead of vehicles stopping as dictated by the law, it seems like one to a half dozen vehicles accelerate in total disregard for the hazardous situation they are creating. This violation has resulted in several accidents in our city. How many critical injuries or deaths will have to result before someone takes a serious look at what is going on?
These issues have been discussed with city officials who acknowledged the problem. But several years later and the problem still exist.
Robert C. Ingle Sr.
Americus

Potter House coming to Americus
Hey this is Melissa Adams, I’m the president of South West Potter House, we are a 501c3 non-profit residential healing home for ladies that are bound by addictive behaviors, we are a 7 month program and we are hoping to open up some time next year we are trusting God to supply our needs. A little bit of my testimony: When I was 14yrs old I was kidnapped, raped and at the age of 14 I started using cocaine, and alcohol at the age of 19 I started using Meth, and stay in and out of jail at the age of 26 I became an IV user and over dosed several times, there was one time I overdose I stop breathing, my heart stop and my ex-boyfriend was about to dispose of my body out in the woods but God saved me from the pits of hell that day and I cried out to God to save me and I reached out to my sister Nichole I haven’t seen in six years and she showed me the love of Christ and help me get to the Potter House for women in Jackson Ga. God completely changed my life there today I have peace, joy and I’m a new creation in Christ Jesus. I been cleaned for four years, and I do Jail ministry and evangelize and God gave me a vision, a burden and a passion to open a potter house in South West GA. we are having a big event March 11th at Sumter County Intermediate School at 4pm and I was talking to my board  the other day and they gave me your email and said you might be interesting in putting my story in  the paper, and I think that would be awesome because I’m really trying to get the word out about what the Potter House is all about.
Melissa Adams
Ellaville

Why not use local ambulance service?
On October 17, 2016, fell in my home and had to go to Phoebe Sumter Regional Hospital where I was admitted. My stay of 3 of 4 days was a good one.
Once dismissed from the hospital, I had to be transported to Magnolia Manor Nursing center for rehabilitation. I had to wait 4 hours for an ambulance to come from South Georgia because of the arrangement made with Grady Hospital in Atlanta. There were lots of local ambulances waiting at the hospital, but we were told they could not be used.
It was bad enough having to wait, but when I asked them to go thru town, they said they had to go down Spring Street. It was a shorter distance; however, it required going over very rough railroad tracks. With broken ribs, it was very uncomfortable for me.
I don’t know who made the decision to use Grady’s ambulance service. I would not wish my worst enemy to have to wait like I did and have to take the ride that I had to endure.
Is there some way we can use our local ambulance service?
Anna Busby
Americus