Social programs, not socialism

There has been a lot of clamor in this newspaper recently regarding socialism, and it is obvious many have no idea what they are talking about. I suggest that before anyone uses the term again they look up the definition in a dictionary. There is a huge difference between socialism and social programs.
There are things in the national interest that are so massive they would overwhelm the private sector in their implementation. Let’s take the U.S. Postal Service as a prime example. Prior to its establishment, the primary means of long distant communication was by yelling, horns, drums, bells and smoke signals. Although the importance of the Post Office has waned over the last few decades due mainly to the telephone and Internet, it has served us well for more than 200 years. Even today, barring a hurricane or blizzard, for less than 50 cents we can still send a first class letter from Miami, Fla., to Barrow, Alaska, with reasonable expectation that it will arrive within five days.
Other social programs that have benefited us all over the years include granting railroad, telegraph and telephone rights of way; building roads, highways and bridges; and building airports and terminals. Don’t forget NASA, without which we would probably all be speaking Russian and calling each other comrade.
Even kings provide social programs.
Dennis Thompson

More Opinion

Georgia Says

The Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle on NCAA being heavy handed: Who owns your name, your likeness, your image and your signature? In other word ... Read More


Becoming a hub for technology

The city of Newnan got a major technological boost announcement this week. AT&T has selected our city as one of four in Georgia that wil ... Read More


A stronger man

Boys will be boys. That’s especially true in high school football, where crude jokes, popping someone with a wet towel on their butt, ... Read More


Rants, Raves & Really?!?

A look back at last week’s highs, lows and whatevers: RAVE: Bob and Millie Coggin lead by example, and recently made a substantial gif ... Read More


Georgia Says

Morning News, Savannah, Georgia, on Joe Biden: Every time Joe Biden opens his mouth, people hold their breaths. That includes members of th ... Read More

Expanding educational and economic opportunities

If you missed Thursday’s edition of The Newnan Times-Herald, you might want to go back and check it out. That’s because a couple ... Read More