I appreciate your coverage of the state’s positive banking news (“Georgia banks’ slow healing helps recovery,” AJC.com, Dec. 4).
The Georgia banking industry is recovering. Banks like ours are expressing that confidence and strength in very real ways. We made investments this year in our first physical geographic expansion with the opening of a Decatur location, and the addition of more bankers to serve more clients in this improving economy.
As your article aptly pointed out, the reasons banks are regaining their foothold varies. For us, the reason, in part, is that we are a small business — so it helps us think and act like our business clients. Bank clients across many segments are growing again, and it feels good to be growing with them. Economic improvement fosters both sides of the equation — stronger clients, and stronger banks.
In addition to the reasons you stated for higher returns for banks, many are pursuing smart-growth strategies that may not be as obvious; for instance, realizing that people bank with bankers (not institutions).
The days of one-size-fits-all banking are gone — thankfully.
BRENT ADAMS, EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, PRIVATE BANK OF BUCKHEAD
Rogers should thank
Obama for new job
Regarding state Sen. Chip Rogers stepping down, all I can say is that I bet that Mr. Rogers is secretly happy that President Obama won. He may not have gotten this new job with Georgia Public Broadcasting otherwise, as Mr. Romney had proposed cutting off financial support from the government for public broadcasting TV.
MARIA ACEVEDO, MARIETTA
leads to dangerous hit
Anyone who saw the recent Alabama-Georgia football game witnessed the helmet to helmet hit on quarterback Aaron Murray by Quinton Dial. At the least it was done to intimidate Murray, and at worst, to injure the head of the Georgia offense. Either way, it was clearly an intentional act perpetrated to win at any cost.
In times past, a player acting so maliciously might have been ejected from the game, or benched by his coach. But, now we have a culture of violence and we reward results with no regard for how they were obtained. Nick Saban is taking his team to the national championship game — proving again that, in our society, winning is everything.
The liberals are so intent on blaming the availability of guns for the murder-suicide involving Jovan Belcher. Maybe they should be concerned about the values and standards we have encouraged, and the culture we have created.