Another good friend, banker and community worker died after deadline for my last column. Paul Seals was a vice president of the old First National Bank, later Regions Bank, working closely with Ray McRae and Richard Shockley. He worked tirelessly in his civic club and many projects helping others the general public knew nothing about. We'll miss him.
Another longtime friend who I saw a few weeks ago died a few days before this writing. Milon Christman sold me my first set of practically new golf clubs for $100. I used them a trying to get my handicap down. I finally did to a 3. Woods, irons and putter, all are severe handicaps to my game I now get to play only occasionally. Milon contributed much to this community.
A community business and religious leader and good friend, and a longtime friend and fellow kibitzer I kept in contact with until the end have died since last I wrote.
The GOP presidential candidate poll rankings are changing. After Rick Perry's lead right after he jumped into the race, he's been shooting himself in the foot and given the lead back to Mitt Romney.
Those of us who haven't heard the whole story or seen the paperwork or aren't attorneys are in no position to judge for sure if the state's execution last week of Troy Davis took an innocent life.
The husband of a Gainesville native whose name has been in the news and this column on a number of occasions has done it again. James Terry, a native of Chatsworth and married to the former Julie Grogan, daughter of Keith and Lida Grogan, has been promoted to Army Lt. General (three-star rank).
The time is approaching for one of the long-standing, communitywide, whole family social events of the year. The 50th annual Kiwanis-sponsored pancake breakfast at the civic center is scheduled for 7-11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
Reader Paul Gaernter Jr.'s letter to me after my last column totally agreed with my stance that Congress should be paid when they do their job of passing a budget by the Sept. 30 deadline, but should permanently forfeit their pay every day until the president signs it.
I've had the pleasure since last we met in this space to enjoy a two-plus hour lunch with Hall County Commissioner Craig Lutz. He wanted to know where I was coming from and I may have wanted to know even more where he was coming from.
Count me among those who won't criticize the appointment of the new county administrator by a 4-1 vote. That's a job for the commission. I've never met the gentleman, never heard of him before, know nothing about his qualifications. We have to depend upon those we elect to make such decisions. Sometimes we are happy, other times not so.
Count me among the seemingly small minority who thinks the Hall County Board of Commissioners goofed big time in passing the budget.
California has done exactly what I've said in this space Congress ought to do. The most important task any legislative body has is to pass a balanced budget. Congress to this date, mid-2011, still hasn't even passed a budget since 2008.
From my earliest days I remember the American Heritage magazine. Dad subscribed to it and I too read each issue. It was the first magazine I subscribed to when I left home. Back then, it was more like a hard-cover book. I still have some of them. Eventually, printing and distribution costs outran marketable subscription prices and the hard cover was replaced with a thinner, more lightweight, slick cardboard-like binder. I learn something new every issue.
More stuff keeps coming out about the Osama bin Laden assassination, developments accelerate in the GOP presidential candidacies, our governor and economic staffers went on an industry-hunting European mission, and it seems none of the state and national level immigration problems are going to be solved, only made worse at all levels.
A sizeable number of readers have been clamoring for my take on the county Board of Commissioners' wasting taxpayer money on the ill-advised no-notice firing of county administrator, finance director and attorney, really in the works long before taking office. I've told them The Times editorial covered my views pretty well. I suspect they think The Times wasn't harsh enough for them because they keep saying such as "what do you really think."