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Commentary: With a million people on medical marijuana, crackdown on sellers seems misplaced

As a candidate in 2008, Barack Obama emphatically stated that medical marijuana use was an issue best left to the states. One of the first promises he made as the newly elected president was that he was "not going to be using Justice Department resources to try to circumvent state laws." This was even reiterated formally in the so-called Ogden memo of 2009, in which the Department of Justice instructed U.S. attorneys that federal enforcement should apply only to medical marijuana operations that were not in clear compliance with state law.

January 27, 2013 | By Marie Myung-ok Lee | Viewpoint

‘Our Town:’ Thornton Wilder’s play carries basic truths, 75 years after opening

"Our Town," Thornton Wilder's three-act play set in a small town in New Hampshire a century ago, turns 75 Tuesday. It was Jan. 22, 1938, when the main character, the Stage Manager, first guided an audience through the play - staged at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J.

January 20, 2013 | Tack Cornelius | Viewpoint

Commentary: Federal judge says common sense must prevail in weapons debate

Last month, I sentenced Jared Lee Loughner to seven consecutive life terms plus 140 years in federal prison for his shooting rampage in Tucson. That tragedy left six people dead, more than twice that number injured and a community shaken to its core.

January 13, 2013 | By Larry Alan Burns | Viewpoint

Commentary: Brenau's move into Mountains Center carries heavy responsibility

In mid-December, some Brenau trustees, administrators, employees and faculty members joined with city officials, business leaders and other guests for an informal coffee klatch commemorating the beginning of the university's long-term lease arrangement with the city.

January 06, 2013 | By Ed L. Schrader | Viewpoint

Commentary: 2012 was a year of turbulence, both atmospherically and politically

It was a year of storms, of raging winds and rising waters, but also broader turbulence that strained our moorings. Our atmosphere, our politics, our economy - rarely in memory have they seemed in such constant agitation.

December 30, 2012 | By Justin Pope | Viewpoint

Commentary: Humans must deal with the gift of free will, even as they turn to God for answers

I learned this year that one of my favorite Christmas songs was written during a very uncertain time in our country and in our world.

December 23, 2012 | By the Rev. Terry Walton | Viewpoint

Commentary: Life’s most persistent question still persists

One year ago, we wrote in this space of an unmet human need - the need for relief from hunger among those Gainesvillians and Hall Countians who, while fortunate enough to have housing, nevertheless suffer from "food insecurity" - the gnawing uncertainty of "where their next meal will come from."

December 16, 2012 | By Wyc Orr | Viewpoint

Commentary: Learning the hard way awaits nation

Having four children 10 and under offers plenty of intimate, hands-on lessons on human nature. For example, sometimes, in spite of Michelle's and my best efforts, good parental instruction is ignored and hard lessons have to be learned. I'm not talking about situations that lead to enforced discipline, but those that result in sad and tough natural consequences.

December 09, 2012 | Trevor Thomas | Viewpoint

Commentary: Secularists confused by the values voters

The Pew Forum recently found that 1 in 5 people claim no religion. There is a growing diversity of worldviews in this nation. In our present political landscape there is much distrust between "values voters" and secularists. Open communication is going to be all the more important for our democracy to survive. I hope to explain why many secularists find "values voting" worrisome.

December 09, 2012 | Brandon Givens | Viewpoint

Commentary: Obama could spur recovery by relaxing grip on business

The election is history and businesses across America know who will lead the country for the next four years. But will the tone of the second term be as harsh and demeaning about businesses and the people who run them or will President Obama finally realize that American free enterprise is the force that makes the country strong and prosperous?

December 02, 2012 | By Peter Rush | Viewpoint

Commentary: Like FDR, Obama has saved capitalism by harnessing its excesses

The canard that President Obama is anti-business is a propaganda remnant from Mitt Romney's failed presidential campaign.

December 02, 2012 | | Viewpoint

Commentary: One nation ... but maybe not so indivisible

We in the blue states hear from the talking heads on Fox News and MSNBC that many of you in the red states are so distressed about the outcome of the elections that you would like to secede from the Union. Now, it seems that at least six of you - Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and North Carolina - have submitted enough signatures (25,000) on petitions to the White House website to merit a formal response, with more petitions on the way.

November 25, 2012 | By Paul Vandevelder | Viewpoint

Commentary: Lincoln looked toward a new birth of freedom ‘under God’

Gather together a few friends today, friends who love words and freedom and American history, and revisit a high peak in our long struggle to move closer to the ideals of the Declaration: The dedication of the Soldier's National Cemetery at Gettysburg on Nov. 19, 1863, 149 years ago Monday.

November 18, 2012 | Tack Cornelius | Viewpoint

Full text of the Gettysburg Address

The Gettysburg Address

November 18, 2012 | | Viewpoint

Commentary: If there's an Electoral College tie, a Romney-Biden White House isn't far-fetched

"Congress to pick the president." - headline, Nov. 7, 2012.

November 04, 2012 | By John Klotsche | Viewpoint

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