It seems we are continually confronting a threat or threats: radical Islam, economic meltdown, Obama scare, war, etc. However, one of my greatest concerns is the lack of honesty in our leaders. Their response, unfortunately, is always an effort to mislead and cover up. If I recall correctly, this administration promised to be the most transparent in our history. It appears to me we have a trust deficit much larger than our fiscal one.
It appears that Jim Scharnagel still doesn't understand the history of this country or what our Constitution and Bill of Rights are all about. In his recent letter, he left out possibly the most important reason for maintaining an armed citizenry, namely protection from an oppressive government.
As you can imagine with a business that employs more than 100 people on Green Street, and one that has operated successfully on the street since 1967, we oppose the banning of left turns on Green Street as the only solution to Gainesville's traffic problem. It is a easy, knee-jerk public action but will only marginally affective in reducing the affect of traffic through our city.
Our son's elementary school, Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy, is honoring its teachers this week as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Since this is his last year at the school, we began to reflect on all the wonderful teachers that have been a part of our lives these last six years.
Your article on the Teacher Keys evaluation system was accurate, but failed to discuss the critical issue; that is, is it possible to evaluate teaching using any evaluation tool regardless of its sophistication or intricacy? There are at least a few loud voices in the field of education, mine included, which reject the fundamental concept of teacher evaluation through an objective measurement device.
Saturday night, our power went out because a tree fell on a power line near our house. This happened shortly after 11 p.m. All night, we heard Jackson Electric workers cutting the tree and working in the pouring rain. At 6 a.m., our electricity came back on.
For over a year on the first and third Wednesday mornings of each month, the Wake-Up Wednesday coffee ministry has been offering free coffee, muffins and a smile!
Politicians have destroyed our form of government. Gone are the days when we sent a farmer, a shop keeper or the guy down the road to Washington to represent us. Now we send slick, fast-talking lawyers who become intoxicated by the wealth and power that they now have at their fingertips.
Reading "The Local Agenda" headline in Tuesday's Times, "Transit remains unknown," saddened me. In April 2012, the Rapid Transit Subcommittee within the Infrastructure Transportation Committee of VISION 2030 presented an innovative transit plan for Hall County. No government cost was involved; and the plan could be immediately implemented.
On April 23-24, 378 Gainesville residents took action to change the face of cancer for generations to come by enrolling in the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study 3. This landmark study will take a long-term look at lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will help the Society better understand cancer risks and causes and develop new prevention and treatment options.
Soon after the subject of gun control arose following the string of mass murders and the Newtown massacre. People began a gun- and ammunition-buying frenzy that will result in thousands of weapons and billions of rounds of ammo available to terrorists, criminals and mentally ill young people. The former two will have ready access to those arms by burglarizing homes, businesses and parked vehicles. Mentally ill children will have all this weaponry available from the ...
Ominous dark clouds can be seen approaching on the horizon as America deals with the latest acts of terrorism conducted in our land. If the best we can do is to deny basic inalienable rights that were granted to us by our creator, what have we become?
Thank you to the person who found and returned my 48-year-old lost engagement ring to an employee of Northeast Diagnostic Clinic. I lost it during a visit to the clinic on April 15. After discovering the ring was missing, my first thought was that the ring fell off when I washed and dried my hands in the restroom. I collected the trash bags in each of the restrooms I had visited and reported my loss to the very caring receptionist.
Due to coverage of the tragic act of terrorism last week in Boston, the failure of the U.S. Senate to pass background check legislation was not widely reported by the news media. As is usually the case, the National Rifle Association holds enough power over our elected officials with their financial resources to defeat them in the next election if they do not vote as the NRA dictates.
Am I the only one that is concerned about the forfeiture of the Fourth Amendment during the Boston manhunt?
The Times' editorial of May 19 ("Our Views: What a tangled web") demands a response, in the interest of objectivity and fair play, values which were so utterly lacking in that piece.
To the families of the courageous men and women who served in the United States military: These veterans; our treasure in earthen vessels, these soldiers left a strong foundation for which we can stand.
In response to a concern about our push to increase the full pool of Lake Lanier to 1,073 feet: While we don't like to see public recreation areas and personal property compromised by high water levels, it is very instructive to see what the effects of 1,073 are on the surrounding lake areas.
The Obama administration is at it again. According to President Barack Obama, he doesn't know half of what is going on in his administration, since he finds out things when he sees it on the news, like the IRS scandal. Then there was Benghazi, which the administration blamed on a movie instead of an organized terrorist organization. Then Hillary Clinton says "what difference does it make," like who cares?
As Memorial Day approaches, I'm reminded of a disturbing trend I've noticed over the past several years. I've been serving in the U.S. Army and the Georgia Army National Guard for more than 17 years now, and the amount of support we receive from the community is very much appreciated.
Have you ever been in a department store or grocery store and felt like you were among a bunch of wild animals? I despise parents who are controlled by their children. Who is in control? Obviously, not the adults.
For the last several years, the Lake Lanier Association and several advocates, have drafted plans of action to address issues regarding the lake's delicate balance, of its water quality and the constantly fluctuating levels, not to mention all the downstream demands made on this pristine North Georgia jewel.
State Sen. Steve Gooch has emphasized the need for more work on Second Amendment rights for Georgia citizens. He correctly states that, in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the individuals right to keep and bear arms. If you wanted guns to be outlawed except for militia use or some version of that scenario, then your argument is lost.
The Hall County Family Connection Network is a collaboration of agencies and organizations that serve families and children in Hall County. In this capacity, we write to express our concern about the future of the public transportation system in Gainesville and Hall County.
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