Having read and listened to lots of commentary this past weekend, our response to this tragic event should probably be a complicated "all of the above."
I read the full text of President Barack Obama's address at the vigil for Sandy Hook shooting victims, the little children and the teachers in Newtown, Conn. The speech was beautifully written and I'm sure heartfelt by the president who delivered it and brought comfort to all of us who have been affected by this.
On reading the Dec. 7 letter from Sharon Fowler, I see that recrimination and political hit pieces keep on coming from the angry right. The context of Fowler's letter seems to infer that people wanting free money and government handouts are the reason President Barack Obama was re-elected.
What choice does a conservative Georgian have when it comes to representation in government? It seems that the two people that we elect as U.S. senators every six years to represent us at the federal level do nothing but enjoy their membership in the most exclusive social club on the planet.
Taxes are going to rise on middle-class families in just a few weeks if Congress fails to act. Both Republicans and Democrats agree that taxes should remain low for 98 percent of all Americans, but Congress is refusing to pass this into law. Why? Because they are trying to extract continued tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
I applied for food stamps more than a year ago with the local office. The request was for one person, myself. I revealed that I did have a roommate but that person did not share meals with me. My request for assistance for two people was denied. Duh! Nowhere did I ask for help for two.
After Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina, we have believed that every major city, every state and the federal government has a disaster relief plan in place to respond to emergencies that we have come to anticipate.
Clearly Sharon Fowler is unaware of the cause of obesity among the poor in our society. In many of the "poor" communities, grocery stores are not available, and fresh produce is nonexistent. Instead, calorie-laden food is available at a low cost.
The vision of Hall County promises that its residents will reside in "a model community that promotes sustainable quality of life by partnering with citizens and businesses to make a community of choice for living, working and leisure."
If you watched television news Tuesday morning, you would understand why President Barack Obama was re-elected. The line for free money to pay heating bills was at least a double block long.
I am an avid reader of The Times and usually enjoy reading it daily. However, I am appalled at the letter published Saturday, written by Lamar Wilbanks. He professes to be such a devout Christian and yet had written such hateful, toxic bigotry, which is totally counter to the teachings of Jesus.
I'd like to commend the gentleman who planned to stand on top of Slack's to raise the $10,000 for the Salvation Army. I've always donated to the annual Christmas fundraiser and thanked the people who took time and effort to stand out in the cold or rain to ring the bells.
The city of Gainesville is up to its same old dirty tricks. Its leaders failed in their scam annexation attempts a couple of years ago, and now they're trying again. They've shrewdly set their "public hearings" for times when impacted business owners cannot attend to look in their faces and register outrage publicly. The City Council also has done its very best to minimize awareness that meetings are even being held on Monday.
My expressed opinion from a recent newspaper article in The Times concerning the at-large voting process claim versus elected mayor and city form of government:
While I was casting my vote at the recent presidential election, I realized how easy it would have been for me to punch the wrong button and select the wrong candidate, and about the possibility of not being able to correct the error I had made and therefore, God forbid, my vote had counted.
I am very pleased to see state Sen. Steve Gooch is trying to solve our problem with road funding in Georgia. This should have been addressed years ago but has been allowed to continue to a point of emergency.
Perhaps guts had nothing to do with the decision the school board in Madison County made concerning the religious monument on school grounds. Maybe its members chose to not set up their county for a budget-busting legal case that could bankrupt them.
Response to Darrell Newton's letter Friday: Certainly, everyone has the right to say what he thinks, but they really should have the facts before doing so.
On more than one occasion, I have taken pen to paper to offer my criticism of your newspaper. It is expected that we subscribers will do that. When a newspaper does something that I feel is commendable, I will also offer my praise as well as extending my subscription another quarter.
Here we go again, folks, just another example of no guts: The school board in Madison County caved to an atheist group over a monument on school grounds that had Bible verses and quotes on it that was paid for by private donations.
Tens of thousands of Georgians live with life-long disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury. As medical technology, safety and trauma care have improved, more people survive traumatic injury, but many then face a lifetime of physical, behavioral and cognitive impairments requiring ongoing support services.
When you add it all up, the steady stream of lies from the White House, the Democratic party and its supporters, the liberal left media, there is only one answer: There is NO Democratic candidate worthy of even a single vote. In fact, I don't see how a Democrat could vote for himself or herself.
President Barack Obama withdrew all of our troops both in Iraq and Afghanistan against the recommendation of his own military, the CIA and his own secretary of defense and secretary of State.
A huge thank you should go to the Gainesville Jaycees. They did a fantastic job with the Mule Camp Market festival last weekend in Gainesville.
Why is Germany offering tuition-free college educations to Americans (and others)? What we're seeing here is an attempt to reverse the brain drain.
While I don't usually read Ronda Rich's columns, I did on Oct. 7. The heading got my attention and I read on. She wrote about the TV series "Justified" and how good it is. While I agree that it's a great show and high on my favorites list, I am puzzled by some things she wrote about the Appalachian South. Not being familiar with her writings, I hope it was done tongue-in-cheek when she wrote, "But here's what 'Justified' does best: It gets the Appalachian South right without reducing us to mockery or ridicule."
To Hall County Board of Education: I am sure that you have been made aware by now of the recent announcement by Dr. William Thompson, formerly of the Centers for Disease Control and co-author of the study on immunizations and their link to autism. If you have not, what has come to light is that Dr. Thompson has publicly declared that the study and its findings were falsified. He has declared that the data was altered to make it appear as if there was no link.
Regarding W.T. Hinds' recent letter, I noticed the online version contained citation links. After checking some, I thought it important to offer background on sources for his comment "Earth has not warmed at all since about 1999."
It is absolutely unbelievable that Todd Gurley would be suspended indefinitely for playing football for Georgia for supposedly autographing some sports articles and being paid for it, while last year, Jameis Winston continued to play and won the Heisman Trophy and the national championship though he was investigated for rape at Florida State.
Insanity is sometimes described as doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. This certainly describes manmade global warming.