I have been a hunter since my teens and have fired weapons from a BB gun to a 155 mm Howitzer. I am, and always will be, a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Given the current state of affairs with the city of Gainesville, why would Hall County even consider allowing the city to provide sewer services. It seems every time Hall County enters an agreement with Gainesville, the county comes out on the short end of the stick.
As the national debt continues to rise and exceeds $16.5 trillion, the interest paid by taxpayers is also going up. In 2012, taxpayers paid $220 billion in interest on the national debt. The U.S. has carried a debt throughout history so it may not seem important to many people.
Re: Our Views, "A modest agenda," of Jan. 20: The first error I noted in this editorial was the authors of the editorial; is this a case of mistaken authority on the topic of politics? I could not obtain any information to prove that they were well versed and had authority to speak to the topic.
In response to a recent letter saying the Bible has no errors, please consider the following. St. Paul wrote, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."
Just when I thought I'd heard it all, I read Henry Loggins' opinion (Your Views, Feb. 8) regarding the King James Version of the Bible (a beautiful translation by the way). Silly me; for some reason I thought my eternal destiny was based on other criteria, like whether or not I believed in Jesus Christ.
I rarely respond in print to anything I read in the paper. However, Ronda Rich's recent column concerning the lady that chastised her for preferring the King James Version really caught my attention.
Good to see Saxby Chambliss go. Just like most of Congress, he is useless. But he will have a good retirement paid for by We The People.
On a recent editorial page, a writer asks: Why do they (gun owners) keep hiding behind the Second Amendment? The writer added that, when those words were written, our forefathers could not possibly have envisioned our world today.
I read John Stockard's letter to the editor Wednesday with disappointment. Comparing our Second Amendment right to bear arms to getting a driver's license is just plain wrong. Owning guns and protecting ourselves is a right, not a privilege like driving.
Last Thursday, the Hall County Board of Commissioners convened. There was a large crowd there that night to voice opposition to a rezoning proposal. Twenty minutes was given to each side to speak.
Why do some gun owners come so completely unglued when you mention adding or changing gun controls? And why do they keep hiding behind the Second Amendment?
So Sen. Saxby Chambliss has announced that he will not seek re-election to the U.S. Senate in 2014, citing "frustration" with partisan politics in Washington.
In recent days, there have been two letter writers who have expressed that the Second Amendment shouldn't be more important than the others and that semi-auto weapons and high capacity magazines should be banned.
Signs of our time:
In reference to Tuesday's story "Seeking marital solace:" Stacey Reece was married to my daughter, Lydia Oglesby (who herself was a Belle of the Ball candidate finishing in fourth place) for about 20 years, and they gave me a grandson, Andrew Reece, who graduated with honors from West Georgia College in Carrollton (we were there). Also a granddaughter, Morgan Reece, who as a senior was the Belle of the Charity Ball (setting a record for a candidate's fundraising with more than $104,000) and now is a freshman at the University of North Greenville, S.C., on a ...
So Gainesville's streets are choked with litter and garbage. The proposed solution is to have nonviolent prisoners walk along the highways and pick up after the pigs that caused the problem in the first place. What a concept.
Last week The Times ran articles concerning MLK Jr. Boulevard and tourism on the square. The Longstreet Society stands in a unique position relative to both of these community resources. We own one of Gainesville's oldest and most historic buildings, Lt. Gen. Longstreet's Piedmont Hotel at the corner of MLK and Maple.
Well, the global warmers are at it again, with half-truths and distortions. A recent Associated Press article stated, "2014 considered the warmest year on record," and ended with this: "'Temperatures have risen by about 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-19th century and pre-industrial times,' said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies."
In regards to the article in the Jan. 16 paper "Coming together," people still don't get it. The death of Michael Brown was only preventable by Michael Brown. No one forced him to rob the store, assault the clerk, and then resist arrest by fighting with the police officer trying to get his gun.
The gift certificate read "Coupon good for: A special date night, including dinner for two, a private flight for two. A romantic evening spent together!"
I totally agree with Mike Coley's and George J. Roshau's views that were printed last Friday about the growing trash on the roadways. I sent the same concerns to my county commissioner last summer stating that there used to be a slogan - Keep Hall Beautiful - but it seems that Hall is getting dirtier everyday, so maybe it should be changed to "Hall Is Dirty," and let's see how long we can keep it that way.
I would like to add my 2 cents worth to Steven David Smith's letter in Saturday's paper, which was in reference to Eugene F. Elander's letter in Thursday's paper. Both letters were about the rioting and alleged police brutality in Ferguson, Mo. I would submit to Mr. Elander that innocent people don't rob stores and burn and loot businesses which people have worked hard to get.
For several years I have been attending the live stream productions of New York's Metropolitan Opera at our local theater. To say it is one of the arts communities best kept secrets is an understatement.
I'm glad to hear so many of our residents are bothered by the litter problem in Gainesville and Hall County. After reading the letters, I did some research on Georgia laws against dumping and littering.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to Hall County Solicitor-General Stephanie D. Woodard on her appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal as a new member of the State Commission on Family Violence.
Many times the opinions expressed in our local periodicals evoke the thoughtful consideration of the ideas presented, as well as constructive debate of these ideas. However, the letter by Eugene F. Elander on Thursday presents some statements that must be challenged; not based on political affiliation, or on racial bias, or any reason other than the fact that the United States is a nation based on the rule of law.
Recently the Hall County Board of Commissioners and local municipalities have created their wish lists for the upcoming SPLOST VII which comes to a countywide vote on March 17.
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.
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