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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 buying and hoarding of guns by their parents.
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.
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?
To Hall County Commissioners: I write on behalf of the Hall County Library System. I have been honored to be associated with them for several years. I have been able to personally view how well they perform. I have also witnessed the distressing shortage of funds allocated by the county commissioners during this recession.
We make decisions based on emotion, not reason, especially when it comes to religion and politics. One recent example is how most conservative Christians support "Citizens United," the Supreme Court decision that says corporations are people and have the same rights as people, even though they don't always die after 80 or 90 years like real people do.
I was encouraged to see that White County Sheriff Neal Walden showed compassion and a little common sense in dropping the charges against a heartbroken, grieving father.
It is my hope that the idea of testing what students have learned in order to measure what teachers have taught does not disappear as a result of the recent controversies.
I think it was Joan King who recently wrote people only want support for what they believe and are not interested in facts that challenge their beliefs. As a pastor (retired) I've certainly found this true among professing Christians.
Excellent article in the April 10 edition of The Times about bats and white-nose syndrome that has been decimating bat populations of several different species in the U.S. for the last decade. Information such as this is vital to get out to the public, along with describing the importance of bats, as Michael Wheeler has done in his article.
I read with great interest your April 19 article "Many parents' answer to high-stakes testing." While there are constitutional rights and laws that allow parents to opt their child out of testing, I am still a bit mystified as to why they would want to.
There is usually quite a bit of discussion regarding illegal immigration, and what we need to do to address this issue. Unfortunately, we have not made much progress up to this point.
I think I have a simple solution for the water wars. The ecology folks want everything left natural, as if man were not here.
Now I know why they say justice is blind. They see everyone as guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. People are brought into court shackled with two armed policemen with guns to watch them. That way everyone sees that person as guilty from the start.
I live in a small mountain community in Northeast Georgia and I have been a physician for 43 years. It has become obvious to me that if we do not provide a healthy environment on our earth, future generations will suffer both economically and socially, and from severe medical problems.
It is easy to take forests in Georgia for granted. They are often viewed as natural gifts akin to the sun and the clouds, timeless and steadfast. But Georgia's forests have not been here forever, and they don't take care of themselves. As we pause on Earth Day to appreciate our environment, let's reflect on the many benefits provided by working forests, and resolve to confront the public policy threat they face.
When you are surfing channels on your TV, what do you find? Is it: "Belly too big? Knees too low? Head too big? Feet too slow?"
Regarding moving Lanier Tech: Thank you, Jerry Jackson. I too am concerned about this sudden move of Lanier Tech. Who stands to gain the most from this move?
I am a little disappointed in the article titled "New fee upsets tourism industry." The article itself was well written and worthy of the front page. However, the content of those interviewed and their titles was a little disturbing.