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 viewpoint of Professor Lynn Stout of Cornell Law School in Sunday's Times is that the cheating scandal of the Atlanta Public Schools reveals "the dark side of offering incentives." She is really saying that test scores should not be used to measure a teacher's performance.
The Hall County commission and others want to back out of a decadelong relationship with the Red Rabbit, the city of Gainesville, and public transportation uses. Why?
As I write this, I'm looking out my window at the most horrendous amount of damage I have ever witnessed in my 70 years of life. On the night of April 11, we experienced the awesome power of a tornado. I knew something was about to happen; our dogs sensed something. In the period of about 90 seconds, I heard something comparable to a 747 passing over the top of our home.
Because my family had other commitments April 15, we didn't get to the public meeting at Mulbury Park concerning Cherokee Bluffs. I wish we could have been there.
Here are 10 reasons Hall County taxpayer involvement with the Red Rabbit is a bad idea:
In response to Fred Dissen's letter Tuesday ("Pro-gun TV ads cross the line"): So you are pro-gun. You are mistaken about the "out-of-state-funded TV gun commercials" attacking our Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. The ads are to show that people who support the Second Amendment also support stronger gun control and ask that they contact these senators to express their views.
I would like to commend the artist and Mr. Belk for the beautiful lady that now lies in repose at the corner of Green and Academy streets. She looks like she is "at home."
Now that our state legislators have let the 2013 session end without managing to agree on vital corrections in our gun laws, I hope they can sleep at night after the next campus robbery turns into a murder or an entire church congregation is similarly victimized.
I couldn't help but respond to Joan King's bashing of Dr. Billy Graham. She is right to call herself "arrogant." Evidently she doesn't understand God's word, or doesn't read the word of God.
I have always been pro-gun, but, those out-of-state-funded TV gun commercials attacking Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isaakson have altered my thinking about the need for Congress to control people's access to weapons.
According to Shakespeare's Juliet, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Likewise, a bribe by any other name still stinks like a pigpen.
I read with interest Suzanne Ivey's recent letter to the editor about Meals on Wheels and the elderly. Her question was "Where are the churches?"
While attempting to disarm U.S. citizens, our government is arming itself to the teeth: At least 73 federal agencies have their own private armies here in the U.S., including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office, the Department of Education, the Food and Drug Administration, the Inspector General's office of the Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Land Management, the Library of Congress and Veterans Affairs.
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.