Washington can only be changed from the inside - a cultural change is needed.
Our biggest threat is probably that our government is not sustainable. We are borrowing 40 percent of expenditures. Democrats claim that the Republicans want to change Social Security and Medicare. President Lyndon Johnson did that when he moved their revenues to the budget. Not changing them now will destroy them; your call.
It appears that Gibson Mano (Sept. 29 Your Views letter) is a chip off the old Obama block in blaming everything that happens in the world on the United States' actions. His hard and fast assertion that the rioting and killing of our ambassador and staff people in the Middle East was the result of an obscure film that practically no one, even in the U.S., has seen, is the height of gullibility or disdain for his own country (I assume he is an American citizen).
I am writing in response to your editorial ("Freedom under fire," Sept. 16). The current state of affairs in that region demonstrates horribly how cultural values and beliefs can be a disastrous endeavor.
The nation's leadership has not turned too far away from our creator. I have heard it said that politics and religion don't mix and they don't. But politics, God and country do exist, and it was founded on this by our forefathers, leaders and politicians.
After reading the Sept. 16 editorial, "Freedom under fire," I have found a few errors in your thinking process, which can cause a hindrance in the critical thinking process. The errors in the critical thinking process addressed can be found in Vincent Ruggiero's text, "Beyond Feelings: A Guide to Critical Thinking" (2012).
It is not about the First Amendment, free speech, and it never was. The Egyptian, Yemen and Libyan protests were planned demonstrations - planned, according to Al-Jazeera, weeks, perhaps months before Sept. 11.
We have more rights and laws in place for animals, than we do for foster children. Surprised?
Since I became old enough to read, and understand what I read, it has bothered me how women have at least for hundreds of years been treated like second-class citizens.
I've heard it said that the two things you don't discuss are religion and politics. However, ironically theses seem to be at the root of most of the woes we face as a nation.
I watched the Democratic National Convention and noticed they were describing a patriot as someone who pays their fair share of taxes. A patriot, by definition, is someone who vigorously supports their country. It is not related to how much a person pays in taxes, but more properly is measured in how committed they are to the principles and ideals of their country.
Judging by commentaries after your recent Times articles, absolutely no one has anything good to say about the just-opened bridge over Jesse Jewell Parkway. The bridge has actually become the local "joke" in many conversations when anyone mentions Gainesville.
It's important to get beyond various secondary arguments and focus on main principles. In talking with various people, both conservative and liberal, our core political debate comes down to two questions:
A few weeks ago I walked into a local restaurant to have a quick brunch before I headed off to a meeting for work.
Have you noticed that the Democrats have quit touting Obamacare and have started badmouthing the Republican party, i.e., Mitt Romney and his Mormon religion?
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.
Hall County needs to seriously address the severe litter problem on all our roadways and in our cities. Litter never gets picked up and continues to accumulate. What government agency would be responsible for Hall County going to the dogs? Why is prison labor not used consistently for this? Where are the police in enforcing the law? Where are the "No Littering" signs?
At least once a week, I pick up trash along the roadside in front of my home along Mountain View Road and Dogwood Circle. A good part of the roadsides along Mountain View Road, Dogwood and Old Oakwood Road look like a trash dump.
The old axioms really are true: You reap what you sow. It's time to pay the piper. You made your bed, now sleep in it.