We are now only a couple of weeks away from a presidential election that I firmly believe will define whether we continue to live our lives as a free people or cease to enjoy the blessings of an almighty God that bestowed upon America the rights we've had since our forefathers established our republic.
Taxes - we all pay them and sometimes complain about them. However, lest we forget that unless we each want our own ambulance and fire truck in our driveway, plus an EMT or two, taxes save us money. We support each other by all contributing to the common pot for the things we may not use every day but keep our community vibrant and thriving: Roads, parks, boat launches and schools.
Margaret Wolf seems to have put a lot of thinking into why she thinks women should not have abortions (Your Views, Oct. 18).
The only thing we know for certain is that K-12 education in America is in deep trouble and dramatic changes are needed. We have spent the last 40 years trying to feel good by deluding ourselves into thinking preschool focus will solve our problems.
Amendment 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot asks: "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"
As we go to the ballot box to elect our federal, state and local leaders, let us not be caught off guard by ballot questions asking us to amend our state constitution. As amendment question No. 1, also referred to as the Charter amendment, relates to public education and funding, I feel it is most important that we understand the question: "Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more charter school options ... Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"
Twenty-eight pages of foreclosure notices in The Times say to me that our economy is a terribly long way from being in a recovery mode. Each of these notices represents a shattered dream for an American homeowner. I wonder who these people will vote for in November.
The headline on the column Tuesday by Trevor Thomas states, "Clear moral choice doesn't favor Obama."
I am writing to express my dismay over the poor design of the southbound exit at Interstate 985, Exit 24. Cars that try to merge into traffic on Jesse Jewell do not realize until too late that the two exit lanes merge into one before entering the road. This has led to multiple crashes as two cars try to pull into one lane.
As a woman, I take exception to the idiocy of political arguments that Republicans are waging a war on women or that they were taking a step back in women's rights because they came out with a strong pro-life platform.
I watch the vice presidential candidates as they debated some of the gravest issue this country and the world has had to face in the last century or perhaps ever.
Much has been written concerning the charter school referendum. There are two very significant reasons why I will vote "no."
I've always prided myself as being neutral when it came to voting, but can I say that anymore? It really saddens me, but I don't believe that I can. After watching the Democratic convention, it seems like they have pretty much drawn the line in the sand.
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.
Hall County voters will be asked on March 17 to approve SPLOST VII, a special purpose local option sales tax that includes funding for the purchase of books and renovation of the library's main branch in Gainesville.
After participating in the Georgia Water Coalition's Capitol Conversation Day on Feb. 18 as a member of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, I want to urge our community to support the ongoing efforts to protect and care for Georgia's water resources.
RE: Jonah Goldberg's article from Feb. 17: Goldberg used the words "liberal journalists" who try putting down religion by resurrecting Darwin's "Theory of Evolution." He went on to say "Darwinism is used to 'otherize' certain people of traditional faith."
What is being indecent? The dress codes of today's society are so different and let go than those of the past.
On Feb. 21, a front page piece in your paper headlined "Poor bear brunt of sales tax hikes." On Sunday, the lead piece on the Opinion page was "Voters should approve special sales tax."
The proposed updating of Hall County's Emergency 911 system, as outlined in the Sunday issue of The Times, offers a golden opportunity to install an emergency call system which really meets the needs of area residents and travelers.
Several years ago, I decided to try these new fluorescent bulbs that had caused such a fuss. So, the next bulb that went out at my house, I removed the old incandescent bulb and replaced it with the new experimental fluorescent bulb.
Lots of people want the Electoral College to be abolished, and to establish term limits on our officials. In some cases that might be a good thing. I sure can think of lots of people in our government I'd like to toss out!
Few people take an active interest in government affairs, though I challenge each reader to give me one example where government is not involved in your life, directly or indirectly. I have asked that question since 1986 and have yet to receive a viable answer.
If it weren't so tragic, the Obama legacy could be described as a soap opera, with U.S. international policy changing daily like the scripts and players change on the soaps.
Thank you, C.L. Abercrombie, for the lovely article about a lovely lady, Lorena Collins. I had the privilege of having Lorena by my side Monday afternoons at the South Patient Tower Information Desk at Northeast Georgia Medical Center for a year and a half. She proved to be as knowledgeable and capable as any employee, and wonderful company. I am blessed to know her, and so glad you "introduced" her to your readership!
My father served for over four years on a mine-layer ship during World War II. He came out as a first class petty officer. My uncle fought the Japanese as a machine gunner during World War II. He came out as an E-6. I served during the Vietnam conflict. I came out as a captain.
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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