Our Northeast Georgia region has a proud history of making decisions that positively impacted our growth, our quality of life and our future prosperity. On July 31, we are again facing a big decision with a long-term impact in regards to one of our greatest assets: transportation infrastructure.
The powers to be are going to propose a lower BUI limit on Lanier and they think this will solve all the accidents and problems that occur on the lake.
I well may be in the minority on this, which isn't unusual for me since I call them exactly as I see them with specific reasons.
The recent tragic incidents on Lake Lanier have brought on significant media attention and has increased the conversation among the public and local and state authorities on "how to make Lake Lanier more safe."
Like most everyone, I have basically worked since I have been able. Starting on my uncle's tobacco farm at the age of 12 and moving up to a dishwasher at our local steakhouse by the age of 15, I have always clearly understood that in order to draw a paycheck, one has to work.
I marvel at the Obamanites as they dance, squirm, and do all sorts of linguistic gymnastics to avoid having the Obamacare labeled a tax. It was extremely difficult to hold my lunch, last Sunday, while watching Obama's chief of staff, Jack Ludicrous, dodge the bullets Chris Wallace fired at him on Fox News. His nose grew a foot before the interview was over.
As mayor of Gainesville, I served on the District 2 roundtable and was a member of the five-person executive committee that selected the regional transportation projects to be voted on this month in the T-SPLOST Referendum. Because of the confusion and misinformation swirling around the T-SPLOST, I want to clarify some of the issues:
As mayor of Oakwood, I encourage voters to learn the facts about T-SPLOST and strongly consider its passage as a step toward sustaining economic growth in our community, Hall County and all of Northeast Georgia.
Back in early April The Times printed my letter encouraging people to recycle. I'm the guy who goes around Clermont picking up recyclables people throw out their vehicle windows, and this practice has allowed me to draw a few conclusions about litterers.
It seems that as I grow older I have much more difficulty understanding the minds of people. I read where the U.S. attorney general is conducting campaigns and legal action against several states for trying to impose voter identification programs to prevent voter fraud during our upcoming presidential elections. I also hear the cries that the policies the states are trying to implement are strictly race-based discrimination programs.
This time, they got it right with T-Tax.
When most people think about our Independence Day, they think about a war fought and won, a nation created and stars and stripes. This is all well and good in the perception of remembrance because it is quite important. However, I would have to argue that it was more than that to our Founding Fathers. I would theorize that this day was symbolic of foresight and stewardship.
Enough is enough. The people who are trying to pass this sales tax are asking for $16 billion to $19 billion. That's billion, which is equivalent to adding an extra 25-cent tax on each gallon of gas.
Fifty years ago, in January 1962, I wrote an editorial for the school newspaper of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, which I attended. It could have been written today, and with some updates, reads like this:
Brent Holloway's article about sharing the road with cyclists blames the biker for using the road they are entitled to and certainly helped pay for. Three feet of pavement on each side of a few roads in Hall and surrounding Northeast Georgia counties is not too much to ask for.
Violence has again struck the streets of our nation, this time in Baltimore. How does this violence compare to Shay's Rebellion? That rebellion helped topple a government formed under the Articles of Confederation. It birthed our Constitution and our strong, central government.
"What is one of the most important parts of everyone's life?" I asked myself. It's the knowledge we have that enables us to create, explore and challenge not only our own minds but others as well. That knowledge we achieve through education. I believe it is in the best interest of every person in America to have an education.
Last year, Hall County slapped owners' crippled Lake Lanier properties with astronomical reassessments of their homes despite a 36-plus month supply of lake homes for sale, eight years of "pingpong" water levels and an Armageddon of a national economic recession.
To the Rodriguez brothers in Sunday's Times, saying the law breaks families apart: Wrong! Let's put this into perspective.
It is strange that here in the 21st century with all our scientific knowledge as to how this planet and life on it began, our ventures into outer space and our phenomenal technological advances that 46 percent of Americans (58 percent of Republicans) still believe in ancient perceptions of how and when the earth and humans came to be; while 32 percent believe in evolution, only about 15 percent believe no deity controlled the process, up slightly.
Much like in Egypt prior to the exodus of the people of Israel, a darkness has come over our land, a darkness which may even be felt. A dread that pours into the soul leaving a sense that horror lies just beyond our reach out in the darkness.
Parkinson's Disease is not catching or hereditary. No one knows what causes it, but some of the dopamine cells in the brain die at an accelerated rate.
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.