I really think the media has missed the real story in dwelling on the racist remarks by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, caught, by the way, during a private moment. That conversation caused a lot of outrage, justifiably so. Even those of us who grew up in the South have rarely heard that low level of disgusting commentary. But if we're honest with ourselves, we know we all have at one time or another.
Reading the candidates' comments in The Times is always informative. Over the years, I've noticed that the term "promote growth" is stated often by those seeking our vote, not only at election time but also in neighborhood and town hall meetings.
Gainesville city planners and City Council members exhibited remarkable powers of short term vision Tuesday night when they opted for a model of urban sprawl and likely another red light on Thompson Bridge.
I spent nine long months sharing a body with you. I endured morning sickness, fatigue and stretch marks. Like a parasite, your developing body took everything it needed from my own body. It took nutrients from the food and liquids I ingested, and even the calcium from my bones. I became more aware of what I put into my own body because I knew that ultimately it would end up in yours.
Winston Churchill once said, "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
I would like to applaud Gov. Nathan Deal and our state legislators for upholding our Second Amendment rights. Since February, I have had $19,000 in equipment stolen, two property crimes committed on my dad's estate, and thanks to a really good neighbor, another equipment theft prevented.
Hank Aaron was celebrated recently on the 40th anniversary of breaking Babe Ruth's record. In his remarks after the ceremony, he said Obama's critics today were like those who sent him hate letters years ago. "The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts," meaning Republicans.
Thank you for printing the column by Tom Crawford in Wednesday's paper. His thoughtful article about the dangers of guns in public places was refreshing.
We may all have varying opinions as to whether the Safe Georgia Protection Act makes us safer and in my opinion, it certainly does not.
In his April 3 letter, Michael W. Parker used some questionable data to try to prove his point. He would do well to read John Lott's third edition of "More Guns, Less Crime," especially chapter 10.
It is a shame and a disgrace that the beautiful city of Ellijay was used as the site of the signing of the most recent Georgia gun rights bill. I cannot believe that the citizens of this state would actually agree that a bunch of gun-packing drunkards in bars makes us safer and that a house of worship and weapons used for killing are in any way compatible.
The infrastructure is very important in building our community as we need sewer, water, transportation, housing, schools, recreation, hospitals and many other things. The more I take classes and instruction, I realize how important this is, a very necessary component.
In his April 18 letter, Paul Barnes said, "I hope all of you who voted on a Democratic ballot the last two voting cycles got the change you voted for."
Our elder citizens are an untapped, or least undertapped, resource. Working at a local craft store, I was impressed by a young certified nursing assistant's enthusiasm for her overnight shift. She was to be sitting with an elder lady in an assisted living facility. To help fill the hours for the two of them, the CNA had enlisted the lady to teach her to crochet.
Did I really read that correctly? Are Hall County and Gainesville really considering giving taxpayers' monies to spruce up Lakeshore Mall? (story here)
As a writing teacher at UNG, I spend a great deal of time during the summer and into August thinking about the incoming group of students I will be closely working with during the fall semester. Currently, I have been thinking a lot about how much of my students' writing has been graded by a computer and not a human, an unfortunate reality in this era of high-stakes testing.
It is beyond my understanding the disagreement going on between Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia and Northeast Georgia Health System. (story here) This sounds to me like there is a personality problem somewhere. If both parties are committed to reaching an agreement, I suggest starting negotiations with new people.
I would like to tell Judge Cliff Jolliff how much I appreciate and respect him. Having been in his court a few times, I could see his main concern was the welfare of the children involved in all court cases. I could also see how difficult it was for him to deal with many difficult custody cases. I would not want to have that responsibility for any amount of money.
I have seen many decades roll by like a flash in my lifetime. As I reflect on them, I can't remember a time when we were in such dire need of leadership. If we continue to travel the road we are now traveling our destination is doom.
I saw the pictures in Tuesday's paper (Aug. 19) depicting Brenau University participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge. I was very upset to see this type of behavior being promoted as a fundraiser by ALS or Brenau.
Re: Ruben Navarrette Jr. column in The Times on Tuesday: "Who's afraid of a little ol' hyphen?" Over elapsed time, I have considered this person's articles as relatively coherent. What happened?
We shouldn't be told when and where we can pray. If a person doesn't like it, then they should stay home. We Christians also have our right to pray. God runs this world, not a few people who do not believe in God.
Why do we have a Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization? Anyone should know you can't take funding from one road project to another. Does this group do anything to help get roads improved? I see this group as a waste of money and time.
The flak over folks praying at Chestatee High School is one of those good news/bad news situations.
Was Bruce Vandiver's letter last week in The Times a scare tactic? I don't know. I do know that environmentalists often employ such tactics.
To Monica Miller of the American Humanist Association: As a resident of Hall County let me say that I am deeply offended by your organization's threat of legal action against Chestatee High School.
When I was a boy in my lower grades at Candler Elementary School on Candler Road, we said our blessing before leaving our classroom going to lunch. Every so often, these people would come to the school in the lunchroom, and Bible verses we learned we would be able to say and be rewarded with a book marker or sometimes a little Bible testament.
What do we do about nuclear waste? Actually the answer is quite simple. The problem we most often run into with the high-grade questions, is political.
I read in your paper about the crisis on our border with Mexico. It is clear Mexico looks the other way when immigrants cross its southern border and enter the United States. I lived in south Texas for 20 years and their security is a joke. They are the most corrupt in the world.