I am a gun owner with a concealed carry permit, and I think if more people had guns and were licensed to carry, we might have a safer city or community. My reason of thinking is if you possess such a permit, then you are less likely to commit a crime because you have paid the money for it and have no record or serious or violent crimes against you. We are basically law-abiding, gun-carrying people who are exercising our Second Amendment rights.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to congratulate E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr Sr. of Orr & Brown LLP in Gainesville on receiving the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Southern Center for Human Rights.
Give me the sprawl. I love it. Hopefully, Hall County municipal fathers will attempt to get sprawl (according to the Hall County sprawl index published in The Times on April 12) down to 50 from its current 103.3.
During the airing of an interview by Bill O'Reilly on Fox News on Thursday, Col. David Hunt mentioned arming the "leadership" when O'Reilly quickly blew off the suggestion. O'Reilly then continued on with leading questions about the tragedy and promoting his own agenda.
In his Thursday response to Jerry Callahan concerning right-to-carry laws, Michael Parker presented a comparison of Atlanta and Chicago while decrying the availability of guns. I would like to counter his argument with a comparison, albeit brief, of Chicago and Houston.
Jerry Callahan, in his March 27 letter to The Times, mentions the work of John R. Lott as the final word in guns and crime. Lott's empirical work, on face value, was good. Many social scientists would agree that it stimulated others to examine the subject of right-to-carry laws and any relationship with crime.
In her article, "Can we always tell 'bad guys?'" Joan King makes a number of assertions that are put forward as fact, when they are anything but.
We should be so ever grateful for our public officials and legislative representatives because of their intelligence, caring about citizens' health and safety, and giving us more freedoms than we have ever had before.
Noted American author and raconteur Mark Twain was fond of saying that there were three types of lies, the worst of the three being statistics. It seems clear that this "worst" category would apply to the recent article headed "Merging UNG saved 1.1 percent of budget" according to a Times lead story (March 16).
We are both seniors at Gainesville High School and members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. In FCCLA, we participate in competitions called STAR Events designed to build our leadership, community service and career skills.
So the Georgia Department of Transportation has to wait on widening roads. Hmm. I wonder who knows the right DOT folks to get Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway and Friendship Road moved to the top of the list? Smells a little.
In reference to Dick Yarbrough's comment about "left-lane lollygaggers:" Mr. Yarbrough, I want to start off by saying your article was a bit hard to follow because you were going off on a tangent about state reps passing what you call "weird laws."
I would like to comment on some issues discussed in a letter written by Gene Cobb of Gainesville in Saturday's Times: Communities that have tried using "dual use" firefighters and police officers usually return to the traditional model of delivering emergency services after a short period of time. It just doesn't work.
I am writing to oppose the request by a political party that candidates pledge not to raise taxes. While everyone would like to avoid raising taxes, we cannot predict a necessity to do so. For example, we cannot forecast the financial support the state legislature will provide for education. In fact, for a number of years in the past, that support was decreased, forcing some school systems to raise local taxes.
Trepidation would be a good word to describe my feeling following the reading of "Lake dwellers should brace for higher property values" in The Times (Sunday). Perhaps I overreacted to what I perceived was a slight adversarial tone in the article presented by the author and chief appraiser or just my recent elevated lack of trust in government.
I spent 60 years in newspapering in Anderson, S.C., Athens and The Atlanta Times, and 50 years in radio and television throughout the South. I write this to salute Gainesville and its vast medical community as nationally prominent in heart research. I owe my life to cardiologists there and couldn't dare name them all, but one, Dr. Jeffrey Marshall, has not only been a great doctor but a great mentor to let me pursue my career after suffering mightily.
I retired from coaching after 15 seasons in the NFL. I started off coaching five seasons as a high school coach in New Mexico and in Fremont, Calif. The Hall County football teams are extremely well coached. I often stand just outside the fence watching our incredibly competent coaches work. Hall County is a perfect place for a retired coach to live if he wants high-quality football every Friday night during the high school football season.
Here we go again, folks. Cormac J. Carney, a U.S. district judge, ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional. He called the death penalty an "empty promise that violates the Eighth Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment." This was brought on by a death row inmate.
I vaguely remember when voting Republican meant you were virtually assured of candidates who supported policies that promoted limited government and lower taxation. Obviously, this is no longer the case.
In response to Joan King's column of July 1: I'm tired of reading and responding to her ill- and misinformed rants about nuclear power, and specifically, Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle nuclear units Nos. 3 and 4, now under construction.
Re: Joan King's column of July 1: This will probably be my final attempt to help Joan King to acquire a more positive outlook involving use of nuclear power provided by electric energy utilities. Her ongoing presentations no longer dignify knowledgeable responses, which removes the interest to challenge them. Proper analogy is not seeing the forest because of the trees.
To Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson, Doug Collins and all members of our legislative branch of government: I thought you all were elected to represent us peons and to look after our interests. Is not the legislative branch along with the president and Supreme Court (equally) the top authorities in this great nation? Have I got those facts wrong?
The U.S. Congress is still hearing about the "stimulus package" that built the "bridge to nowhere." Well, we have one of those right here in Gainesville. Every time I go under the big white bridge over Jesse Jewell Parkway, I think, "What were they thinking?"
Hall County has 78,928 registered voters as of the May 20 primary. Only 13,587 of them took the trouble to go to the polls. 19.26 percent. A primary to select a Republican U.S. Senate candidate to oppose a Democrat in the general election in November, a state school superintendent and a local school board and several other selections draws ... 19.26 percent?
High fives to the good folks who organized and staged last weekend's Cracker Fly-in. We were blessed with a perfect day and the aircraft and people connected with them provided a fun time for everybody.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Gainesville attorney E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr on his recent and very untimely passing.
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