The news is out that the Presbyterian Church of the USA now ordains gay and lesbians. This is troubling to many, including myself. The news reports would have you believe that all congregations will now ordain deacons and elders who are practicing homosexuals. This is not true. This is a local option, a decision for each congregation.
I am astonished and appalled that you chose to publish Jim Scharnagel's reprehensible letter arguing for the exclusion of, and presumably expulsion of, Muslims from the United States based on the premise that they constitute a danger to non-Muslims.
Immigration reform is necessary and vital for a safe, secure and prosperous Georgia.
Regarding the letter about the sheriff's officer speeding south on U.S. 129. All moving cars are to pull to the side of the road for the emergency car to get to the location of the accident. I have noticed too many people who will not get out of the way.
I have always loved Gainesville, ever since I moved to the area 25-plus years ago. But I have never been more proud to live here, then after attending the 2011 Citizens Government Academy.
On April 28, The Times printed a letter written by Jason Shreeram in which he took it upon himself to criticize our advertising methods (yard signs). He did not like our gun store signs being near the high school.
Contrary to the remark by a Times columnist that the observance is just a commercial ploy, there is a meaningful beginning for Mother's Day. The observance began by women whose sons went off to battle in the Civil War, a conflict that divided many families.
Kudos to the Delta pilot who refused to fly with the two Muslims aboard for a Memphis to Charlotte flight May 6. One of the Muslims removed from the flight, Masudur Rahman, claimed "It's racism and bias because of our religion" rather than a concern for the safety of the American travelers on board. He further stated, "If they understood Islam, they wouldn't do this."
I acknowledge with frustration, the problems our country and the world are currently facing. This article is not intended to diminish these situations. But I can't take it any more. I believe we may have a crisis in Gainesville called losing of the art of making cornbread.
The Hall County Sheriff's Office would like to respond to Kathy Ledford's May 5 letter, "High speed chases can put innocent motorists in danger."
I really must take exception to several statements in a letter to The Times from Fred Chitwood.
As I watch the news, I am amazed by the friendliness of politicians and reporters who have such widely differing views. When I find myself so opposed to views of people such as Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, it's personal for me.
Martha Nesbitt's column on higher education still being affordable in Georgia exposes a failure in critical reasoning. She asserts that HOPE scholars pay tiny tuitions of just $0 to $145 per semester. This is misleading.
Like my fellow Americans, I am deeply concerned about our nation's financial future. Our country will face a fiscal catastrophe if Washington can't address our crushing debt.
It is my privilege to provide with a brief report of the 2010 activities of the Gainesville Veterans Service Office of the State Department of Veterans Service. This office services the counties of Dawson, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall and Lumpkin counties with an estimated veteran population of 74,383.
I have a question. One day between 8:30 and 9, with a normal rush morning for people to get to work, Longstreet Bridge on Cleveland Highway was blocked both ways, north and south, by a stalled car in the south lane. Not a wreck, a stalled car. Sitting behind it was a state patrol car equipped with a large bumper that I assume could be used for pushing other cars.
As a progressive Democrat, I'm sick of President Barack Obama. I'm not talking about the promise of what he might have been, but the reality of what he actually is. Five years of observation and disappointment have led me to conclude we were fooled or suckered into electing a man who has proven to be the second coming of G.W. Bush.
There has been some discussion of late on the editorial page concerning the origins of life. We either created ourselves or we have a Creator. The difference of view boils down to presuppositions.
I would like to remind the people of one of the problems of the past ordeal of the ice and snow, one that goes unnoticed. In fact, one of several that goes unnoticed: The great amounts of salt and sand put out over so great an area so quickly once a snowstorm hits an area.
The continuing fiasco of daylight saving time use is long past justification. Economic cost due to associated problems, confusion, schedule disruption, etc., exceed any savings.
If evolution were a proven fact, why is it not still happening? Why are monkeys not turning into men? I know a lot of men that are turning into monkeys.
I was quite surprised that the letter from George Kaulbach on Feb. 20 was printed by The Times. He very selectively picked out information which supposedly supports his beliefs. It is obvious that his "research" has been limited primarily or wholly to the output of creationists, several of whom he cites.
I saw in the Feb. 20 paper that Jody Woodall was looking at names for the Central Hall Multiuse Trail from local officials. I can't wait for this trail to be built out to a usable length, which for me, would be about 7 miles.
Whether you or I agree or not, people have a right to their beliefs, unless you oppose the left. The current issue is with the bill in Arizona that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed.
This letter is in response to Jim McCarthy's letter and anyone else who believes more guns in public means a safer community. I'm not sure about him, but I'm positive I live in the real world. In the real world, people who carry guns are no better or worse than everybody else, and that's the problem.
A recent letter to the editor suggested what many in Georgia believe to be true about guns: If only we had more of them, there would be fewer gun tragedies.
I want to thank Hall County road maintenance workers when we had the snow and ice on the roads. I called them to clean my street along with some more streets that were covered in snow. They went far beyond what I asked them to do. Also, the street sign was knocked down and they came out immediately to put it back up.
This letter is for all the global warming folks in your reading audience. I have figured out a cheap way to get rid of global warming: Get rid of all that hot air coming out of Washington, D.C. It's sure to get the job done.
An open letter to Rep. Doug Collins and Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson:
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