Sunday's Times provided the treasure of a news article that uplifted. I am referring to the story, "Revived May Day tradition touches a nostalgic note from Gainesville's past," reporting that the Fair Street neighborhood has revived the May tradition of celebrating the women of their community.
No one looks forward to paying taxes. So, those who voluntarily add $1 or more on their state income tax return to support the Georgia Cancer Research Fund are to be especially commended. Since 2003, generous taxpayers have donated $2.9 million for research into the cause, treatment and cure for cancer.
Last Monday night, I graduated from the Gainesville Citizens Academy, seven weeks of delving into the bowels of city government. There were 28 of us, and we met each Monday night to look into different city departments.
Haste makes waste and bad legislation.
While trying to find out what the Georgia legislature was doing in its final week, I watched GPTV's "Georgia Politics." Being interviewed were Buddy Deardon and Bill Crane, who was Crane laughing at those of us who care about immigration reform.
When is Gainesville City Councilman George Wangemann going to stop trying to shove his Mormon religious agenda down our throats?
In the 1970s, the president decreed that the national speed limit for cars and trucks would be 55 mph. The result: a 23 percent reduction in fuel consumption and, shortly afterward, a sharp reduction in fuel prices. The problem of fuel shortage was quickly resolved.
The recession is far from over and so many people in our community are struggling to pay their bills, find a decent job and make a good life for their kids. Yet this reality has seemingly gone unnoticed by Rep. Tom Graves and the Republicans in Washington, D.C. The Republicans just passed a budget that would abolish Medicare as we know it, while doling out even more tax cuts for the rich.
Everyone talks about plans to move forward, but no one really understands specific consequences surrounding those decisions. For example, we all know that having the IRS is a waste of taxpayer dollars. The same could be said for a lot of the federal government. However, in light of all of the negative angst about our federal budget, many seem to fail in understanding why it is so hard to cut spending on certain portions of it.
I have just about had it with some of the actions and statements coming from the president. This letter is addressed to the president and to my fellow citizens.
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:
My comment concerns the position taken by Hall County Schools Superintendent Will Schofield on having guns in his schools (Feb. 19, Guns in more places: Is it a good idea?).