This past week, there were three examples illustrating the incompetency of the Hall County commissioners. My hope is this presentation of those examples serves as grievances to which citizens of Hall County use in determining not only the commissioners' capacity for leadership, but the intent of this county to expect better: A better government, with fiscal displace as its core value.
I often find myself confused by the things the Christian Right says and does but one of my biggest peeves is the way these fanatics treat others around Christmas. Why do we let this hypocrisy take place year after year? The hypocrisy is the way they treat the poor, especially the homeless.
I recently wrote a letter concerning the importance of Georgians contacting their representatives about the passage of Senate Bill 61 concerning Georgia manufacturing their own incandescent light bulbs. In this way, leaving the choice of what bulbs to purchase up to us, not to the federal government.
The Habersham Soup Kitchens Inc. would like to let readers know about the good kids we have in this area. Not only are a lot of them gracious and help volunteer for the feeding of our needy, but I must say that they have gone out of their way to be extra helpful with us in "feeding his sheep."
At the risk of sounding like a broken record and being dubbed a heartless, ignorant bible thumper my opinion regarding the Nov. 16 article "A hunger to help Ministry handout food in Gainesville" is prayerfully submitted.
An observation on the recent elections, not regarding the few open seats and city elections, but the Sunday sales issue:
Every year about this time, I wonder in amazement at how Christians go to such lengths and spend so much money on this holiday to celebrate the birth of their Savior.
The article "Hall changes grading scale" in Tuesday's Times reported on only one of two important issues discussed at the Hall County School Board meeting on Monday evening. The information about the change in the student grading scale approved by the board was thorough and accurate.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I join in celebrating the forthcoming retirement of Georgia Court of Appeals Judge J.D. Smith of Hall County after his four decades of labor in the justice system.
November is National Adoption Month. How appropriate as I am so very thankful for the blessings of my two adopted daughters!
Some time back, Barack Obama and his leftist, liberal friends and supporters made a strong case for toning down the hateful dialogue between his progressives and the conservatives in our nation. This, of course, has proved to be just another ploy by our "groveler in chief" to silence his critics, the American people.
There are some modern misconceptions surrounding one attending university that I would like to address.
In light of recent media coverage of the four alleged North Georgia terrorists, it's time to set the record straight on the meaning of "militia."
After living in a large city for several years it was unconceivable to me to think about living in a small town. However, on Veterans Day, God gave me the answer.
Where I live there is a police car that sits in the driveway of this house on the corner of the street. As I do not go out at night, I can only assume that the policeman that lives there is on the night shift.
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.