I just got my tax assessment in the mail, showing no change from previous years despite the soft real estate market. And I know the game; I think I've filed a formal appeal twice in the last 30 years, successfully.
Once more it is appropriate to thank The Times for daily giving us a handy opportunity to read the First Amendment: Check out the upper right-hand corner of the daily Opinion page.
As I ponder the things I see and hear on the news each day, I am appalled and confused by the obvious gullibility and a complete lack of common-sense solutions to so many of the important issues plaguing our nation by those who have been entrusted with leading our nation. I'd like to suggest just a few things that I think might just work.
An item in The Times on May 16 seemed ironic when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner later said that the United States had reached the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. He said he could juggle finances around and we could make it until sometime in August.
I attended Flowery Branch High School. I am writing to you to cover the change to the seven-period schedule from the block schedule.
Re: Reaction to the Jim Scharnagel letter that expressed his feelings concerning Muslims. The Times printed the letter May 13 and I observed two somewhat scathing responses since then condemning The Times for printing his opinion.
I believe the solution to the water issues regarding Lake Lanier is very simple: What goes in comes out. Let God and nature regulate the flow of water from the lake.
Lately the level of extremism and anger that the media has allowed to trickle down to the public has appalled me. Whether it is on television or in the newspaper I cannot watch or read it without seeing people that hold different views tearing at each other's throats.
From a newspaper reader's comment, "Obama's favorite words are I, me, my, mine."
I received notice of my property assessment for 2011 this week. I am appalled that our assessment is the same as it was for past years. It certainly does not reflect current market values by any stretch.
Re: "The real threat to America comes from intolerant views." The original article by Jim Scharnagel regarding his views of Islam was rebutted by a follow-up editorial by Kyle Shook. Shook's theme was all about intolerance.
I am in the Army, and have been away from my hometown of Gainesvile for some time, but I do keep up with local events. Former deputy Michael Nix, being convicted of child molestation and only receiving 10 years' probation is a complete travesty of justice.
Want to have a nice lunch with friends and do a little shopping? Visit downtown Gainesville, the "Historic Square". But be warned: don't dally longer than two hours or you will be fined. Parking on and around the square is strictly limited to two hours.
Yard sales are a wonderful and mutually beneficial thing, especially in these economic times. One party gets a needed item at a drastically reduced price, the other party gets to help their fellow man while making a little money that helps them out as well.
I am confused. Is this still the country where people get excited about their rights and stand up for them? Then how come we let politicians threaten to shut down our government if they don't get their way?
Recently, my 12-year-old grandson asked me why I didn't like President Barack Obama. I attempted, in vain, to explain in terms a 12-year-old could understand my objection to the liberal-progressive left.
Your Sunday editorial recommending a reboot of the ACA was thoughtful but misguided. As the editorial pointed out, the main resistance to the ACA is that no Republicans supported it. But that's what happens in a democracy. It's like saying that the Social Security Act of 1934 should be repealed because no Republicans supported it (which is a historical fact).
Thank you, Paige Mellinger, for your letter to the editor "Support your library and the good it does a community" appearing Thursday in The Times.
After reading The Times' article regarding Tommy Lee Waldrip and the hideous crime he committed against the young Dawsonville man, Keith Evans, 23 years ago, I am still in disbelief of our so-called "justice" system.
Another budget year and another disappointment for our library system and its patrons. Our county officials' spending on website redesign and an energy study, with unused results, instead of providing funding needed to take county agencies off of furlough toes the line of malfeasance, a word I learned from a children's picture book that I read at my library ("Olivia and the Fairy Princesses" by Ian Falconer).
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.
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