When Nathan Deal won the Republican nomination, I thought it was a joke. Deal was named one of the top 15 most corrupt people in Congress and had to vacate his seat to avoid ethics charges. The man who loaned his son-in-law $5 million dollars then didn't feel inclined to ensure his money was safe. This man was running for governor.
As we contemplate the destruction of our country, perhaps these few words may ring out to you. This is taken from "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" as written by Edward Gibbon in 1788. It gives five basic reasons why this civilization withered and died. These are:
I just finished your article "New measure may face legal fight." In opposition to Arturo Corso, there is nothing mean-spirited about a bill that seeks to enforce the law. HB 87 does not "marginalize an entire race of people and attacks their citizen friends." What it does do is punish illegal immigrants and calls attention to those who assist the law breakers.
Dr. Benjamin Franklin once wrote, "Those who can sacrifice essential liberty for temporary security deserve neither liberty nor security." These words written in the 18th century amazingly still prove true, speaking either volumes about the insight of Dr. Franklin as well as the inability of Americans to distinguish fear from incredible racism, paranoia and demented, rabid intolerance.
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.
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.
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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