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?
The year in review:
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 disagree with Joan King that assisted suicide, which she refers to by the euphemism "aid in dying," is legal in Montana.
Never in our history has our commander in chief been more concerned about telling our enemies what he's not going to do rather than taking the advice of his experienced defense and military advisers.
Did I really read that correctly? Are Hall County and Gainesville really considering giving taxpayers' monies to spruce up Lakeshore Mall? (story here)
As a writing teacher at UNG, I spend a great deal of time during the summer and into August thinking about the incoming group of students I will be closely working with during the fall semester. Currently, I have been thinking a lot about how much of my students' writing has been graded by a computer and not a human, an unfortunate reality in this era of high-stakes testing.
It is beyond my understanding the disagreement going on between Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia and Northeast Georgia Health System. (story here) This sounds to me like there is a personality problem somewhere. If both parties are committed to reaching an agreement, I suggest starting negotiations with new people.
I would like to tell Judge Cliff Jolliff how much I appreciate and respect him. Having been in his court a few times, I could see his main concern was the welfare of the children involved in all court cases. I could also see how difficult it was for him to deal with many difficult custody cases. I would not want to have that responsibility for any amount of money.
I have seen many decades roll by like a flash in my lifetime. As I reflect on them, I can't remember a time when we were in such dire need of leadership. If we continue to travel the road we are now traveling our destination is doom.
I saw the pictures in Tuesday's paper (Aug. 19) depicting Brenau University participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge. I was very upset to see this type of behavior being promoted as a fundraiser by ALS or Brenau.
Re: Ruben Navarrette Jr. column in The Times on Tuesday: "Who's afraid of a little ol' hyphen?" Over elapsed time, I have considered this person's articles as relatively coherent. What happened?
We shouldn't be told when and where we can pray. If a person doesn't like it, then they should stay home. We Christians also have our right to pray. God runs this world, not a few people who do not believe in God.
Why do we have a Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization? Anyone should know you can't take funding from one road project to another. Does this group do anything to help get roads improved? I see this group as a waste of money and time.
The flak over folks praying at Chestatee High School is one of those good news/bad news situations.
Was Bruce Vandiver's letter last week in The Times a scare tactic? I don't know. I do know that environmentalists often employ such tactics.
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