Like my fellow Americans, I am deeply concerned about our nation's financial future. Our country will face a fiscal catastrophe if Washington can't address our crushing debt.
It is my privilege to provide with a brief report of the 2010 activities of the Gainesville Veterans Service Office of the State Department of Veterans Service. This office services the counties of Dawson, Forsyth, Gwinnett, Hall and Lumpkin counties with an estimated veteran population of 74,383.
I stood in total shock and disbelief yesterday as I watched a Hall County Deputy with his blue lights flashing and going at a very high rate of speed go into the lane of ongoing traffic to pass cars and cause an SUV to have to slam the brakes to avoid a head on collision with the deputy car.
Before I make my point, let me qualify my statement by saying I did not vote for Nathan Deal in the primary election last year. I voted for my friend and strict constitutionalist, Ray McBerry. However, after the primary and into the runoff and general election, I was an active supporter of Mr. Deal. Having said that, I have some misgivings about his leadership thus far.
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.
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.
Re: Joan King's column of July 1: This will probably be my final attempt to help Joan King to acquire a more positive outlook involving use of nuclear power provided by electric energy utilities. Her ongoing presentations no longer dignify knowledgeable responses, which removes the interest to challenge them. Proper analogy is not seeing the forest because of the trees.
To Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson, Doug Collins and all members of our legislative branch of government: I thought you all were elected to represent us peons and to look after our interests. Is not the legislative branch along with the president and Supreme Court (equally) the top authorities in this great nation? Have I got those facts wrong?
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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