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.
As I watch the news, I am amazed by the friendliness of politicians and reporters who have such widely differing views. When I find myself so opposed to views of people such as Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama, it's personal for me.
Martha Nesbitt's column on higher education still being affordable in Georgia exposes a failure in critical reasoning. She asserts that HOPE scholars pay tiny tuitions of just $0 to $145 per semester. This is misleading.
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.
Every day I'm confronted with news reports suggesting the militant Islamic State organization is a threat to America. It is constantly in the news with lurid stories of mass executions and beheadings. These stories are reported as if atrocities and mass killings are not commonplace in war.
It's hard not to feel a bit of sympathy for President Barack Obama. A lot of us predicted that whoever was elected to office after President George W. Bush would inherit a catastrophe on a domestic and international level. That prediction has turned out to be tragically accurate.
I read Friday's column by Jonah Goldberg, "A Web-fueled Foreign Legion for losers," with much trepidation. Yes, I fully agree that these "born-again" Islamists for the most part are comprised of the disenfranchised "losers" living on the fringes of society. They are now presented with an opportunity to inject their depravities onto minority segments of the population, or those that do not accept their 14th century laws and codes. This movement presents opportunities for them to obtain the power that they cannot otherwise gain through legal and democratic means.
Since Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008, nothing good has come to pass for the American people. Our economy has gone to hell and still continues to get worse. All the lofty promises this incompetent loon made have failed to materialize.
How many people realize substitute teachers only make minimum wage? These people are always on call and can be asked to go to different schools. Now we read where the head of the school system just received a raise bringing his salary to more than $180,000 per year. Does anybody see anything wrong with this picture?
I read with interest but disappointment the comments by Guy Jordan in The Times Aug. 23 regarding his concern and being upset because Brenau University participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge, and his perspective on how this type of goodwill activity could be counterproductive and dangerous "in the long run."
How can we understand our commander in chief's complete refusal to describe terrorists accurately as Islamic radicals instead of just "extremists" or terrorist acts in America as "workplace violence" and his refusal to acknowledge their real threat to the world?
Yard sales - we love 'em! No telling what you may find or what a deal you may make.
Whoever said we should use taxpayer money to fix up a mall most likely will gain something from it. I wish people that want to use our tax money for things that don't help the taxpayers could be fired.
In light of recent articles in The Times concerning the issue of prayer at Chestatee High School, I feel inclined to share some of my own personal observations about the problem with this situation, as well as problems of our nation.
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