I attended a public high school where students brought guns and ammunition to school and shot recreationally in the schools manual arts building over the noon hour and after classes were dismissed.
Having read and listened to lots of commentary this past weekend, our response to this tragic event should probably be a complicated "all of the above."
I read the full text of President Barack Obama's address at the vigil for Sandy Hook shooting victims, the little children and the teachers in Newtown, Conn. The speech was beautifully written and I'm sure heartfelt by the president who delivered it and brought comfort to all of us who have been affected by this.
On reading the Dec. 7 letter from Sharon Fowler, I see that recrimination and political hit pieces keep on coming from the angry right. The context of Fowler's letter seems to infer that people wanting free money and government handouts are the reason President Barack Obama was re-elected.
What choice does a conservative Georgian have when it comes to representation in government? It seems that the two people that we elect as U.S. senators every six years to represent us at the federal level do nothing but enjoy their membership in the most exclusive social club on the planet.
Taxes are going to rise on middle-class families in just a few weeks if Congress fails to act. Both Republicans and Democrats agree that taxes should remain low for 98 percent of all Americans, but Congress is refusing to pass this into law. Why? Because they are trying to extract continued tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.
I applied for food stamps more than a year ago with the local office. The request was for one person, myself. I revealed that I did have a roommate but that person did not share meals with me. My request for assistance for two people was denied. Duh! Nowhere did I ask for help for two.
After Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina, we have believed that every major city, every state and the federal government has a disaster relief plan in place to respond to emergencies that we have come to anticipate.
Clearly Sharon Fowler is unaware of the cause of obesity among the poor in our society. In many of the "poor" communities, grocery stores are not available, and fresh produce is nonexistent. Instead, calorie-laden food is available at a low cost.
The vision of Hall County promises that its residents will reside in "a model community that promotes sustainable quality of life by partnering with citizens and businesses to make a community of choice for living, working and leisure."
If you watched television news Tuesday morning, you would understand why President Barack Obama was re-elected. The line for free money to pay heating bills was at least a double block long.
I am an avid reader of The Times and usually enjoy reading it daily. However, I am appalled at the letter published Saturday, written by Lamar Wilbanks. He professes to be such a devout Christian and yet had written such hateful, toxic bigotry, which is totally counter to the teachings of Jesus.
I'd like to commend the gentleman who planned to stand on top of Slack's to raise the $10,000 for the Salvation Army. I've always donated to the annual Christmas fundraiser and thanked the people who took time and effort to stand out in the cold or rain to ring the bells.
The city of Gainesville is up to its same old dirty tricks. Its leaders failed in their scam annexation attempts a couple of years ago, and now they're trying again. They've shrewdly set their "public hearings" for times when impacted business owners cannot attend to look in their faces and register outrage publicly. The City Council also has done its very best to minimize awareness that meetings are even being held on Monday.
My expressed opinion from a recent newspaper article in The Times concerning the at-large voting process claim versus elected mayor and city form of government:
To the families of the courageous men and women who served in the United States military: These veterans; our treasure in earthen vessels, these soldiers left a strong foundation for which we can stand.
In response to a concern about our push to increase the full pool of Lake Lanier to 1,073 feet: While we don't like to see public recreation areas and personal property compromised by high water levels, it is very instructive to see what the effects of 1,073 are on the surrounding lake areas.
The Obama administration is at it again. According to President Barack Obama, he doesn't know half of what is going on in his administration, since he finds out things when he sees it on the news, like the IRS scandal. Then there was Benghazi, which the administration blamed on a movie instead of an organized terrorist organization. Then Hillary Clinton says "what difference does it make," like who cares?
As Memorial Day approaches, I'm reminded of a disturbing trend I've noticed over the past several years. I've been serving in the U.S. Army and the Georgia Army National Guard for more than 17 years now, and the amount of support we receive from the community is very much appreciated.
Have you ever been in a department store or grocery store and felt like you were among a bunch of wild animals? I despise parents who are controlled by their children. Who is in control? Obviously, not the adults.
For the last several years, the Lake Lanier Association and several advocates, have drafted plans of action to address issues regarding the lake's delicate balance, of its water quality and the constantly fluctuating levels, not to mention all the downstream demands made on this pristine North Georgia jewel.
State Sen. Steve Gooch has emphasized the need for more work on Second Amendment rights for Georgia citizens. He correctly states that, in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the individuals right to keep and bear arms. If you wanted guns to be outlawed except for militia use or some version of that scenario, then your argument is lost.
The Hall County Family Connection Network is a collaboration of agencies and organizations that serve families and children in Hall County. In this capacity, we write to express our concern about the future of the public transportation system in Gainesville and Hall County.
It seems we are continually confronting a threat or threats: radical Islam, economic meltdown, Obama scare, war, etc. However, one of my greatest concerns is the lack of honesty in our leaders. Their response, unfortunately, is always an effort to mislead and cover up. If I recall correctly, this administration promised to be the most transparent in our history. It appears to me we have a trust deficit much larger than our fiscal one.
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