Reading the candidates' comments in The Times is always informative. Over the years, I've noticed that the term "promote growth" is stated often by those seeking our vote, not only at election time but also in neighborhood and town hall meetings.
Gainesville city planners and City Council members exhibited remarkable powers of short term vision Tuesday night when they opted for a model of urban sprawl and likely another red light on Thompson Bridge.
I spent nine long months sharing a body with you. I endured morning sickness, fatigue and stretch marks. Like a parasite, your developing body took everything it needed from my own body. It took nutrients from the food and liquids I ingested, and even the calcium from my bones. I became more aware of what I put into my own body because I knew that ultimately it would end up in yours.
Winston Churchill once said, "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
I would like to applaud Gov. Nathan Deal and our state legislators for upholding our Second Amendment rights. Since February, I have had $19,000 in equipment stolen, two property crimes committed on my dad's estate, and thanks to a really good neighbor, another equipment theft prevented.
Hank Aaron was celebrated recently on the 40th anniversary of breaking Babe Ruth's record. In his remarks after the ceremony, he said Obama's critics today were like those who sent him hate letters years ago. "The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts," meaning Republicans.
Thank you for printing the column by Tom Crawford in Wednesday's paper. His thoughtful article about the dangers of guns in public places was refreshing.
We may all have varying opinions as to whether the Safe Georgia Protection Act makes us safer and in my opinion, it certainly does not.
In his April 3 letter, Michael W. Parker used some questionable data to try to prove his point. He would do well to read John Lott's third edition of "More Guns, Less Crime," especially chapter 10.
It is a shame and a disgrace that the beautiful city of Ellijay was used as the site of the signing of the most recent Georgia gun rights bill. I cannot believe that the citizens of this state would actually agree that a bunch of gun-packing drunkards in bars makes us safer and that a house of worship and weapons used for killing are in any way compatible.
The infrastructure is very important in building our community as we need sewer, water, transportation, housing, schools, recreation, hospitals and many other things. The more I take classes and instruction, I realize how important this is, a very necessary component.
In his April 18 letter, Paul Barnes said, "I hope all of you who voted on a Democratic ballot the last two voting cycles got the change you voted for."
Our elder citizens are an untapped, or least undertapped, resource. Working at a local craft store, I was impressed by a young certified nursing assistant's enthusiasm for her overnight shift. She was to be sitting with an elder lady in an assisted living facility. To help fill the hours for the two of them, the CNA had enlisted the lady to teach her to crochet.
There's something terribly wrong in this country when we elect a president who clearly has little or no regard for the nation or people he is supposed to faithfully serve and protect. I don't know about the rest of you, but for myself, the arrogance and stubborn, selfish attitude of refusing to listen or consider other points of view pertaining to national policy, whether they differ from his own is obvious.
Hundreds of U.S. Postal Service mailboxes built and are being built weekly, which are completely surrounded by brick, concrete, cement, stone or iron, are all illegal (aren't they?) and very dangerous. They are being built on government property inches away from the road and less than 25 feet from the center of the road.
Response to Darrell Newton's letter Friday: Certainly, everyone has the right to say what he thinks, but they really should have the facts before doing so.
On more than one occasion, I have taken pen to paper to offer my criticism of your newspaper. It is expected that we subscribers will do that. When a newspaper does something that I feel is commendable, I will also offer my praise as well as extending my subscription another quarter.
Here we go again, folks, just another example of no guts: The school board in Madison County caved to an atheist group over a monument on school grounds that had Bible verses and quotes on it that was paid for by private donations.
Tens of thousands of Georgians live with life-long disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury. As medical technology, safety and trauma care have improved, more people survive traumatic injury, but many then face a lifetime of physical, behavioral and cognitive impairments requiring ongoing support services.
When you add it all up, the steady stream of lies from the White House, the Democratic party and its supporters, the liberal left media, there is only one answer: There is NO Democratic candidate worthy of even a single vote. In fact, I don't see how a Democrat could vote for himself or herself.
President Barack Obama withdrew all of our troops both in Iraq and Afghanistan against the recommendation of his own military, the CIA and his own secretary of defense and secretary of State.
A huge thank you should go to the Gainesville Jaycees. They did a fantastic job with the Mule Camp Market festival last weekend in Gainesville.
Why is Germany offering tuition-free college educations to Americans (and others)? What we're seeing here is an attempt to reverse the brain drain.
While I don't usually read Ronda Rich's columns, I did on Oct. 7. The heading got my attention and I read on. She wrote about the TV series "Justified" and how good it is. While I agree that it's a great show and high on my favorites list, I am puzzled by some things she wrote about the Appalachian South. Not being familiar with her writings, I hope it was done tongue-in-cheek when she wrote, "But here's what 'Justified' does best: It gets the Appalachian South right without reducing us to mockery or ridicule."
To Hall County Board of Education: I am sure that you have been made aware by now of the recent announcement by Dr. William Thompson, formerly of the Centers for Disease Control and co-author of the study on immunizations and their link to autism. If you have not, what has come to light is that Dr. Thompson has publicly declared that the study and its findings were falsified. He has declared that the data was altered to make it appear as if there was no link.
Regarding W.T. Hinds' recent letter, I noticed the online version contained citation links. After checking some, I thought it important to offer background on sources for his comment "Earth has not warmed at all since about 1999."
It is absolutely unbelievable that Todd Gurley would be suspended indefinitely for playing football for Georgia for supposedly autographing some sports articles and being paid for it, while last year, Jameis Winston continued to play and won the Heisman Trophy and the national championship though he was investigated for rape at Florida State.
Insanity is sometimes described as doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. This certainly describes manmade global warming.
Before I share my opinion about the University of Georgia's misguided attempt to entertain fans as they enter the stadium, I'll mention my longtime affiliation with UGA, starting with the five years I spent there as a Speech Communication faculty member, after earning my Ph.D. at Ohio University.
This is in reference to the ranting of the delusional Rick Frommer on Oct. 1. The letter was both hilarious and pathetic.