I feel I must disagree with Teressa Glazer on her column Jan. 24. She described the victory that PETA claimed in closing the bear pit in Helen. In the piece, it was stated that 17 grizzly and black bears were removed from the bear pits (which were in bankruptcy) and released into the wild in Colorado, where some of those bears who were born in captivity had never walked on grass until then.
It's fitting that the State of the Union Address focused on inequality. Because the real state of our union is about growing inequality between rich and powerful Washington, D.C., insiders and we the people in America.
I would just like to take this chance to thank our esteemed state representatives for voting for and changing the state insurance (not), since the new insurance will not pay for needed medication for MS.
Our Hall County Commissioners seem out of step with the needs of our elderly by not agreeing to support the Gainesville-Hall Community Service Center's Legacy Link grant application. They know they must agree to provide funds to allow grants to be made for programs like Meals On Wheels.
The Hall County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to rule on a request to rezone a residential property in the Mountain View Peninsula to commercial usage Thursday. The property is in the middle of a residential neighborhood and the community has shown strong support for denying the proposed rezoning.
Imagine my surprise when I read that Dr. Terrence Moore, a speaker at a local meeting, asserted that in using Common Core standards, teachers are subverting traditional marriage and religious values (see story). Dare I admit that I taught "The Story of an Hour" before retiring?
If we go back a few years, the Earth was all we knew. We saw the stars but did not understand what they were. We called the planets "wandering stars."
Most in this nation have begun to conclude that our new health care law is faltering and not working. Our Republican Party, who are supposedly our advocates against the corrupt administration we're forced to endure, are totally missing the point. Obamacare, as it is fondly referred to, is an astounding success. It is a well-planned strategy to divide our nation and people, to spend us into bankruptcy, and in general, to destroy our capitalistic way of life that has worked successfully since we first became the great nation that we once were.
Clark Howard recently wrote, "the question of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid still looms large after the fiscal cliff agreement. We're witnessing a real train wreck happening with our entitlement spending."
I am new to the area and concerned about the appearance of the city. There seems to be a lack of direction for landscaping and maintenance of common areas like medians, etc. Either we have no direction or a lack of standards.
I have just finished reading your super excellent editorial comment, "Our Views, Election Year Wish List: Campaigns of substance with honest, genuine candidates; would that be too much to ask?" in the Sunday paper. I have cut the article out and intend to copy it and mail a copy to each candidate as the election year progresses. If any one of them follows your advice, I will most likely vote for him or her.
Here we go again. The Democrats want more unemployment benefits for those who are out of work (more money for votes). Democrats are scared because this year they may be voted out. They say they want to look out for those folks who are out of work.
This is intended to challenge Cokie and Steve Roberts' message of Dec. 28, which continued their ongoing apparent defense and promotion of homosexuality, and included several questionable observations.
Many years ago, a grand and glorious structure arose from imagination and hard work. One afternoon on the beach and a lot of sand equaled one exceptional sand castle. The next morning, nature asserted that she had other plans. The environment plus time reduced this magnificent structure to only a shadow of its former glory. The principles of nature had proved themselves again.
Regarding Brandon Givens' article on dysfunctional government, here's my wish list:
I have a question. One day between 8:30 and 9, with a normal rush morning for people to get to work, Longstreet Bridge on Cleveland Highway was blocked both ways, north and south, by a stalled car in the south lane. Not a wreck, a stalled car. Sitting behind it was a state patrol car equipped with a large bumper that I assume could be used for pushing other cars.
As a progressive Democrat, I'm sick of President Barack Obama. I'm not talking about the promise of what he might have been, but the reality of what he actually is. Five years of observation and disappointment have led me to conclude we were fooled or suckered into electing a man who has proven to be the second coming of G.W. Bush.
There has been some discussion of late on the editorial page concerning the origins of life. We either created ourselves or we have a Creator. The difference of view boils down to presuppositions.
I would like to remind the people of one of the problems of the past ordeal of the ice and snow, one that goes unnoticed. In fact, one of several that goes unnoticed: The great amounts of salt and sand put out over so great an area so quickly once a snowstorm hits an area.
The continuing fiasco of daylight saving time use is long past justification. Economic cost due to associated problems, confusion, schedule disruption, etc., exceed any savings.
If evolution were a proven fact, why is it not still happening? Why are monkeys not turning into men? I know a lot of men that are turning into monkeys.
I was quite surprised that the letter from George Kaulbach on Feb. 20 was printed by The Times. He very selectively picked out information which supposedly supports his beliefs. It is obvious that his "research" has been limited primarily or wholly to the output of creationists, several of whom he cites.
I saw in the Feb. 20 paper that Jody Woodall was looking at names for the Central Hall Multiuse Trail from local officials. I can't wait for this trail to be built out to a usable length, which for me, would be about 7 miles.
Whether you or I agree or not, people have a right to their beliefs, unless you oppose the left. The current issue is with the bill in Arizona that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed.
This letter is in response to Jim McCarthy's letter and anyone else who believes more guns in public means a safer community. I'm not sure about him, but I'm positive I live in the real world. In the real world, people who carry guns are no better or worse than everybody else, and that's the problem.
A recent letter to the editor suggested what many in Georgia believe to be true about guns: If only we had more of them, there would be fewer gun tragedies.
I want to thank Hall County road maintenance workers when we had the snow and ice on the roads. I called them to clean my street along with some more streets that were covered in snow. They went far beyond what I asked them to do. Also, the street sign was knocked down and they came out immediately to put it back up.
This letter is for all the global warming folks in your reading audience. I have figured out a cheap way to get rid of global warming: Get rid of all that hot air coming out of Washington, D.C. It's sure to get the job done.
An open letter to Rep. Doug Collins and Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson:
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