Well, it happened, just as predicted. Lake property owners in Hall County (there's about 7,000 of us) got zapped with property re-evaluations that, in many cases, doubled and in some cases went even more.
Upon returning home from Vietnam and service in 1967, the only welcomes received were from family and friends. Monday, I participated with my recently joined Vietnam veterans group in the Memorial Day parade. The echoes of welcome home were extremely emotional and gratifying. Thank you, America.
To the East Hall High School faculty and staff:
Joe and I wanted to thank the Gainesville community for their unending support to our daughter, LeeAnn Noble, and us over the last five months. There were so many areas of support right from the beginning of LeeAnn's recent medical journey and eventual death.
On behalf of the Gainesville-Hall County Meals on Wheels program, I would like to thank Hall County Commission Chairman Richard Mecum, Commissioner Jeff Stowe and Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan for their recent participation in the delivery of a meal and hope to homebound seniors in Gainesville and Hall County.
I have been robbed, not by a back-alley mugger, but by the Obama administration and his fellow muggers, the Democratic Party. Let me elaborate.
The recent column, "A well-aimed veto from Deal deserves applause (Tom Crawford, May 7)," ignored numerous benefits provided by the private probation industry in Georgia. Probation companies deliver a cost-effective and valuable service that enhances public safety, while supervising approximately 250,000 probationers and working with more than 600 municipal, state, probate and superior courts.
Ten days ago, residents of Gainesville were told by the mayor that our government must be used to condemn the Pierce House (at the corner of Jesse Jewell and Queen City) "as quick and cheap as possible," and that scores of citizens, who had gathered over the Lanier Plaza rezoning at the city courtroom, must "get on out of here, we (the council) have business to take care of."
There is a cruel and simplistic mentality among some politicians that poor people desire to be poor, or they simply don't work hard enough. What they don't realize is a lot of poor people work multiple jobs, but still can't make ends meet.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to congratulate Gainesville attorney Julius Hulsey, who received the Judge A.R. Kenyon Award, and John Lucas of the Hall County Misdemeanor Probation Office staff, who received the Liberty Bell Award, during the recent Law Day banquet sponsored by the Gainesville-Northeastern Judicial Circuit Bar Association.
Thank you to Sue Sigmon-Nosach, who volunteers to provide transportation to cancer patients in the Gainesville area after her own treatment for ovarian cancer in 2004 ("Driver of Love: Cancer Survivor gives rides to patients, says volunteers are needed," May 14 article).
Last week, President Barack Obama made his election year gloom-and-doom pitch on global warming (anything to take the heat off Benghazi). This should come as no surprise. Sen. Patrick Moynihan was warning Nixon about this in the 1960s and President Bill Clinton gave a speech in 1997 almost word for word saying what Obama said.
A recent letter writer suggested that everyone should read the seminal work promoting gun ownership, "More Guns Less Crime" by John Lott. The book, based on a study done in the early 1990s, and the author have been so thoroughly discredited that only those who are rabidly pro-gun cite it anymore.
Why do some critics of the new gun bill call it the "guns everywhere" law, then turn around and ask why the Capitol building does not allow guns? Can't they make up their minds? Are guns allowed everywhere or not? (For example, Tom Crawford's column on April 30).
I really think the media has missed the real story in dwelling on the racist remarks by Clippers owner Donald Sterling, caught, by the way, during a private moment. That conversation caused a lot of outrage, justifiably so. Even those of us who grew up in the South have rarely heard that low level of disgusting commentary. But if we're honest with ourselves, we know we all have at one time or another.
A lot of thought and planning went into the Affordable Care Act, and every group, including insurance companies, business groups, Republicans and Democrats, were all consulted to incorporate their suggestions.
Looks like Hall County needs more money, so they send a helicopter over to see how many poor people they can rake over the fire with the illegal "storage of junk" law. That law was only made to rob the poor people. It is illegal according to the Constitution, but our commissioners don't care. We need to stand up and tell them to get rid of that law unless you love being robbed.
Recently, my 12-year-old grandson asked me why I didn't like President Barack Obama. I attempted, in vain, to explain in terms a 12-year-old could understand my objection to the liberal-progressive left.
Your Sunday editorial recommending a reboot of the ACA was thoughtful but misguided. As the editorial pointed out, the main resistance to the ACA is that no Republicans supported it. But that's what happens in a democracy. It's like saying that the Social Security Act of 1934 should be repealed because no Republicans supported it (which is a historical fact).
Thank you, Paige Mellinger, for your letter to the editor "Support your library and the good it does a community" appearing Thursday in The Times.
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.
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