I am not surprised when I see an article on the front page of The Times that reads: "Group takes guns in church case to federal appeals court." Also, it is not a surprise that some local churches are offering differing views on the issue.
The writer of a letter to The Times addressed mercury in panic mode. I'm 79 and my sister is 88. In our youth, when thermometers held mercury, we often broke one (by accident). We played with the mercury rolling it around on our hands and on the floor and here we are now, human antiques. If I am not mistaken, mercury became scarce during World War II; thus temperature gauges using other substances came into ...
Hall County has chosen a winner in the appointment of Vickie Neikirk to be finance director. In the years prior to 2004, I had frequent meetings with Ms. Neikirk when gathering information for the Hall County Taxpayer Association. She was always businesslike but courteous and knowledgeable. We could go to Vickie with a budget or operating expense question and get factual answers in short order. Although I am no longer a Hall County resident, if ...
I would like to comment on an article that was recently published in the newspaper concerning the possible closing of an important piece of our Gainesville community. The article stated that the Gainesville Outreach Center on Athens Highway could be facing eviction soon if not for a measly $4,000 to $5,000.
As the cool fall air breezes through our daily lives, yet again, we are reminded that with the change in seasons comes a change in pace of our daily routine.
Ah, yes, those deer inhabiting the Enota-Riverside area of Gainesville. Since my property joins these neighborhoods via the lake, I also have a deer problem and have read with interest, and much dismay, the recent letters to The Times.
This letter is in regard to the environmental safety and the constitutional rights of the citizens of Georgia concerning the federal ban on incandescent light bulbs, as signed into law by the federal government in 2007. For the past five years, I have fought the issue of the release of mercury emissions from crematories that are presently being allowed in, or very close to residential subdivisions in Georgia. Now ...
Jackson EMC is returning money to its customers while Georgia Power takes and takes and is looking for more. And if and when it needs more money, the Public Service Commissioners will gladly oblige. They are a group of "yes" men.
Cheers to all those who participated in the nationwide "chain of life" event held recently along the streets of downtown Gainesville. To me, abortion is a tragic mistake and a national scandal. It should not be legal.
The coming of fall signals a time of harvest. Long before the time of this harvest, a seed was planted, a hybrid seed formed from both a sense of entitlement and a mindset of discontent. The result of this planting is the fruit of "class warfare." In New York City and in other parts of the country, crowds of angry people have come together to protest the wealth of others. These folks seem to ...
The Times Opinion section recently included a letter by Lenny Baker on private vs. public utilities and distribution of funds from profits.
I am writing to express my opinion on Kathleen Parker's Sunday column, "Desire for justice doesn't justify state's power to kill." And Monday's page 1C story, "Fewer juries choose death penalty" by Atlanta Journal Constitution writers Bill Torpy and Bill Rankin. As for Parker's distorted concept that the desire for justice does not justify a state's power to kill, she is deceived big time. She states, "I'm no wimp when it comes to justice ...
I have read some of Kathleen Parker's articles and have had no problems with her writing until her Sunday offering in The Times condemning capital punishment.
To Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss: It is bad enough that you remain silent concerning the egregious abuse of power that the Obama administration is perpetrating on the common citizenry.
Congratulations to Jackson EMC for returning $4.75 million to its customers. Hoorah, hoorah, for private enterprise.
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.
As you can imagine with a business that employs more than 100 people on Green Street, and one that has operated successfully on the street since 1967, we oppose the banning of left turns on Green Street as the only solution to Gainesville's traffic problem. It is a easy, knee-jerk public action but will only marginally affective in reducing the affect of traffic through our city.
It appears that Jim Scharnagel still doesn't understand the history of this country or what our Constitution and Bill of Rights are all about. In his recent letter, he left out possibly the most important reason for maintaining an armed citizenry, namely protection from an oppressive government.
Your article on the Teacher Keys evaluation system was accurate, but failed to discuss the critical issue; that is, is it possible to evaluate teaching using any evaluation tool regardless of its sophistication or intricacy? There are at least a few loud voices in the field of education, mine included, which reject the fundamental concept of teacher evaluation through an objective measurement device.
Our son's elementary school, Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy, is honoring its teachers this week as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Since this is his last year at the school, we began to reflect on all the wonderful teachers that have been a part of our lives these last six years.
Saturday night, our power went out because a tree fell on a power line near our house. This happened shortly after 11 p.m. All night, we heard Jackson Electric workers cutting the tree and working in the pouring rain. At 6 a.m., our electricity came back on.
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