Thank you, city of Gainesville. On the evening of Jan. 5, I received a home security call. I got home with two city police cars and a fire truck from Station 1. The police came to check on the motion alarm in my house, and when walking outside my home, they smelled gas.
On behalf of the entire Gainesville City Schools family, we thank the Gainesville and Hall County community for the remarkable support we received during our successful quest for the state Class AAAAA football championship. We congratulate Coach Bruce Miller, his coaching staff and the team on the hard work and determination that resulted in our bringing home the championship to Gainesville.
At the December meeting of the Hall County Board of Commissioners, three commissioners demonstrated their willingness to continue to strategize behind the scenes and vote as an alliance rather than on the merit of a proposal.
Gun safety can be an issue for people who are against guns. They don't own one, and that's fine, but the media shouldn't scare them into never owning one.
A letter to The Times on Dec. 27 asked the question: How could two people produce today's population of more than 7 billion people in 9,000 or so years? Simple conservative arithmetic reveals the answer.
Thank you for clarifying the information about the new motor vehicle title fee. However, one fact about the fee has been swept under the political rug ever since it was ramrodded through the legislature with no apparent thought about how it would affect every resident: The annual ad valorem tax continues without relief for anyone who can't buy a car, whether new or used, beginning in 2013.
The recent article about buying and selling our elections was right on. What we now have as an election system is a farce. It is a playground for special-interest groups, and consequently, we get an electorate that is beholden to big money and not to the rest of us.
I have sympathy for children who will be affected by the change in Russian law concerning their adoption by Americans. However, attention should be drawn to our own children who languish in foster care waiting for their forever families. Now is the time to take action for these precious kids!
Trevor Thomas, who believes chickens and dinosaurs were "created" simultaneously, was back on his anti-evolution bandwagon in his Dec. 18 column. He should stick to writing about politics and such where he seems to adhere more closely to facts rather than continue to attack proven scientific knowledge.
As a homeowner on Lake Lanier and an Atlanta resident, I find the rapid decline in Lanier's level this year extremely frustrating. I am sympathetic to the corps' operating guidelines as it relates to our precious resource. The corps, like it or not, must supply water downstream to maintain water quality, navigational abilities and (gasp) protect endangered species. I do, however, see a lack of common sense being applied in many respects. Several major complaints come to mind every time I cross the river or look at my dock in Atlanta:
Mr. President: A lot of us aren't as foolish as the people who re-elected you. It's outrageous that you've been given a second term considering your abysmal record. Here are just a few examples:
Are you tired of the fiscal cliff discussions? What are we the taxpayers paying for anyway?
championship football team.
It mystifies me to no end to how blind and naive people in general and our leaders in Washington, in particular, can be on some issues. Take for example the supposed ban on small arms in America that so many want to impose on the American people.
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.
When I was a child, I was fascinated by the liturgy and art of the Roman Catholic Church. I would sneak into the living room on Christmas Eve and watch Midnight Mass from Rome. Being raised in a Baptist church in Southeast Arkansas, it was all so foreign! But something within it resonated within me.
In the midst of the current firestorm raging around the Confederate Battle Flag, intolerant, hate-filled voices demand the eradication of all things remotely associated with Confederate heritage. Quietly seeking but denied permission to be heard are the voices of reason which offer the love of Christ as the remedy for the angst afflicting American society at large.
On April 30, 1789, on Wall Street in New York City, the capital of the United States (at that time), Gen. George Washington had been sworn in as the first president. He and his government staff walked over to a little stone church, which is still standing today close to Ground Zero.
As I am called a bigot, a homophobe, and other names for my stance against gay marriage, I had an awakening thought: As people call me those names, they are also calling Jesus those names since He was the one who defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rewritten the long-standing definition of marriage, the same-sex population and their supporters are gleeful while the rest of us are being labeled "intolerant, insensitive and hateful" for clinging to our archaic Biblical beliefs.
A huge thank you to BB&T for benefitting Randy and Friends through their Lighthouse Project. They spent many volunteer hours working to improve the Rooster's Perch Coffeehouse, in addition to the work space where employment and life skills are taught to adults with disabilities.
Concerning climate change, Pope Francis' stance in his Encyclical is very clear. He stated, "A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system," and "scientific studies indicate that most global warming is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity. Climate change is a global problem with grave implications."
I wanted to attend the Hall County budget meetings but couldn't. This is what I would have said:
The 2 percent, or less, of our population identified as LGBT are not being picked on. Rather, their bullying is being resisted. Nobody cares what other people are doing relationally in the privacy of their homes (no bomb building, please). We do care how our children are educated and about our Biblical values such as sanctity of marriage.
I have lots of words regarding Dick's column regarding our dad, but think only one is appropriate: Amen!
Last week, our country and our community received a command, not merely a call. We must reach deep inside our hearts and heads to find ways to reach people before they become unreachable, such as the young man responsible for the tremendous tragedy in Charleston.
The other day I read a small notice that our illustrious city council was considering "improving the square." I had lunch at the square the other day, sat outside and had a nice time just looking. I found the square looked very nice - nothing needs to be done.
Just like the Roman emperor Constantine did 1800 years ago, the "powers that be" continue to politicize Jesus for their own personal gain. And Christians continue to be vulnerable. Traditional theology hasn't helped much.
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.
Page 1 of 1