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.
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.
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.