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:
On behalf of the Junior League of Gainesville-Hall County, I would like to thank our 2013 Charity Ball Belles, the sponsoring clubs and all who donated and made this year so successful.
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.
Re: Joan King's column of July 1: This will probably be my final attempt to help Joan King to acquire a more positive outlook involving use of nuclear power provided by electric energy utilities. Her ongoing presentations no longer dignify knowledgeable responses, which removes the interest to challenge them. Proper analogy is not seeing the forest because of the trees.
To Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson, Doug Collins and all members of our legislative branch of government: I thought you all were elected to represent us peons and to look after our interests. Is not the legislative branch along with the president and Supreme Court (equally) the top authorities in this great nation? Have I got those facts wrong?
The U.S. Congress is still hearing about the "stimulus package" that built the "bridge to nowhere." Well, we have one of those right here in Gainesville. Every time I go under the big white bridge over Jesse Jewell Parkway, I think, "What were they thinking?"
Hall County has 78,928 registered voters as of the May 20 primary. Only 13,587 of them took the trouble to go to the polls. 19.26 percent. A primary to select a Republican U.S. Senate candidate to oppose a Democrat in the general election in November, a state school superintendent and a local school board and several other selections draws ... 19.26 percent?
High fives to the good folks who organized and staged last weekend's Cracker Fly-in. We were blessed with a perfect day and the aircraft and people connected with them provided a fun time for everybody.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Gainesville attorney E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr on his recent and very untimely passing.
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