I enrolled in the 2013 Gainesville Public Safety Academy in September and recommend all citizens to do so next year. Not only did I learn so much about the police and fire departments and what they do, but I came away with the deepest appreciation for the work they do. All personnel I met, all instructors, were very welcoming and seemed to appreciate our interest.
Facts prove global warming is happening. Recent letters and editorials were long in dire warnings, but negative on data.
Can America survive by continually increasing the national debt? This question is becoming more apparent to many families that understand how budgets operate. The recent government shut down for 16 days helped to wake people up to the fact that something is very wrong in the federal government.
There have been two very meaningful stories in The Times recently concerning funding for the Meals on Wheels program in Gainesville and Hall County.
Regarding Kathleen Parker's Nov. 7 article "Sins of omission," I realize her subject was primarily an effort to smear Obamacare (the Affordable Care Act). But if she wishes to point out lies, that quote about being able to keep your insurance was nowhere near the greatest or most damaging lie ever told. It was not even the worst of Obama's lies. That would be Obama's claim that change has come to America. He said it way more than 23 times, and we know repetition is key to making any lie believable.
I've never quite understood the national debate about getting government out of our bedrooms until election night 2013.
I want to thank the awesome businesses around the Gainesville square who handed out candy on Halloween. Your generosity made it a very festive experience for many children and adults, including myself and my two little superhero grandsons! Thank you very much!
Citizens are concerned about the economy, the deficit and the decline of family values. Fixing our broken immigration system is a way to address these concerns in a positive way. Immigration reform will have a positive effect on our economy.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Gainesville-Hall County community and even surrounding counties for their support of the Gainesville Lions Club. You have bought our mops and brooms, donated to our White Cane project which pays for eye surgeries and you have contributed to our fundraising endeavors over the years. The community we serve is the community that supports us.
Even with America's present distractions, problems and challenges, and Republicans' utter failure on the budget standoff, Republicans cannot be counted on to behave sensibly with the next budget negotiations. There are many things, however, which favor this not happening, the major one being the proximity of next year's elections.
I believe I have written three letters to The Times over the years, one in which I tried to make the case that public schools can not do it alone and must have the support of the larger community in meeting the challenging needs and demands placed upon it.
As I survey the political landscape, I see what an unmitigated mess our country is in. I keep saying to myself this is all a terrible nightmare. Unfortunately, it is not a nightmare but reality.
President John F. Kennedy said, "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
Your editorial this past Sunday was a perfect example of what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they spoke of the need for a free press in our country. We need to know when our elected officials take their election as permission to disregard their obligation to conduct the people's business in an open manner and as part of the public record.
You hear it all the time when you play Buford or Gainesville: "I just hope no one gets hurt."
Evolution is a fact. But let's call it by its proper name, natural selection. Natural selection is not a "law;" it is a process where populations (including human) physically change over time to meet the challenges of an ever changing environment.