While attempting to disarm U.S. citizens, our government is arming itself to the teeth: At least 73 federal agencies have their own private armies here in the U.S., including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office, the Department of Education, the Food and Drug Administration, the Inspector General's office of the Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Land Management, the Library of Congress and Veterans Affairs.
While it was wonderful to read in this week's Times that Meals On Wheels has caught up with its waiting list, part of the story saddened me. When I read that "for people like (the widower featured in the story), the brief visit and chat may be the only human interaction he has in a day," I couldn't help but wonder: Where are the churches?
Jim Scharnagel's March 20 letter on the Second Amendment is a typical interpretation of that document by current liberal dogma. His final statement is a fair summation of his feelings. "While acknowledging that firearms such as sporting rifles and shotguns for hunting, and within reason, certain weapons for self-protection should be allowed, such rights were not addressed by the Second Amendment but rather a right to keep and bear arms for security of the state."
Jim Scharnagel is wrong about so many things (March 20 letter).
I am both insulted and amused by my inclusion in the "vacuous political and pseudo-science class" and, regretfully, I have not participated in colloquiums sponsored by MENSA, a vacuous pseudo-science class if ever there was one. However, the scientific debate over global warming should not be trivialized and the gross misstatements printed need to be corrected.
In his letter "Second Amendment was meant for militias, not armed civilians," Jim Scharnagel makes the case that the Second Amendment was never intended to allow private ownership of firearms. While I agree with some of his points, the overarching theme is not one of them.
The hasty rush to approval for a new Falcons stadium in Atlanta has both a bad odor and a hidden agenda.
Jim Gorman claimed, in a March 19 letter in The Times, that he has researched climate change and written articles on the subject. His conclusion: "There is not one shred of genuine scientific data that proves the theory of global warming. Nor is there consensus in the scientific community."
This is in response to Jim Scharnagel's letter from March 20 about the Second Amendment being meant for militias and not armed civilians.
The National Rifle Association falls back on the Second Amendment as justification for owning firearms. This is an anachronism that has persisted from the framing of the Constitution up through the present.
I am so tired of my intelligence being insulted by the vacuous political and pseudo-science class. For the claims of the global warming cabal to be true, thinking people must put aside all common sense. The premise of the global warming theory is that carbon dioxide is a dangerous gas.
I have been a boater since age 14. Now 66, I have seen just about everything that can happen while boating.
What is wrong with some drivers? They don't use turn signals or stop at stop signs. Where do they think they are, the land of Dr. Seuss?
Animal abuse can go two ways: The people who cause it and the people who look away.
I come from a generation that remembers an America where family was the basis for the training of the minds and hearts of our children. I remember an America that believed in the validity of an almighty God that oversees the affairs of men.
Many people are like sheep concerning buzzwords. One participates and the rest follow the herd. Eventually, a buzzword becomes annoying, trite and ready for banishment.
The front page headline Sunday in The Times read "Where have all the voters gone?" Let's go back just a few months to the fall of 2014 when midterm elections were in the news. Recall The Times writing about how politicians in Hall County were concerned that SPLOST VII would not be passed by voters for a seventh time if SPLOST VII was placed on the November 2014 ballot?
I read with concern the two recent items in The Times regarding alleged bullying at Myers Elementary (March 7 article, March 19 letter to the editor). Quite honestly, I was confused; I thought perhaps I had read the name of the school incorrectly, and even more confused when I read the principal involved in the articles. I started shaking my head, thinking,"Are you kidding me? Are they really accusing Beth Hudgins of dealing improperly with a situation so potentially hurtful?"
I am writing in response to the article, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville" of March 7. It saddened me to read such negative words about Beth Hudgins.
I recently read in The Times, and I was not really surprised, what sweet idea America has now: Tens of thousands of immigrant children are allowed here, in the good old u.s.a. via Florida.
Amidst the horror and grief of Selma and Ferguson, I heard a tender story that I would like to share with our readers.
Mary Drummer is right on about Georgia's senators being wrong to have sent a letter to Iran. They are certainly overstepping their place and proving once again that they, of the Republican party, are incapable of sensibly leading this country's government.
I am writing in response to the article from March 7, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville." As a parent of a child in elementary school, the subject is concerning to me. However, I am not worried at all because my child goes to Myers Elementary School. I'm not worried because I have 100 percent faith in my son's teacher and his principal to do the right thing for my child, and those in his class.
There have been some recent headlines about home sales falling. Those headlines are misleading. Housing sales look different from one month to another and from one quarter to another.
If Hall County government/Chamber of Commerce/Hall Progress 2015 could be truthful about the SPLOST, the following is what they would say:
Sens. Isakson and Perdue: As your constituent, I am writing to tell you how dismayed I am at your act of signing a letter to Iran, a foreign enemy country and its leaders, while our president is conducting diplomatic negotiations along with our allies to reduce, verify and contain Iran's nuclear program.
While there are frequent conflicts between what is good for the environment and what is good for the economy, the carbon fee and dividend plan proposed by the Citizens Climate Lobby is a refreshing exception.
The General Assembly considering removing legal ads from the legal county newspaper? No! Some folks don't have or can't use computers. Just cut out something on the useless list. Legal ads are on the useful list, I think.
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.
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