Instead of the Corps of Engineers' new "prescribed burning" program at Lake Lanier, I wish they would fund the removal of boating hazards such as trees and stumps that are just under the surface at full pool.
Irony plays a strange role. This appeared in The Times horoscope section: "For every piece of advice there is another pointing in the opposite direction." Also, "you'll be given a lot of raw ingredients and not too much as to how to put it all together."
Politicians and pundits like to say that this is the new normal for America, that we now have to live in fear and be prepared for the worst. This is not the plight of the America God has blessed and kept safe and allowed to prevail over all evil since her founding.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I offer congratulations to Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Brad Morris on receiving the 2011 Indigent Defense Award, presented by the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
The massive columns began to sway and the ceiling that they supported began to show visible signs of cracking. Dust filled the air, and the deafening roar of an earthquake overwhelmed the senses.
My wife and I are both incensed to hear that Hall County is planning to spend $3 million on the first two segments of a bicycle and walking path. We understand that the federal government is to pay $2.4 million of this, with the remaining $600,000 coming from the Georgia government and Hall County's SPLOST.
This past week, there were three examples illustrating the incompetency of the Hall County commissioners. My hope is this presentation of those examples serves as grievances to which citizens of Hall County use in determining not only the commissioners' capacity for leadership, but the intent of this county to expect better: A better government, with fiscal displace as its core value.
I often find myself confused by the things the Christian Right says and does but one of my biggest peeves is the way these fanatics treat others around Christmas. Why do we let this hypocrisy take place year after year? The hypocrisy is the way they treat the poor, especially the homeless.
I recently wrote a letter concerning the importance of Georgians contacting their representatives about the passage of Senate Bill 61 concerning Georgia manufacturing their own incandescent light bulbs. In this way, leaving the choice of what bulbs to purchase up to us, not to the federal government.
The Habersham Soup Kitchens Inc. would like to let readers know about the good kids we have in this area. Not only are a lot of them gracious and help volunteer for the feeding of our needy, but I must say that they have gone out of their way to be extra helpful with us in "feeding his sheep."
At the risk of sounding like a broken record and being dubbed a heartless, ignorant bible thumper my opinion regarding the Nov. 16 article "A hunger to help Ministry handout food in Gainesville" is prayerfully submitted.
An observation on the recent elections, not regarding the few open seats and city elections, but the Sunday sales issue:
Every year about this time, I wonder in amazement at how Christians go to such lengths and spend so much money on this holiday to celebrate the birth of their Savior.
The article "Hall changes grading scale" in Tuesday's Times reported on only one of two important issues discussed at the Hall County School Board meeting on Monday evening. The information about the change in the student grading scale approved by the board was thorough and accurate.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I join in celebrating the forthcoming retirement of Georgia Court of Appeals Judge J.D. Smith of Hall County after his four decades of labor in the justice system.
The National and Southeastern Corrugated Steel Pipe Associations are responding to the Oct. 12 Times article explaining code changes in Hall County for culverts and stormwater pipes that excludes all types of metal pipe from "live streams" (perennial) and "under county roads."
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to congratulate Northeastern Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court Judge Mary R. Carden on her upcoming retirement next month and thank her for her 16 years of judicial service and nearly four decades as an active member of the State Bar.
A quote from our "constitutional scholar in chief" at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event on Nov. 24: "The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is a Congress, and in particular a House of Representatives, that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people."
I would like to applaud Gov. Nathan Deal for his planned cash infusion into the Department of Family and Children's Services. Case workers at DFCS have long been overworked and underpaid, resulting in their leaving. When they leave, cases that are not finished get passed on to a new caseworker. This slows down the process of getting a child into permanent placement. This is not good for children already in crisis.
Ever since John F. Kennedy became a prominent public figure, political pundits and rhetorical scholars have attempted to dissect why he captivated audiences so compellingly during his thousands of speeches, press conferences and interviews.
On Nov. 20, I locked my keys in my car on E.E. Butler Parkway. I called the Gainesville Police Department and they sent out an officer to help me. He wasn't able to get it unlocked, so they sent out another officer. He wasn't able to, either, but the third officer was finally able to unlock my door for me. Maj. Sherman, especially, was so helpful.
Having read George C. Kaulbach's letter of Nov. 15, I thought some real data would help him and others understand global changes. NASA has been measuring sea level using satellites. From 1994 through 2012, sea levels have risen over 2 and a quarter inches, not 1 or 2 inches over the last 100 years. A chart can be found here. The rate of increase is a constant and sharply define rise. ...
I read about the phone scams in particular that affect older people and think how on earth people decide who to tell what to and how much to tell.
With all the news about how much the Glades Reservoir project is going to cost, I have yet to see an explanation of how it adds one drop to our water supply in times of drought, which is the reason given for it being built.
We are beginning to see the results of putting someone in high office with little experience, limited know-how, carelessness, who is difficult to negotiate with and hesitant to admit he made a mistake.
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.
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