How many boating accidents, how many boating injuries, how many boating fatalities will it take before we have had enough?
From the farewell address by Dwight D. Eisenhower in January 1961: "We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow."
Sometimes it's better to receive. Would you turn your back on $360 million?
I intend to vote "no" on the proposal to add an additional 1-cent sales tax to give the Department of Transportation (75 percent) and local governments (25 percent) more money to spend.
On page 4 of Sunday's issue of The Times there is a list of the T-SPLOST exemptions. Notable among the missing is any mention of a food and medicine exemption.
How does the nursery rhyme go? "Liar, liar, pants on fire."
I write to present a clear answer to the letter of June 20 by Thomas Day.
Everyone tends to think of T-SPLOST as an innovative way to pay for roads. I see it differently.
As a lifelong conservative, it is hard for me to support any tax increase. But as a lifelong resident of southern Hall County, I wholeheartedly support the 1-cent T-SPLOST to fund new transportation projects and improvements.
I am going to vote yes for the T-SPLOST transportation referendum on July 31. After evaluating the pros and cons of the referendum, I am convinced that we have more to gain than to lose by passing this legislation. More important to me, however, is the fact that my grandchildren will be assured of a better quality of life.
Two recent articles in The Times showed the sharp contrast between liberal and conservative world views. As President Barack Obama recently noted, November's election may be a referendum on this debate.
Nobody likes to pay taxes, but let's think about our options if we don't enact the transportation tax, or T-SPLOST, on July 31.
Your June 10 article addressing the problem of texting while driving followed up a discussion of that issue my husband and I were having that day as we drove through Hall and Gwinnett counties. And it certainly is a growing problem among not only teens but adults as well.
I was raised in the North by parents who taught me that I was neither inferior or superior to anyone because of color, religion or heritage. I was taught to work for what I wanted and to be the best that I could be. A Christmas decoration that my mother put up every year read, "What you are is God's gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to Him."
I agree with Garland Reynolds that the old Cooper Pants site should be looked into further before completion of the city's project.
I disagree with Joan King that assisted suicide, which she refers to by the euphemism "aid in dying," is legal in Montana.
Never in our history has our commander in chief been more concerned about telling our enemies what he's not going to do rather than taking the advice of his experienced defense and military advisers.
Did I really read that correctly? Are Hall County and Gainesville really considering giving taxpayers' monies to spruce up Lakeshore Mall? (story here)
As a writing teacher at UNG, I spend a great deal of time during the summer and into August thinking about the incoming group of students I will be closely working with during the fall semester. Currently, I have been thinking a lot about how much of my students' writing has been graded by a computer and not a human, an unfortunate reality in this era of high-stakes testing.
It is beyond my understanding the disagreement going on between Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia and Northeast Georgia Health System. (story here) This sounds to me like there is a personality problem somewhere. If both parties are committed to reaching an agreement, I suggest starting negotiations with new people.
I would like to tell Judge Cliff Jolliff how much I appreciate and respect him. Having been in his court a few times, I could see his main concern was the welfare of the children involved in all court cases. I could also see how difficult it was for him to deal with many difficult custody cases. I would not want to have that responsibility for any amount of money.
I have seen many decades roll by like a flash in my lifetime. As I reflect on them, I can't remember a time when we were in such dire need of leadership. If we continue to travel the road we are now traveling our destination is doom.
I saw the pictures in Tuesday's paper (Aug. 19) depicting Brenau University participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge. I was very upset to see this type of behavior being promoted as a fundraiser by ALS or Brenau.
Re: Ruben Navarrette Jr. column in The Times on Tuesday: "Who's afraid of a little ol' hyphen?" Over elapsed time, I have considered this person's articles as relatively coherent. What happened?
We shouldn't be told when and where we can pray. If a person doesn't like it, then they should stay home. We Christians also have our right to pray. God runs this world, not a few people who do not believe in God.
Why do we have a Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization? Anyone should know you can't take funding from one road project to another. Does this group do anything to help get roads improved? I see this group as a waste of money and time.
The flak over folks praying at Chestatee High School is one of those good news/bad news situations.
Was Bruce Vandiver's letter last week in The Times a scare tactic? I don't know. I do know that environmentalists often employ such tactics.
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