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.
Your recent subheadline "Unfunded directives from Georgia legislature impact local budgets' bottom line" could be well enhanced locally to "Unfunded directives from Hall County tax assessor impacts local homeowners' bottom line."
So let me get this straight. Monday, I had multiple working TVs with TiVo service. Tuesday, I had multiple doorstops and one working TV, with deteriorated TiVo service (slow to load, change, record or play back).
As for the Second Amendment allowing people to "keep and bear arms," the situation today is entirely different from when the first 10 amendments were adopted in 1796. The militia being necessary for the "security of a free state" must have meant to include every able-bodied man owning firearms, which in those days were necessary for providing game for food and protection from wild animals and Indians.
I wonder if others in America sit and shake their heads in confusion and bewilderment at the utter insanity that has engulfed our nation. I've seen an America that is, or was, far different from the nation we now live in, and it's a tragedy that we have fallen so far. We have lost credibility on the world stage with any and all of our allies; we have become the object of contempt and a laughingstock to any and all who hate and oppose us.
I hope the Hall County School Board by business discipline decreases the millage rate to 18.134 mills instead of the 18.90 millage rate being considered. This lower rate will avoid a tax increase of about 5 percent.
The recent proposal to allow the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to regulate the use of smartphone apps by drivers in moving vehicles is a step in the right direction.
I am so tired of knowing people who are getting welfare, disability and food stamps. I have knowledge of many who are getting these benefits and worst of all, I know of people who need it and are not getting it.
It looks increasingly likely that Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter. He is not the only one; let me explain.
I was surprised by the strident tone of the June 8 editorial which discussed the president's recently announced goal to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.
Recent letters to the editor, general discussions by citizens and my own experience and observations regarding Hall County government cause me to believe arrogance and a measure of incompetence are creeping into some areas, specifically the offices of the tax commissioner and the tax assessor.
In her Thursday article, "Armed, dangerous and dead," Kathleen Parker appears to be making a case for why we should not carry guns. I am not going to dispute her reasoning here, but rather, I see the subject matter to be a possible teachable moment.
Reading Bimbo Brewer's letter, I agree there's no way to minimize the tragedy in which a child was critically injured by a flash-bang device used in a no-knock drug raid on a Habersham county home.
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.
To Monica Miller of the American Humanist Association: As a resident of Hall County let me say that I am deeply offended by your organization's threat of legal action against Chestatee High School.
When I was a boy in my lower grades at Candler Elementary School on Candler Road, we said our blessing before leaving our classroom going to lunch. Every so often, these people would come to the school in the lunchroom, and Bible verses we learned we would be able to say and be rewarded with a book marker or sometimes a little Bible testament.
What do we do about nuclear waste? Actually the answer is quite simple. The problem we most often run into with the high-grade questions, is political.
I read in your paper about the crisis on our border with Mexico. It is clear Mexico looks the other way when immigrants cross its southern border and enter the United States. I lived in south Texas for 20 years and their security is a joke. They are the most corrupt in the world.
Well, what do you know. It appears we have some more Madalyn Murray O'Hair wannabes. The American Humanist Organization of Washington, D.C., has threatened legal action against Chestatee High School to prevent high school coaches from leading and participating in prayer with the players.
My annual visit to the VA facility in Lawrenceville prompted me to write this note about my treatment. This visit was the most professionally handled than I have ever received at a medical facility. My appointment time was right on the mark.
In response to Rick Frommer's letter blaming South Carolina Democrats for failure of a private nuclear waste recycling venture at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River site, I don't think it matters which party controlled the state.
To add some background to the letter published Wednesday from Bobby R. Stone in Alto: About 1969, three of the biggest energy companies in the world, Allied Chemical Co., Gulf Oil Co., Royal Dutch (Oil Co.) and Shell Oil Co. formed a partnership called Allied Gulf Royal Dutch Shell. The purpose of this company was to build a nuclear recycling plant on private land near the Savannah River Site in Barnwell County, as mentioned by Mr. Stone.
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