Congratulations and thank you to Hall County School Board Transportation Director Jewel Armour on his successful effort to convince the board of education to begin transporting students in propane-fueled buses.
I found the two Your Views letters in a recent edition of The Times, "No better than today to pray for nation," by Jullette A. Hawk and George Koesters' letter, "We need a leader to represent everyone," extremely interesting and probably agreed with in most circles.
On April 24, as I was going through pregame warmup with the Chestatee women's soccer team, we could hear loud chants coming from inside the West Hall High School Stadium: "Wolfgang ... Wolfgang."
A Times reader argued recently that we taxpayers should not let the Hall County commissioners "double transportation taxes on the poor and elderly."
My teenage daughter has learned the value in preparing for an exam. She understands that preparation begins early on, not while cramming on the eve of a big test. If my child understands the need to thoroughly study and absorb the material, I think our state decision makers should follow suit as it evaluates and restructures Medicaid for the 1.7 million Georgians who currently receive benefits.
Regarding the size of government, taxes and spending, both parties mostly just spout label babble. It is reminiscent of a World War II wind-up toy with a clockspring motor emitting annoying mechanical noises.
Dear Cokie and Steve Roberts: Your column, "Religious knuckle-rappers go after women" (April 28) was yet another anti-Catholic, "hit-em-below-the-belt" and "kick them while they're down" diatribe.
I've been following the discussions on raising fees for the Red Rabbit. The Hall County commission vote will be either 3-2 in favor or 3-2 against. It's that close. But only on the commission.
While the well-thought-out article in Sunday's Times regarding dangerous dogs made some excellent points (the need to socialize and train dogs, the cruelty of keeping dogs chains, the fallacy of discriminating against one breed) it left out one vital one: The need to educate, supervise and control children.
The economy is in bad shape, a lot of people are unemployed and help is needed for them to find jobs in which they are prepared. I noticed that many teachers are considering retiring this year in Hall County since the retirement system is making a change in policy (The Times, April 26) for future retirees.
I love it, love it, love it! Not enough money to paint the train, but the bridge to nowhere seem to have loads of money. For a possible site of offices and a hotel. When? I guess in 2025.
What better time to pray? Our country is in the midst of the process of electing a president and Congress members for the next four years. Our servicemen and women are deployed in the very dangerous countries of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other parts of the world. The economy of our country is teetering on collapse. Our state and community are struggling to work through the difficulties caused by the weakened economy.
Now that the election rosters are being resolved, get ready. We are about to be exposed to the worst money can buy. The purpose: to inundate voters with anything and everything that will compromise the thought process.
Even before our neighbor, Casey Turpin, was killed at the intersection of Ga. 365 and Howard Road, my husband and I referred to that intersection as the intersection of death. Trying to cross or enter Ga. 365 there is to take your life in your hands.
The Georgia Department of Transportation must install a traffic light at the Howard Road/Ga. 365 intersection. Every day I pass this section of road coming to work and going home. Every day, patrons of Racetrac and the YMCA jet out into traffic moving at speeds of at least 65 mph, holding and drinking hot coffee, not paying attention, congregating in the median, desperate to get back on the road.
Thank you, Paige Mellinger, for your letter to the editor "Support your library and the good it does a community" appearing Thursday in The Times.
After reading The Times' article regarding Tommy Lee Waldrip and the hideous crime he committed against the young Dawsonville man, Keith Evans, 23 years ago, I am still in disbelief of our so-called "justice" system.
Another budget year and another disappointment for our library system and its patrons. Our county officials' spending on website redesign and an energy study, with unused results, instead of providing funding needed to take county agencies off of furlough toes the line of malfeasance, a word I learned from a children's picture book that I read at my library ("Olivia and the Fairy Princesses" by Ian Falconer).
I spent 60 years in newspapering in Anderson, S.C., Athens and The Atlanta Times, and 50 years in radio and television throughout the South. I write this to salute Gainesville and its vast medical community as nationally prominent in heart research. I owe my life to cardiologists there and couldn't dare name them all, but one, Dr. Jeffrey Marshall, has not only been a great doctor but a great mentor to let me pursue my career after suffering mightily.
I retired from coaching after 15 seasons in the NFL. I started off coaching five seasons as a high school coach in New Mexico and in Fremont, Calif. The Hall County football teams are extremely well coached. I often stand just outside the fence watching our incredibly competent coaches work. Hall County is a perfect place for a retired coach to live if he wants high-quality football every Friday night during the high school football season.
Here we go again, folks. Cormac J. Carney, a U.S. district judge, ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional. He called the death penalty an "empty promise that violates the Eighth Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment." This was brought on by a death row inmate.
I vaguely remember when voting Republican meant you were virtually assured of candidates who supported policies that promoted limited government and lower taxation. Obviously, this is no longer the case.
In response to Joan King's column of July 1: I'm tired of reading and responding to her ill- and misinformed rants about nuclear power, and specifically, Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle nuclear units Nos. 3 and 4, now under construction.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Gainesville attorney E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr on his recent and very untimely passing.
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