Washington can only be changed from the inside - a cultural change is needed.
Our biggest threat is probably that our government is not sustainable. We are borrowing 40 percent of expenditures. Democrats claim that the Republicans want to change Social Security and Medicare. President Lyndon Johnson did that when he moved their revenues to the budget. Not changing them now will destroy them; your call.
It appears that Gibson Mano (Sept. 29 Your Views letter) is a chip off the old Obama block in blaming everything that happens in the world on the United States' actions. His hard and fast assertion that the rioting and killing of our ambassador and staff people in the Middle East was the result of an obscure film that practically no one, even in the U.S., has seen, is the height of gullibility or disdain for his own country (I assume he is an American citizen).
I am writing in response to your editorial ("Freedom under fire," Sept. 16). The current state of affairs in that region demonstrates horribly how cultural values and beliefs can be a disastrous endeavor.
The nation's leadership has not turned too far away from our creator. I have heard it said that politics and religion don't mix and they don't. But politics, God and country do exist, and it was founded on this by our forefathers, leaders and politicians.
After reading the Sept. 16 editorial, "Freedom under fire," I have found a few errors in your thinking process, which can cause a hindrance in the critical thinking process. The errors in the critical thinking process addressed can be found in Vincent Ruggiero's text, "Beyond Feelings: A Guide to Critical Thinking" (2012).
It is not about the First Amendment, free speech, and it never was. The Egyptian, Yemen and Libyan protests were planned demonstrations - planned, according to Al-Jazeera, weeks, perhaps months before Sept. 11.
We have more rights and laws in place for animals, than we do for foster children. Surprised?
Since I became old enough to read, and understand what I read, it has bothered me how women have at least for hundreds of years been treated like second-class citizens.
I've heard it said that the two things you don't discuss are religion and politics. However, ironically theses seem to be at the root of most of the woes we face as a nation.
I watched the Democratic National Convention and noticed they were describing a patriot as someone who pays their fair share of taxes. A patriot, by definition, is someone who vigorously supports their country. It is not related to how much a person pays in taxes, but more properly is measured in how committed they are to the principles and ideals of their country.
Judging by commentaries after your recent Times articles, absolutely no one has anything good to say about the just-opened bridge over Jesse Jewell Parkway. The bridge has actually become the local "joke" in many conversations when anyone mentions Gainesville.
It's important to get beyond various secondary arguments and focus on main principles. In talking with various people, both conservative and liberal, our core political debate comes down to two questions:
A few weeks ago I walked into a local restaurant to have a quick brunch before I headed off to a meeting for work.
Have you noticed that the Democrats have quit touting Obamacare and have started badmouthing the Republican party, i.e., Mitt Romney and his Mormon religion?
I write this letter to pose further understanding after Tuesday's column by Joan King. Ms. King is a thoughtful and generally cogent writer. I read her column faithfully and remain in strong respect for her consistent revelations concerning the ongoing corruption in our nuclear plant construction process.
I am the director of nursing for Homestead Hospice of Athens and we have patients who are residents at Summers Landing Assisted living facility in Gainesville. It was a complete coincidence that I was visiting the facility at the exact moment that some frozen pipes in the ceiling burst Jan. 8. I wanted to write a letter to the editor in attempt to recognize the staff of Summers Landing. They happened to be having a staff meeting at the same time and that meant there were more employees in the building than usual.
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.