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.
Since Gwinnett voted down commercial flights from Lawrenceville it would appear to be an excellent opportunity for Gainesville to establish a feeder line to Atlanta and/or commercial flights from our local airport.
There are several positions that are being contested in the upcoming election cycle but none may be as important as the sheriff race! The Hall County Sheriff Department performs four major functions; jail, court services, patrol and investigations.
On July 31, residents will vote region by region across Georgia on whether to approve a 1 percent transportation tax to pay for road construction and maintenance. That means one pro-tax region may get the future benefits while another region gets nothing, all depending on how each one of us votes.
If you haven't spent time studying the details behind the proposed transportation SPLOST, you might think this vote is only about paying extra in taxes. Well, it is and it isn't.
The May 27 article on the Memorial Day speech by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1895 was badly slanted. The writer lifted quotes to make Holmes' message completely different than he intended.
It's become clear to me, if not to many others, the hypocrisy of our president and his entire administration.
There has recently been talk of how to properly reform Washington and the nation. For several years, my friends and I have discussed how to better our political situation, and the following is the plan we developed.
When our country was founded, many state constitutions stipulated that white landowner males could all vote for representative government. The idea being that those perceived to have greater "skin in the game" would make sounder decisions for preserving the community and checking the power of a tyrannical government.
The letter by Dick Biggs, "When will politicians take a stand" on the Opinion page of Saturday's edition of The Times made my day.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I offer congratulations to Mark Ruis of the Hall County Pretrial Services Division, recipient of the 2012 Liberty Bell Award; attorney Sam Harben of Harben, Hartley & LLP of Gainesville, recipient of the Judge A.R. Kenyon Award; and attorney Carla Walker of Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker, recipient of the Leadership Award.
In regards to the transportation sales tax, the statement, "economic development suffers if we don't pass this tax" is not valid because Georgia has always been behind the eight ball in transportation.
In regards to the sentencing of a former county clerk for theft from the county, I must take issue with the statement by the district attorney that "the primary purpose of the criminal justice system is to obtain restitution for the victims."
It must be campaign season. Every time a Hall County commissioner speaks, he will congratulate himself on how well the commissioners are working together, the wonderful projects they are moving ahead and how much money they are saving.
While I don't usually read Ronda Rich's columns, I did on Oct. 7. The heading got my attention and I read on. She wrote about the TV series "Justified" and how good it is. While I agree that it's a great show and high on my favorites list, I am puzzled by some things she wrote about the Appalachian South. Not being familiar with her writings, I hope it was done tongue-in-cheek when she wrote, "But here's what 'Justified' does best: It gets the Appalachian South right without reducing us to mockery or ridicule."
To Hall County Board of Education: I am sure that you have been made aware by now of the recent announcement by Dr. William Thompson, formerly of the Centers for Disease Control and co-author of the study on immunizations and their link to autism. If you have not, what has come to light is that Dr. Thompson has publicly declared that the study and its findings were falsified. He has declared that the data was altered to make it appear as if there was no link.