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.
Your article Sunday concerning challenges to area civic clubs did a good job in pointing out the struggles most civic clubs have in carrying on the work that they do.
I would personally like to thank the good and generous people of Hall County for their contributions of canned and boxed food items that helped to restock the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Your very generous donations will help feed the hungry and needy among us in Hall County and four surrounding counties.
I do not make it a habit of reading your left-leaning (Your Views) section. This is in direct response to Gabriel Shippy's comments about how George Bush got us in a war.
To fund Mr. Obama's war, the Pentagon, at this time, has nearly $60 billion, unspent, in the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund.
Every day I'm confronted with news reports suggesting the militant Islamic State organization is a threat to America. It is constantly in the news with lurid stories of mass executions and beheadings. These stories are reported as if atrocities and mass killings are not commonplace in war.
It's hard not to feel a bit of sympathy for President Barack Obama. A lot of us predicted that whoever was elected to office after President George W. Bush would inherit a catastrophe on a domestic and international level. That prediction has turned out to be tragically accurate.
I read Friday's column by Jonah Goldberg, "A Web-fueled Foreign Legion for losers," with much trepidation. Yes, I fully agree that these "born-again" Islamists for the most part are comprised of the disenfranchised "losers" living on the fringes of society. They are now presented with an opportunity to inject their depravities onto minority segments of the population, or those that do not accept their 14th century laws and codes. This movement presents opportunities for them to obtain the power that they cannot otherwise gain through legal and democratic means.
Since Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008, nothing good has come to pass for the American people. Our economy has gone to hell and still continues to get worse. All the lofty promises this incompetent loon made have failed to materialize.
How many people realize substitute teachers only make minimum wage? These people are always on call and can be asked to go to different schools. Now we read where the head of the school system just received a raise bringing his salary to more than $180,000 per year. Does anybody see anything wrong with this picture?
I read with interest but disappointment the comments by Guy Jordan in The Times Aug. 23 regarding his concern and being upset because Brenau University participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge, and his perspective on how this type of goodwill activity could be counterproductive and dangerous "in the long run."
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