I marvel at the Obamanites as they dance, squirm, and do all sorts of linguistic gymnastics to avoid having the Obamacare labeled a tax. It was extremely difficult to hold my lunch, last Sunday, while watching Obama's chief of staff, Jack Ludicrous, dodge the bullets Chris Wallace fired at him on Fox News. His nose grew a foot before the interview was over.
As mayor of Gainesville, I served on the District 2 roundtable and was a member of the five-person executive committee that selected the regional transportation projects to be voted on this month in the T-SPLOST Referendum. Because of the confusion and misinformation swirling around the T-SPLOST, I want to clarify some of the issues:
As mayor of Oakwood, I encourage voters to learn the facts about T-SPLOST and strongly consider its passage as a step toward sustaining economic growth in our community, Hall County and all of Northeast Georgia.
Back in early April The Times printed my letter encouraging people to recycle. I'm the guy who goes around Clermont picking up recyclables people throw out their vehicle windows, and this practice has allowed me to draw a few conclusions about litterers.
It seems that as I grow older I have much more difficulty understanding the minds of people. I read where the U.S. attorney general is conducting campaigns and legal action against several states for trying to impose voter identification programs to prevent voter fraud during our upcoming presidential elections. I also hear the cries that the policies the states are trying to implement are strictly race-based discrimination programs.
This time, they got it right with T-Tax.
When most people think about our Independence Day, they think about a war fought and won, a nation created and stars and stripes. This is all well and good in the perception of remembrance because it is quite important. However, I would have to argue that it was more than that to our Founding Fathers. I would theorize that this day was symbolic of foresight and stewardship.
Enough is enough. The people who are trying to pass this sales tax are asking for $16 billion to $19 billion. That's billion, which is equivalent to adding an extra 25-cent tax on each gallon of gas.
Fifty years ago, in January 1962, I wrote an editorial for the school newspaper of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, which I attended. It could have been written today, and with some updates, reads like this:
Brent Holloway's article about sharing the road with cyclists blames the biker for using the road they are entitled to and certainly helped pay for. Three feet of pavement on each side of a few roads in Hall and surrounding Northeast Georgia counties is not too much to ask for.
I was born and raised in the country, have some wisdom, but I am far from the smartest person in the world.
Regarding John Stossel's June 25 article on free speech, I suggest the First Amendment was intended to protect individuals from arrest or corporal punishment as reprisal for infringing speech.
Our past and present Georgia governors and legislature have the responsibility of spending some of our tax dollars on Georgia roads. They have been allocating and spending nearly $2 billion per year. Additionally, our federal tax dollars are being spent on Georgia transportation.
Many of us are not directly affected by the devastation that war can have on a family. Often the brave men and women who sacrifice everything for us all are just people in uniforms or wounded warriors who are plagued with a plethora of seen or unseen medical conditions, causing us to feel bad for them and their families.
I plan to vote "yes" to the T-SPLOST on July 31, and I encourage you to do the same.
The holiday season brings out the best in many, and I have seen a multitude of blessings come from the season of giving we have just completed with The Medical Center Foundation's Healthy Journey Campaign.
With the holiday season, especially Christmas, the news fills with stories about threats to our most sacred religious values, Christmas and prayer in school. Two recent letters published in The Times touch on these subjects.
Has anyone noticed that record-breaking temperatures are taking place all over the country, including Georgia? New York recently was under a blanket of snow, as much as 9 feet in places. Schools and businesses were closed and even the Buffalo Bills football game was moved in only the third week in November.
It's Christmas. It's the end of the year. That time of year where everyone is enjoying the holiday festivities and winding down from their busy lives. It's a time for joy, for peace, for happiness, for forgiveness and for kindness.
Well, it's almost Christmas again and it's supposed to be a happy time of year. It's meant to be a time to focus on the one it's really all about, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
Life in a small town is great for a while. Many of us grow up in the comfort of a small town where we all gather on Friday nights to cheer on the local football team and go to church on Sunday mornings.
In spite of rain and clouds on a recent Saturday, our city of Lula, as well as other towns in the area, was busy preparing annual Christmas celebration festivities on Dec. 6. Our mayor and council had voted to purchase new (and much needed) Christmas lights and decorations for the town.
OK, this is crazy. It's Christmas shopping time and no one cares who they run over with their carts! My mother is 95 years old and when a female heard the words, "I can take someone over here," this person was like a race horse and bumped my mother's cart. But at least she got to be first in line!
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Attorney Joe B. Sartain Jr. of Gainesville on his recent passing.
On Wednesday, I read about the humanist group suing Hall County Schools over prayers. The complainants were listed as Jane Doe, Jane Roe and Jane Coe due to the fact identification posed a risk.
Wednesday, I read in the paper that this group called the humanists have filed a lawsuit against the Hall County School District for promoting prayer and Christianity.
I tend to agree with the humanist group to remove prayer in school. Likewise, then schools will be compelled to remove all the Five Pillars of Islam in Common Core.
This time of year we begin hearing about the "War on Christmas," as the nonreligious seek to enforce the constitutional separation between church and state. Others talk about a "War on Thanksgiving" as early shopping begins to infringe on family time and Thanksgiving time. But there's another war far more displeasing to God, at least according to Jesus.
Many thanks should be extended to all the local restaurants who provided free dinners to veterans on Veterans Day. Such a positive, supportive attitude only serves to strengthen the community and the country. A week later, I was impressed to see a restaurant in Buford extend the honor by providing literally hundreds of free dinners to local veterans.
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