We are now only a couple of weeks away from a presidential election that I firmly believe will define whether we continue to live our lives as a free people or cease to enjoy the blessings of an almighty God that bestowed upon America the rights we've had since our forefathers established our republic.
Taxes - we all pay them and sometimes complain about them. However, lest we forget that unless we each want our own ambulance and fire truck in our driveway, plus an EMT or two, taxes save us money. We support each other by all contributing to the common pot for the things we may not use every day but keep our community vibrant and thriving: Roads, parks, boat launches and schools.
Margaret Wolf seems to have put a lot of thinking into why she thinks women should not have abortions (Your Views, Oct. 18).
The only thing we know for certain is that K-12 education in America is in deep trouble and dramatic changes are needed. We have spent the last 40 years trying to feel good by deluding ourselves into thinking preschool focus will solve our problems.
Amendment 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot asks: "Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"
As we go to the ballot box to elect our federal, state and local leaders, let us not be caught off guard by ballot questions asking us to amend our state constitution. As amendment question No. 1, also referred to as the Charter amendment, relates to public education and funding, I feel it is most important that we understand the question: "Provides for improving student achievement and parental involvement through more charter school options ... Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended to allow state or local approval of public charter schools upon the request of local communities?"
Twenty-eight pages of foreclosure notices in The Times say to me that our economy is a terribly long way from being in a recovery mode. Each of these notices represents a shattered dream for an American homeowner. I wonder who these people will vote for in November.
The headline on the column Tuesday by Trevor Thomas states, "Clear moral choice doesn't favor Obama."
I am writing to express my dismay over the poor design of the southbound exit at Interstate 985, Exit 24. Cars that try to merge into traffic on Jesse Jewell do not realize until too late that the two exit lanes merge into one before entering the road. This has led to multiple crashes as two cars try to pull into one lane.
As a woman, I take exception to the idiocy of political arguments that Republicans are waging a war on women or that they were taking a step back in women's rights because they came out with a strong pro-life platform.
I watch the vice presidential candidates as they debated some of the gravest issue this country and the world has had to face in the last century or perhaps ever.
Much has been written concerning the charter school referendum. There are two very significant reasons why I will vote "no."
I've always prided myself as being neutral when it came to voting, but can I say that anymore? It really saddens me, but I don't believe that I can. After watching the Democratic convention, it seems like they have pretty much drawn the line in the sand.
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.
In the midst of the current firestorm raging around the Confederate Battle Flag, intolerant, hate-filled voices demand the eradication of all things remotely associated with Confederate heritage. Quietly seeking but denied permission to be heard are the voices of reason which offer the love of Christ as the remedy for the angst afflicting American society at large.
On April 30, 1789, on Wall Street in New York City, the capital of the United States (at that time), Gen. George Washington had been sworn in as the first president. He and his government staff walked over to a little stone church, which is still standing today close to Ground Zero.
As I am called a bigot, a homophobe, and other names for my stance against gay marriage, I had an awakening thought: As people call me those names, they are also calling Jesus those names since He was the one who defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rewritten the long-standing definition of marriage, the same-sex population and their supporters are gleeful while the rest of us are being labeled "intolerant, insensitive and hateful" for clinging to our archaic Biblical beliefs.
A huge thank you to BB&T for benefitting Randy and Friends through their Lighthouse Project. They spent many volunteer hours working to improve the Rooster's Perch Coffeehouse, in addition to the work space where employment and life skills are taught to adults with disabilities.
Concerning climate change, Pope Francis' stance in his Encyclical is very clear. He stated, "A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system," and "scientific studies indicate that most global warming is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity. Climate change is a global problem with grave implications."
I wanted to attend the Hall County budget meetings but couldn't. This is what I would have said:
The 2 percent, or less, of our population identified as LGBT are not being picked on. Rather, their bullying is being resisted. Nobody cares what other people are doing relationally in the privacy of their homes (no bomb building, please). We do care how our children are educated and about our Biblical values such as sanctity of marriage.
I have lots of words regarding Dick's column regarding our dad, but think only one is appropriate: Amen!
Last week, our country and our community received a command, not merely a call. We must reach deep inside our hearts and heads to find ways to reach people before they become unreachable, such as the young man responsible for the tremendous tragedy in Charleston.
My thanks go out to the dapper, white-haired gentleman who gave my grandsons two special gifts Sunday morning in the IHOP restaurant in Gainesville.
The Newtown Florist Club extends our prayers and deepest expressions of care and concern to the Emanuel AME Church family and to the family of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, his family and the families of those who died.
The other day I read a small notice that our illustrious city council was considering "improving the square." I had lunch at the square the other day, sat outside and had a nice time just looking. I found the square looked very nice - nothing needs to be done.
Just like the Roman emperor Constantine did 1800 years ago, the "powers that be" continue to politicize Jesus for their own personal gain. And Christians continue to be vulnerable. Traditional theology hasn't helped much.
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.
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