I am confused. I finally got on marketplace to see what kind of health insurance my sister and I (I am her guardian; she has no income) can get. I live on a fixed income; my husband is terminally ill and my sister is mentally challenged. I found out we are too poor to have to get health insurance, so we are exempt and do not pay a penalty. But we are not elderly, physically challenged, pregnant and make a little too much to get Medicaid (Georgia chose not to participate in new Medicaid program).
Do not accept uncritically the language found in the newly released report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report to the United Nations. The project is political in nature, not scientific.
Americans should be willing to learn from other societies and other groups. For example, too many of us arrogantly assume Europe has nothing good to teach us. They assume higher taxes for the rich and safety nets for the poor hinder economic progress.
I understand the frustration Sherri Holcombe expressed in her recent letter. I'm also frustrated and disappointed with President Barack Obama and Congress. That said, financial shutdown of our government is not the answer.
Give me a break. Licensing bike riders? Here is another piece of irrational legislation proposed by our very own Hall County representatives. I find it hard to understand the mindset of Reps. Carl Rogers, Lee Hawkins and Emory Dunahoo in their proposal that would require bicycles to be registered and have a license plate - oh, and pay an annual fee.
This country has become so polarized as a nation that we can no longer function as Americans, but must act as Democrats or Republicans. The politicians are so controlled by their parties that they either play along or they are marked and their party support goes to their upcoming opponent.
I would just like to say how blessed you are to have Ronda Rich in your paper. I have all of her books and met her when she spoke at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta. She is a very charming and very talented lady and very much the example of a Southern woman. I look forward to enjoying many more of her delightful stories.
Re: "Fed programs have replaced voluntary aid," letter of Oct. 7: David Long feels that the federal government has taken over the things that we should do to help our fellow man. He hopes that men are good enough to do the right thing for one another without any government intervention.
I was walking through the mall and I realized something: I no longer notice the overweight and obese people, but I notice those who are slim. They are the exception now rather than the rule. Over indulgence and obesity have become commonplace and accepted.
A word to all incumbents in the U.S. Congress and to all incumbent officeholders: Come election time, we will remember how callously and harshly you have treated us, your constituents.
Congratulations to the Gainesville City Council for postponing any action to support and fund the long-proposed and ever-changing Glades Reservoir. The council is smart to pause and ask important questions before committing support for Hall County's $14.5 million application to the Governor's Water Supply Program at the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.
Under the guise of the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Interior Department went beyond the pale last week when it closed (or attempted to close) the World War II Memorial in Washington.
A good friend of mine 45 years ago said that the first level of support when you needed help should be your family, then your church, then your local community. Somewhere, mainly between FDR and Lyndon Johnson, we moved most of that to Washington. We removed the personal, positive feeling you get from helping someone. We made it something not offered but "entitled."
When the housing market spiraled out of control and all those Americans that were associated in some facet started losing jobs, who really cared? When home improvement stores as well as others stopped producing tax revenue due to a housing crises who really cared? As revenue dropped and it became impossible to balance our local, state and federal budgets, so we froze hiring, furloughed employees and cut services, who cared? When our government and its elected officials could not come to terms to right the ship and they closed federal run agencies, who cared?
The book that came out this week, "100 years of Gainesville High Football" is really a good read. If you or a member of your family were cheerleaders or football players over the past century you will really enjoy it.
I would like to comment on some issues discussed in a letter written by Gene Cobb of Gainesville in Saturday's Times: Communities that have tried using "dual use" firefighters and police officers usually return to the traditional model of delivering emergency services after a short period of time. It just doesn't work.
I am writing to oppose the request by a political party that candidates pledge not to raise taxes. While everyone would like to avoid raising taxes, we cannot predict a necessity to do so. For example, we cannot forecast the financial support the state legislature will provide for education. In fact, for a number of years in the past, that support was decreased, forcing some school systems to raise local taxes.
Trepidation would be a good word to describe my feeling following the reading of "Lake dwellers should brace for higher property values" in The Times (Sunday). Perhaps I overreacted to what I perceived was a slight adversarial tone in the article presented by the author and chief appraiser or just my recent elevated lack of trust in government.
I have a question. One day between 8:30 and 9, with a normal rush morning for people to get to work, Longstreet Bridge on Cleveland Highway was blocked both ways, north and south, by a stalled car in the south lane. Not a wreck, a stalled car. Sitting behind it was a state patrol car equipped with a large bumper that I assume could be used for pushing other cars.
As a progressive Democrat, I'm sick of President Barack Obama. I'm not talking about the promise of what he might have been, but the reality of what he actually is. Five years of observation and disappointment have led me to conclude we were fooled or suckered into electing a man who has proven to be the second coming of G.W. Bush.
There has been some discussion of late on the editorial page concerning the origins of life. We either created ourselves or we have a Creator. The difference of view boils down to presuppositions.
I would like to remind the people of one of the problems of the past ordeal of the ice and snow, one that goes unnoticed. In fact, one of several that goes unnoticed: The great amounts of salt and sand put out over so great an area so quickly once a snowstorm hits an area.
The continuing fiasco of daylight saving time use is long past justification. Economic cost due to associated problems, confusion, schedule disruption, etc., exceed any savings.
If evolution were a proven fact, why is it not still happening? Why are monkeys not turning into men? I know a lot of men that are turning into monkeys.
I was quite surprised that the letter from George Kaulbach on Feb. 20 was printed by The Times. He very selectively picked out information which supposedly supports his beliefs. It is obvious that his "research" has been limited primarily or wholly to the output of creationists, several of whom he cites.
I saw in the Feb. 20 paper that Jody Woodall was looking at names for the Central Hall Multiuse Trail from local officials. I can't wait for this trail to be built out to a usable length, which for me, would be about 7 miles.
Whether you or I agree or not, people have a right to their beliefs, unless you oppose the left. The current issue is with the bill in Arizona that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed.
Page 1 of 1