Evolution is a fact. But let's call it by its proper name, natural selection. Natural selection is not a "law;" it is a process where populations (including human) physically change over time to meet the challenges of an ever changing environment.
Reply to "Science vs. Religion," Saturday's Opinion page: Columnist Ann McFeatters cited a Gallup Poll that 46 percent of Americans believe God created man (humans) in their current form. This is alarming to her since the overwhelming scientific evidence is that evolution is true.
After all is said and done, from my perspective, where credit is due, credit is given. The processes and actions demonstrated to keep the highways and roads open were a great and successful effort.
Has America developed a "death wish" mindset? Maybe it's just me, but it seems that ever since we elected our present chief executive in 2008, things have been steadily going to hell in a handbasket with Barack Obama and his corrupt, dysfunctional administration of radical "America-hating" loons. I've made a study over the last 5½ years of all the broken promises and unfilled commitments this president has made. His signature accomplishment is Obamacare. This health care system was never intended to improve health coverage for America. Its sole purpose was to divide Americans and financially destroy our capitalistic ...
The members of the Gainesville Police Department and I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their patience, preparations and understanding during the inclement winter weather. Things could have truly been crippling had it not been for the communities support and preparedness. You, the community, took the warnings to heart, prepared and allowed us in public safety and service to conduct our jobs. You heeded the warnings to keep the roadways clear to help us ensure the safest possible outcome during this weather. At no time during this challenging weather did we ever sacrifice, suspend or alter our service to ...
Other voices speak to raise the level of concern of growing gap between rich and poor. Times headlines (Feb. 9) report that "Pay gap not a hot topic in Hall area." Local leaders polled that income inequality is not in the conversation, while some see a solution to the problem.
I don't know which disturbs me more, the request from PETA member Sarah Segal for a memorial for chickens killed in a wreck recently in Gainesville, or the fact that The Times gave top billing to the subject in the Feb. 7 issue.
Common Core has been forced upon the states in an underhanded manner. The federal government made it a requirement that states adopt Common Core if they wanted to receive money for education from the 2009 Stimulus Bill. The applications for these funds were sent out and due back when the state legislature was not in session.
I invite members of the Hall County Board of Commissioners to ride along with me while I make my Meals On Wheels deliveries. Share with me the experience of interacting with some of the recipients of this service. For many this lunchtime fare is the only healthful, nutritional meal they will see that day.
A recent letter writer misstated what happened to the 17 bears PETA rescued from the virtually barren pits at the Black Forest Bear Park. The bears, who stared at concrete walls 24 hours a day, are now experiencing the joys of wide-open spaces, dirt to dig in and trees to use as back-scratchers, all from the safety of a Colorado sanctuary.
In response to Dick Yarbrough's "Guns for God" commentary, it would appear he has put emotion over intellect in forming his opinion on the issue of guns in places of worship.
A recent article focused on an Atlanta food bank that provided 45 million pounds of food to needy families in 2013, and it expects a significant increase in demand if the proposed cut in food stamps is enacted by Congress. Apparently food banks everywhere are anticipating this same predicament: too many clients, not enough food.
On behalf of all 170 hospitals across Georgia, I want to express appreciation to Gov. Nathan Deal for his steadfast resolve and determination to ensure the safety and welfare of hospital patients and caregivers during last week's icy road traffic jam. His office proactively reached out to me early in the afternoon of the first day to ask if any of Georgia's hospitals needed help with road access to the emergency room.
The Gainesville Prayer Band was originally started by Ms. Blanche Alexander in 1950. She held it in her home for many years, every Saturday night. Later on, she moved it to the church where it was on every first Sunday morning at 6 a.m.
I feel I must disagree with Teressa Glazer on her column Jan. 24. She described the victory that PETA claimed in closing the bear pit in Helen. In the piece, it was stated that 17 grizzly and black bears were removed from the bear pits (which were in bankruptcy) and released into the wild in Colorado, where some of those bears who were born in captivity had never walked on grass until then.
I spent 60 years in newspapering in Anderson, S.C., Athens and The Atlanta Times, and 50 years in radio and television throughout the South. I write this to salute Gainesville and its vast medical community as nationally prominent in heart research. I owe my life to cardiologists there and couldn't dare name them all, but one, Dr. Jeffrey Marshall, has not only been a great doctor but a great mentor to let me pursue my career after suffering mightily.
I retired from coaching after 15 seasons in the NFL. I started off coaching five seasons as a high school coach in New Mexico and in Fremont, Calif. The Hall County football teams are extremely well coached. I often stand just outside the fence watching our incredibly competent coaches work. Hall County is a perfect place for a retired coach to live if he wants high-quality football every Friday night during the high school football season.
Here we go again, folks. Cormac J. Carney, a U.S. district judge, ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional. He called the death penalty an "empty promise that violates the Eighth Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment." This was brought on by a death row inmate.
I vaguely remember when voting Republican meant you were virtually assured of candidates who supported policies that promoted limited government and lower taxation. Obviously, this is no longer the case.
In response to Joan King's column of July 1: I'm tired of reading and responding to her ill- and misinformed rants about nuclear power, and specifically, Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle nuclear units Nos. 3 and 4, now under construction.
Re: Joan King's column of July 1: This will probably be my final attempt to help Joan King to acquire a more positive outlook involving use of nuclear power provided by electric energy utilities. Her ongoing presentations no longer dignify knowledgeable responses, which removes the interest to challenge them. Proper analogy is not seeing the forest because of the trees.
To Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson, Doug Collins and all members of our legislative branch of government: I thought you all were elected to represent us peons and to look after our interests. Is not the legislative branch along with the president and Supreme Court (equally) the top authorities in this great nation? Have I got those facts wrong?
The U.S. Congress is still hearing about the "stimulus package" that built the "bridge to nowhere." Well, we have one of those right here in Gainesville. Every time I go under the big white bridge over Jesse Jewell Parkway, I think, "What were they thinking?"
Hall County has 78,928 registered voters as of the May 20 primary. Only 13,587 of them took the trouble to go to the polls. 19.26 percent. A primary to select a Republican U.S. Senate candidate to oppose a Democrat in the general election in November, a state school superintendent and a local school board and several other selections draws ... 19.26 percent?
High fives to the good folks who organized and staged last weekend's Cracker Fly-in. We were blessed with a perfect day and the aircraft and people connected with them provided a fun time for everybody.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Gainesville attorney E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr on his recent and very untimely passing.
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