How many times have you heard someone say "the government should do something about that?"
This comment is in relation to the recent controversy surrounding Gainesville High School's selection of co-valedictorians for the May 2012 graduation. Historically valedictorians have been chosen based on highest GPAs. When deviations to this norm are taken, people pay attention and ask "why?"
I want to start by saying congratulations to Gainesville High School student Cody Stephens for being named valedictorian. His work and persistence are to be commended. The fact that he was named co-valedictorian takes nothing away from my respect for him.
It is difficult for me to disagree with some of Alan Shope's observations, but I wonder why he submitted all of this Billy Graham stuff. When did he have his meeting with God? Is he a frustrated preacher wishing to share his fear and confusion? Is practicing the Golden Rule too simple?
I love watching football, but I often have considered professional athletes overgrown, overpaid, egomaniacal children who were completely out of touch with reality. A story I read today on the ESPN website brought my awareness of this problem to a new level.
In addition to its love affair with wealth and power, the other problem with fundamentalist religion, including fundamentalist Christianity, is its insistence that some people will spend eternity in hell.
It's obvious that Newt Gingrich has made a deal with Rick Perry. Newt promised Perry that Perry would go down in history if he would drop out and endorse Gingrich.
Those that will profit off of the transportation SPLOST want to educate the public on why you should vote "yes." But what about the little guy paying all the costs?
Thank heaven for the good sense and activism of the Hall County commission who truly make an attempt to represent the residents of Hall County. Anyone who has ever had any dealings with the city of Oakwood knows how devious it is.
Rep. Rusty Kidd's DUI legislation ("Bill could offer 2nd chance after DUI charge," Sunday's Times) is the wrong bill at the wrong time.
I thank God we're able to express our opinions.
We're now entering the last year of President Barack Obama's term as chief executive of our nation. This upcoming presidential campaign is not going to be a pleasant one.
I have often wondered what it would take to bring this country down short of a military invasion. These are some of the things that came to mind.
In your Jan. 18 edition, Michelle Crawford gives her kudos to Fred Chitwood for his courage in assailing the character of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
In response to Alan Shope's "America, let's embrace our true liberal soul (Jan. 6):"
Hall County's school superintendent unfairly claimed in an Oct. 21 guest column in The Times that my organization's research lamented the billions in education state budget cuts in recent years without suggesting ways Georgia might reverse the damage the financial squeeze is causing.
Thank you for your coverage of the Georgia Water Coalition's Dirty Dozen report (Oct. 22). As it has for the past three years, the GWC's Dirty Dozen report details how state water policy is leading to the wasteful use of state funds and complicating the two-decade old water dispute with Florida and Alabama.
Kathleen Parker, in her Oct. 23 Opinion Page article, demonstrates her complete ignorance of hunting and disdain for hunters in general by quoting or referencing comments from one of the most anti-hunting groups in this country, namely the Humane Society of the United States.
I read the article by Ruben Navarrette, "Time to get smart at border (Tuesday)," and would like to help him out since he missed the boat.
A "person" who drops a pet on someone else's property is my problem right now. Are they too cheap to feed the animal or too lazy?
My mom always told me I was special, and that there was a plan and purpose for my life. I have spent my entire adult life trying to find out what made me special, and how I could make a difference in this world.
I am very pleased to see state Sen. Steve Gooch is trying to solve our problem with road funding in Georgia. This should have been addressed years ago but has been allowed to continue to a point of emergency.
Perhaps guts had nothing to do with the decision the school board in Madison County made concerning the religious monument on school grounds. Maybe its members chose to not set up their county for a budget-busting legal case that could bankrupt them.
Response to Darrell Newton's letter Friday: Certainly, everyone has the right to say what he thinks, but they really should have the facts before doing so.
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.
I just want to extend a word of thanks to Gainesville City Councilmen Bob Hamrick and George Wangemann for taking the moral high ground on the brewery issue. Gainesville and Hall County have gotten along just fine for decades without having a brewery. Inevitably, this will bring bars and other establishments that attract unwanted attention in the form of drunkenness and other social maladies that create areas of crime and rude behavior.
Here we go again, folks, just another example of no guts: The school board in Madison County caved to an atheist group over a monument on school grounds that had Bible verses and quotes on it that was paid for by private donations.
Tens of thousands of Georgians live with life-long disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury. As medical technology, safety and trauma care have improved, more people survive traumatic injury, but many then face a lifetime of physical, behavioral and cognitive impairments requiring ongoing support services.
When you add it all up, the steady stream of lies from the White House, the Democratic party and its supporters, the liberal left media, there is only one answer: There is NO Democratic candidate worthy of even a single vote. In fact, I don't see how a Democrat could vote for himself or herself.
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