Agree to the debt limit increase by agreeing to a two-year decrease in all federal salaries by 10 percent. This solution avoids any tax increase and would cut federal spending. This solution would be popular with most Americans.
It is troubling that some in Washington want to cut spending in Medicaid and Medicare across the board.
I heard the president say today that the average American citizen doesn't keep up with aspects of the debt, GDP, etc. Maybe not, but unlike the president, we have enough sense to know that you cannot spend your way out of debt, nor spend money you don't have.
I recently took my granddaughter to her karate class. While waiting, I watched outside until her class was ready. I observed a gigantic SUV pull up and stop. The driver let two young boys out by themselves while he found two parking spots large enough for his vehicle.
It's election time again, and as usual, we have been given a crisis to help us make up our minds. The planting field is ready, now we need the fertilizer. It will not be spread by machine but by word of mouth.
What makes me shake my head about Republicans and tea party members is that they are self-centered and only think about their wallets while hiding behind the flag and proclaim liberty and freedom.
Surely more than a few readers of The Times settled in with their paper on the morning of the Fourth and savored, along with their coffee, the reason for the holiday and some of America's best civic poetry: Mr. Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence, as edited and approved by friends, colleagues and political leaders, in General Congress Assembled. And reprinted on The Times editorial page.
To all you illegal immigrants, don't threaten us to leave if you don't get what you want: Just go. We won't stop you. Then maybe legal people can get their jobs back and be able to keep their homes, cars and keep food on the table.
You want your cake and eat it, too, as my mom use to say. Brandon Givens' views on immigration reform (July 1) leave out a few key points.
This is in response to a recent article by Joan King. In it, she sounded so exasperated, feeling like she'd written everything and all she could concerning global warming and yet some of us skeptics still don't get it. She talks of a consensus of scientists who are all on board with this theory. She also stated they had come to an agreement it is caused by man-made carbon emissions.
On July 1, The Times had a piece on Georgia House Bill 87. On July 3, there was another article declaring HB 87 as un-Christian.
I appreciated the article in the July 3 editon of The Times, "Christian leaders struggle with immigration law." I noted that one of the persons you quoted said, "Laws are important."
I noticed an item in the paper recently that caught my attention. It stated that Social Security was projecting a cost-of-living adjustment of 0.9 percent for this year. This, after figuring that the cost of living had not gone up at all the last two years. Talk about adding insult to injury.
It is difficult for me to understand Cokie Roberts' explanations and justifications for her opinions of homosexual acceptance.
Have you heard what Bill O'Reily said on Fox News recently? A school in New York City can't mention religion, so the children are singing "When the ants go marching in."
After reading The Times' article regarding Tommy Lee Waldrip and the hideous crime he committed against the young Dawsonville man, Keith Evans, 23 years ago, I am still in disbelief of our so-called "justice" system.
Another budget year and another disappointment for our library system and its patrons. Our county officials' spending on website redesign and an energy study, with unused results, instead of providing funding needed to take county agencies off of furlough toes the line of malfeasance, a word I learned from a children's picture book that I read at my library ("Olivia and the Fairy Princesses" by Ian Falconer).
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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