I love it, love it, love it! Not enough money to paint the train, but the bridge to nowhere seem to have loads of money. For a possible site of offices and a hotel. When? I guess in 2025.
What better time to pray? Our country is in the midst of the process of electing a president and Congress members for the next four years. Our servicemen and women are deployed in the very dangerous countries of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other parts of the world. The economy of our country is teetering on collapse. Our state and community are struggling to work through the difficulties caused by the weakened economy.
Now that the election rosters are being resolved, get ready. We are about to be exposed to the worst money can buy. The purpose: to inundate voters with anything and everything that will compromise the thought process.
Even before our neighbor, Casey Turpin, was killed at the intersection of Ga. 365 and Howard Road, my husband and I referred to that intersection as the intersection of death. Trying to cross or enter Ga. 365 there is to take your life in your hands.
The Georgia Department of Transportation must install a traffic light at the Howard Road/Ga. 365 intersection. Every day I pass this section of road coming to work and going home. Every day, patrons of Racetrac and the YMCA jet out into traffic moving at speeds of at least 65 mph, holding and drinking hot coffee, not paying attention, congregating in the median, desperate to get back on the road.
The black community was understandably outraged about what happened to Trayvon Martin. But I always thought that the main point of the protests and public outcry seeking "justice" was that the killing needed to be properly investigated and the shooter arrested.
Trying to implement a new policy for public speaking during work sessions was a valiant effort by Craig Lutz - sadly the first and probably only thing beneficial he's contributed to the county during his stay as commissioner.
It is a shame that the DOT has allowed Ga. 365 to become a killing zone because the intersections where side roads dump crossing and left-turn traffic onto a four-lane, 65 mph highway do not meet the criterion for a traffic light.
Dear Mr. Givens: Did they not offer any history classes where you went to school?
I know many of you are aware of the tragic killing of a young black man, Trayvon Martin, in Florida. I don't have the facts, nor do others, but it seems to me that the shooter is being tried and convicted before it ever reaches the court room.
All the commissioners need to be voted out of office. They have done nothing but ruined the lives of the poor and middle class. They've passed a storage of junk law that has people living in fear.
I met with two friends the other day and, with our mutual interest in city planning, the topic quickly turned to the great development potential for the Georgia Mountains Center area. Indeed, there is big potential.
During the race for the White House, the candidates seem to be picking on each other. President Barack Obama got his chance when Gov. Mitt Romney let everyone know that he put his dog in a cage and rode him on the top of the car one day. He said the dog liked it!
The purpose of this is not to pit down any team that plays for the Hall County Parks and Leisure Services leagues. It is to question the fairness of allowing travel teams to play in this league.
The GOP moderates have (quietly) spoken. Rick Santorum is out, Newt Gingrich is bankrupt and the party is not conservative.
So community and political organizers in the Latino and African-American communities have begun a push for district voting in Gainesville.
When I was a child, I was fascinated by the liturgy and art of the Roman Catholic Church. I would sneak into the living room on Christmas Eve and watch Midnight Mass from Rome. Being raised in a Baptist church in Southeast Arkansas, it was all so foreign! But something within it resonated within me.
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.
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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