I'd like to mention just a few things about our president that really disturb me.
In response to William Clark's letter, "Managing animal water being a waste of our state tax dollars," I would like to point out that the climate change grant referenced in the article was a federal grant and no state funds are being expended on that project.
I have lived near and now on Spout Springs Road for six years. I remember when there was very busy morning and evening commuter traffic. With the lower employment and changing economy, this rationale and experience is no longer the same.
As is my habit, I read Dr. John Rosemond's column Monday concerning homework with interest. I found myself in agreement with most of his notions, as is generally the case, but I must be missing something somewhere, as I am baffled by his assertion that he "know(s) of no other professional group (other than teachers) that expects others to help them with their job and not be paid for it."
Tom Crawford in his article, "Tea party's T-SPLOST battle brings out anti-tea party forces" made a statement that shows he either does not understand the view which the tea party has taken on this issue, or else he has an agenda he wishes to promote.
I wanted to respond to Doug Everett's response, "PSC is watching nuclear plant projects closely," to Joan King's column last week. I attended the PSC meeting in Atlanta on July 6 on the rate sharing mechanism, which was open for public input. The process, which is supposed to allow public comment to the commissioners, was a sham.
Regarding Dick Yarbrough's touching column about the short life of Abby Smith. Mr. Yarbrough really hits the issue of trying to empathize with others who may not be as fortunate, and, in describing young Abby's life, he brings out some truths we can all learn.
Adele Kushner's letters to the editor have surprised me. I wondered where she found the courage to write informed letters that didn't follow popular local themes.
I wish to commend The Times for publishing what I am sure to be an unpopular column by John Stossel, "What seems wrong might not be when you look a little closer" (Monday).
America is truly heading straight for our next revolution. This revolution will not be one of innovation or industry. Rather, this revolution will come in the form of a people who have finally become fed up with the overreaching of boundaries on all sides by the American government.
I, too, attended the prayers for Israel and saw the lady wearing the Tallith (prayer shawl) as a sash and was not happy at the sight.
If Rick Perry is elected president, there will be a new slant to an old game created during the eras of Hoot Gibson, Tom Mix and John Wayne. It will be Perry and his cronies against the rest of us playing cowboys and indigents.
In response to Melinda Gottfried's questions about how Christians would feel if "little cups of juice" were served at a Christian event, this Christian wouldn't mind at all. It's a symbolic gesture, and like a man-made fabric shawl, shouldn't be worshipped as anything more.
Re: Joan King's column, "Risk sharing is akin to a tax," in the Aug. 23 Times. This is an attempt to accommodate her two questions: Why aren't people paying more attention to her explanations of how Georgia power is taking advantage of us taxpayers and is she the only one who thinks this is wrong?
The nuclear elephant in the room is only touched on tangentially in Joan King's Tuesday column and Doug Everett's letter Thursday. That is the fact that the nuclear power industry is beginning to wither and fail because of its prohibitive costs and its demonstrated hazards to the livability of the planet. It is becoming very difficult to find private investors for new construction.
The flak over folks praying at Chestatee High School is one of those good news/bad news situations.
Was Bruce Vandiver's letter last week in The Times a scare tactic? I don't know. I do know that environmentalists often employ such tactics.
To Monica Miller of the American Humanist Association: As a resident of Hall County let me say that I am deeply offended by your organization's threat of legal action against Chestatee High School.
When I was a boy in my lower grades at Candler Elementary School on Candler Road, we said our blessing before leaving our classroom going to lunch. Every so often, these people would come to the school in the lunchroom, and Bible verses we learned we would be able to say and be rewarded with a book marker or sometimes a little Bible testament.
What do we do about nuclear waste? Actually the answer is quite simple. The problem we most often run into with the high-grade questions, is political.
I read in your paper about the crisis on our border with Mexico. It is clear Mexico looks the other way when immigrants cross its southern border and enter the United States. I lived in south Texas for 20 years and their security is a joke. They are the most corrupt in the world.
Well, what do you know. It appears we have some more Madalyn Murray O'Hair wannabes. The American Humanist Organization of Washington, D.C., has threatened legal action against Chestatee High School to prevent high school coaches from leading and participating in prayer with the players.
My annual visit to the VA facility in Lawrenceville prompted me to write this note about my treatment. This visit was the most professionally handled than I have ever received at a medical facility. My appointment time was right on the mark.
In response to Rick Frommer's letter blaming South Carolina Democrats for failure of a private nuclear waste recycling venture at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River site, I don't think it matters which party controlled the state.
To add some background to the letter published Wednesday from Bobby R. Stone in Alto: About 1969, three of the biggest energy companies in the world, Allied Chemical Co., Gulf Oil Co., Royal Dutch (Oil Co.) and Shell Oil Co. formed a partnership called Allied Gulf Royal Dutch Shell. The purpose of this company was to build a nuclear recycling plant on private land near the Savannah River Site in Barnwell County, as mentioned by Mr. Stone.
I have read some interesting discussions recently, pros and cons of nuclear energy. I leaned "pro" all my working life, but after retiring and thinking it through, I am not sure anymore. I am going to introduce an aspect that I have not seen in other discussions. I speak from the position of a trained radiation worker with more than 30 years of experience. I am writing about "nuclear waste," a sanitized term the industry uses to refer to radioactive poisons and toxins.
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