I am writing to express my opinion on Kathleen Parker's Sunday column, "Desire for justice doesn't justify state's power to kill." And Monday's page 1C story, "Fewer juries choose death penalty" by Atlanta Journal Constitution writers Bill Torpy and Bill Rankin.
I have read some of Kathleen Parker's articles and have had no problems with her writing until her Sunday offering in The Times condemning capital punishment.
To Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss: It is bad enough that you remain silent concerning the egregious abuse of power that the Obama administration is perpetrating on the common citizenry.
Congratulations to Jackson EMC for returning $4.75 million to its customers. Hoorah, hoorah, for private enterprise.
I've enjoyed seeing the deer for nine years in the Riverside Drive area after moving there in 2002. Even this morning, the first thing I saw looking out into my front yard was a mother and her baby deer. So enjoyable to see!
I seek to present another view to the column by Kathleen Parker in Sunday's Times. She sought to present a condemnation of capital punishment using the recent execution of Troy Davis as her evidence. There are strong points to be made on both sides of his case but I seek to bring light, not just heat, to the larger issue upon which the logic she presents fails completely.
Remember that real estate is local. While national, state, or even some local news may sound challenging, people need to be plugged in to what is actually happening in your neighborhood.
With the closure of the South Hall tag office, Hall County residents needing to visit the office must go to downtown Gainesville and struggle with limited parking issues.
Regrettably I missed the recent public meeting for the transportation sales tax initiative. Officials say these road and bridge projects could be financed by increasing the sales tax. Adding this 1 percent to the existing sales tax base of 7 percent would increase the tax burden to 8 percent. That is just too much of a premium to pay government over the normal selling price of any commodity, especially food and clothing.
I believe that Debbie Taylor would likely change her thoughts on deer in her neighborhood (and mine; I saw nine deer on or by the roads in three days a while ago) should she or one of her family or friends run into a deer on the road.
What a shame that mankind can't enjoy the beauty of wildlife. Bow hunting or not, most hunters aren't good enough with bows to actually kill a deer. The deer most often is seriously injured and suffers or has its throat slit.
A recent Times article stated that Georgia Lottery sales are boosted by many who don't use lottery-funded educational programs, including Georgia's lower income residents, its uneducated and its minorities. However, research clearly shows that Georgia Lottery players are representative of the general population.
Tom Oliver wants to reopen tag sites and fund next year by increasing property taxes. It seems more logical and equitable that some sort of vehicle tax be increased by those who are using tag offices.
President Barack Obama pushed upon the country his latest "jobs bill." Then he demanded it be passed. His words weren't a direct demand, but when you say it enough times it is implied.
I read with enthusiasm the recent article regarding the upcoming effort to thin the deer population within the Gainesville city limits. However, I shook my head in disbelief that unnamed officials from the Department of Natural Resources cannot go so far as to say the deer population in Gainesville is above normal.
I write this letter to pose further understanding after Tuesday's column by Joan King. Ms. King is a thoughtful and generally cogent writer. I read her column faithfully and remain in strong respect for her consistent revelations concerning the ongoing corruption in our nuclear plant construction process.
I am the director of nursing for Homestead Hospice of Athens and we have patients who are residents at Summers Landing Assisted living facility in Gainesville. It was a complete coincidence that I was visiting the facility at the exact moment that some frozen pipes in the ceiling burst Jan. 8. I wanted to write a letter to the editor in attempt to recognize the staff of Summers Landing. They happened to be having a staff meeting at the same time and that meant there were more employees in the building than usual.
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.