Reading the candidates' comments in The Times is always informative. Over the years, I've noticed that the term "promote growth" is stated often by those seeking our vote, not only at election time but also in neighborhood and town hall meetings.
Gainesville city planners and City Council members exhibited remarkable powers of short term vision Tuesday night when they opted for a model of urban sprawl and likely another red light on Thompson Bridge.
I spent nine long months sharing a body with you. I endured morning sickness, fatigue and stretch marks. Like a parasite, your developing body took everything it needed from my own body. It took nutrients from the food and liquids I ingested, and even the calcium from my bones. I became more aware of what I put into my own body because I knew that ultimately it would end up in yours.
Winston Churchill once said, "The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."
I would like to applaud Gov. Nathan Deal and our state legislators for upholding our Second Amendment rights. Since February, I have had $19,000 in equipment stolen, two property crimes committed on my dad's estate, and thanks to a really good neighbor, another equipment theft prevented.
Hank Aaron was celebrated recently on the 40th anniversary of breaking Babe Ruth's record. In his remarks after the ceremony, he said Obama's critics today were like those who sent him hate letters years ago. "The bigger difference is that back then they had hoods. Now they have neckties and starched shirts," meaning Republicans.
Thank you for printing the column by Tom Crawford in Wednesday's paper. His thoughtful article about the dangers of guns in public places was refreshing.
We may all have varying opinions as to whether the Safe Georgia Protection Act makes us safer and in my opinion, it certainly does not.
In his April 3 letter, Michael W. Parker used some questionable data to try to prove his point. He would do well to read John Lott's third edition of "More Guns, Less Crime," especially chapter 10.
It is a shame and a disgrace that the beautiful city of Ellijay was used as the site of the signing of the most recent Georgia gun rights bill. I cannot believe that the citizens of this state would actually agree that a bunch of gun-packing drunkards in bars makes us safer and that a house of worship and weapons used for killing are in any way compatible.
The infrastructure is very important in building our community as we need sewer, water, transportation, housing, schools, recreation, hospitals and many other things. The more I take classes and instruction, I realize how important this is, a very necessary component.
In his April 18 letter, Paul Barnes said, "I hope all of you who voted on a Democratic ballot the last two voting cycles got the change you voted for."
Our elder citizens are an untapped, or least undertapped, resource. Working at a local craft store, I was impressed by a young certified nursing assistant's enthusiasm for her overnight shift. She was to be sitting with an elder lady in an assisted living facility. To help fill the hours for the two of them, the CNA had enlisted the lady to teach her to crochet.
There's something terribly wrong in this country when we elect a president who clearly has little or no regard for the nation or people he is supposed to faithfully serve and protect. I don't know about the rest of you, but for myself, the arrogance and stubborn, selfish attitude of refusing to listen or consider other points of view pertaining to national policy, whether they differ from his own is obvious.
Hundreds of U.S. Postal Service mailboxes built and are being built weekly, which are completely surrounded by brick, concrete, cement, stone or iron, are all illegal (aren't they?) and very dangerous. They are being built on government property inches away from the road and less than 25 feet from the center of the road.
Thank you, Paige Mellinger, for your letter to the editor "Support your library and the good it does a community" appearing Thursday in The Times.
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.
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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