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.
I am writing in regards to Michael Wheeler's article Aug. 18, "UGA researches climate change on animal agriculture," adapted from Georgia FACES.
After the "great compromise," we are led to believe a "red ribbon" supercommittee is going to solve our financial problems by cutting our spending by trillions, a committee composed of 24-karat liberal spenders. This is kind of like hiring Bonnie and Clyde to guard a bank vault.
I had the pleasure of attending the outstanding rally to support Israel on Wednesday afternoon in downtown Gainesville. I was surprised by the number and variety of people who came out for this event. The speakers were excellent, and the organizers did a great job.
I wanted to respond to Joan King's Tuesday column, "Utility's risk-sharing plan akin to a tax hike on customers." She has omitted several important facts concerning the construction of Georgia Power's new nuclear reactors at Plant Vogtle in Waynesboro.
Just recently, I attended a local Republican meeting to witness how we get the candidates we get. I witnessed the old guard sneer at any new faces and whisper that "they must be those tea party people." It's then that I began to realize how losing any control of their power is a direct threat, and will not be tolerated from either the Democrats or Republicans.
With the holiday season, especially Christmas, the news fills with stories about threats to our most sacred religious values, Christmas and prayer in school. Two recent letters published in The Times touch on these subjects.
Has anyone noticed that record-breaking temperatures are taking place all over the country, including Georgia? New York recently was under a blanket of snow, as much as 9 feet in places. Schools and businesses were closed and even the Buffalo Bills football game was moved in only the third week in November.
It's Christmas. It's the end of the year. That time of year where everyone is enjoying the holiday festivities and winding down from their busy lives. It's a time for joy, for peace, for happiness, for forgiveness and for kindness.
Well, it's almost Christmas again and it's supposed to be a happy time of year. It's meant to be a time to focus on the one it's really all about, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
Life in a small town is great for a while. Many of us grow up in the comfort of a small town where we all gather on Friday nights to cheer on the local football team and go to church on Sunday mornings.
In spite of rain and clouds on a recent Saturday, our city of Lula, as well as other towns in the area, was busy preparing annual Christmas celebration festivities on Dec. 6. Our mayor and council had voted to purchase new (and much needed) Christmas lights and decorations for the town.
OK, this is crazy. It's Christmas shopping time and no one cares who they run over with their carts! My mother is 95 years old and when a female heard the words, "I can take someone over here," this person was like a race horse and bumped my mother's cart. But at least she got to be first in line!
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Attorney Joe B. Sartain Jr. of Gainesville on his recent passing.
On Wednesday, I read about the humanist group suing Hall County Schools over prayers. The complainants were listed as Jane Doe, Jane Roe and Jane Coe due to the fact identification posed a risk.
Wednesday, I read in the paper that this group called the humanists have filed a lawsuit against the Hall County School District for promoting prayer and Christianity.
I tend to agree with the humanist group to remove prayer in school. Likewise, then schools will be compelled to remove all the Five Pillars of Islam in Common Core.
This time of year we begin hearing about the "War on Christmas," as the nonreligious seek to enforce the constitutional separation between church and state. Others talk about a "War on Thanksgiving" as early shopping begins to infringe on family time and Thanksgiving time. But there's another war far more displeasing to God, at least according to Jesus.
Many thanks should be extended to all the local restaurants who provided free dinners to veterans on Veterans Day. Such a positive, supportive attitude only serves to strengthen the community and the country. A week later, I was impressed to see a restaurant in Buford extend the honor by providing literally hundreds of free dinners to local veterans.
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