On New Year's Day, three senior citizens had a lovely surprise: A wonderful, anonymous gentleman paid for our dinners at Texas Roadhouse. This is our way to say "thank you" and let him know that we surely will pass it forward.
As I have read with much interest the editorials, news reports and letters to the editor over the past few months and weeks about the lawsuit that has been filed and the outrage of those that don't want to hear a prayer, let alone have their children hear it in schools or any other public place, I am reminded I also have the right to pray anywhere I so choose.
I am writing a rebuttal to the letter posted Dec. 27 from Gary Gambrell. He questions the intellect of all who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and again in 2012. He lists "facts" why our country is worse off during President Obama's term in office, all of which I am sure he heard on Fox News.
I agree with Michael W. Parker of Flowery Branch on his views. No one has the right to force prayer or their own belief on anyone.
I have always had a disgust for litter. To me people are the ones who should take care of the world we live in. After all, aren't we the only creatures who create litter?
When I first heard the comments made by Prof. Jonathan Gruber, the architect of the Affordable Care Act, concerning the intellect ("stupidity," he said) of the American people, I was offended.
Over the last year, the Civil Service Board has come under fire regarding their review of employment termination decisions from various Hall County offices. In particular, their review of the termination of Deputies Dodd and Henslee has rankled the Hall County Sheriff's Office and the Board of Commissioners.
The holiday season brings out the best in many, and I have seen a multitude of blessings come from the season of giving we have just completed with The Medical Center Foundation's Healthy Journey Campaign.
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!
Several weeks ago, we looked back at the historic march that began in Selma, Ala., in March 1965. This event was a painful time in our nation's history, but a time that we can all gather great strength from.
Many people are like sheep concerning buzzwords. One participates and the rest follow the herd. Eventually, a buzzword becomes annoying, trite and ready for banishment.
The front page headline Sunday in The Times read "Where have all the voters gone?" Let's go back just a few months to the fall of 2014 when midterm elections were in the news. Recall The Times writing about how politicians in Hall County were concerned that SPLOST VII would not be passed by voters for a seventh time if SPLOST VII was placed on the November 2014 ballot?
I read with concern the two recent items in The Times regarding alleged bullying at Myers Elementary (March 7 article, March 19 letter to the editor). Quite honestly, I was confused; I thought perhaps I had read the name of the school incorrectly, and even more confused when I read the principal involved in the articles. I started shaking my head, thinking,"Are you kidding me? Are they really accusing Beth Hudgins of dealing improperly with a situation so potentially hurtful?"
I am writing in response to the article, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville" of March 7. It saddened me to read such negative words about Beth Hudgins.
I recently read in The Times, and I was not really surprised, what sweet idea America has now: Tens of thousands of immigrant children are allowed here, in the good old u.s.a. via Florida.
Amidst the horror and grief of Selma and Ferguson, I heard a tender story that I would like to share with our readers.
Mary Drummer is right on about Georgia's senators being wrong to have sent a letter to Iran. They are certainly overstepping their place and proving once again that they, of the Republican party, are incapable of sensibly leading this country's government.
I am writing in response to the article from March 7, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville." As a parent of a child in elementary school, the subject is concerning to me. However, I am not worried at all because my child goes to Myers Elementary School. I'm not worried because I have 100 percent faith in my son's teacher and his principal to do the right thing for my child, and those in his class.
There have been some recent headlines about home sales falling. Those headlines are misleading. Housing sales look different from one month to another and from one quarter to another.
If Hall County government/Chamber of Commerce/Hall Progress 2015 could be truthful about the SPLOST, the following is what they would say:
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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