This country has become so polarized as a nation that we can no longer function as Americans, but must act as Democrats or Republicans. The politicians are so controlled by their parties that they either play along or they are marked and their party support goes to their upcoming opponent.
I would just like to say how blessed you are to have Ronda Rich in your paper. I have all of her books and met her when she spoke at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta. She is a very charming and very talented lady and very much the example of a Southern woman. I look forward to enjoying many more of her delightful stories.
Re: "Fed programs have replaced voluntary aid," letter of Oct. 7: David Long feels that the federal government has taken over the things that we should do to help our fellow man. He hopes that men are good enough to do the right thing for one another without any government intervention.
I was walking through the mall and I realized something: I no longer notice the overweight and obese people, but I notice those who are slim. They are the exception now rather than the rule. Over indulgence and obesity have become commonplace and accepted.
A word to all incumbents in the U.S. Congress and to all incumbent officeholders: Come election time, we will remember how callously and harshly you have treated us, your constituents.
Congratulations to the Gainesville City Council for postponing any action to support and fund the long-proposed and ever-changing Glades Reservoir. The council is smart to pause and ask important questions before committing support for Hall County's $14.5 million application to the Governor's Water Supply Program at the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.
Under the guise of the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Interior Department went beyond the pale last week when it closed (or attempted to close) the World War II Memorial in Washington.
A good friend of mine 45 years ago said that the first level of support when you needed help should be your family, then your church, then your local community. Somewhere, mainly between FDR and Lyndon Johnson, we moved most of that to Washington. We removed the personal, positive feeling you get from helping someone. We made it something not offered but "entitled."
When the housing market spiraled out of control and all those Americans that were associated in some facet started losing jobs, who really cared? When home improvement stores as well as others stopped producing tax revenue due to a housing crises who really cared? As revenue dropped and it became impossible to balance our local, state and federal budgets, so we froze hiring, furloughed employees and cut services, who cared? When our government and its elected officials could not come to terms to right the ship and they closed federal run agencies, who cared?
The book that came out this week, "100 years of Gainesville High Football" is really a good read. If you or a member of your family were cheerleaders or football players over the past century you will really enjoy it.
My conscience will not permit me to sit this one out; mere silence would make me as guilty as they are. I refer to Congress, specifically the U.S. House of Representatives. The American people are not toys to manipulate at will. They were elected to do a job, not play some sort of Russian roulette game with the lives, well-being and futures of American citizens.
My comment to The White House and president is that I didn't vote for him, but I agreed to support him because only fools would want their president to fail. However, over time I've come to the conclusion that I can no longer support him, for I do not believe in his actions and policies.
I agree with Joan King that more guns are not the answer to our gun deaths problem, but others also have made some good observations. Gun control is only one of the problems. We need to address the human factor.
I am a retired physician and lifelong Republican voter. I have, for a number of years, believed our current health care system was in need of an overhaul. I don't know if Obamacare is the solution and only time will tell.
National Preparedness Month in September ended with Gainesville-Hall County, in collaboration with Interactive Neighborhood for Kids, holding the first annual Personal and Family Preparedness Fair in our community. The fair was an important first step for kids to learn about first-responder resources that support our region during a disaster.
I have a question. One day between 8:30 and 9, with a normal rush morning for people to get to work, Longstreet Bridge on Cleveland Highway was blocked both ways, north and south, by a stalled car in the south lane. Not a wreck, a stalled car. Sitting behind it was a state patrol car equipped with a large bumper that I assume could be used for pushing other cars.
As a progressive Democrat, I'm sick of President Barack Obama. I'm not talking about the promise of what he might have been, but the reality of what he actually is. Five years of observation and disappointment have led me to conclude we were fooled or suckered into electing a man who has proven to be the second coming of G.W. Bush.
There has been some discussion of late on the editorial page concerning the origins of life. We either created ourselves or we have a Creator. The difference of view boils down to presuppositions.
I would like to remind the people of one of the problems of the past ordeal of the ice and snow, one that goes unnoticed. In fact, one of several that goes unnoticed: The great amounts of salt and sand put out over so great an area so quickly once a snowstorm hits an area.
The continuing fiasco of daylight saving time use is long past justification. Economic cost due to associated problems, confusion, schedule disruption, etc., exceed any savings.
If evolution were a proven fact, why is it not still happening? Why are monkeys not turning into men? I know a lot of men that are turning into monkeys.
I was quite surprised that the letter from George Kaulbach on Feb. 20 was printed by The Times. He very selectively picked out information which supposedly supports his beliefs. It is obvious that his "research" has been limited primarily or wholly to the output of creationists, several of whom he cites.
I saw in the Feb. 20 paper that Jody Woodall was looking at names for the Central Hall Multiuse Trail from local officials. I can't wait for this trail to be built out to a usable length, which for me, would be about 7 miles.
Whether you or I agree or not, people have a right to their beliefs, unless you oppose the left. The current issue is with the bill in Arizona that Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed.
This letter is in response to Jim McCarthy's letter and anyone else who believes more guns in public means a safer community. I'm not sure about him, but I'm positive I live in the real world. In the real world, people who carry guns are no better or worse than everybody else, and that's the problem.
A recent letter to the editor suggested what many in Georgia believe to be true about guns: If only we had more of them, there would be fewer gun tragedies.
I want to thank Hall County road maintenance workers when we had the snow and ice on the roads. I called them to clean my street along with some more streets that were covered in snow. They went far beyond what I asked them to do. Also, the street sign was knocked down and they came out immediately to put it back up.
This letter is for all the global warming folks in your reading audience. I have figured out a cheap way to get rid of global warming: Get rid of all that hot air coming out of Washington, D.C. It's sure to get the job done.
An open letter to Rep. Doug Collins and Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson:
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