I've never quite understood the national debate about getting government out of our bedrooms until election night 2013.
I want to thank the awesome businesses around the Gainesville square who handed out candy on Halloween. Your generosity made it a very festive experience for many children and adults, including myself and my two little superhero grandsons! Thank you very much!
Citizens are concerned about the economy, the deficit and the decline of family values. Fixing our broken immigration system is a way to address these concerns in a positive way. Immigration reform will have a positive effect on our economy.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the Gainesville-Hall County community and even surrounding counties for their support of the Gainesville Lions Club. You have bought our mops and brooms, donated to our White Cane project which pays for eye surgeries and you have contributed to our fundraising endeavors over the years. The community we serve is the community that supports us.
Even with America's present distractions, problems and challenges, and Republicans' utter failure on the budget standoff, Republicans cannot be counted on to behave sensibly with the next budget negotiations. There are many things, however, which favor this not happening, the major one being the proximity of next year's elections.
I believe I have written three letters to The Times over the years, one in which I tried to make the case that public schools can not do it alone and must have the support of the larger community in meeting the challenging needs and demands placed upon it.
As I survey the political landscape, I see what an unmitigated mess our country is in. I keep saying to myself this is all a terrible nightmare. Unfortunately, it is not a nightmare but reality.
President John F. Kennedy said, "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."
Your editorial this past Sunday was a perfect example of what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they spoke of the need for a free press in our country. We need to know when our elected officials take their election as permission to disregard their obligation to conduct the people's business in an open manner and as part of the public record.
You hear it all the time when you play Buford or Gainesville: "I just hope no one gets hurt."
U.S. Rep. Allen Grayson of Florida compared the tea party to the KKK. I don't remember hearing anything about any tea party personnel hanging or beating any black folks, burning crosses or running around in white sheets.
I am concerned about the opening of a new gun dealership very near Gainesville High School. From the door of the store to the GHS gymnasium measures about 900 feet. This new gun store is not the only gun store near GHS. If you go just a bit further down John Morrow Parkway, you will find another gun dealership.
On Oct. 17, The Times wrote that Gainesville city officials are analyzing a proposal to fund a hotel and convention center that might possibly generate some jobs and revenue.
Re: "Science used...purely political," Friday's Times: The critic of Joan King's editorial claims that the "science" in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is "purely political." The latest report from the IPCC is not complete, but parts of it may be found at Internet sources, and I took the opportunity to look over it. It's actually pretty dense with scientific reporting, and fairly dispassionate. I found nothing to merit the charge of "political ... not scientific."
The letter by W.T. Hinds in The Times on Friday cannot be permitted to stand unanswered. His inaccurate and distorted description of this year's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is breathtaking.
During the airing of an interview by Bill O'Reilly on Fox News on Thursday, Col. David Hunt mentioned arming the "leadership" when O'Reilly quickly blew off the suggestion. O'Reilly then continued on with leading questions about the tragedy and promoting his own agenda.
In his Thursday response to Jerry Callahan concerning right-to-carry laws, Michael Parker presented a comparison of Atlanta and Chicago while decrying the availability of guns. I would like to counter his argument with a comparison, albeit brief, of Chicago and Houston.
Jerry Callahan, in his March 27 letter to The Times, mentions the work of John R. Lott as the final word in guns and crime. Lott's empirical work, on face value, was good. Many social scientists would agree that it stimulated others to examine the subject of right-to-carry laws and any relationship with crime.
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