Has America developed a "death wish" mindset? Maybe it's just me, but it seems that ever since we elected our present chief executive in 2008, things have been steadily going to hell in a handbasket with Barack Obama and his corrupt, dysfunctional administration of radical "America-hating" loons. I've made a study over the last 5½ years of all the broken promises and unfilled commitments this president has made. His signature accomplishment is Obamacare. This health care system was never intended to improve health coverage for America. Its sole purpose was to divide Americans and financially destroy our capitalistic ...
The members of the Gainesville Police Department and I would like to sincerely thank everyone for their patience, preparations and understanding during the inclement winter weather. Things could have truly been crippling had it not been for the communities support and preparedness. You, the community, took the warnings to heart, prepared and allowed us in public safety and service to conduct our jobs. You heeded the warnings to keep the roadways clear to help us ensure the safest possible outcome during this weather. At no time during this challenging weather did we ever sacrifice, suspend or alter our service to ...
Other voices speak to raise the level of concern of growing gap between rich and poor. Times headlines (Feb. 9) report that "Pay gap not a hot topic in Hall area." Local leaders polled that income inequality is not in the conversation, while some see a solution to the problem.
I don't know which disturbs me more, the request from PETA member Sarah Segal for a memorial for chickens killed in a wreck recently in Gainesville, or the fact that The Times gave top billing to the subject in the Feb. 7 issue.
Common Core has been forced upon the states in an underhanded manner. The federal government made it a requirement that states adopt Common Core if they wanted to receive money for education from the 2009 Stimulus Bill. The applications for these funds were sent out and due back when the state legislature was not in session.
I invite members of the Hall County Board of Commissioners to ride along with me while I make my Meals On Wheels deliveries. Share with me the experience of interacting with some of the recipients of this service. For many this lunchtime fare is the only healthful, nutritional meal they will see that day.
A recent letter writer misstated what happened to the 17 bears PETA rescued from the virtually barren pits at the Black Forest Bear Park. The bears, who stared at concrete walls 24 hours a day, are now experiencing the joys of wide-open spaces, dirt to dig in and trees to use as back-scratchers, all from the safety of a Colorado sanctuary.
In response to Dick Yarbrough's "Guns for God" commentary, it would appear he has put emotion over intellect in forming his opinion on the issue of guns in places of worship.
A recent article focused on an Atlanta food bank that provided 45 million pounds of food to needy families in 2013, and it expects a significant increase in demand if the proposed cut in food stamps is enacted by Congress. Apparently food banks everywhere are anticipating this same predicament: too many clients, not enough food.
On behalf of all 170 hospitals across Georgia, I want to express appreciation to Gov. Nathan Deal for his steadfast resolve and determination to ensure the safety and welfare of hospital patients and caregivers during last week's icy road traffic jam. His office proactively reached out to me early in the afternoon of the first day to ask if any of Georgia's hospitals needed help with road access to the emergency room.
The Gainesville Prayer Band was originally started by Ms. Blanche Alexander in 1950. She held it in her home for many years, every Saturday night. Later on, she moved it to the church where it was on every first Sunday morning at 6 a.m.
I feel I must disagree with Teressa Glazer on her column Jan. 24. She described the victory that PETA claimed in closing the bear pit in Helen. In the piece, it was stated that 17 grizzly and black bears were removed from the bear pits (which were in bankruptcy) and released into the wild in Colorado, where some of those bears who were born in captivity had never walked on grass until then.
It's fitting that the State of the Union Address focused on inequality. Because the real state of our union is about growing inequality between rich and powerful Washington, D.C., insiders and we the people in America.
I would just like to take this chance to thank our esteemed state representatives for voting for and changing the state insurance (not), since the new insurance will not pay for needed medication for MS.
Our Hall County Commissioners seem out of step with the needs of our elderly by not agreeing to support the Gainesville-Hall Community Service Center's Legacy Link grant application. They know they must agree to provide funds to allow grants to be made for programs like Meals On Wheels.
I disagree with Joan King that assisted suicide, which she refers to by the euphemism "aid in dying," is legal in Montana.
Never in our history has our commander in chief been more concerned about telling our enemies what he's not going to do rather than taking the advice of his experienced defense and military advisers.
Did I really read that correctly? Are Hall County and Gainesville really considering giving taxpayers' monies to spruce up Lakeshore Mall? (story here)
As a writing teacher at UNG, I spend a great deal of time during the summer and into August thinking about the incoming group of students I will be closely working with during the fall semester. Currently, I have been thinking a lot about how much of my students' writing has been graded by a computer and not a human, an unfortunate reality in this era of high-stakes testing.
It is beyond my understanding the disagreement going on between Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia and Northeast Georgia Health System. (story here) This sounds to me like there is a personality problem somewhere. If both parties are committed to reaching an agreement, I suggest starting negotiations with new people.
I would like to tell Judge Cliff Jolliff how much I appreciate and respect him. Having been in his court a few times, I could see his main concern was the welfare of the children involved in all court cases. I could also see how difficult it was for him to deal with many difficult custody cases. I would not want to have that responsibility for any amount of money.
I have seen many decades roll by like a flash in my lifetime. As I reflect on them, I can't remember a time when we were in such dire need of leadership. If we continue to travel the road we are now traveling our destination is doom.
I saw the pictures in Tuesday's paper (Aug. 19) depicting Brenau University participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge. I was very upset to see this type of behavior being promoted as a fundraiser by ALS or Brenau.
Re: Ruben Navarrette Jr. column in The Times on Tuesday: "Who's afraid of a little ol' hyphen?" Over elapsed time, I have considered this person's articles as relatively coherent. What happened?
We shouldn't be told when and where we can pray. If a person doesn't like it, then they should stay home. We Christians also have our right to pray. God runs this world, not a few people who do not believe in God.
Why do we have a Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization? Anyone should know you can't take funding from one road project to another. Does this group do anything to help get roads improved? I see this group as a waste of money and time.
The flak over folks praying at Chestatee High School is one of those good news/bad news situations.
Was Bruce Vandiver's letter last week in The Times a scare tactic? I don't know. I do know that environmentalists often employ such tactics.
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