Every time I speak at a funeral or visit someone in the hospital, I'm reminded how painful life is. I've spent countless hours with people who have lost loved ones, and with people who are dying. As you age, you begin to lose loved ones to heart disease, cancer and dementia.
I write this letter to pose further understanding after Tuesday's column by Joan King. Ms. King is a thoughtful and generally cogent writer. I read her column faithfully and remain in strong respect for her consistent revelations concerning the ongoing corruption in our nuclear plant construction process.
I am the director of nursing for Homestead Hospice of Athens and we have patients who are residents at Summers Landing Assisted living facility in Gainesville. It was a complete coincidence that I was visiting the facility at the exact moment that some frozen pipes in the ceiling burst Jan. 8. I wanted to write a letter to the editor in attempt to recognize the staff of Summers Landing. They happened to be having a staff meeting at the same time and that meant there were more employees in the building than usual.
I think the thing that has frustrated me the most during the two terms of Barack Obama has been the efforts of Sen. Harry Reid to prevent Obama from acting as president. Other than the Affordable Care Act, Reid has not allowed any of the legislation passed in the House of Representatives to even come up for vote, let alone go to the president for action.
I read with interest Doyle McManus' Jan. 1 editorial on his "hits and misses" of 2014. His upbeat statement that "Dozens of Democrats joined with pragmatic Republicans to pass a spending bill is an unexpected win for bipartisanship."
On New Year's Day, we said farewell to one of the true coaching legends of the area and the state when Coach Jim Lofton passed from this life into the next after a long battle with congestive heart failure.
More about the "accomplishments" under Obama: Rebuttal to letter from Sheila Nicholas of Dec. 31.
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.
So community and political organizers in the Latino and African-American communities have begun a push for district voting in Gainesville.
When I was a child, I was fascinated by the liturgy and art of the Roman Catholic Church. I would sneak into the living room on Christmas Eve and watch Midnight Mass from Rome. Being raised in a Baptist church in Southeast Arkansas, it was all so foreign! But something within it resonated within me.
In the midst of the current firestorm raging around the Confederate Battle Flag, intolerant, hate-filled voices demand the eradication of all things remotely associated with Confederate heritage. Quietly seeking but denied permission to be heard are the voices of reason which offer the love of Christ as the remedy for the angst afflicting American society at large.
On April 30, 1789, on Wall Street in New York City, the capital of the United States (at that time), Gen. George Washington had been sworn in as the first president. He and his government staff walked over to a little stone church, which is still standing today close to Ground Zero.
As I am called a bigot, a homophobe, and other names for my stance against gay marriage, I had an awakening thought: As people call me those names, they are also calling Jesus those names since He was the one who defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.
Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rewritten the long-standing definition of marriage, the same-sex population and their supporters are gleeful while the rest of us are being labeled "intolerant, insensitive and hateful" for clinging to our archaic Biblical beliefs.
A huge thank you to BB&T for benefitting Randy and Friends through their Lighthouse Project. They spent many volunteer hours working to improve the Rooster's Perch Coffeehouse, in addition to the work space where employment and life skills are taught to adults with disabilities.
Concerning climate change, Pope Francis' stance in his Encyclical is very clear. He stated, "A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system," and "scientific studies indicate that most global warming is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity. Climate change is a global problem with grave implications."
I wanted to attend the Hall County budget meetings but couldn't. This is what I would have said:
The 2 percent, or less, of our population identified as LGBT are not being picked on. Rather, their bullying is being resisted. Nobody cares what other people are doing relationally in the privacy of their homes (no bomb building, please). We do care how our children are educated and about our Biblical values such as sanctity of marriage.
I have lots of words regarding Dick's column regarding our dad, but think only one is appropriate: Amen!
Last week, our country and our community received a command, not merely a call. We must reach deep inside our hearts and heads to find ways to reach people before they become unreachable, such as the young man responsible for the tremendous tragedy in Charleston.
The other day I read a small notice that our illustrious city council was considering "improving the square." I had lunch at the square the other day, sat outside and had a nice time just looking. I found the square looked very nice - nothing needs to be done.
Just like the Roman emperor Constantine did 1800 years ago, the "powers that be" continue to politicize Jesus for their own personal gain. And Christians continue to be vulnerable. Traditional theology hasn't helped much.
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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