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Hall County voters are deciding whether they want to pay a sixth round of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax to fund major projects across the county, but some of the projects voted on in years past still have not been completed.

March 08, 2009 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint

Federal stimulus: Show us the money

The two-year, $787 billion federal stimulus bill, called the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was signed in February by President Barack Obama. It provides a mix of federal spending to help create jobs, tax cuts and aid to states. Political posturing continues as details still are filtering down to state governments about how much money they may receive and when.

March 01, 2009 | From staff reports | Viewpoint

Local stimulation: How the feds have helped the economy before

Joe Lane Cox remembers the rough times of the late 1970s and early 1980s - high jobless and interest rates among them.

Even as Dawson County's then-sole commissioner, he and his wife each worked two jobs (his as a night watchman) to keep paying the bills.

February 22, 2009 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint

Stay tuned: The digital TV conversion

Brendann Jordan happily watches her favorite shows - "Grey's Anatomy," "American Idol" and "Lost"- on an old analog set, and she concedes she's not yet ready for the conversion to digital TV.

"I just kind of don't know what to do," said Jordan, a Gillsville resident who feels the transition is an unnecessary hassle. "I don't think it's fair."

February 15, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Viewpoint

Lincoln: 'Let us strive on to finish the work we are in...'

"Yours of the 25th suggesting the names of Col. Fremont, and Messrs. Hunt, Raynor, and Gilmer for places in the Cabinet is received. I had thought of all of them before, but not very definitely of any except Mr. Gilmer ... If you will ascertain his feelings, and write me, I shall be obliged. Our German friends might not be quite satisfied with his appointment, but I think we could appease them."

February 08, 2009 | For The Times | Viewpoint

Access to a diploma

When Linda Brock watched her son, Dylan, graduate from Flowery Branch High School last May, her eyes brimmed with tears as her son strolled confidently in his cap and gown to pick up his diploma.

The 19-year-old had big dreams. He wanted to be a television broadcaster.

February 01, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Viewpoint

Ms. Jordan goes to Washington


January 25, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Viewpoint

Dear Mr. President

As students of Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School tuned into the first presidential election their young minds will remember, they marveled at the notion that President-elect Barack Obama will be "the boss" of our nation Tuesday.

For whatever reason, the man strikes a chord with kids.

January 18, 2009 | | Viewpoint

Does it still pay to recycle?

A year ago, when the global economy was still booming, anything that could be recycled was a hot commodity.

January 11, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint

Stretching the state's budget

If you hear a governor talking about the most challenging state budget in history, you can take your pick of any of 41 chief executives who face budget gaps of a combined $42 billion on their fiscal year 2009 spending plans.

January 04, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Viewpoint

On the Issues: Where they stand


December 28, 2008 | | Viewpoint

Protecting a pet project

It's been interesting watching the evolution of animal welfare in Hall County over the years. Bessie Vickers began our humane society, spent her money and time caring for the homeless animals of the region, and later donated the family land she had used to start her mission. After stringent interview sessions, "Miss Bessie" placed many dogs and cats with prospective adopters. Due to space limitations, many had to be euthanized.

December 28, 2008 | BY John C. Sundstrom For The Times | Viewpoint

On the Issues: Protecting the planet

As the seemingly endless presidential campaign season winds down, attention has focused on bread-and-butter issues: the economy, jobs, taxes, health care.

No one is uttering a word about clean air, water, land conservation, global warming, endangered species. But when a new president takes office in January, his involvement will be pivotal in shaping the nation's environmental policies.

December 21, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint

Building a neighborhood

On the south side of Gainesville sits a network of neighborhoods that some call the twilight zone.

December 21, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Viewpoint

On the Issues: Powered forward

During this presidential election season, the candidates have been talking a lot about the best ways to fuel our cars and power our homes.

"I don't recall an election where energy policy was discussed this much," said John Duffield, a professor of political science at Georgia State University.

December 14, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint

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