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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
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
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.