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Voters in Hall, its cities all have one key item on ballot: School sales tax

In the upcoming local elections, it is important that all registered voters, in Hall County and all the cities, turn out to cast their ballots, either by voting early or showing up Nov. 3 on Election Day.

October 23, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


The way politicians speak wouldn’t work well in business

During the 18 months of an American presidential campaign, business leaders could potentially hear hundreds of candidates speaking. Executives and managers might mistakenly assume that these public figures got to the forefront because they are superb speakers and therefore role models for addressing audiences.

October 22, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Obama is latest president whose policies, lies hurt Mideast stability

Everyone's angry over President Barack Obama's policy for the Middle East. Conservatives say he hasn't been hawkish enough to fight and win their wars; progressives feel betrayed because Obama did the opposite of what he promised to do when he spoke about bringing change to government.

October 21, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


It’s time for term limits on ballot

If our country is serious about change, let us get term limits on the ballot to let the people decide. No politician is likely to vote in favor of it.

October 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Proposed bypass isn’t best way to ease traffic

I am writing to express my concerns regarding the proposed four-lane bypass to be built behind Enota School to connect Enota Avenue with South Enota Drive. This seems like a bad idea. Why does Public Works want to tear up and destroy one of Gainesville's stable neighborhoods?

October 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


We need more than thoughts, prayers to end gun violence

Another mass shooting, this time in Oregon. Not the result of some terrorist organization or a frustrated politico seeking office. Not a revolutionary or radical seeking reforms in our political process but another demented man allowed to purchase guns and ammunition without effective screening.

October 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Vote ‘yes’ to continue E-SPLOST

I am writing to express my support for continuing the education sales tax on the Nov. 3 local ballot. I also want to encourage citizens to vote early now through Oct. 30 at the Hall County Government Center.

October 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Education sales tax is still best option for funding local schools

To maintain the excellent reputation of our local school systems, we must continue to invest in technology, building repairs and upgrades, and new facilities. It's a basic fact of life. So it really comes down to two funding options for our local schools: Increase property taxes (ugh!) or continue our one-penny sales tax for local education expenses (yes!).

October 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Easing mandatory prison sentences for low-level drug offenders is overdue

In 1980, American taxpayers spent $540 million incarcerating 24,000 federal prisoners. Today, the United States spends over $6.9 billion locking up more than 218,000 people in federal prison. Half of these people are nonviolent drug offenders.

October 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Don’t confuse vote for school sales tax with other in March

I would like to clear up some confusion about the upcoming E-SPLOST vote on the November ballot.

October 17, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Democrats are to blame for the mess the nation finds itself in

I would think even the most ill-informed would agree the world and our country are in a very sad state in many respects. The Mideast is in bloody chaos where Christians and others are being slaughtered by the thousands. Our economy ($18 trillion in debt and counting) is a house of cards and the big money boys are calling the shots.

October 17, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Saving endangered hemlock trees is smart stewardship

Stewardship, taking care of the resources with which we've been entrusted, is not only an obligation and privilege but also a smart thing to do. And when a significant component of those resources is in trouble, smart people take action.

October 17, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


The ‘caliber’ we should focus on is ours as human beings

On April 20, 1999, my daughter, Elizabeth, was helping me prepare dinner when we heard about the school shooting at Columbine near Littleton, Colo. This was not the first shooting at a school, and far from the first mass murder in America, but it shocked the nation. For weeks on end, there was commentary and political uproar. Many schools added security and metal detectors, making the students feel more like prisoners than students.

October 09, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Link federal debt to politicians’ pay, plus other fixes for what ails America

Here's a bold, common-sense 20-point plan to return America to economic and political sanity:

October 08, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Gun violence and its images haunt us, yet no one will take action

It's 1 a.m. and I'm sleepless. Guns, gun violence, murders, and political, social and religious support for guns deny me some sleep. Perhaps even my rest.

October 07, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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