A wonderful opportunity is waiting with open arms for the governments of Gainesville and Hall County. It's the piece of pavement now used for parking on the north side of the downtown parking deck and Brenau University.
For decades, students at the traditional public schools in Georgia have been denied the chance to win a state championship because the system overseen by the Georgia High School Association ignores the fact that there is no parity among traditional public schools, private schools and city schools.
The ongoing referendum this month to extend the special purpose local option sales tax in Gainesville-Hall County offers an exciting opportunity for the children and youth of our community. If SPLOST passes, Gainesville will be able to launch Phase I construction of the city's first youth sports fields in more than 30 years.
I applaud plans for the appointment of a local citizens' oversight committee to carefully monitor expenditures in the next round of special purpose local option sales tax funding.
I appreciate Jeff Casper's recent letter. He's right when he says voting for a president is like changing a light bulb. We voted repeatedly for illumination and each time we've been disappointed. Not just with President Barack Obama, but also George W. Bush, before him.
In reading Kathleen Parker's Thursday column, "GOP is a tragedy in 52 acts," I find the usual liberal twisting of facts.
As chairman of Hall Progress 2015, I am writing to express my support for SPLOST VII. I want to encourage our community to make a strong showing at the polls. Early voting began on Feb. 23 and continues through March 13.
On Feb. 27, Gainesville lost one of its most outstanding citizens, Deke Richards.
Thank you, editors of The Times, for publishing The Associated Press article "Antarctica's retreating ice may transform Earth" in Saturday's edition, Page 3D. What an understatement!
Hall County voters will be asked on March 17 to approve SPLOST VII, a special purpose local option sales tax that includes funding for the purchase of books and renovation of the library's main branch in Gainesville.
After participating in the Georgia Water Coalition's Capitol Conversation Day on Feb. 18 as a member of the Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, I want to urge our community to support the ongoing efforts to protect and care for Georgia's water resources.
RE: Jonah Goldberg's article from Feb. 17: Goldberg used the words "liberal journalists" who try putting down religion by resurrecting Darwin's "Theory of Evolution." He went on to say "Darwinism is used to 'otherize' certain people of traditional faith."
What is being indecent? The dress codes of today's society are so different and let go than those of the past.
On Feb. 21, a front page piece in your paper headlined "Poor bear brunt of sales tax hikes." On Sunday, the lead piece on the Opinion page was "Voters should approve special sales tax."
The proposed updating of Hall County's Emergency 911 system, as outlined in the Sunday issue of The Times, offers a golden opportunity to install an emergency call system which really meets the needs of area residents and travelers.
To Hall County Commissioners: I write on behalf of the Hall County Library System. I have been honored to be associated with them for several years. I have been able to personally view how well they perform. I have also witnessed the distressing shortage of funds allocated by the county commissioners during this recession.
We make decisions based on emotion, not reason, especially when it comes to religion and politics. One recent example is how most conservative Christians support "Citizens United," the Supreme Court decision that says corporations are people and have the same rights as people, even though they don't always die after 80 or 90 years like real people do.
I was encouraged to see that White County Sheriff Neal Walden showed compassion and a little common sense in dropping the charges against a heartbroken, grieving father.
It is my hope that the idea of testing what students have learned in order to measure what teachers have taught does not disappear as a result of the recent controversies.
I think it was Joan King who recently wrote people only want support for what they believe and are not interested in facts that challenge their beliefs. As a pastor (retired) I've certainly found this true among professing Christians.
Excellent article in the April 10 edition of The Times about bats and white-nose syndrome that has been decimating bat populations of several different species in the U.S. for the last decade. Information such as this is vital to get out to the public, along with describing the importance of bats, as Michael Wheeler has done in his article.
I read with great interest your April 19 article "Many parents' answer to high-stakes testing." While there are constitutional rights and laws that allow parents to opt their child out of testing, I am still a bit mystified as to why they would want to.
There is usually quite a bit of discussion regarding illegal immigration, and what we need to do to address this issue. Unfortunately, we have not made much progress up to this point.
I think I have a simple solution for the water wars. The ecology folks want everything left natural, as if man were not here.
Now I know why they say justice is blind. They see everyone as guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. People are brought into court shackled with two armed policemen with guns to watch them. That way everyone sees that person as guilty from the start.
I live in a small mountain community in Northeast Georgia and I have been a physician for 43 years. It has become obvious to me that if we do not provide a healthy environment on our earth, future generations will suffer both economically and socially, and from severe medical problems.
It is easy to take forests in Georgia for granted. They are often viewed as natural gifts akin to the sun and the clouds, timeless and steadfast. But Georgia's forests have not been here forever, and they don't take care of themselves. As we pause on Earth Day to appreciate our environment, let's reflect on the many benefits provided by working forests, and resolve to confront the public policy threat they face.
When you are surfing channels on your TV, what do you find? Is it: "Belly too big? Knees too low? Head too big? Feet too slow?"
Regarding moving Lanier Tech: Thank you, Jerry Jackson. I too am concerned about this sudden move of Lanier Tech. Who stands to gain the most from this move?
I am a little disappointed in the article titled "New fee upsets tourism industry." The article itself was well written and worthy of the front page. However, the content of those interviewed and their titles was a little disturbing.