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Your Views: Taxes we already pay should be spent to improve state roads

Our past and present Georgia governors and legislature have the responsibility of spending some of our tax dollars on Georgia roads. They have been allocating and spending nearly $2 billion per year. Additionally, our federal tax dollars are being spent on Georgia transportation.

July 06, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Make effort to help veterans’ support groups

Many of us are not directly affected by the devastation that war can have on a family. Often the brave men and women who sacrifice everything for us all are just people in uniforms or wounded warriors who are plagued with a plethora of seen or unseen medical conditions, causing us to feel bad for them and their families.

July 06, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: To compete, state must upgrade its roads with sales tax

I plan to vote "yes" to the T-SPLOST on July 31, and I encourage you to do the same.

July 05, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Nation needs prayers to bring us more effective leadership

Back during Apollo 13's disaster in outer space, prayers went up by the millions. The Catholic Pope had millions praying. The priests in Jerusalem had thousands praying. Many other countries had their people praying for the Apollo 13 crew.

July 05, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama shows he cares with health law to protect people

His enemies have named it "Obamacare" as a slur, but our new health care law is aptly named because Obama really does care. He crafted this legislation for the people and he will fight for us and for our best interests through a forest of curses and gritted teeth. We have a champion.

July 05, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Roads sales tax would boost tourism in area

On behalf of the local and regional tourism industry, I am writing in support of the upcoming T-SPLOST referendum to improve our roadways.

June 30, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: State’s road project costs will rise over 10 years with sales tax

Why you should think twice before voting on the T-SPLOST 1 percent sales tax on July 31:

June 30, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Ballot doesn’t tell full story on sales tax

When you see the July 31, Hall County official ballot, take a hard look at the last item, Special Election, Referendum 1, T-SPLOST.

June 29, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: ‘No’ to T-SPLOST; target 1 cent of current tax for road projects

Would you sell your soul for a penny? Would you condemn your neighbor to eternal debt for a penny?

June 28, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Race in election is not a factor if there are only whites on ballot

Surely Michael Hawkins's letter of June 22 was tongue in cheek. During the more than 50 presidential elections before Barack Obama ran in 2008, with the possibility of a few write-in votes, every white person who voted for president voted for a white man. Surprise, Mr. Hawkins - during those same elections, every person of color also voted for a white man.

June 28, 2012 | Times Editorial Board | Letters to the editor


Your Views: State should require boaters to pass course

How many boating accidents, how many boating injuries, how many boating fatalities will it take before we have had enough?

June 27, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: As Ike said, we can’t risk our future with debt

From the farewell address by Dwight D. Eisenhower in January 1961: "We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow."

June 23, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Don’t turn our backs on future; vote ‘yes’ for roads sales tax

Sometimes it's better to receive. Would you turn your back on $360 million?

June 23, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Do you trust giving more money to governments? Say 'no' to T-SPLOST

I intend to vote "no" on the proposal to add an additional 1-cent sales tax to give the Department of Transportation (75 percent) and local governments (25 percent) more money to spend.

June 23, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Know what sales tax covers

On page 4 of Sunday's issue of The Times there is a list of the T-SPLOST exemptions. Notable among the missing is any mention of a food and medicine exemption.

June 23, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Why should tax money go to fix up mall?

Did I really read that correctly? Are Hall County and Gainesville really considering giving taxpayers' monies to spruce up Lakeshore Mall? (story here)

August 28, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Automated essay scoring could lead to high-tech ways to fool it

As a writing teacher at UNG, I spend a great deal of time during the summer and into August thinking about the incoming group of students I will be closely working with during the fall semester. Currently, I have been thinking a lot about how much of my students' writing has been graded by a computer and not a human, an unfortunate reality in this era of high-stakes testing.

August 28, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Blue Cross, Health System need to work out a deal to benefit all

It is beyond my understanding the disagreement going on between Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia and Northeast Georgia Health System. (story here) This sounds to me like there is a personality problem somewhere. If both parties are committed to reaching an agreement, I suggest starting negotiations with new people.

August 28, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Judge Jolliff has served well

I would like to tell Judge Cliff Jolliff how much I appreciate and respect him. Having been in his court a few times, I could see his main concern was the welfare of the children involved in all court cases. I could also see how difficult it was for him to deal with many difficult custody cases. I would not want to have that responsibility for any amount of money.

August 27, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Carson may be the healer nation needs

I have seen many decades roll by like a flash in my lifetime. As I reflect on them, I can't remember a time when we were in such dire need of leadership. If we continue to travel the road we are now traveling our destination is doom.

August 27, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Ice bucket challenges could do more harm in the long run

I saw the pictures in Tuesday's paper (Aug. 19) depicting Brenau University participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge. I was very upset to see this type of behavior being promoted as a fundraiser by ALS or Brenau.

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Columnist’s rant on hyphens might have cost him a reader

Re: Ruben Navarrette Jr. column in The Times on Tuesday: "Who's afraid of a little ol' hyphen?" Over elapsed time, I have considered this person's articles as relatively coherent. What happened?

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Who can pray? Everyone can

We shouldn't be told when and where we can pray. If a person doesn't like it, then they should stay home. We Christians also have our right to pray. God runs this world, not a few people who do not believe in God.

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Planning group seems a waste

Why do we have a Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization? Anyone should know you can't take funding from one road project to another. Does this group do anything to help get roads improved? I see this group as a waste of money and time.

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Prayers’ foes spark outrage, then a blessing

The flak over folks praying at Chestatee High School is one of those good news/bad news situations.

August 20, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Environmental groups trump up fears over energy

Was Bruce Vandiver's letter last week in The Times a scare tactic? I don't know. I do know that environmentalists often employ such tactics.

August 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Humanists have no place telling us who can pray

To Monica Miller of the American Humanist Association: As a resident of Hall County let me say that I am deeply offended by your organization's threat of legal action against Chestatee High School.

August 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Schools were safer when prayer was still allowed in classrooms

When I was a boy in my lower grades at Candler Elementary School on Candler Road, we said our blessing before leaving our classroom going to lunch. Every so often, these people would come to the school in the lunchroom, and Bible verses we learned we would be able to say and be rewarded with a book marker or sometimes a little Bible testament.

August 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Politics is still main obstacle to nuclear energy

What do we do about nuclear waste? Actually the answer is quite simple. The problem we most often run into with the high-grade questions, is political.

August 15, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Mexico should not apply a double standard on its borders

I read in your paper about the crisis on our border with Mexico. It is clear Mexico looks the other way when immigrants cross its southern border and enter the United States. I lived in south Texas for 20 years and their security is a joke. They are the most corrupt in the world.

August 15, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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