The financial health and well-being of this county and the city of Gainesville will get no better until new people step forward to run for the Hall County Board of Commissioners and the Gainesville City Council.
I am a faithful rider of the Red Rabbit. I write you today to ask you not to cut the Red Rabbit service in Hall County. In the newspaper, the article read "For the few folks who ride the Red Rabbit ... would get a ride with family, friends, churches, other charities or taxi cab."
I find it very interesting Commissioner Billy Powell portrays the attitude that if we cannot increase taxes, than we can fix those who impose it by cutting out things of theirs. Notice that the commissioners were not willing to take a cut in pay to help out.
I'm am tired of hearing and reading about government budget woes. Those in office have abused the system to the point that failure is inevitable.
I noticed two plus years ago that surrounding counties including Gwinnett and Forsyth were making severe cuts to their planning and building inspection departments.
Some of our Hall County commissioners seem to be badly uninformed about the importance of the Community Service Center, especially since they have in mind cutting out funding because of income shortfall.
It is now clear, as was before 2008, that our county government, like AIG, did not see something coming. The variances of the situation are not the same; however, the concept remains the same.
Hall County commissioners are pointing fingers at the Hall County Sheriff's Office looking for a scapegoat for their budget woes. Don't forget commissioners, there are four fingers pointed back at you.
There are so many articles in our papers, radios and television covering the myriad of problems and woes that we, as a nation, are facing daily with no solutions to be found.
Some issues on the county budget: Regarding the Red Rabbit, if we are supporting this program 60-40, is the county getting 60 percent of the return? Since the city is unwilling to cooperate, I suggest we make sure we aren't paying more than our fair share. Regarding the waiver of taxes and interest on past-due tax bills, absolutely not. I had to pay my taxes on time and so should others. Since next year is ...
The letter from Mr. Fearn on Saturday implied that teachers where stupid if they voted for Nathan Deal because he intended to cut education budgets (along with a lot of other things).
My Monday morning this week was truly blessed by the column from Renee Hand Morris. As a reader of The Times for 19 years, I have always treasured the human interest stories by excellent local writers including Renee, Mildred Speights, Tack Cornelius, Tom Nichols, Harris Blackwood and others. They consistently touch my heart in ways that no other section of the paper can hope to do.
How many flat screen TV's were bought with taxpayers' money for the new public safety building? How many jobs could have been saved in construction costs? And now we're paying for a bridge to nowhere being built in town.
Many folks in the county have criticized Hall County commissioners for not looking at the long-term implications and costs of their decisions over the past couple of years.
On June 6, the Georgia Mountain Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America, a group of active, retired and former military officers, sponsored a golf tournament at Lake Lanier Islands for Wounded Warriors (wounded service members of any war or conflict) to raise funds for Homes for Troops, Fisher House and Wounded Warrior Transition and related programs. The chapter will donate more than $30,000 to those programs.
I am curious to know how a main road like McEver Road can be closed for such an extended period of time? We live off Jim Crow Road so we have been taking the detour like everyone else since the heavy rains last month caused the washout.
I would like to respond to the letter published May 8 by Ron Walker about teacher evaluations being an art rather than a science. I feel a teacher should be evaluated to better determine their performance and, more importantly, their pay.
I am sorry to read of our continuing budget woes in Monday's article about the Hall County Board of Education. The single, thin ray of sunshine is that Superintendent Will Schofield might include teachers in the decision-making process regarding teacher pay.
Jim Gorman's recent letter finished with this thought: We the people are supposed to be in control of our government, not a political elite ruling class. I agree. I see a ruling class whose strategic interest differs radically from that of most Americans. I see a ruling class composed of Wall Street and the corporate establishment. We call this democracy, but it does not seem to serve our interests or our political will. ...
Recently a letter appeared in which the writer condemned the Times for a commentary by the editorial board that sharply criticized the Obama administration. In reading and rereading the column, I find no fault in the editorial that truthfully stated what must be illegal acts by the Internal Revenue Service and the attorney general.
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