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Your Views: Sales tax would enhance highway safety in region

Our Northeast Georgia region has a proud history of making decisions that positively impacted our growth, our quality of life and our future prosperity. On July 31, we are again facing a big decision with a long-term impact in regards to one of our greatest assets: transportation infrastructure.

July 19, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Lowering alcohol limits on lake won’t fully solve safety issues

The powers to be are going to propose a lower BUI limit on Lanier and they think this will solve all the accidents and problems that occur on the lake.

July 19, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Investment in roads sales tax is cost-effective, will create jobs

I well may be in the minority on this, which isn't unusual for me since I call them exactly as I see them with specific reasons.

July 19, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Keep lake safety in mind to avoid more tragedies

The recent tragic incidents on Lake Lanier have brought on significant media attention and has increased the conversation among the public and local and state authorities on "how to make Lake Lanier more safe."

July 18, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Roads sales tax will provide a strong return on investment

Like most everyone, I have basically worked since I have been able. Starting on my uncle's tobacco farm at the age of 12 and moving up to a dishwasher at our local steakhouse by the age of 15, I have always clearly understood that in order to draw a paycheck, one has to work.

July 18, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: The uninformed should stay home on Election Day

I marvel at the Obamanites as they dance, squirm, and do all sorts of linguistic gymnastics to avoid having the Obamacare labeled a tax. It was extremely difficult to hold my lunch, last Sunday, while watching Obama's chief of staff, Jack Ludicrous, dodge the bullets Chris Wallace fired at him on Fox News. His nose grew a foot before the interview was over.

July 17, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Gainesville will benefit greatly from T-SPLOST

As mayor of Gainesville, I served on the District 2 roundtable and was a member of the five-person executive committee that selected the regional transportation projects to be voted on this month in the T-SPLOST Referendum. Because of the confusion and misinformation swirling around the T-SPLOST, I want to clarify some of the issues:

July 14, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: T-SPLOST helps economy move forward

As mayor of Oakwood, I encourage voters to learn the facts about T-SPLOST and strongly consider its passage as a step toward sustaining economic growth in our community, Hall County and all of Northeast Georgia.

July 13, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Speak up and encourage your friends to recycle, not litter

Back in early April The Times printed my letter encouraging people to recycle. I'm the guy who goes around Clermont picking up recyclables people throw out their vehicle windows, and this practice has allowed me to draw a few conclusions about litterers.

July 13, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Why doesn’t government treat license rules like voter ID laws?

It seems that as I grow older I have much more difficulty understanding the minds of people. I read where the U.S. attorney general is conducting campaigns and legal action against several states for trying to impose voter identification programs to prevent voter fraud during our upcoming presidential elections. I also hear the cries that the policies the states are trying to implement are strictly race-based discrimination programs.

July 13, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: T-SPLOST lets us deal with our local needs

This time, they got it right with T-Tax.

July 11, 2012 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: What will each of us do to keep our dream alive?

When most people think about our Independence Day, they think about a war fought and won, a nation created and stars and stripes. This is all well and good in the perception of remembrance because it is quite important. However, I would have to argue that it was more than that to our Founding Fathers. I would theorize that this day was symbolic of foresight and stewardship.

July 10, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Vote 'no' to T-SPLOST; it’s the wrong time for a new tax

Enough is enough. The people who are trying to pass this sales tax are asking for $16 billion to $19 billion. That's billion, which is equivalent to adding an extra 25-cent tax on each gallon of gas.

July 10, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: As welfare state expands, few carry their own chairs

Fifty years ago, in January 1962, I wrote an editorial for the school newspaper of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, which I attended. It could have been written today, and with some updates, reads like this:

July 09, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Cyclists only need a few feet of pavement to ride safely

Brent Holloway's article about sharing the road with cyclists blames the biker for using the road they are entitled to and certainly helped pay for. Three feet of pavement on each side of a few roads in Hall and surrounding Northeast Georgia counties is not too much to ask for.

July 09, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: History shows us motive separates a riot from a rebellion

Violence has again struck the streets of our nation, this time in Baltimore. How does this violence compare to Shay's Rebellion? That rebellion helped topple a government formed under the Articles of Confederation. It birthed our Constitution and our strong, central government.

May 02, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Our children, and our future, will be better off if they attend school

"What is one of the most important parts of everyone's life?" I asked myself. It's the knowledge we have that enables us to create, explore and challenge not only our own minds but others as well. That knowledge we achieve through education. I believe it is in the best interest of every person in America to have an education.

May 02, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall ignores reality with its high business tax assessments

Last year, Hall County slapped owners' crippled Lake Lanier properties with astronomical reassessments of their homes despite a 36-plus month supply of lake homes for sale, eight years of "pingpong" water levels and an Armageddon of a national economic recession.

May 01, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Laws didn’t break family apart; their illegal actions did

To the Rodriguez brothers in Sunday's Times, saying the law breaks families apart: Wrong! Let's put this into perspective.

April 29, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hard to believe that some still deny scientific origins of earth

It is strange that here in the 21st century with all our scientific knowledge as to how this planet and life on it began, our ventures into outer space and our phenomenal technological advances that 46 percent of Americans (58 percent of Republicans) still believe in ancient perceptions of how and when the earth and humans came to be; while 32 percent believe in evolution, only about 15 percent believe no deity controlled the process, up slightly.

April 29, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Dark times persist without a moral compass to guide us

Much like in Egypt prior to the exodus of the people of Israel, a darkness has come over our land, a darkness which may even be felt. A dread that pours into the soul leaving a sense that horror lies just beyond our reach out in the darkness.

April 29, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Offer support to those who suffer from Parkinson’s

Parkinson's Disease is not catching or hereditary. No one knows what causes it, but some of the dopamine cells in the brain die at an accelerated rate.

April 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall County leaders should restore library funding

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.

April 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hard to see how Christians can support corporations as people

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.

April 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Sheriff showed compassion by dropping charge against father

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.

April 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Atlanta cheating scandal shows how testing can go awry

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.

April 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Looking closer for answers to climate and evolution debates

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.

April 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Responsible cave explorers are careful not to transmit diseases

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.

April 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Parents who ‘opt out’ of testing don’t offer reasons

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.

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


Your Views: Perhaps legal immigrants pose the greatest terrorism threat

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.

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


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