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Your Views: Don’t tell me millage rate isn’t an increase if I pay more taxes

I was mad as hell after reading the June 5 article, "County ponders tax hike." Hall County Commissioner Jeff Stowe was quoted as saying, "In my opinion, I don't see it as a tax increase when you keep your millage rate exactly the same."

June 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall leaders adopt same old philosophy of tax-and-spend

I moved to Hall County many years ago to escape the outrageous "tax and spend" mentality of the Atlanta and DeKalb area governments. I now find myself looking around to escape the outrageous "tax and spend" mentality of the Hall County government.

June 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Taxes go up on lake lot with no dock, house on it

I received my new tax assessment. I opened it and nearly passed out. I have 0.4 acres of land that abuts Corps property. It is not dockable (I had the Corps come out a few years ago to see about putting dock in) because it is too far from the lake and you risk your life trying to get there.

June 07, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Times’ co-founder offers her thanks, best wishes to retiring publisher

Dennis Stockton is resigning after 10 years as publisher of The Times. I would like to write an open letter describing what Dennis has meant to the paper, its coverage, and the area as a whole.

June 06, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Despite tragedy, Habersham sheriff is a man to trust

There is no way in the world to minimize the tragedy in Habersham County in which a child was critically injured by a "flash-bang" device used during a drug raid there. I feel confident the facts will be searched out and proper action, whatever it may need be, will be taken. Possibly, we will never know exactly what transpired.

June 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


State Bar mourns loss of Wyc Orr

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Gainesville attorney E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr on his recent and very untimely passing.

June 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Georgia legal community mourns loss of Wyc Orr

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Gainesville attorney E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr on his recent and very untimely passing.

June 04, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Property tax reassessments always err on the high side

Echoing Al Marks' letter in The Times on Friday, the recent property re-evaluations leave something to be desired. I generally support the idea of reassessment, particularly for properties that have not been assessed or sold in a long time. But what is the logic for assessing properties that have very recently been sold, instead of using actuals?

May 31, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall shoved tax increase on lake properties down residents’ throats

Well, it happened, just as predicted. Lake property owners in Hall County (there's about 7,000 of us) got zapped with property re-evaluations that, in many cases, doubled and in some cases went even more.

May 30, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Memorial Day celebration a long overdue show of appreciation

Upon returning home from Vietnam and service in 1967, the only welcomes received were from family and friends. Monday, I participated with my recently joined Vietnam veterans group in the Memorial Day parade. The echoes of welcome home were extremely emotional and gratifying. Thank you, America.

May 30, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: East Hall High students, staff showed loving acceptance

To the East Hall High School faculty and staff:

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


Your Views: Family grateful for Gainesville’s support, love for LeeAnn Noble

Joe and I wanted to thank the Gainesville community for their unending support to our daughter, LeeAnn Noble, and us over the last five months. There were so many areas of support right from the beginning of LeeAnn's recent medical journey and eventual death.

May 24, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Meals on Wheels support just one part of caring for our seniors

On behalf of the Gainesville-Hall County Meals on Wheels program, I would like to thank Hall County Commission Chairman Richard Mecum, Commissioner Jeff Stowe and Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan for their recent participation in the delivery of a meal and hope to homebound seniors in Gainesville and Hall County.

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


Your Views: Obama robs us of respect, security and our privacy

I have been robbed, not by a back-alley mugger, but by the Obama administration and his fellow muggers, the Democratic Party. Let me elaborate.

May 22, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Georgia probation industry works to improve service

The recent column, "A well-aimed veto from Deal deserves applause (Tom Crawford, May 7)," ignored numerous benefits provided by the private probation industry in Georgia. Probation companies deliver a cost-effective and valuable service that enhances public safety, while supervising approximately 250,000 probationers and working with more than 600 municipal, state, probate and superior courts.

May 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Lions Clubs look to grow, add to service

Your article Sunday concerning challenges to area civic clubs did a good job in pointing out the struggles most civic clubs have in carrying on the work that they do.

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


Your Views: Hall County’s big heart helps refill food bank

I would personally like to thank the good and generous people of Hall County for their contributions of canned and boxed food items that helped to restock the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Your very generous donations will help feed the hungry and needy among us in Hall County and four surrounding counties.

September 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Letter writer, columnist defend weak presidents, attack Bush

I do not make it a habit of reading your left-leaning (Your Views) section. This is in direct response to Gabriel Shippy's comments about how George Bush got us in a war.

September 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Funding for Obama’s war is already there

To fund Mr. Obama's war, the Pentagon, at this time, has nearly $60 billion, unspent, in the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund.

September 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Focus on horrors by Islamic State ignores others

Every day I'm confronted with news reports suggesting the militant Islamic State organization is a threat to America. It is constantly in the news with lurid stories of mass executions and beheadings. These stories are reported as if atrocities and mass killings are not commonplace in war.

September 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama’s problems in Iraq started with Bush’s policies

It's hard not to feel a bit of sympathy for President Barack Obama. A lot of us predicted that whoever was elected to office after President George W. Bush would inherit a catastrophe on a domestic and international level. That prediction has turned out to be tragically accurate.

September 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Islamic State zealots raise memories of Nazi Germany

I read Friday's column by Jonah Goldberg, "A Web-fueled Foreign Legion for losers," with much trepidation. Yes, I fully agree that these "born-again" Islamists for the most part are comprised of the disenfranchised "losers" living on the fringes of society. They are now presented with an opportunity to inject their depravities onto minority segments of the population, or those that do not accept their 14th century laws and codes. This movement presents opportunities for them to obtain the power that they cannot otherwise gain through legal and democratic means.

September 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Lack of leadership from Obama, Congress will doom our nation

Since Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008, nothing good has come to pass for the American people. Our economy has gone to hell and still continues to get worse. All the lofty promises this incompetent loon made have failed to materialize.

September 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Substitute teachers’ pay unfair

How many people realize substitute teachers only make minimum wage? These people are always on call and can be asked to go to different schools. Now we read where the head of the school system just received a raise bringing his salary to more than $180,000 per year. Does anybody see anything wrong with this picture?

September 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: ALS bucket challenge is a noble cause

I read with interest but disappointment the comments by Guy Jordan in The Times Aug. 23 regarding his concern and being upset because Brenau University participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge, and his perspective on how this type of goodwill activity could be counterproductive and dangerous "in the long run."

September 08, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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