On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I offer congratulations to Mark Ruis of the Hall County Pretrial Services Division, recipient of the 2012 Liberty Bell Award; attorney Sam Harben of Harben, Hartley & LLP of Gainesville, recipient of the Judge A.R. Kenyon Award; and attorney Carla Walker of Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker, recipient of the Leadership Award.
In regards to the transportation sales tax, the statement, "economic development suffers if we don't pass this tax" is not valid because Georgia has always been behind the eight ball in transportation.
In regards to the sentencing of a former county clerk for theft from the county, I must take issue with the statement by the district attorney that "the primary purpose of the criminal justice system is to obtain restitution for the victims."
It must be campaign season. Every time a Hall County commissioner speaks, he will congratulate himself on how well the commissioners are working together, the wonderful projects they are moving ahead and how much money they are saving.
Georgia Virtual School notified us recently that on May 1, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 289 which no longer allows the use of state funds for Georgia Virtual School courses.
Imagine what would happen if our Washington politicians made every decision based on what's best for America instead of worrying about re-election and sustaining their self-serving careers? I'm fed up with "business as usual" in our nation's capital.
I have read several articles regarding rebates being received by policyholders as a result of the new Obamacare law. All these articles have stated that this is a benefit from the new legislation which was passed and signed into law on March 23, 2010.
The Chattahoochee River is in more serious trouble than you might think.
"It's not a tax it's a roll-up." Only a politician could have come up with that term. I would like to see what would happen if I went to my boss and said, "Boss I do not want a raise but I would like a salary roll-up so I can stay revenue neutral because of the cost of living and inflation."
Don't you just love it when one arm of our government implies that it is imperative that you approve another tax increase or your entire transportation system will fall apart, while another appendage is planning to spend a significant portion of your taxes on something that is absolutely unnecessary?
On Nov. 6, 1995, I walked into the Humane Society of Hall County (now Northeast Georgia) looking for a kitten to fill the void left by the loss of our 18-year-old calico Missy. The one who caught my eye was a beautiful, slightly scruffy little (no surprise) calico.
For most of the last years, we have seen in our nation a divide of Grand Canyon magnitude grow among our people and among our leaders.
Reading the results of a recent local poll has prompted me to put my 2 cents' worth in. The poll asked, "Should the city council and the county commission enter into a new study of consolidating the two?" The good news is that there were only 44 percent who were in favor of this idea. The bad news is that it is about 43 percent too high.
Congratulations and thank you to Hall County School Board Transportation Director Jewel Armour on his successful effort to convince the board of education to begin transporting students in propane-fueled buses.
I found the two Your Views letters in a recent edition of The Times, "No better than today to pray for nation," by Jullette A. Hawk and George Koesters' letter, "We need a leader to represent everyone," extremely interesting and probably agreed with in most circles.
Several weeks ago, we looked back at the historic march that began in Selma, Ala., in March 1965. This event was a painful time in our nation's history, but a time that we can all gather great strength from.
Many people are like sheep concerning buzzwords. One participates and the rest follow the herd. Eventually, a buzzword becomes annoying, trite and ready for banishment.
The front page headline Sunday in The Times read "Where have all the voters gone?" Let's go back just a few months to the fall of 2014 when midterm elections were in the news. Recall The Times writing about how politicians in Hall County were concerned that SPLOST VII would not be passed by voters for a seventh time if SPLOST VII was placed on the November 2014 ballot?
I read with concern the two recent items in The Times regarding alleged bullying at Myers Elementary (March 7 article, March 19 letter to the editor). Quite honestly, I was confused; I thought perhaps I had read the name of the school incorrectly, and even more confused when I read the principal involved in the articles. I started shaking my head, thinking,"Are you kidding me? Are they really accusing Beth Hudgins of dealing improperly with a situation so potentially hurtful?"
I am writing in response to the article, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville" of March 7. It saddened me to read such negative words about Beth Hudgins.
I recently read in The Times, and I was not really surprised, what sweet idea America has now: Tens of thousands of immigrant children are allowed here, in the good old u.s.a. via Florida.
Amidst the horror and grief of Selma and Ferguson, I heard a tender story that I would like to share with our readers.
Mary Drummer is right on about Georgia's senators being wrong to have sent a letter to Iran. They are certainly overstepping their place and proving once again that they, of the Republican party, are incapable of sensibly leading this country's government.
I am writing in response to the article from March 7, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville." As a parent of a child in elementary school, the subject is concerning to me. However, I am not worried at all because my child goes to Myers Elementary School. I'm not worried because I have 100 percent faith in my son's teacher and his principal to do the right thing for my child, and those in his class.
There have been some recent headlines about home sales falling. Those headlines are misleading. Housing sales look different from one month to another and from one quarter to another.
If Hall County government/Chamber of Commerce/Hall Progress 2015 could be truthful about the SPLOST, the following is what they would say:
On more than one occasion, I have taken pen to paper to offer my criticism of your newspaper. It is expected that we subscribers will do that. When a newspaper does something that I feel is commendable, I will also offer my praise as well as extending my subscription another quarter.
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