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Americans, savor your freedom by keeping beliefs to yourself

Enough is enough with the religious zeal and telling how people to live or not to live. It's not hard to understand why people from most foreign nations have an inherent disdain for the average American. We feel entitled to just about everything.

May 30, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


County should cut to the bone before raising taxes

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is currently debating raising the millage rate by 1.4 mills. Essential services to run the civilization we call home are important, but this is a time for bold leadership, fiscal conservatism and thoughtful stewardship of the people's money (it's ours, not the county's). It's time to demonstrate restrained government spending before you tax us again.

May 30, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hard to fight local governments in overturning tax assessments

A recent letter to the editor encouraged us to all contest our property assessment if it looked high given the current market. Here is the problem: If they reduced our assessment amount to reflect the current market, then revenues would drastically decrease.

May 28, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Obama deserves credit for his policies

Trevor Thomas' column of May 12 was disingenuous and misleading. In it, he stated that President Barack Obama rode President George W. Bush's coattails to find and kill Osama bin Laden.

May 28, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Appeal those tax values as housing market tumbles

I just got my tax assessment in the mail, showing no change from previous years despite the soft real estate market. And I know the game; I think I've filed a formal appeal twice in the last 30 years, successfully.

May 27, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Don't like commentary on this page? Look to the 1st Amendment

Once more it is appropriate to thank The Times for daily giving us a handy opportunity to read the First Amendment: Check out the upper right-hand corner of the daily Opinion page.

May 27, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Easy answers to our problems require only common sense

As I ponder the things I see and hear on the news each day, I am appalled and confused by the obvious gullibility and a complete lack of common-sense solutions to so many of the important issues plaguing our nation by those who have been entrusted with leading our nation. I'd like to suggest just a few things that I think might just work.

May 27, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Local governments don't need to waste more federal money

An item in The Times on May 16 seemed ironic when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner later said that the United States had reached the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. He said he could juggle finances around and we could make it until sometime in August.

May 26, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Block schedule is preferable to county’s new 7-period plan

I attended Flowery Branch High School. I am writing to you to cover the change to the seven-period schedule from the block schedule.

May 26, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Not all letters printed should reflect views we agree with

Re: Reaction to the Jim Scharnagel letter that expressed his feelings concerning Muslims. The Times printed the letter May 13 and I observed two somewhat scathing responses since then condemning The Times for printing his opinion.

May 26, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Let what flows into lake flow out

I believe the solution to the water issues regarding Lake Lanier is very simple: What goes in comes out. Let God and nature regulate the flow of water from the lake.

May 26, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


There's too much animosity in our political discussion

Lately the level of extremism and anger that the media has allowed to trickle down to the public has appalled me. Whether it is on television or in the newspaper I cannot watch or read it without seeing people that hold different views tearing at each other's throats.

May 25, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Obama missed chance to heal after successful military mission

From a newspaper reader's comment, "Obama's favorite words are I, me, my, mine."

May 25, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Tax assessments are inflated beyond the real market value

I received notice of my property assessment for 2011 this week. I am appalled that our assessment is the same as it was for past years. It certainly does not reflect current market values by any stretch.

May 25, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Letter attacking intolerance showed intolerance itself

Re: "The real threat to America comes from intolerant views." The original article by Jim Scharnagel regarding his views of Islam was rebutted by a follow-up editorial by Kyle Shook. Shook's theme was all about intolerance.

May 23, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Renewing driver’s license shouldn’t be such an ordeal

Where did that five years go? Time to renew my driver's license. At least I did remember this time.

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


Your Views: More lies from the White House over voting case investigations

Here we go again, folks. A couple days ago, President Barack Obama spoke to an Al Sharpton audience spewing more lies that the GOP is trying to stop people from voting by requiring them to show an ID. Lie, lie, lie.

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


Your Views: Lula could use new blood, more reasonable rules

It is my hope that some new blood on the Lula City Council will bring an end to silly regulations like the one requiring a resident to pay a fee and to get the city's approval in order to have a yard sale on his own property. I know that part of the fee is refundable if the yard-saler cleans up his property to an inspector's satisfaction after the sale.

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


Your Views: Racism is used by Democrats to demonize their political foes

There is hardly a day that goes by when Democrats fail to use the term "racism" in some sort of capacity regarding conservatives. It is the current buzz word that they hope will keep them relevant in upcoming elections since they have very little else to hang their hat on: the train wreck of Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner, endless executive actions without congressional approval, and the list goes on.

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


Your Views: Patriots to gather May 16 in DC to support constitutional ideals

As Georgia patriots and members of Patriots for America, we are reaching out to all Georgians about the event "Operation American Spring" that is scheduled to begin in Washington on May 16.

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


Your Views: More guns aren’t a problem if those carrying them are legal

I am a gun owner with a concealed carry permit, and I think if more people had guns and were licensed to carry, we might have a safer city or community. My reason of thinking is if you possess such a permit, then you are less likely to commit a crime because you have paid the money for it and have no record or serious or violent crimes against you. We are basically law-abiding, gun-carrying people who are exercising our Second Amendment rights.

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


Your Views: Congratulations to attorney Orr on earning prestigious honor

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to congratulate E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr Sr. of Orr & Brown LLP in Gainesville on receiving the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Southern Center for Human Rights.

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


Your Views: Sprawl lowers costs and raises quality of life

Give me the sprawl. I love it. Hopefully, Hall County municipal fathers will attempt to get sprawl (according to the Hall County sprawl index published in The Times on April 12) down to 50 from its current 103.3.

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


Your Views: Fort Hood shooting shows why officers should be armed

During the airing of an interview by Bill O'Reilly on Fox News on Thursday, Col. David Hunt mentioned arming the "leadership" when O'Reilly quickly blew off the suggestion. O'Reilly then continued on with leading questions about the tragedy and promoting his own agenda.

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


Your Views: Crime statistics don’t support tough gun laws

In his Thursday response to Jerry Callahan concerning right-to-carry laws, Michael Parker presented a comparison of Atlanta and Chicago while decrying the availability of guns. I would like to counter his argument with a comparison, albeit brief, of Chicago and Houston.

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


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