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Bloated county government can't justify raising taxes

Why do so many politicians resort to sob stories and scare tactics when they are forced to get the government's financial house in order? Tom Oliver's antics are no different from the big government apologists in Congress; he simply raises the specter of slower emergency response and shuttered libraries instead of threatening Medicare cuts and the loss of cowboy poetry festivals.

June 09, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall County workers have sacrificed all they can

As a Hall County resident and employee, I have tried to educate myself on the pending budget crisis as best as possible, but I can only speak from personal experience. I have to wonder how much longer residents and county officials can expect the budget to be balanced solely off the backs of the employees.

June 09, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Other expenses could be cut to balance budget

Why is it every time the budget needs to be cut, we look to public safety, parks and usually education? Surely there are other areas where efficiency can be instilled?

June 09, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Reservoirs will run up huge bills, debt for Hall taxpayers

T. Boone Pickens says that "water is the new oil" and he should know, as he has put his money into major water infrastructure investments. Why is the Hall County Reservoirs issue important for everyone to understand? The reason is how much this will cost in property taxes.

June 08, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Drastic steps are needed to trim Hall County’s spending habits

In response to a recent headline, it is about time that we start taking some drastic steps to a drastic problem. Cutting these services is a great start. However, I would like to make two points.

June 08, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall commissioners inspire no confidence with austere cuts

I am compelled to write to you in support of the three letters published Saturday. Brandi Barnes, Neil Boykin, and Jean Hudson all seem to have the same idea in mind.

June 08, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Too many budget cuts damage our county’s ‘product’

I was concerned by the article on the front page of The Times today that delineates potential cuts in county services if no additional revenue can be identified.

June 07, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Higher taxes will allow us to fund needs for everyone

I've noticed that, when times are good, lawmakers recommend a tax break. When times are bad, lawmakers recommened a tax break.

June 07, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Corps’ water releases from Lake Lanier remain inconsistent

I just read the June 2 article in The Times about the pending study to increase water inflow needed in Florida to save their endangered mussels once again.

June 07, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


County has a spending crisis, not a tax crisis

Hall County's spending crisis did not blindside us; clear warnings have been issued time and again. Anyone even casually glancing at The Times foreclosures sections since the financial collapse knew trouble was coming.

June 06, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Keep agricultural center open, close soccer fields instead

Why is the Chicopee Agricultural Center going to be closed? Ninety-five percent of the shows bring in visitors to the county from out of the state and county and thus sales taxes. The Allen Creek Soccer complex only serves the local community and does not bring in revenue from outside of the county.

June 06, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


County’s budget cuts are fine, but raising property taxes is not

I agree with some of the proposed cuts like parks and community centers but am concerned with the property tax increase. We have so many families struggling to hold on to their homes with lost jobs and reduced incomes that an increase in taxes could be the end of them.

June 06, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


County should find different items to cut from budget

As a voting citizen of Hall County since I was 18, I am deeply concerned by the proposed budget cuts in the county. Cutting two ambulances, laying off 77 employees and cutting another 25 positions is totally out of line and absurd. The county is so large that we need the ambulance and firefighter coverage badly. Cut something that is not so crucial.

June 04, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Is county jail a Ritz Carlton? Only if you haven't seen inside

Frank Norton, sir, do you really see the Hall County jail as a Ritz Carlton? The Hall County Sheriff's Office as a kingdom?

June 04, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall leaders should make decisions that are best for county

I am a lifelong resident and homeowner in Hall County. My children attend school in the Hall system and my husband is a Hall County officer. My family and I have a lot invested in Hall County.

June 04, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Health care law helped fill a need; change it, don’t scrap it

A lot of thought and planning went into the Affordable Care Act, and every group, including insurance companies, business groups, Republicans and Democrats, were all consulted to incorporate their suggestions.

August 01, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall’s ‘storage of junk’ law penalizes people needlessly

Looks like Hall County needs more money, so they send a helicopter over to see how many poor people they can rake over the fire with the illegal "storage of junk" law. That law was only made to rob the poor people. It is illegal according to the Constitution, but our commissioners don't care. We need to stand up and tell them to get rid of that law unless you love being robbed.

August 01, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Government’s intrusion into health care is beyond its powers

Recently, my 12-year-old grandson asked me why I didn't like President Barack Obama. I attempted, in vain, to explain in terms a 12-year-old could understand my objection to the liberal-progressive left.

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


Your Views: Benefits from health care law outweigh its flaws

Your Sunday editorial recommending a reboot of the ACA was thoughtful but misguided. As the editorial pointed out, the main resistance to the ACA is that no Republicans supported it. But that's what happens in a democracy. It's like saying that the Social Security Act of 1934 should be repealed because no Republicans supported it (which is a historical fact).

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


Your Views: Commissioners indeed failed us in funding libraries

Thank you, Paige Mellinger, for your letter to the editor "Support your library and the good it does a community" appearing Thursday in The Times.

July 26, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: State board denies justice in murder case

After reading The Times' article regarding Tommy Lee Waldrip and the hideous crime he committed against the young Dawsonville man, Keith Evans, 23 years ago, I am still in disbelief of our so-called "justice" system.

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


Your Views: Support your library and the good it does a community

Another budget year and another disappointment for our library system and its patrons. Our county officials' spending on website redesign and an energy study, with unused results, instead of providing funding needed to take county agencies off of furlough toes the line of malfeasance, a word I learned from a children's picture book that I read at my library ("Olivia and the Fairy Princesses" by Ian Falconer).

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


Your Views: Owing a life to local doctors

I spent 60 years in newspapering in Anderson, S.C., Athens and The Atlanta Times, and 50 years in radio and television throughout the South. I write this to salute Gainesville and its vast medical community as nationally prominent in heart research. I owe my life to cardiologists there and couldn't dare name them all, but one, Dr. Jeffrey Marshall, has not only been a great doctor but a great mentor to let me pursue my career after suffering mightily.

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


Your Views: Hall County football is top notch

I retired from coaching after 15 seasons in the NFL. I started off coaching five seasons as a high school coach in New Mexico and in Fremont, Calif. The Hall County football teams are extremely well coached. I often stand just outside the fence watching our incredibly competent coaches work. Hall County is a perfect place for a retired coach to live if he wants high-quality football every Friday night during the high school football season.

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


Your Views: Murderers are cowards and don’t deserve a peaceful death

Here we go again, folks. Cormac J. Carney, a U.S. district judge, ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional. He called the death penalty an "empty promise that violates the Eighth Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment." This was brought on by a death row inmate.

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


Your Views: Hall sales tax delay designed to get it passed

I vaguely remember when voting Republican meant you were virtually assured of candidates who supported policies that promoted limited government and lower taxation. Obviously, this is no longer the case.

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


Your Views: Nuclear power needed to keep state’s business climate healthy

In response to Joan King's column of July 1: I'm tired of reading and responding to her ill- and misinformed rants about nuclear power, and specifically, Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle nuclear units Nos. 3 and 4, now under construction.

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


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