Hall County doesn't need to raise taxes. It needs to implement user fees to cover any budget shortfalls. Shortfalls, incidentally, largely resulting from ridiculous expenditures such as our former county commissions push to buy the old Liberty Mutual complex or build an unneeded community center near my own North Hall home.
Kudos to the times for their well-deserved awards at the Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Congratulations to reporter Ashley Fielding and photographer Sara Guevara for their awards for the project "The River's Reach." This eight-part series humanized the people impacted by the Chattahoochee River from Helen down to the Gulf of Mexico.
Thank you for pointing out that pro football is big bucks. The unmentioned fact is this is a classic case of owners vs. workers. In my experience, when workers start telling me what to do with my business, it is time for the workers to move on. I am sure the NFL owners can do the same and the money machine will continue on.
To balance the 2012 Hall County budget requires both tax increases and spending cuts. We all know that in hard economic times, both tax increases and spending cuts are painful. How should we think about the painful trade-offs?
I read constantly about the budget crisis in Hall County. It is the same in almost all of Georgia's 159 counties. Commissioners have suggested department budget cuts, facility closings, layoffs and almost every idea one can conceive except the need to consolidate and eliminate duplications of services.
This week, with Father's Day approaching, I am recognizing the important role that fathers and parents play and their responsibilities in guiding and instructing their children.
It is funny how no one has pointed out the fact that the Hall County commission has not said that it won't raise taxes even if massive cuts are made. I agree with Nathan Reed's earlier letter that the commission has already decided on a tax increase whether we like it or not.
I couldn't get the front page picture that came out in the Friday paper off my mind, and what the picture itself said to me. The picture showed Ashley Bell and Billy Powell out among the people attending the hearing concerning the proposed tax increase for Hall County.
I have to say that I am very disappointed in some of our county employees for the way they acted in last week's meeting on the county budget. I think that every single one of them who booed Jack Waldrip when he spoke should call him at his company and apologize to him acting that way toward him.
The Board of Commissioners' public budget hearing at the Georgia Mountains Center was a fiasco. Though there was a great turnout, but inadequate meeting space left a large crowd outside. I was one of the lucky ones that was able to slip in after the meeting began.
I wonder if Adrian Mixson is being honest regarding closing the Clermont Library or if he is trying to get revenge. Everyone knows of the controversy regarding the building of the library on Nopone Road. The new county commissioners, all except Craig Lutz, backed down in the end about the use of the building there.
It appears that Gov. Nathan Deal's new tough immigration law will probably bankrupt Georgia peach farmers. Without immigrant labor, the future of peach pies, peach turnovers, peach preserves, peach cobblers and homemade peach ice cream is doomed. This is a direct attack on our constitutional right to freeze peaches.
Curtis Black's letter June 6 in The Times clearly displayed one of the major problems in the current county budget crisis. Many of us believe one service provided by county government is a vital need while another service is a waste.
I have listened and read a lot of opinions on the Hall County budget. But I see that people only want to cut things not important to them. If they don't have a child playing, ball, cut parks and recreation. If you don't use the public libraries, cut that.
I'm wondering why it's taken our commissioners four years to realize the economy is bad. Why did they not start cutting back years ago? That's what I've had to do.
I'd like to applaud Gerald Tipton of Gainesville (as well as all the other global warming buffs) for his letter last week suggesting that we all curtail our consumption of meat in order to reverse global warming, currently going under the new name of "climate change."
In response to the ridiculous diatribe that Gerald Tipton wrote and was printed in The Times on Friday, Sept. 26, I will respectfully say the following: The presupposition that global warming is a fact is erroneous. There are many learned people in the scientific community who do not believe that this theory is true.
From reading recent issues of The Times, one would think there is a real bias in favor of Democrats running for office and that Sam Nunn was running for the U.S. Senate, not his daughter, Michelle. In the Sunday issue, an article was titled: "A father looms large in key Senate race." The reader learns much more about retired Sen. Sam Nunn versus his daughter, Michelle. Are staff thinking if they push the story of Sen. Nunn enough they will change the minds of voters and persuade them to vote for Michelle?
I do not live in Oakwood but I have operated a business in the city for more than 10 years. My wife grew up in Oakwood and my father-in-law lives there. Our company has been involved with many charities that have benefited the area and we feel like Oakwood is our second home.
Last Sunday, hundreds of thousands marched throughout the world demanding action on climate change as 120 world leaders gathered in New York for the United Nations Summit on Climate Change. What can we do?
What a blessing to have the documentary "The Roosevelts" presenting an inspiring family biography filling us with the spirit of grace, inspiration and love so necessary in a time of war. By presenting a balanced picture with full, admirable bios of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor, Ken Burns reminds us of the right spirit, not only of grace and love but of perseverance, courage and determination, optimism and faith necessary for victory.
This year marks the third annual Gold Out for CURE at Flowery Branch High School. What once began as a small idea has now exploded into one of the school's biggest traditions.
OK, so again an important program was interrupted for the "nfl." I print nfl in small letters because that's how important it is to me. So they are special people who can kick a ball around. Wow! That really takes education.
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.
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.
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.
To fund Mr. Obama's war, the Pentagon, at this time, has nearly $60 billion, unspent, in the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund.
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