I've just returned home from attending the Memorial Day parade, and I am distressed! It was not primarily a memorial and celebration of those who have worked in defense of our nation and communities. Those contingents were only dispersed among the advertising parade for local businesses.
Thank you, Frank Norton Jr., for your letter, "County should cut to the bone before a tax hike" in Monday's Times. I believe you spoke for the great majority of Hall County property taxpayers.
On Memorial Day, I took my family to the parade on Green Street to honor the sacrifices of all who have served and to those that paid the ultimate price for freedom. My thinking was to use the event as a teaching tool for my children to understand the freedoms and rights afforded to them and were not things to be taken for granted. While it sounds great, America is more than baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet and I wanted to make sure they understood that.
In a letter to the editor Monday, Frank Norton Jr. makes a malicious and reckless claim against what he calls "the sheriff's kingdom" and suggests that the sheriff's office has what he described as "legendary" excess.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I attended Flowery Branch High School. I am writing to you to cover the change to the seven-period schedule from the block schedule.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Re: Joan King's column of July 1: This will probably be my final attempt to help Joan King to acquire a more positive outlook involving use of nuclear power provided by electric energy utilities. Her ongoing presentations no longer dignify knowledgeable responses, which removes the interest to challenge them. Proper analogy is not seeing the forest because of the trees.
To Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson, Doug Collins and all members of our legislative branch of government: I thought you all were elected to represent us peons and to look after our interests. Is not the legislative branch along with the president and Supreme Court (equally) the top authorities in this great nation? Have I got those facts wrong?
The U.S. Congress is still hearing about the "stimulus package" that built the "bridge to nowhere." Well, we have one of those right here in Gainesville. Every time I go under the big white bridge over Jesse Jewell Parkway, I think, "What were they thinking?"
Hall County has 78,928 registered voters as of the May 20 primary. Only 13,587 of them took the trouble to go to the polls. 19.26 percent. A primary to select a Republican U.S. Senate candidate to oppose a Democrat in the general election in November, a state school superintendent and a local school board and several other selections draws ... 19.26 percent?
High fives to the good folks who organized and staged last weekend's Cracker Fly-in. We were blessed with a perfect day and the aircraft and people connected with them provided a fun time for everybody.
Your recent subheadline "Unfunded directives from Georgia legislature impact local budgets' bottom line" could be well enhanced locally to "Unfunded directives from Hall County tax assessor impacts local homeowners' bottom line."
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.
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