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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


Sponsors do much to help Legion post with holiday parade

It is with a heavy heart that I read in The Times the letters deriding the Memorial Day parade and some of the sponsors of the parade advertising their businesses.

June 03, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Movie reviews unfairly attack uplifting films by Tyler Perry

In the midst of all the devastation and critical issues we are dealing with, I find it hard to believe that I'm writing about what seems to be such a trivial matter. But then I think that's exactly why I am expressing my thoughts.

June 03, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Fresh leadership for Hall County, Gainesville would be welcomed

In response to Mr. Frank Norton's letter of May 30, he just mentioned the tip of the iceberg in Hall County government. No need to pick and choose.

June 03, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Column's time reference was baffling

Re: Joan King's column. I cannot believe what I just read and I cannot believe that you printed it. I try to read other opinions and consider them. But that the world will end if we don't act? I think he said the world would end. And he was wrong.

June 01, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


County should hold down taxes, not at expense of public safety

I read with great interest the letter posted by Frank Norton Jr. regarding the proposed tax increase. Since I am retired now, I, too, am dismayed at the prospect of higher taxes. I'm sure that county departments can find additional savings.

June 01, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


What Oliver should have said: County doesn’t need tax hike

Homeowners and businesses in Hall County were upset when they read the headline, "Oliver proposes tax increase."

June 01, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Parade had more ads than respect for our soldiers

I am writing in regards to the Memorial Day parade this year. I was disgraced to stand next to my grandfather, who is a World War II veteran, and watch this parade full of advertisements go on.

June 01, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Patriotism should come before commercialism in holiday event

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.

June 01, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Letter against raising Hall taxes reflects views of many residents

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.

June 01, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Legality of assisted suicide in Montana remains in the courts

I disagree with Joan King that assisted suicide, which she refers to by the euphemism "aid in dying," is legal in Montana.

August 30, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Islamic State proving to be no ‘JV squad’

Never in our history has our commander in chief been more concerned about telling our enemies what he's not going to do rather than taking the advice of his experienced defense and military advisers.

August 30, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Why should tax money go to fix up mall?

Did I really read that correctly? Are Hall County and Gainesville really considering giving taxpayers' monies to spruce up Lakeshore Mall? (story here)

August 28, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Automated essay scoring could lead to high-tech ways to fool it

As a writing teacher at UNG, I spend a great deal of time during the summer and into August thinking about the incoming group of students I will be closely working with during the fall semester. Currently, I have been thinking a lot about how much of my students' writing has been graded by a computer and not a human, an unfortunate reality in this era of high-stakes testing.

August 28, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Blue Cross, Health System need to work out a deal to benefit all

It is beyond my understanding the disagreement going on between Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia and Northeast Georgia Health System. (story here) This sounds to me like there is a personality problem somewhere. If both parties are committed to reaching an agreement, I suggest starting negotiations with new people.

August 28, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Judge Jolliff has served well

I would like to tell Judge Cliff Jolliff how much I appreciate and respect him. Having been in his court a few times, I could see his main concern was the welfare of the children involved in all court cases. I could also see how difficult it was for him to deal with many difficult custody cases. I would not want to have that responsibility for any amount of money.

August 27, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Carson may be the healer nation needs

I have seen many decades roll by like a flash in my lifetime. As I reflect on them, I can't remember a time when we were in such dire need of leadership. If we continue to travel the road we are now traveling our destination is doom.

August 27, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Ice bucket challenges could do more harm in the long run

I saw the pictures in Tuesday's paper (Aug. 19) depicting Brenau University participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge. I was very upset to see this type of behavior being promoted as a fundraiser by ALS or Brenau.

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Columnist’s rant on hyphens might have cost him a reader

Re: Ruben Navarrette Jr. column in The Times on Tuesday: "Who's afraid of a little ol' hyphen?" Over elapsed time, I have considered this person's articles as relatively coherent. What happened?

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Who can pray? Everyone can

We shouldn't be told when and where we can pray. If a person doesn't like it, then they should stay home. We Christians also have our right to pray. God runs this world, not a few people who do not believe in God.

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Planning group seems a waste

Why do we have a Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization? Anyone should know you can't take funding from one road project to another. Does this group do anything to help get roads improved? I see this group as a waste of money and time.

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Prayers’ foes spark outrage, then a blessing

The flak over folks praying at Chestatee High School is one of those good news/bad news situations.

August 20, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Environmental groups trump up fears over energy

Was Bruce Vandiver's letter last week in The Times a scare tactic? I don't know. I do know that environmentalists often employ such tactics.

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


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