A recent Times article stated that Georgia Lottery sales are boosted by many who don't use lottery-funded educational programs, including Georgia's lower income residents, its uneducated and its minorities. However, research clearly shows that Georgia Lottery players are representative of the general population.
Tom Oliver wants to reopen tag sites and fund next year by increasing property taxes. It seems more logical and equitable that some sort of vehicle tax be increased by those who are using tag offices.
President Barack Obama pushed upon the country his latest "jobs bill." Then he demanded it be passed. His words weren't a direct demand, but when you say it enough times it is implied.
I read with enthusiasm the recent article regarding the upcoming effort to thin the deer population within the Gainesville city limits. However, I shook my head in disbelief that unnamed officials from the Department of Natural Resources cannot go so far as to say the deer population in Gainesville is above normal.
Who is informing you that the residents of Riverside Drive find the deer a problem and want them inhumanely killed? As a family living on Riverside, we find it offensive that we have been grouped with this minority.
Municipal bonds are bonds issued by city and county governments. Bondholders receive interest from the issuers, which is excluded from income by the federal government. Moreover, if a resident of Georgia owns bonds issued by a Georgia city, such as Gainesville, the interest income is excluded for state purposes, too.
I am in my 70s and have never been more concerned for this country than now.
I was disappointed in the lack of the Hall County School System's display of respect for Dr. Gwen Mundy who died last week. I was especially disappointed with the generic quotes by Lee Lovett and Gordon Higgins who both knew and worked with Dr. Mundy. I also think that it was a great omission for Will Schofield not say a few words about her contributions to education in Hall County and Georgia.
I am concerned that the FDA needs to be stopped in its recent action to circumvent the congressional 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. The FDA on July 1 has proposed funding some new regulations that will purge some of the most valuable nutritional supplements from the markets.
There is a survey at the Hall County Dumpster site at the farmers market on Jesse Jewell Parkway. The manager had the survey for the residents of Hall County to check one of the following:
The Times on Sunday presented a pro-con discussion on Obamacare and the economy.
I'd like to mention just a few things about our president that really disturb me.
In response to William Clark's letter, "Managing animal water being a waste of our state tax dollars," I would like to point out that the climate change grant referenced in the article was a federal grant and no state funds are being expended on that project.
I have lived near and now on Spout Springs Road for six years. I remember when there was very busy morning and evening commuter traffic. With the lower employment and changing economy, this rationale and experience is no longer the same.
As is my habit, I read Dr. John Rosemond's column Monday concerning homework with interest. I found myself in agreement with most of his notions, as is generally the case, but I must be missing something somewhere, as I am baffled by his assertion that he "know(s) of no other professional group (other than teachers) that expects others to help them with their job and not be paid for it."
Many people are like sheep concerning buzzwords. One participates and the rest follow the herd. Eventually, a buzzword becomes annoying, trite and ready for banishment.
The front page headline Sunday in The Times read "Where have all the voters gone?" Let's go back just a few months to the fall of 2014 when midterm elections were in the news. Recall The Times writing about how politicians in Hall County were concerned that SPLOST VII would not be passed by voters for a seventh time if SPLOST VII was placed on the November 2014 ballot?
I read with concern the two recent items in The Times regarding alleged bullying at Myers Elementary (March 7 article, March 19 letter to the editor). Quite honestly, I was confused; I thought perhaps I had read the name of the school incorrectly, and even more confused when I read the principal involved in the articles. I started shaking my head, thinking,"Are you kidding me? Are they really accusing Beth Hudgins of dealing improperly with a situation so potentially hurtful?"
I am writing in response to the article, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville" of March 7. It saddened me to read such negative words about Beth Hudgins.
I recently read in The Times, and I was not really surprised, what sweet idea America has now: Tens of thousands of immigrant children are allowed here, in the good old u.s.a. via Florida.
Amidst the horror and grief of Selma and Ferguson, I heard a tender story that I would like to share with our readers.
Mary Drummer is right on about Georgia's senators being wrong to have sent a letter to Iran. They are certainly overstepping their place and proving once again that they, of the Republican party, are incapable of sensibly leading this country's government.
I am writing in response to the article from March 7, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville." As a parent of a child in elementary school, the subject is concerning to me. However, I am not worried at all because my child goes to Myers Elementary School. I'm not worried because I have 100 percent faith in my son's teacher and his principal to do the right thing for my child, and those in his class.
There have been some recent headlines about home sales falling. Those headlines are misleading. Housing sales look different from one month to another and from one quarter to another.
If Hall County government/Chamber of Commerce/Hall Progress 2015 could be truthful about the SPLOST, the following is what they would say:
Sens. Isakson and Perdue: As your constituent, I am writing to tell you how dismayed I am at your act of signing a letter to Iran, a foreign enemy country and its leaders, while our president is conducting diplomatic negotiations along with our allies to reduce, verify and contain Iran's nuclear program.
While there are frequent conflicts between what is good for the environment and what is good for the economy, the carbon fee and dividend plan proposed by the Citizens Climate Lobby is a refreshing exception.
The General Assembly considering removing legal ads from the legal county newspaper? No! Some folks don't have or can't use computers. Just cut out something on the useless list. Legal ads are on the useful list, I think.
For many reasons, I am very much in favor of continuing the Hall County special purpose local option tax for another five years. But probably the biggest reason is that it would accomplish long overdue improvements for Spout Springs Road in my Flowery Branch community.
On more than one occasion, I have taken pen to paper to offer my criticism of your newspaper. It is expected that we subscribers will do that. When a newspaper does something that I feel is commendable, I will also offer my praise as well as extending my subscription another quarter.
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