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County spends too much on unnecessary personal services

With all the talk of budget talks vs. increasing tax rates, being a 64-year-old independent truck driver, I have some comments and questions.

June 11, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Cuts will hurt economy more than a tax hike

The damage that the Hall County Board of Commissioners is about to do to this county will not only hurt the quality of life in this county, but will cause irreparable damage to our local economy. How in the world could anyone with a rational brain possibly think that eliminating 77 county jobs or so, eliminating public parks and libraries and cutting two ambulances will help local business?

June 11, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Libraries could cut costs with a few changes

In dire economic times like now, something has to give in order bring budgets more in line with reality. As regards to the proposed closing of four library locations out of six in total, I would like to make the following remarks and suggestions.

June 10, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall County’s anti-tax rhetoric is based on myths not facts

Yes, Chairman Tom Oliver has proposed raising the millage rate to make up for revenue losses due to property values dropping drastically in the last few years. The county commission and school board probably read all of the evaluations during the housing bubble as they cut that same millage rate year after year.

June 10, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


County tax increase already was decided before public meeting

Let me start off by saying that I would like to think the tax increase would not pass, but unfortunately, it's already too late. It's already passed.

June 10, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Closing Ag Center, parks would have negative effect

I agree with Mr. Black's letter about the Chicopee Woods Ag Center. We were just there for JAKE's Day. It was wall to wall kids. All those families left there, bought gas and food elsewhere in the community.

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


Reality dictates more Hall budget cuts, not tax hikes

Hall County officials are correct to propose deep cuts to fiscal year 2012 budgets and no tax increase should be considered. Hall County is no longer a boom town and the local government and its employees need to recognize this. The days of elite public sector employees riding piggyback on the peon taxpayers and insulated from the contractions in the economy are over.

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


There are ways to boost income besides furloughs

In attending the North Hall budget meeting in Clermont, I came away with some good points that were made in the meeting and some views that were made in a state of emotion.

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


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


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Your Views: Parker shows her ignorance about hunting methods

Kathleen Parker, in her Oct. 23 Opinion Page article, demonstrates her complete ignorance of hunting and disdain for hunters in general by quoting or referencing comments from one of the most anti-hunting groups in this country, namely the Humane Society of the United States.

October 30, 2014 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Concern about securing border doesn’t have to be about race

I read the article by Ruben Navarrette, "Time to get smart at border (Tuesday)," and would like to help him out since he missed the boat.

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


Your Views: Dumping unwanted pets in someone’s yard is unforgivable

A "person" who drops a pet on someone else's property is my problem right now. Are they too cheap to feed the animal or too lazy?

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


Your Views: A blood donation can save as many as 3 lives, is time well spent

My mom always told me I was special, and that there was a plan and purpose for my life. I have spent my entire adult life trying to find out what made me special, and how I could make a difference in this world.

October 29, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Ga. lawmakers overdue to fix roads funding

I am very pleased to see state Sen. Steve Gooch is trying to solve our problem with road funding in Georgia. This should have been addressed years ago but has been allowed to continue to a point of emergency.

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


Your Views: Madison County’s decision was based on avoiding a losing battle

Perhaps guts had nothing to do with the decision the school board in Madison County made concerning the religious monument on school grounds. Maybe its members chose to not set up their county for a budget-busting legal case that could bankrupt them.

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


Your Views: Iraq’s problems were caused by Bush's policies, not Obama's

Response to Darrell Newton's letter Friday: Certainly, everyone has the right to say what he thinks, but they really should have the facts before doing so.

October 22, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Series on foster child care opened eyes to a serious issue

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.

October 22, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Trouble brewing when city allows morality to slide

I just want to extend a word of thanks to Gainesville City Councilmen Bob Hamrick and George Wangemann for taking the moral high ground on the brewery issue. Gainesville and Hall County have gotten along just fine for decades without having a brewery. Inevitably, this will bring bars and other establishments that attract unwanted attention in the form of drunkenness and other social maladies that create areas of crime and rude behavior.

October 22, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Madison County school board caves to atheists

Here we go again, folks, just another example of no guts: The school board in Madison County caved to an atheist group over a monument on school grounds that had Bible verses and quotes on it that was paid for by private donations.

October 22, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Vote could make reckless drivers share the cost of spinal injuries

Tens of thousands of Georgians live with life-long disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury. As medical technology, safety and trauma care have improved, more people survive traumatic injury, but many then face a lifetime of physical, behavioral and cognitive impairments requiring ongoing support services.

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


Your Views: There’s no good reason for vote for any Democrat in fall election

When you add it all up, the steady stream of lies from the White House, the Democratic party and its supporters, the liberal left media, there is only one answer: There is NO Democratic candidate worthy of even a single vote. In fact, I don't see how a Democrat could vote for himself or herself.

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


Your Views: Obama’s actions have cost us peace, cost him respect

President Barack Obama withdrew all of our troops both in Iraq and Afghanistan against the recommendation of his own military, the CIA and his own secretary of defense and secretary of State.

October 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Mule Camp Market festival was a big success

A huge thank you should go to the Gainesville Jaycees. They did a fantastic job with the Mule Camp Market festival last weekend in Gainesville.

October 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Germany’s offer aims to reverse US brain drain

Why is Germany offering tuition-free college educations to Americans (and others)? What we're seeing here is an attempt to reverse the brain drain.

October 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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