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Your Views: New fee benefits car dealers

Previous letter writers have pointed out serious flaws in the new vehicle tax reform. These include the never-ending "birthday tax" on those who can't afford to trade in their old car, and the tax-on-tax impact of financing a vehicle.

February 27, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Insurance policy was lost due to poor Hall County fire coverage

Well, it looks like we owe the county commissioners a big thank you. I just received notice that my homeowner's insurance will not be renewed because "... the existing fire department service is inadequate." It was rated in the worst category. In the words of my longtime insurance agent, "basically it means they get there in time to stop the fire from spreading to other houses."

February 27, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Public media doesn’t provide the whole truth

First I would like to thank our newspaper because it seems reasonably well balanced. Among others, they offer Roberts and King for a liberal view and Sowell and Krauthammer for a conservative view of our country.

February 27, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Vehicle title ‘fee’ is really a tax on borrowed money

In the article on vehicle tax reform, state Sen. Butch Miller says the new title fee is a part of a larger reform package designed to cut taxes. There are only four ways for governments to collect money: taxes, fees, civil penalties or criminal penalties. Individuals have only two sources of funds for paying these: income and borrowing.

February 23, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Atlanta can make streets safer by taking guns from criminals

I saw on the Channel 2 news the other day that some African-American leaders in Atlanta were protesting at gun shops against the manufacturing of guns saying, "they intentionally flood the streets with guns to kill our young people."

February 23, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Gun laws should focus on actual cause of deaths

In his column "Ga. leaders push for more guns" in The Times on Wednesday, Tom Crawford claims Sen. Bill Jackson, of Martinez was mistaken in some remarks he made.

February 21, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Different views on deficit

In response to Ron Hooper's letter of Feb. 13 concerning the nation debt: To quote Karl Rove, "the deficit doesn't matter."

February 21, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Our children should not aim to achieve only the minimum

As a teacher, I find the president's call for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour particularly worrisome. As we increase the amount that businesses are minimally required to pay their employees, we place more and more value on the types of jobs to which those wages are attached. We also increase the emphasis on the idea of the minimum.

February 20, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: State’s new car title fee indeed needs ‘tweaking’ to make it fair

Several weeks ago, an article in The Times mentioned that the new "birthday tax" law was due for some "tweaking." I assumed this was to account for the fact that the law was passed in such a rush that several issues were left unclear or unfair.

February 20, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: New university’s identity is all about North Ga., not Gainesville

I writing you because I attend Gainesville State College and, as you know, North Georgia College and State University and Gainesville State consolidated to become a new university. I feel that this was a merger, not a consolidation.

February 18, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: US federal government is overstepping Constitution

I can still remember when living your life based upon Biblical principles, being kind by helping others, holding the door open for someone about to enter, giving a little money to charities that try to save lives not destroy them, pay your taxes on time, work to earn your income, all would label you a model citizen.

February 18, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Nation needs a new effort to restore morality

I have been a hunter since my teens and have fired weapons from a BB gun to a 155 mm Howitzer. I am, and always will be, a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

February 15, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall County comes up short in its dealings with Gainesville

Given the current state of affairs with the city of Gainesville, why would Hall County even consider allowing the city to provide sewer services. It seems every time Hall County enters an agreement with Gainesville, the county comes out on the short end of the stick.

February 15, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Rising debt is increasing the burden on US taxpayers

As the national debt continues to rise and exceeds $16.5 trillion, the interest paid by taxpayers is also going up. In 2012, taxpayers paid $220 billion in interest on the national debt. The U.S. has carried a debt throughout history so it may not seem important to many people.

February 13, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Editorial took oversimplified view of Deal’s budget policies

Re: Our Views, "A modest agenda," of Jan. 20: The first error I noted in this editorial was the authors of the editorial; is this a case of mistaken authority on the topic of politics? I could not obtain any information to prove that they were well versed and had authority to speak to the topic.

February 12, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: No one should force prayers on anyone else

With the holiday season, especially Christmas, the news fills with stories about threats to our most sacred religious values, Christmas and prayer in school. Two recent letters published in The Times touch on these subjects.

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


Your Views: Global ‘warming’ is looking pretty cold so far this winter

Has anyone noticed that record-breaking temperatures are taking place all over the country, including Georgia? New York recently was under a blanket of snow, as much as 9 feet in places. Schools and businesses were closed and even the Buffalo Bills football game was moved in only the third week in November.

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


Your Views: Let’s remember joys of Christmas past, not just gifts

It's Christmas. It's the end of the year. That time of year where everyone is enjoying the holiday festivities and winding down from their busy lives. It's a time for joy, for peace, for happiness, for forgiveness and for kindness.

December 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Nation is in decline as it turns away from our Christian values

Well, it's almost Christmas again and it's supposed to be a happy time of year. It's meant to be a time to focus on the one it's really all about, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

December 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Learn more about life by escaping comfort zone of your small town

Life in a small town is great for a while. Many of us grow up in the comfort of a small town where we all gather on Friday nights to cheer on the local football team and go to church on Sunday mornings.

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


Your Views: Lula Christmas parade was topped by a glorious full moon

In spite of rain and clouds on a recent Saturday, our city of Lula, as well as other towns in the area, was busy preparing annual Christmas celebration festivities on Dec. 6. Our mayor and council had voted to purchase new (and much needed) Christmas lights and decorations for the town.

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


Your Views: Shoppers, please mind your manners and think of others

OK, this is crazy. It's Christmas shopping time and no one cares who they run over with their carts! My mother is 95 years old and when a female heard the words, "I can take someone over here," this person was like a race horse and bumped my mother's cart. But at least she got to be first in line!

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


Your Views: Ga. legal community mourns loss of attorney Sartain

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Attorney Joe B. Sartain Jr. of Gainesville on his recent passing.

December 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Schools can’t let atheist groups run our lives

On Wednesday, I read about the humanist group suing Hall County Schools over prayers. The complainants were listed as Jane Doe, Jane Roe and Jane Coe due to the fact identification posed a risk.

December 06, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Our nation always has been based on Christian ideals

Wednesday, I read in the paper that this group called the humanists have filed a lawsuit against the Hall County School District for promoting prayer and Christianity.

December 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: If prayers are removed from schools, it should apply to Islam

I tend to agree with the humanist group to remove prayer in school. Likewise, then schools will be compelled to remove all the Five Pillars of Islam in Common Core.

December 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: The real ‘War on Christmas’ is waged against poor Jesus served

This time of year we begin hearing about the "War on Christmas," as the nonreligious seek to enforce the constitutional separation between church and state. Others talk about a "War on Thanksgiving" as early shopping begins to infringe on family time and Thanksgiving time. But there's another war far more displeasing to God, at least according to Jesus.

November 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Area restaurants applauded for providing free meals to veterans

Many thanks should be extended to all the local restaurants who provided free dinners to veterans on Veterans Day. Such a positive, supportive attitude only serves to strengthen the community and the country. A week later, I was impressed to see a restaurant in Buford extend the honor by providing literally hundreds of free dinners to local veterans.

November 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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