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Your Views: ‘No’ to T-SPLOST; target 1 cent of current tax for road projects

Would you sell your soul for a penny? Would you condemn your neighbor to eternal debt for a penny?

June 28, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Race in election is not a factor if there are only whites on ballot

Surely Michael Hawkins's letter of June 22 was tongue in cheek. During the more than 50 presidential elections before Barack Obama ran in 2008, with the possibility of a few write-in votes, every white person who voted for president voted for a white man. Surprise, Mr. Hawkins - during those same elections, every person of color also voted for a white man.

June 28, 2012 | Times Editorial Board | Letters to the editor


Your Views: State should require boaters to pass course

How many boating accidents, how many boating injuries, how many boating fatalities will it take before we have had enough?

June 27, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: As Ike said, we can’t risk our future with debt

From the farewell address by Dwight D. Eisenhower in January 1961: "We cannot mortgage the material assets of our grandchildren without risking the loss also of their political and spiritual heritage. We want democracy to survive, not to become the insolvent phantom of tomorrow."

June 23, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Don’t turn our backs on future; vote ‘yes’ for roads sales tax

Sometimes it's better to receive. Would you turn your back on $360 million?

June 23, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Do you trust giving more money to governments? Say 'no' to T-SPLOST

I intend to vote "no" on the proposal to add an additional 1-cent sales tax to give the Department of Transportation (75 percent) and local governments (25 percent) more money to spend.

June 23, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Know what sales tax covers

On page 4 of Sunday's issue of The Times there is a list of the T-SPLOST exemptions. Notable among the missing is any mention of a food and medicine exemption.

June 23, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: White House, Holder — Pants on fire

How does the nursery rhyme go? "Liar, liar, pants on fire."

June 23, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hard to assume only race sways Obama backers

I write to present a clear answer to the letter of June 20 by Thomas Day.

June 22, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Think of transportation sales tax as an investment in our success

Everyone tends to think of T-SPLOST as an innovative way to pay for roads. I see it differently.

June 22, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Local voters have control over fixing traffic ails, unsafe roads

As a lifelong conservative, it is hard for me to support any tax increase. But as a lifelong resident of southern Hall County, I wholeheartedly support the 1-cent T-SPLOST to fund new transportation projects and improvements.

June 22, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Roads sales tax would provide a strong return on our investment

I am going to vote yes for the T-SPLOST transportation referendum on July 31. After evaluating the pros and cons of the referendum, I am convinced that we have more to gain than to lose by passing this legislation. More important to me, however, is the fact that my grandchildren will be assured of a better quality of life.

June 21, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Liberal religious views allow for more tolerance, compassion

Two recent articles in The Times showed the sharp contrast between liberal and conservative world views. As President Barack Obama recently noted, November's election may be a referendum on this debate.

June 21, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Benefits of T-SPLOST outweigh the alternatives

Nobody likes to pay taxes, but let's think about our options if we don't enact the transportation tax, or T-SPLOST, on July 31.

June 20, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: It’s time we all cracked down on texting behind the wheel

Your June 10 article addressing the problem of texting while driving followed up a discussion of that issue my husband and I were having that day as we drove through Hall and Gwinnett counties. And it certainly is a growing problem among not only teens but adults as well.

June 20, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Owing a life to local doctors

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.

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


Your Views: Hall County football is top notch

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.

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


Your Views: Murderers are cowards and don’t deserve a peaceful death

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.

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


Your Views: Hall sales tax delay designed to get it passed

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.

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


Your Views: Nuclear power needed to keep state’s business climate healthy

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.

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


Your Views: Smarter energy options must include nuclear

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.

July 10, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Lawmakers should take control of interned border children case

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?

July 10, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Gainesville’s pedestrian bridge could be put to good use

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?"

July 09, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Voter apathy is hard to fathom when there is so much at stake

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?

July 09, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Cracker Fly-in was a success, though a bit hard to locate

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.

July 09, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Unfunded directives aren’t just found at the statewide level

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."

July 08, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


State Bar mourns loss of Wyc Orr

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.

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


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