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Your Views: Government reform is needed to limit spending

There has recently been talk of how to properly reform Washington and the nation. For several years, my friends and I have discussed how to better our political situation, and the following is the plan we developed.

June 06, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Those who vote should have the most at stake in outcome

When our country was founded, many state constitutions stipulated that white landowner males could all vote for representative government. The idea being that those perceived to have greater "skin in the game" would make sounder decisions for preserving the community and checking the power of a tyrannical government.

June 06, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Letter was right — give USA back to the people

The letter by Dick Biggs, "When will politicians take a stand" on the Opinion page of Saturday's edition of The Times made my day.

June 01, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Law Day successfully puts spotlight on justice system

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I offer congratulations to Mark Ruis of the Hall County Pretrial Services Division, recipient of the 2012 Liberty Bell Award; attorney Sam Harben of Harben, Hartley & LLP of Gainesville, recipient of the Judge A.R. Kenyon Award; and attorney Carla Walker of Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker, recipient of the Leadership Award.

June 01, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Road sales tax to fuel a plane no one can fly

In regards to the transportation sales tax, the statement, "economic development suffers if we don't pass this tax" is not valid because Georgia has always been behind the eight ball in transportation.

May 31, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Criminal punishment shouldn’t end at just paying restitution

In regards to the sentencing of a former county clerk for theft from the county, I must take issue with the statement by the district attorney that "the primary purpose of the criminal justice system is to obtain restitution for the victims."

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


Your Views: Our votes can keep politicians under control

It must be campaign season. Every time a Hall County commissioner speaks, he will congratulate himself on how well the commissioners are working together, the wonderful projects they are moving ahead and how much money they are saving.

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


Your Views: Virtual school funding offers Ga. students a valuable resource

Georgia Virtual School notified us recently that on May 1, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 289 which no longer allows the use of state funds for Georgia Virtual School courses.

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


Your Views: When will politicians take a stand?

Imagine what would happen if our Washington politicians made every decision based on what's best for America instead of worrying about re-election and sustaining their self-serving careers? I'm fed up with "business as usual" in our nation's capital.

May 26, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Health care rebates put focus on true cost of Obamacare

I have read several articles regarding rebates being received by policyholders as a result of the new Obamacare law. All these articles have stated that this is a benefit from the new legislation which was passed and signed into law on March 23, 2010.

May 25, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Chattahoochee River in danger and proposed bill won’t help

The Chattahoochee River is in more serious trouble than you might think.

May 25, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: County should ease spending, not ‘roll up’ taxes

"It's not a tax it's a roll-up." Only a politician could have come up with that term. I would like to see what would happen if I went to my boss and said, "Boss I do not want a raise but I would like a salary roll-up so I can stay revenue neutral because of the cost of living and inflation."

May 24, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Don’t raise taxes until our money is better spent

Don't you just love it when one arm of our government implies that it is imperative that you approve another tax increase or your entire transportation system will fall apart, while another appendage is planning to spend a significant portion of your taxes on something that is absolutely unnecessary?

May 19, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Humane Society a caring place to find a long-time companion

On Nov. 6, 1995, I walked into the Humane Society of Hall County (now Northeast Georgia) looking for a kitten to fill the void left by the loss of our 18-year-old calico Missy. The one who caught my eye was a beautiful, slightly scruffy little (no surprise) calico.

May 19, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: While we sleep, our nation has lost its way

For most of the last years, we have seen in our nation a divide of Grand Canyon magnitude grow among our people and among our leaders.

May 18, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Government’s intrusion into health care is beyond its powers

Recently, my 12-year-old grandson asked me why I didn't like President Barack Obama. I attempted, in vain, to explain in terms a 12-year-old could understand my objection to the liberal-progressive left.

July 31, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Benefits from health care law outweigh its flaws

Your Sunday editorial recommending a reboot of the ACA was thoughtful but misguided. As the editorial pointed out, the main resistance to the ACA is that no Republicans supported it. But that's what happens in a democracy. It's like saying that the Social Security Act of 1934 should be repealed because no Republicans supported it (which is a historical fact).

July 31, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Commissioners indeed failed us in funding libraries

Thank you, Paige Mellinger, for your letter to the editor "Support your library and the good it does a community" appearing Thursday in The Times.

July 26, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: State board denies justice in murder case

After reading The Times' article regarding Tommy Lee Waldrip and the hideous crime he committed against the young Dawsonville man, Keith Evans, 23 years ago, I am still in disbelief of our so-called "justice" system.

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


Your Views: Support your library and the good it does a community

Another budget year and another disappointment for our library system and its patrons. Our county officials' spending on website redesign and an energy study, with unused results, instead of providing funding needed to take county agencies off of furlough toes the line of malfeasance, a word I learned from a children's picture book that I read at my library ("Olivia and the Fairy Princesses" by Ian Falconer).

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


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


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