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Your Views: Sales tax should aim at those who use roads most

We do not need more roads; we need fewer cars.

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


Your Views: T-SPLOST vote is a matter of trust

The merits of the additional sales tax are understood because the need for improvements with roads and transportation are easy to see and understand. Can we believe this is the fix?

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


Your Views: Sales tax is a subsidy for increased use of fuel, cars

The argument for the transportation sales tax is based upon expediting much needed projects to be funded rather than the source of the revenue. The traditional approach for funding road work has been an excise tax on fuel, which is a user tax.

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


Your Views: Chambers of commerce always support sales taxes

A letter in the July 20 issue of The Times contained a curious statement. The writer said, "Is it any wonder that the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, with it's staunch record of opposing any tax increase, is squarely behind T-SPLOST?"

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


Your Views: Raising tax on fuel makes more sense than a new sales tax

Like the rest of us, I have seen many articles discussing the need for various transportation projects, the jobs and economic development that might ensue, the return on investment for our country and the absolute calamity that will befall us if T-SPLOST does not pass. What I have not seen discussed is the basic tax structure as proposed.

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


Your Views: T-SPLOST will enhance health access, boost local economy

I am supportive of the proposed one-penny transportation tax known as T-SPLOST for many reasons. But as a physician, I have a personal insight into its potential to positively impact access to health care for patients throughout Northeast Georgia.

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


Your Views: Hard to trust unelected board with more of our tax money

The big push to try to educate (sell) the voters on the virtues of increasing taxes as an investment has begun. Slick TV ads and testimonials from a lot of business people and elected officials tell us about this great investment opportunity we cannot afford to miss. They really want you to agree to pay an additional $200-$400 yearly for the next 10 years.

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


Your Views: Candidates should address Dawson airport

One of the most contentious issues facing Dawson County has been the conversion of Elliott Field to a regional airport.

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


Your Views: Road sales tax will drive up business costs

Lately it seems that every Georgia chamber leader and local politician is writing letters or campaigning in support of the 1 percent transportation sales tax. The Georgia Mountains Regional Commission, a government agency, has even joined in with letters and an ad campaign under the name "Connect Georgia Mountains" while the Chamber uses the name "Connect Georgia 2012." Both of these groups receive well over $100,000 from Hall County taxpayers every year

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


Your Views: Government should come together to serve the people

Have vanity, ideology and shortsightedness prevented us as elected officials from accomplishing the purpose that we were elected to do by the people?

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


Your Views: Ga. leaders need a better plan to improve roads

Having seen numerous letters supporting the T-SPLOST effort and praising its potential benefit to this community, I hope that my friends and neighbors would consider several fundamental problems with the proposed tax.

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


Your Views: True American ‘rights’ can be found in nation’s Declaration

I recently saw a film clip on the news of U.S. Rep. John Lewis addressing the House of Representatives. He gave an impassioned speech about the "right" of every American to affordable health insurance.

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


Your Views: Voters need to be more informed

All voters planning to cast ballots in the upcoming elections should avail themselves to the information available on their candidate of interest. You should know enough about the candidate in general to know that, if elected, they will present policies and ideas that are in keeping with what you want and the good of the country.

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


Your Views: Sales tax really is about economic growth

Georgia is weary from the recession. Despite promising signs of a recovery, more than 400,000 remain unemployed. Business owners like myself are ready to move forward but still need greater assurance the economy is coming back.

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


Your Views: There are many pluses we can find in T-SPLOST defeat

What good will come if the T-SPLOST is defeated? We may have new folks leading Georgia politics.

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


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Articles by Section - Letters to the editor


Constitution is clear: ‘Anchor babies’ are not legal citizens

People are fussing over anchor babies, and well, they should. You know the definition: a baby born to parents illegally on American soil. Today, those ...

September 05, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Coverage of mission expo shed light on valuable work

Thank you so much for the articles about the 1st Presbyterian Church's Local Mission Expo. We are very grateful to the 26 charitable agencies ...

September 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Humanists force their views on others, violate a right to beliefs

I am deeply saddened by Hall County's decision to settle the case with the American Humanist Association about prayer and Christianity in athletic programs ...

September 02, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


State does not need more power to justify costly nuclear reactors

In response to the Associated Press article in The Times on Aug. 29, "Budget on nuclear plant steady, uncertainty remains:" This article says that ratepayers ...

September 02, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Confederate battle flag announces bigotry, like it or not

So much has been written about the Confederate battle flag. Let's face it, like it or not, that flag has been adopted by hate ...

August 31, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


School boards need citizens’ review for SPLOST projects aimed at education

Hall County voters will once again go to the polls this year to renew another 1-cent sales tax. Gainesville, Buford and Hall County schools are ...

August 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Media is right to focus more on facts than left or right leanings

Rebuttal to Bruce Vandiver's Aug. 21 letter: Vandiver seems to think that both liberal and conservative outlooks should be "balanced" in a news media ...

August 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Many ignore facts in favor of good intentions

To Bruce Vandiver from Lula: I read your letter regarding Ron Martz's essay, your general criticism of him and other rational-thinking people with whom ...

August 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Tax dollars should not support group many of us resist

I appreciate The Times' willingness to publish a variety of views. Joel Mathis and I rarely agree, but I'm glad his voice is heard.

August 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Public may be ignorant of facts; many in power opt to hide them

In a recent letter to The Times, a Lula city councilman made the following statement: "We should have knowledge and a spiritual obligation to ...

August 22, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


GOP candidates provide a lot of entertainment, few good ideas

So Hillary's campaign is entertaining to Eddy McEntire? Have you taken a few minutes to watch the Republican clown car? Seventeen individuals, each with ...

August 22, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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