In the beginning, Georgia had a 3 percent sales tax with food exempted. One day, the Ultimate Power that controls the state of Georgia said, "I need more," and soon Georgia counties were allowed a local option sales tax. The LOST was sold as a reduction in property taxes. The state kept 3 percent of the collections.
In the March 24 article, "Glades Reservoir creates ripples downstream," some readers may have received the impression that Dave McLain, who stated his opposition to the Glades Reservoir, was speaking on behalf of the ACF Stakeholders Inc., an organization made up of representatives from the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint sub-basins of the entire ACF watershed.
I want to thank the people who shared our grief during the illness of my wife Hazel Jenkins as she went through several months of suffering with cancer. Your prayers, your words of courage and many cards and gifts meant so much to the Jenkins family.
I pick up litter (recycling actually). Most any day in Clermont, I can be found trucking around the town with my plastic bags and my dog picking up plastic bottles and cans, and I have learned a few things about our culture by doing so.
I live in Rabbittown, a small community with lots of woods but lots of homes. Every week there are new stray animals running down the road. The woods behind my house are full of feral cats. I called animal control to be put on a list for traps to catch them. They told me the wait was three months for the traps. It has now been five months, and I have heard nothing from them. ...
I read with interest the article relating to Flowery Branch beautifying downtown that stated "bids came in under the grant amount, so the city scrambled to find other ways to use as much of the money as possible."
Thank you for the thoughtful editorial of March 18. I might have titled it, "What else could we expect?"
Well, well, well. I see the race prostitute, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, was in Atlanta. It wasn't devastating enough for him that a family lost a loved one, so let's see why Mr. Jackson is really here besides what money he thinks he can make.
While I'm in agreement transportation needs improvement, I am against the regional transportation sales tax for two reasons, mainly.
Alan Shope in Oakwood wrote in his letter Friday, "The problem is no one knows for sure what is best." He was referring to the political climate in the U.S. right now.
The performance by Robert Cantrell and Friends at St. John Baptist Church here in Gainesville is still on my mind a day later. I expected a good performance, but I didn't expect to have my heart filled with joy, followed by deep gratification.
It was the best of times ... Recently we "celebrated" the near completion of the Nopone Community Complex. Nopone will enrich the lives of future generations of young learners, improve the health of an aging population and continue to benefit an economic recovery to an area in dire need.
When I woke up at 0-dark-hundred (4 a.m.) the morning of March 6 so I could open my polling place by 7 a.m. (poll workers have to be there at 6), I asked myself, "Why in the world are you doing this?" The answer came back in a flash, "Because I can!"
I cannot recall a time in my 58 years when American society was so polarized and driven by fear and negativity. It's not just the Hannitys and O'Reillys of Fox News, but their liberal counter- parts on MSNBC.
Approximately three months ago, Patrick Kelley lost his life on Clarks Bridge Road just north of Honeysuckle Road, the site of several fatal accidents over the past several years. Subsequently, a DOT spokesperson stated the accident was under investigation and they would be looking at weather conditions, etc. and that it would be several months before the report would be available.
Readers of The Times should appreciate your carrying Tom Crawford's columns, especially now that Crawford has focused on the travesty of the Atlanta Braves moving to Cobb County. As Crawford observes, this brazen looting of the public treasury by the Cobb County commissioners on behalf of Liberty Media is simply breathtaking. These guys will scream all day against socialism, unless the socialism is for their rich friends. Please call Rep. Carl Rogers and ...
The National and Southeastern Corrugated Steel Pipe Associations are responding to the Oct. 12 Times article explaining code changes in Hall County for culverts and stormwater pipes that excludes all types of metal pipe from "live streams" (perennial) and "under county roads."
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I am writing to congratulate Northeastern Judicial Circuit Juvenile Court Judge Mary R. Carden on her upcoming retirement next month and thank her for her 16 years of judicial service and nearly four decades as an active member of the State Bar.
A quote from our "constitutional scholar in chief" at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee event on Nov. 24: "The biggest barrier and impediment we have right now is a Congress, and in particular a House of Representatives, that is not focused on getting the job done for the American people."
I would like to applaud Gov. Nathan Deal for his planned cash infusion into the Department of Family and Children's Services. Case workers at DFCS have long been overworked and underpaid, resulting in their leaving. When they leave, cases that are not finished get passed on to a new caseworker. This slows down the process of getting a child into permanent placement. This is not good for children already in crisis.
Ever since John F. Kennedy became a prominent public figure, political pundits and rhetorical scholars have attempted to dissect why he captivated audiences so compellingly during his thousands of speeches, press conferences and interviews.
On Nov. 20, I locked my keys in my car on E.E. Butler Parkway. I called the Gainesville Police Department and they sent out an officer to help me. He wasn't able to get it unlocked, so they sent out another officer. He wasn't able to, either, but the third officer was finally able to unlock my door for me. Maj. Sherman, especially, was so helpful.
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