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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


Your Views: More taxes will mean more workers to lean on vehicles

No more taxes! I am self-employed with income down 80 percent from five years ago. When I see six DOT employees leaning on five state-owned vehicles while one man is cutting a tree, I realize: Wow, they get insurance and retirement, too.

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


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Your Views: Hall County’s big heart helps refill food bank

I would personally like to thank the good and generous people of Hall County for their contributions of canned and boxed food items that helped to restock the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Your very generous donations will help feed the hungry and needy among us in Hall County and four surrounding counties.

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


Your Views: Letter writer, columnist defend weak presidents, attack Bush

I do not make it a habit of reading your left-leaning (Your Views) section. This is in direct response to Gabriel Shippy's comments about how George Bush got us in a war.

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


Your Views: Funding for Obama’s war is already there

To fund Mr. Obama's war, the Pentagon, at this time, has nearly $60 billion, unspent, in the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund.

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


Your Views: Focus on horrors by Islamic State ignores others

Every day I'm confronted with news reports suggesting the militant Islamic State organization is a threat to America. It is constantly in the news with lurid stories of mass executions and beheadings. These stories are reported as if atrocities and mass killings are not commonplace in war.

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


Your Views: Obama’s problems in Iraq started with Bush’s policies

It's hard not to feel a bit of sympathy for President Barack Obama. A lot of us predicted that whoever was elected to office after President George W. Bush would inherit a catastrophe on a domestic and international level. That prediction has turned out to be tragically accurate.

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


Your Views: Islamic State zealots raise memories of Nazi Germany

I read Friday's column by Jonah Goldberg, "A Web-fueled Foreign Legion for losers," with much trepidation. Yes, I fully agree that these "born-again" Islamists for the most part are comprised of the disenfranchised "losers" living on the fringes of society. They are now presented with an opportunity to inject their depravities onto minority segments of the population, or those that do not accept their 14th century laws and codes. This movement presents opportunities for them to obtain the power that they cannot otherwise gain through legal and democratic means.

September 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Lack of leadership from Obama, Congress will doom our nation

Since Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008, nothing good has come to pass for the American people. Our economy has gone to hell and still continues to get worse. All the lofty promises this incompetent loon made have failed to materialize.

September 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Substitute teachers’ pay unfair

How many people realize substitute teachers only make minimum wage? These people are always on call and can be asked to go to different schools. Now we read where the head of the school system just received a raise bringing his salary to more than $180,000 per year. Does anybody see anything wrong with this picture?

September 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: ALS bucket challenge is a noble cause

I read with interest but disappointment the comments by Guy Jordan in The Times Aug. 23 regarding his concern and being upset because Brenau University participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge, and his perspective on how this type of goodwill activity could be counterproductive and dangerous "in the long run."

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


Your Views: Obama has his head in the sand as threat grows

How can we understand our commander in chief's complete refusal to describe terrorists accurately as Islamic radicals instead of just "extremists" or terrorist acts in America as "workplace violence" and his refusal to acknowledge their real threat to the world?

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


Your Views: Take caution when hitting brakes quickly to stop for yard sales

Yard sales - we love 'em! No telling what you may find or what a deal you may make.

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


Your Views: Mall is not a good use for tax funds

Whoever said we should use taxpayer money to fix up a mall most likely will gain something from it. I wish people that want to use our tax money for things that don't help the taxpayers could be fired.

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


Your Views: As Rome fell, so will US if we stay on this path

In light of recent articles in The Times concerning the issue of prayer at Chestatee High School, I feel inclined to share some of my own personal observations about the problem with this situation, as well as problems of our nation.

September 04, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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