Why is the Chicopee Agricultural Center going to be closed? Ninety-five percent of the shows bring in visitors to the county from out of the state and county and thus sales taxes. The Allen Creek Soccer complex only serves the local community and does not bring in revenue from outside of the county.
I agree with some of the proposed cuts like parks and community centers but am concerned with the property tax increase. We have so many families struggling to hold on to their homes with lost jobs and reduced incomes that an increase in taxes could be the end of them.
As a voting citizen of Hall County since I was 18, I am deeply concerned by the proposed budget cuts in the county. Cutting two ambulances, laying off 77 employees and cutting another 25 positions is totally out of line and absurd. The county is so large that we need the ambulance and firefighter coverage badly. Cut something that is not so crucial.
Frank Norton, sir, do you really see the Hall County jail as a Ritz Carlton? The Hall County Sheriff's Office as a kingdom?
I am a lifelong resident and homeowner in Hall County. My children attend school in the Hall system and my husband is a Hall County officer. My family and I have a lot invested in Hall County.
It is with a heavy heart that I read in The Times the letters deriding the Memorial Day parade and some of the sponsors of the parade advertising their businesses.
In the midst of all the devastation and critical issues we are dealing with, I find it hard to believe that I'm writing about what seems to be such a trivial matter. But then I think that's exactly why I am expressing my thoughts.
In response to Mr. Frank Norton's letter of May 30, he just mentioned the tip of the iceberg in Hall County government. No need to pick and choose.
Re: Joan King's column. I cannot believe what I just read and I cannot believe that you printed it. I try to read other opinions and consider them. But that the world will end if we don't act? I think he said the world would end. And he was wrong.
I read with great interest the letter posted by Frank Norton Jr. regarding the proposed tax increase. Since I am retired now, I, too, am dismayed at the prospect of higher taxes. I'm sure that county departments can find additional savings.
Homeowners and businesses in Hall County were upset when they read the headline, "Oliver proposes tax increase."
I am writing in regards to the Memorial Day parade this year. I was disgraced to stand next to my grandfather, who is a World War II veteran, and watch this parade full of advertisements go on.
I've just returned home from attending the Memorial Day parade, and I am distressed! It was not primarily a memorial and celebration of those who have worked in defense of our nation and communities. Those contingents were only dispersed among the advertising parade for local businesses.
Thank you, Frank Norton Jr., for your letter, "County should cut to the bone before a tax hike" in Monday's Times. I believe you spoke for the great majority of Hall County property taxpayers.
On Memorial Day, I took my family to the parade on Green Street to honor the sacrifices of all who have served and to those that paid the ultimate price for freedom. My thinking was to use the event as a teaching tool for my children to understand the freedoms and rights afforded to them and were not things to be taken for granted. While it sounds great, America is more than baseball, apple pie and Chevrolet and I wanted to make sure they understood that.
The Times' editorial of May 19 ("Our Views: What a tangled web") demands a response, in the interest of objectivity and fair play, values which were so utterly lacking in that piece.
To the families of the courageous men and women who served in the United States military: These veterans; our treasure in earthen vessels, these soldiers left a strong foundation for which we can stand.
In response to a concern about our push to increase the full pool of Lake Lanier to 1,073 feet: While we don't like to see public recreation areas and personal property compromised by high water levels, it is very instructive to see what the effects of 1,073 are on the surrounding lake areas.
The Obama administration is at it again. According to President Barack Obama, he doesn't know half of what is going on in his administration, since he finds out things when he sees it on the news, like the IRS scandal. Then there was Benghazi, which the administration blamed on a movie instead of an organized terrorist organization. Then Hillary Clinton says "what difference does it make," like who cares?
As Memorial Day approaches, I'm reminded of a disturbing trend I've noticed over the past several years. I've been serving in the U.S. Army and the Georgia Army National Guard for more than 17 years now, and the amount of support we receive from the community is very much appreciated.
Have you ever been in a department store or grocery store and felt like you were among a bunch of wild animals? I despise parents who are controlled by their children. Who is in control? Obviously, not the adults.
For the last several years, the Lake Lanier Association and several advocates, have drafted plans of action to address issues regarding the lake's delicate balance, of its water quality and the constantly fluctuating levels, not to mention all the downstream demands made on this pristine North Georgia jewel.
State Sen. Steve Gooch has emphasized the need for more work on Second Amendment rights for Georgia citizens. He correctly states that, in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the individuals right to keep and bear arms. If you wanted guns to be outlawed except for militia use or some version of that scenario, then your argument is lost.
The Hall County Family Connection Network is a collaboration of agencies and organizations that serve families and children in Hall County. In this capacity, we write to express our concern about the future of the public transportation system in Gainesville and Hall County.
It seems we are continually confronting a threat or threats: radical Islam, economic meltdown, Obama scare, war, etc. However, one of my greatest concerns is the lack of honesty in our leaders. Their response, unfortunately, is always an effort to mislead and cover up. If I recall correctly, this administration promised to be the most transparent in our history. It appears to me we have a trust deficit much larger than our fiscal one.
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