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Roads sales tax designed to help metro areas more

From the Statewide Strategic Transportation Plan 2010-2030, page 6: "People mobility in rural areas and medium-sized cities is well supported by the current network."

January 04, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Feds provide for immigrant farm labor within law

The visa that is available and has been for decades is the H2A. There is no limit to the number of agricultural workers that can be brought in under it. The only physical limitations under this program are the number that can be properly housed by the applicant.

December 31, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Americans have turned away from their moral foundation

I am deeply concerned about the direction our nation is going and the sad state of affairs we find ourselves in. As a Christian, I feel that most of the woes we face are due to the fact that we as Americans have abandoned the faith of our forefathers in a belief in divine providence.

December 31, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Church photo essays welcomed

Many thanks to Tom Reed for a job well done. Thank you for a beautiful summary of Northeast Georgia churches in your church photo essays. (View the slideshow here and on today's Life page in print editions of The Times.)

December 31, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


HB 87 doesn’t work; denying migrant labor hurts our state

The Georgia agricultural industry has suffered tremendously since HB 87 was passed.

December 30, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Christmas Day page appreciated

We just wanted to thank the editors and all the staff at The Times for having the courage and commitment to print the verse and headlines on the Christmas Day issue. It was such a blessing to open the paper and see the headlines, the verse and beautiful depiction of the true meaning of Christmas!

December 30, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Ag industry shuns guest worker plan for cheaper labor

Tom Crawford's recent rehash of the self-inflicted wounds suffered by Georgia's agriculture industry conveniently omitted an important fact.

December 27, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Special sales taxes won’t end until we vote 'no'

SPLOSTs, SPLOSTs and more SPLOSTs, revenue generators beloved of politicians and their will accomplices, Chambers of Commerce.

December 23, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Lake hazards are a bigger concern than burning

Instead of the Corps of Engineers' new "prescribed burning" program at Lake Lanier, I wish they would fund the removal of boating hazards such as trees and stumps that are just under the surface at full pool.

December 23, 2011 | | Letters to the editor


My wish list for a true leader as next president

Irony plays a strange role. This appeared in The Times horoscope section: "For every piece of advice there is another pointing in the opposite direction." Also, "you'll be given a lot of raw ingredients and not too much as to how to put it all together."

December 22, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Now is a time to pray for our nation’s welfare

Politicians and pundits like to say that this is the new normal for America, that we now have to live in fear and be prepared for the worst. This is not the plight of the America God has blessed and kept safe and allowed to prevail over all evil since her founding.

December 21, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


State bar applauds defender Morris for indigent award

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I offer congratulations to Northeastern Judicial Circuit Public Defender Brad Morris on receiving the 2011 Indigent Defense Award, presented by the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

December 17, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Money, power used to benefit wealthy, not us

The massive columns began to sway and the ceiling that they supported began to show visible signs of cracking. Dust filled the air, and the deafening roar of an earthquake overwhelmed the senses.

December 14, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Why does Hall County want to borrow and spend to build trail?

My wife and I are both incensed to hear that Hall County is planning to spend $3 million on the first two segments of a bicycle and walking path. We understand that the federal government is to pay $2.4 million of this, with the remaining $600,000 coming from the Georgia government and Hall County's SPLOST.

December 14, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall County leaders fail on many levels

This past week, there were three examples illustrating the incompetency of the Hall County commissioners. My hope is this presentation of those examples serves as grievances to which citizens of Hall County use in determining not only the commissioners' capacity for leadership, but the intent of this county to expect better: A better government, with fiscal displace as its core value.

December 13, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Health care law helped fill a need; change it, don’t scrap it

A lot of thought and planning went into the Affordable Care Act, and every group, including insurance companies, business groups, Republicans and Democrats, were all consulted to incorporate their suggestions.

August 01, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall’s ‘storage of junk’ law penalizes people needlessly

Looks like Hall County needs more money, so they send a helicopter over to see how many poor people they can rake over the fire with the illegal "storage of junk" law. That law was only made to rob the poor people. It is illegal according to the Constitution, but our commissioners don't care. We need to stand up and tell them to get rid of that law unless you love being robbed.

August 01, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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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