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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


Your Views: Ga.’s road map to recovery includes 4 important steps

The road to economic recovery doesn't begin at the national level; it begins locally. The states ultimately hold the key to recovery and through four small steps we can redefine Georgia and provide a roadmap to national recovery.

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


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Your Views: Learn more about life by escaping comfort zone of your small town

Life in a small town is great for a while. Many of us grow up in the comfort of a small town where we all gather on Friday nights to cheer on the local football team and go to church on Sunday mornings.

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


Your Views: Lula Christmas parade was topped by a glorious full moon

In spite of rain and clouds on a recent Saturday, our city of Lula, as well as other towns in the area, was busy preparing annual Christmas celebration festivities on Dec. 6. Our mayor and council had voted to purchase new (and much needed) Christmas lights and decorations for the town.

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


Your Views: Shoppers, please mind your manners and think of others

OK, this is crazy. It's Christmas shopping time and no one cares who they run over with their carts! My mother is 95 years old and when a female heard the words, "I can take someone over here," this person was like a race horse and bumped my mother's cart. But at least she got to be first in line!

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


Your Views: Ga. legal community mourns loss of attorney Sartain

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Attorney Joe B. Sartain Jr. of Gainesville on his recent passing.

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


Your Views: Schools can’t let atheist groups run our lives

On Wednesday, I read about the humanist group suing Hall County Schools over prayers. The complainants were listed as Jane Doe, Jane Roe and Jane Coe due to the fact identification posed a risk.

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


Your Views: Our nation always has been based on Christian ideals

Wednesday, I read in the paper that this group called the humanists have filed a lawsuit against the Hall County School District for promoting prayer and Christianity.

December 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: If prayers are removed from schools, it should apply to Islam

I tend to agree with the humanist group to remove prayer in school. Likewise, then schools will be compelled to remove all the Five Pillars of Islam in Common Core.

December 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: The real ‘War on Christmas’ is waged against poor Jesus served

This time of year we begin hearing about the "War on Christmas," as the nonreligious seek to enforce the constitutional separation between church and state. Others talk about a "War on Thanksgiving" as early shopping begins to infringe on family time and Thanksgiving time. But there's another war far more displeasing to God, at least according to Jesus.

November 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Area restaurants applauded for providing free meals to veterans

Many thanks should be extended to all the local restaurants who provided free dinners to veterans on Veterans Day. Such a positive, supportive attitude only serves to strengthen the community and the country. A week later, I was impressed to see a restaurant in Buford extend the honor by providing literally hundreds of free dinners to local veterans.

November 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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