I have seen a couple of articles where Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., has referred to tea party people as extremist. He is the third-leading Democratic senator and has held his office for about 12 years. Currently we have a financial crisis, an immigration crisis, Social Security is going broke, Medicare is going broke, our energy policy is a disaster, food prices are terrible, etc. Most of our congressmen have been there over 10 years and are doing a terrible job.
One Hall County commissioner has indicated to me that he plans to "modify the tax bill to allow for people to donate to the programs that were cut." Here is my reaction to that commissioner's statement:
The financial health and well-being of this county and the city of Gainesville will get no better until new people step forward to run for the Hall County Board of Commissioners and the Gainesville City Council.
I am a faithful rider of the Red Rabbit. I write you today to ask you not to cut the Red Rabbit service in Hall County. In the newspaper, the article read "For the few folks who ride the Red Rabbit ... would get a ride with family, friends, churches, other charities or taxi cab."
I find it very interesting Commissioner Billy Powell portrays the attitude that if we cannot increase taxes, than we can fix those who impose it by cutting out things of theirs. Notice that the commissioners were not willing to take a cut in pay to help out.
I'm am tired of hearing and reading about government budget woes. Those in office have abused the system to the point that failure is inevitable.
I noticed two plus years ago that surrounding counties including Gwinnett and Forsyth were making severe cuts to their planning and building inspection departments.
Some of our Hall County commissioners seem to be badly uninformed about the importance of the Community Service Center, especially since they have in mind cutting out funding because of income shortfall.
It is now clear, as was before 2008, that our county government, like AIG, did not see something coming. The variances of the situation are not the same; however, the concept remains the same.
Hall County commissioners are pointing fingers at the Hall County Sheriff's Office looking for a scapegoat for their budget woes. Don't forget commissioners, there are four fingers pointed back at you.
There are so many articles in our papers, radios and television covering the myriad of problems and woes that we, as a nation, are facing daily with no solutions to be found.
Some issues on the county budget: Regarding the Red Rabbit, if we are supporting this program 60-40, is the county getting 60 percent of the return? Since the city is unwilling to cooperate, I suggest we make sure we aren't paying more than our fair share. Regarding the waiver of taxes and interest on past-due tax bills, absolutely not. I had to pay my taxes on time and so should others. Since next year is ...
The letter from Mr. Fearn on Saturday implied that teachers where stupid if they voted for Nathan Deal because he intended to cut education budgets (along with a lot of other things).
My Monday morning this week was truly blessed by the column from Renee Hand Morris. As a reader of The Times for 19 years, I have always treasured the human interest stories by excellent local writers including Renee, Mildred Speights, Tack Cornelius, Tom Nichols, Harris Blackwood and others. They consistently touch my heart in ways that no other section of the paper can hope to do.
How many flat screen TV's were bought with taxpayers' money for the new public safety building? How many jobs could have been saved in construction costs? And now we're paying for a bridge to nowhere being built in town.
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.
Having read George C. Kaulbach's letter of Nov. 15, I thought some real data would help him and others understand global changes. NASA has been measuring sea level using satellites. From 1994 through 2012, sea levels have risen over 2 and a quarter inches, not 1 or 2 inches over the last 100 years. A chart can be found here. The rate of increase is a constant and sharply define rise. ...
I read about the phone scams in particular that affect older people and think how on earth people decide who to tell what to and how much to tell.
With all the news about how much the Glades Reservoir project is going to cost, I have yet to see an explanation of how it adds one drop to our water supply in times of drought, which is the reason given for it being built.
We are beginning to see the results of putting someone in high office with little experience, limited know-how, carelessness, who is difficult to negotiate with and hesitant to admit he made a mistake.
I enrolled in the 2013 Gainesville Public Safety Academy in September and recommend all citizens to do so next year. Not only did I learn so much about the police and fire departments and what they do, but I came away with the deepest appreciation for the work they do. All personnel I met, all instructors, were very welcoming and seemed to appreciate our interest.
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