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Your Views: T-SPLOST may be when Georgians say ‘that’s enough’

In the beginning, Georgia had a 3 percent sales tax with food exempted. One day, the Ultimate Power that controls the state of Georgia said, "I need more," and soon Georgia counties were allowed a local option sales tax. The LOST was sold as a reduction in property taxes. The state kept 3 percent of the collections.

April 11, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: ACF group has not yet taken a stance on Glades Reservoir

In the March 24 article, "Glades Reservoir creates ripples downstream," some readers may have received the impression that Dave McLain, who stated his opposition to the Glades Reservoir, was speaking on behalf of the ACF Stakeholders Inc., an organization made up of representatives from the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint sub-basins of the entire ACF watershed.

April 11, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: After family’s loss, let’s continue to pray, strive to cure cancer

I want to thank the people who shared our grief during the illness of my wife Hazel Jenkins as she went through several months of suffering with cancer. Your prayers, your words of courage and many cards and gifts meant so much to the Jenkins family.

April 11, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Don’t be too good to pick up trash

I pick up litter (recycling actually). Most any day in Clermont, I can be found trucking around the town with my plastic bags and my dog picking up plastic bottles and cans, and I have learned a few things about our culture by doing so.

April 06, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Please take care of your pets

I live in Rabbittown, a small community with lots of woods but lots of homes.

April 06, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Officials turn ‘fees’ we pay into new ‘taxes’

I read with interest the article relating to Flowery Branch beautifying downtown that stated "bids came in under the grant amount, so the city scrambled to find other ways to use as much of the money as possible."

March 29, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hired soldiers are put in difficult, violent situations in warfare

Thank you for the thoughtful editorial of March 18. I might have titled it, "What else could we expect?"

March 29, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Pastors, protesters play race card in Fla. shooting

Well, well, well. I see the race prostitute, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, was in Atlanta. It wasn't devastating enough for him that a family lost a loved one, so let's see why Mr. Jackson is really here besides what money he thinks he can make.

March 28, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Oppose regional government; say ‘no’ to transportation sales tax

While I'm in agreement transportation needs improvement, I am against the regional transportation sales tax for two reasons, mainly.

March 23, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Runaway federal power is what is wrong with US

Alan Shope in Oakwood wrote in his letter Friday, "The problem is no one knows for sure what is best." He was referring to the political climate in the U.S. right now.

March 21, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Cantrell's concert at St. John Baptist was uplifting and inspiring

The performance by Robert Cantrell and Friends at St. John Baptist Church here in Gainesville is still on my mind a day later. I expected a good performance, but I didn't expect to have my heart filled with joy, followed by deep gratification.

March 21, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall commissioners living in their own ‘Tale of Two Cities’

It was the best of times ... Recently we "celebrated" the near completion of the Nopone Community Complex. Nopone will enrich the lives of future generations of young learners, improve the health of an aging population and continue to benefit an economic recovery to an area in dire need.

March 17, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Exercise the right to vote earned by the lives of many Americans

When I woke up at 0-dark-hundred (4 a.m.) the morning of March 6 so I could open my polling place by 7 a.m. (poll workers have to be there at 6), I asked myself, "Why in the world are you doing this?" The answer came back in a flash, "Because I can!"

March 17, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Let’s resist negative talk, focus on ideas

I cannot recall a time in my 58 years when American society was so polarized and driven by fear and negativity. It's not just the Hannitys and O'Reillys of Fox News, but their liberal counter- parts on MSNBC.

March 16, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: DOT could do more to help prevent many fatal accidents

Approximately three months ago, Patrick Kelley lost his life on Clarks Bridge Road just north of Honeysuckle Road, the site of several fatal accidents over the past several years. Subsequently, a DOT spokesperson stated the accident was under investigation and they would be looking at weather conditions, etc. and that it would be several months before the report would be available.

March 16, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Changing presidents doesn’t alter flow of power

Several years ago, I decided to try these new fluorescent bulbs that had caused such a fuss. So, the next bulb that went out at my house, I removed the old incandescent bulb and replaced it with the new experimental fluorescent bulb.

February 26, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Be careful what you wish for on Electoral College

Lots of people want the Electoral College to be abolished, and to establish term limits on our officials. In some cases that might be a good thing. I sure can think of lots of people in our government I'd like to toss out!

February 21, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Consequences of public apathy could be felt in SPLOST vote

Few people take an active interest in government affairs, though I challenge each reader to give me one example where government is not involved in your life, directly or indirectly. I have asked that question since 1986 and have yet to receive a viable answer.

February 21, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: US foreign policy is a sad dramatic tale

If it weren't so tragic, the Obama legacy could be described as a soap opera, with U.S. international policy changing daily like the scripts and players change on the soaps.

February 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Volunteer’s work with hospital was worth sharing with readers

Thank you, C.L. Abercrombie, for the lovely article about a lovely lady, Lorena Collins. I had the privilege of having Lorena by my side Monday afternoons at the South Patient Tower Information Desk at Northeast Georgia Medical Center for a year and a half. She proved to be as knowledgeable and capable as any employee, and wonderful company. I am blessed to know her, and so glad you "introduced" her to your readership!

February 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: US military leaders have let president undermine security

My father served for over four years on a mine-layer ship during World War II. He came out as a first class petty officer. My uncle fought the Japanese as a machine gunner during World War II. He came out as an E-6. I served during the Vietnam conflict. I came out as a captain.

February 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Electoral College is an important check on majority rule

As a government major in college, I would like to join the letters about the Electoral College of electing presidents.

February 18, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Tips to take control of your own happiness

When I lost my wife due to illness, there were times I have said to myself, "Where do I go from here?" I have tried to build my life in the comparison of building a house by asking myself: It is not how your house looks like after it is built, but what is the house is build upon?

February 16, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: One good turn earns another from Gainesville policeman

I just had a couple of things to buy at a local supermarket. As I pulled into the parking lot, I saw a parking place for the disabled. I had a hanging disability tag but someone stole it from my truck. My husband had warned me not to park in the disabled parking spaces until I had gotten the new tag for my car. But my back really hurt that day and I was only to be in the store for a few minutes.

February 14, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: US Electoral College still is relevant today

In The Times on Sept. 26, 2011, Len Robbins' column, "My biannual rant about the Electoral College," asked the question, "Why should a person's vote in Wyoming count more than mine?" Wallace Armstrong's opinion of Feb. 6 seems to be the same song.

February 13, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Electoral College might be a plus only for Republican candidates

In response to a letter advocating abolishment of the Electoral College, a reader cites the 2010 census and states that since more than 80 percent of the U.S. population now lives in urban areas, abolishment of the College "would almost guarantee there would be a Democratic president in the U.S. forever."

February 13, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Series on foster child care opened eyes to a serious issue

On more than one occasion, I have taken pen to paper to offer my criticism of your newspaper. It is expected that we subscribers will do that. When a newspaper does something that I feel is commendable, I will also offer my praise as well as extending my subscription another quarter.

October 22, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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