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Your Views: Gainesville will benefit greatly from T-SPLOST

As mayor of Gainesville, I served on the District 2 roundtable and was a member of the five-person executive committee that selected the regional transportation projects to be voted on this month in the T-SPLOST Referendum. Because of the confusion and misinformation swirling around the T-SPLOST, I want to clarify some of the issues:

July 14, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: T-SPLOST helps economy move forward

As mayor of Oakwood, I encourage voters to learn the facts about T-SPLOST and strongly consider its passage as a step toward sustaining economic growth in our community, Hall County and all of Northeast Georgia.

July 13, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Speak up and encourage your friends to recycle, not litter

Back in early April The Times printed my letter encouraging people to recycle. I'm the guy who goes around Clermont picking up recyclables people throw out their vehicle windows, and this practice has allowed me to draw a few conclusions about litterers.

July 13, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Why doesn’t government treat license rules like voter ID laws?

It seems that as I grow older I have much more difficulty understanding the minds of people. I read where the U.S. attorney general is conducting campaigns and legal action against several states for trying to impose voter identification programs to prevent voter fraud during our upcoming presidential elections. I also hear the cries that the policies the states are trying to implement are strictly race-based discrimination programs.

July 13, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: T-SPLOST lets us deal with our local needs

This time, they got it right with T-Tax.

July 11, 2012 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: What will each of us do to keep our dream alive?

When most people think about our Independence Day, they think about a war fought and won, a nation created and stars and stripes. This is all well and good in the perception of remembrance because it is quite important. However, I would have to argue that it was more than that to our Founding Fathers. I would theorize that this day was symbolic of foresight and stewardship.

July 10, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Vote 'no' to T-SPLOST; it’s the wrong time for a new tax

Enough is enough. The people who are trying to pass this sales tax are asking for $16 billion to $19 billion. That's billion, which is equivalent to adding an extra 25-cent tax on each gallon of gas.

July 10, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: As welfare state expands, few carry their own chairs

Fifty years ago, in January 1962, I wrote an editorial for the school newspaper of Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, which I attended. It could have been written today, and with some updates, reads like this:

July 09, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Cyclists only need a few feet of pavement to ride safely

Brent Holloway's article about sharing the road with cyclists blames the biker for using the road they are entitled to and certainly helped pay for. Three feet of pavement on each side of a few roads in Hall and surrounding Northeast Georgia counties is not too much to ask for.

July 09, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Penalty as tax makes no sense

I was born and raised in the country, have some wisdom, but I am far from the smartest person in the world.

July 09, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Money in politics corrupts idea of free speech for all

Regarding John Stossel's June 25 article on free speech, I suggest the First Amendment was intended to protect individuals from arrest or corporal punishment as reprisal for infringing speech.

July 07, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Taxes we already pay should be spent to improve state roads

Our past and present Georgia governors and legislature have the responsibility of spending some of our tax dollars on Georgia roads. They have been allocating and spending nearly $2 billion per year. Additionally, our federal tax dollars are being spent on Georgia transportation.

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


Your Views: Make effort to help veterans’ support groups

Many of us are not directly affected by the devastation that war can have on a family. Often the brave men and women who sacrifice everything for us all are just people in uniforms or wounded warriors who are plagued with a plethora of seen or unseen medical conditions, causing us to feel bad for them and their families.

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


Your Views: To compete, state must upgrade its roads with sales tax

I plan to vote "yes" to the T-SPLOST on July 31, and I encourage you to do the same.

July 05, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Nation needs prayers to bring us more effective leadership

Back during Apollo 13's disaster in outer space, prayers went up by the millions. The Catholic Pope had millions praying. The priests in Jerusalem had thousands praying. Many other countries had their people praying for the Apollo 13 crew.

July 05, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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School boards need citizens’ review for SPLOST projects aimed at education

Hall County voters will once again go to the polls this year to renew another 1-cent sales tax. Gainesville, Buford and Hall County schools are ...

August 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Media is right to focus more on facts than left or right leanings

Rebuttal to Bruce Vandiver's Aug. 21 letter: Vandiver seems to think that both liberal and conservative outlooks should be "balanced" in a news media ...

August 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Many ignore facts in favor of good intentions

To Bruce Vandiver from Lula: I read your letter regarding Ron Martz's essay, your general criticism of him and other rational-thinking people with whom ...

August 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Tax dollars should not support group many of us resist

I appreciate The Times' willingness to publish a variety of views. Joel Mathis and I rarely agree, but I'm glad his voice is heard.

August 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Public may be ignorant of facts; many in power opt to hide them

In a recent letter to The Times, a Lula city councilman made the following statement: "We should have knowledge and a spiritual obligation to ...

August 22, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


GOP candidates provide a lot of entertainment, few good ideas

So Hillary's campaign is entertaining to Eddy McEntire? Have you taken a few minutes to watch the Republican clown car? Seventeen individuals, each with ...

August 22, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Columnist’s take on ‘liberal media’ is right-wing slop

I have a few thoughts regarding Ron Martz's recent column: "Essay: Does traditional media lean left?" This is nothing but a Xerox copy of ...

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


Here’s a unique solution to reconcile abortion, capital punishment

A society that will not use its moral and legal authority to cull evil from its population is doomed to anarchy. It is not enough ...

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


Ethics, truth should matter in a president

Watching the political theater that is the Hillary Clinton campaign has been entertaining as both a comedy and as an epic horror. Comic in that ...

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


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? Today as we watch television ...

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


Gainesville's curb cuts area big help to wheelchair users

A huge thank you to the city of Gainesville for the curb cuts they have worked on for the last couple of weeks. The flow ...

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


Church forum did not refute holy scripture

I write as one who serves a congregation in the Presbyterian Church USA to object to your bold and misleading heading for Dr. Tom Smiley ...

August 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Clergy opened their ears, hearts to cope with ever-changing world

In response to Dr. Tom Smiley's letter on the "Christianity beyond the catch phrases" forum held last week, having attended the forum and listened ...

August 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Congress must act quickly to fix disability insurance loss

A threat of far more immediate and severe consequences looms for many older and disabled Americans if Congress does not act.

August 17, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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