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Your Views: County should ease spending, not ‘roll up’ taxes

"It's not a tax it's a roll-up." Only a politician could have come up with that term. I would like to see what would happen if I went to my boss and said, "Boss I do not want a raise but I would like a salary roll-up so I can stay revenue neutral because of the cost of living and inflation."

May 24, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Don’t raise taxes until our money is better spent

Don't you just love it when one arm of our government implies that it is imperative that you approve another tax increase or your entire transportation system will fall apart, while another appendage is planning to spend a significant portion of your taxes on something that is absolutely unnecessary?

May 19, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Humane Society a caring place to find a long-time companion

On Nov. 6, 1995, I walked into the Humane Society of Hall County (now Northeast Georgia) looking for a kitten to fill the void left by the loss of our 18-year-old calico Missy. The one who caught my eye was a beautiful, slightly scruffy little (no surprise) calico.

May 19, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: While we sleep, our nation has lost its way

For most of the last years, we have seen in our nation a divide of Grand Canyon magnitude grow among our people and among our leaders.

May 18, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Gainesville, Hall shouldn’t rush into merger discussion

Reading the results of a recent local poll has prompted me to put my 2 cents' worth in. The poll asked, "Should the city council and the county commission enter into a new study of consolidating the two?" The good news is that there were only 44 percent who were in favor of this idea. The bad news is that it is about 43 percent too high.

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


Your Views: Propane buses a welcome way to clear the air

Congratulations and thank you to Hall County School Board Transportation Director Jewel Armour on his successful effort to convince the board of education to begin transporting students in propane-fueled buses.

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


Your Views: Prayers for leaders of nations eventually may come under fire

I found the two Your Views letters in a recent edition of The Times, "No better than today to pray for nation," by Jullette A. Hawk and George Koesters' letter, "We need a leader to represent everyone," extremely interesting and probably agreed with in most circles.

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


Retiring soccer coach is an icon to players, rivals

On April 24, as I was going through pregame warmup with the Chestatee women's soccer team, we could hear loud chants coming from inside the West Hall High School Stadium: "Wolfgang ... Wolfgang."

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


Your Views: Taxing us twice to fund buses is not justified

A Times reader argued recently that we taxpayers should not let the Hall County commissioners "double transportation taxes on the poor and elderly."

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


Your Views: Drastic cuts to Medicaid are a painful way to balance budget

My teenage daughter has learned the value in preparing for an exam. She understands that preparation begins early on, not while cramming on the eve of a big test. If my child understands the need to thoroughly study and absorb the material, I think our state decision makers should follow suit as it evaluates and restructures Medicaid for the 1.7 million Georgians who currently receive benefits.

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


Your Views: Parties should unite, accept Bowles-Simpson Report on debt

Regarding the size of government, taxes and spending, both parties mostly just spout label babble. It is reminiscent of a World War II wind-up toy with a clockspring motor emitting annoying mechanical noises.

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


Your Views: Columnists took a cheap shot at Catholic church

Dear Cokie and Steve Roberts: Your column, "Religious knuckle-rappers go after women" (April 28) was yet another anti-Catholic, "hit-em-below-the-belt" and "kick them while they're down" diatribe.

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


Your Views: Plan to raise Hall bus rates would harm the poor, elderly

I've been following the discussions on raising fees for the Red Rabbit. The Hall County commission vote will be either 3-2 in favor or 3-2 against. It's that close. But only on the commission.

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


Your Views: Teach children how to avoid taunting dogs

While the well-thought-out article in Sunday's Times regarding dangerous dogs made some excellent points (the need to socialize and train dogs, the cruelty of keeping dogs chains, the fallacy of discriminating against one breed) it left out one vital one: The need to educate, supervise and control children.

May 03, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Retiring teachers shouldn’t get first crack at open positions

The economy is in bad shape, a lot of people are unemployed and help is needed for them to find jobs in which they are prepared. I noticed that many teachers are considering retiring this year in Hall County since the retirement system is making a change in policy (The Times, April 26) for future retirees.

May 03, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Time to take our faith past catchphrases

When I was a child, I was fascinated by the liturgy and art of the Roman Catholic Church. I would sneak into the living room on Christmas Eve and watch Midnight Mass from Rome. Being raised in a Baptist church in Southeast Arkansas, it was all so foreign! But something within it resonated within me.

July 04, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Confederate flag’s heritage too often being hijacked by hate

In the midst of the current firestorm raging around the Confederate Battle Flag, intolerant, hate-filled voices demand the eradication of all things remotely associated with Confederate heritage. Quietly seeking but denied permission to be heard are the voices of reason which offer the love of Christ as the remedy for the angst afflicting American society at large.

July 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Old Glory deserves our salute from a truly united nation

On April 30, 1789, on Wall Street in New York City, the capital of the United States (at that time), Gen. George Washington had been sworn in as the first president. He and his government staff walked over to a little stone church, which is still standing today close to Ground Zero.

July 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Those of us who oppose gay marriage are in good company

As I am called a bigot, a homophobe, and other names for my stance against gay marriage, I had an awakening thought: As people call me those names, they are also calling Jesus those names since He was the one who defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.

July 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


God’s laws lose out to man’s in court’s ruling

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rewritten the long-standing definition of marriage, the same-sex population and their supporters are gleeful while the rest of us are being labeled "intolerant, insensitive and hateful" for clinging to our archaic Biblical beliefs.

July 01, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Community, businesses reach out to boost key local projects

A huge thank you to BB&T for benefitting Randy and Friends through their Lighthouse Project. They spent many volunteer hours working to improve the Rooster's Perch Coffeehouse, in addition to the work space where employment and life skills are taught to adults with disabilities.

July 01, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Pope calls for a conversion of our hearts

Concerning climate change, Pope Francis' stance in his Encyclical is very clear. He stated, "A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system," and "scientific studies indicate that most global warming is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity. Climate change is a global problem with grave implications."

June 29, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


County needs to focus on justice, not just low taxes

I wanted to attend the Hall County budget meetings but couldn't. This is what I would have said:

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


LGBT coalition shouldn’t force its agenda on the rest of us

The 2 percent, or less, of our population identified as LGBT are not being picked on. Rather, their bullying is being resisted. Nobody cares what other people are doing relationally in the privacy of their homes (no bomb building, please). We do care how our children are educated and about our Biblical values such as sanctity of marriage.

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


Brother salutes columnist's salute to dad

I have lots of words regarding Dick's column regarding our dad, but think only one is appropriate: Amen!

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


Charleston tragedy is a command to teach kindness

Last week, our country and our community received a command, not merely a call. We must reach deep inside our hearts and heads to find ways to reach people before they become unreachable, such as the young man responsible for the tremendous tragedy in Charleston.

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


Your Views: Roosevelt Square doesn’t need fixing

The other day I read a small notice that our illustrious city council was considering "improving the square." I had lunch at the square the other day, sat outside and had a nice time just looking. I found the square looked very nice - nothing needs to be done.

June 11, 2015 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Instead of politicizing Jesus, why not just follow his way of living?

Just like the Roman emperor Constantine did 1800 years ago, the "powers that be" continue to politicize Jesus for their own personal gain. And Christians continue to be vulnerable. Traditional theology hasn't helped much.

June 10, 2015 | | 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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