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Residents deserve to know how Hall commissioners made cuts

What was the process for deciding "who" and "what" got cut from the recently approved Hall County budget?

July 06, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


We need to elect people who believe in fiscal responsibility

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.

July 06, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Commissioners’ actions made Hall County weak

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:

July 05, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


New leaders are needed in Hall, city governments

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.

July 02, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Red Rabbit buses provide a vital service for many in Hall

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."

July 02, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Commissioners should help out, cut their own pay

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.

July 02, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Let Hall residents control more of community’s needs

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.

July 01, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Cut the weakest Hall workers rather than furlough everyone

I noticed two plus years ago that surrounding counties including Gwinnett and Forsyth were making severe cuts to their planning and building inspection departments.

July 01, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Meals on Wheels is a vital service to area’s shut-ins

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.

July 01, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Honesty, openness are long overdue from Hall leaders

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.

June 30, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Sheriff has much more integrity than self-serving commissioners

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.

June 30, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Nation can’t solve its problems by turning away from creator

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.

June 30, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall residents need to pay attention, unite to fix budget

Some issues on the county budget:

June 29, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Many vote for the candidate who promises the most giveaways

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).

June 29, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Slice-of-life columnist Morris a welcome change in newspaper

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.

June 29, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Owing a life to local doctors

I spent 60 years in newspapering in Anderson, S.C., Athens and The Atlanta Times, and 50 years in radio and television throughout the South. I write this to salute Gainesville and its vast medical community as nationally prominent in heart research. I owe my life to cardiologists there and couldn't dare name them all, but one, Dr. Jeffrey Marshall, has not only been a great doctor but a great mentor to let me pursue my career after suffering mightily.

July 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall County football is top notch

I retired from coaching after 15 seasons in the NFL. I started off coaching five seasons as a high school coach in New Mexico and in Fremont, Calif. The Hall County football teams are extremely well coached. I often stand just outside the fence watching our incredibly competent coaches work. Hall County is a perfect place for a retired coach to live if he wants high-quality football every Friday night during the high school football season.

July 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Murderers are cowards and don’t deserve a peaceful death

Here we go again, folks. Cormac J. Carney, a U.S. district judge, ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional. He called the death penalty an "empty promise that violates the Eighth Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment." This was brought on by a death row inmate.

July 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall sales tax delay designed to get it passed

I vaguely remember when voting Republican meant you were virtually assured of candidates who supported policies that promoted limited government and lower taxation. Obviously, this is no longer the case.

July 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Nuclear power needed to keep state’s business climate healthy

In response to Joan King's column of July 1: I'm tired of reading and responding to her ill- and misinformed rants about nuclear power, and specifically, Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle nuclear units Nos. 3 and 4, now under construction.

July 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Smarter energy options must include nuclear

Re: Joan King's column of July 1: This will probably be my final attempt to help Joan King to acquire a more positive outlook involving use of nuclear power provided by electric energy utilities. Her ongoing presentations no longer dignify knowledgeable responses, which removes the interest to challenge them. Proper analogy is not seeing the forest because of the trees.

July 10, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Lawmakers should take control of interned border children case

To Saxby Chambliss, Johnny Isakson, Doug Collins and all members of our legislative branch of government: I thought you all were elected to represent us peons and to look after our interests. Is not the legislative branch along with the president and Supreme Court (equally) the top authorities in this great nation? Have I got those facts wrong?

July 10, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Gainesville’s pedestrian bridge could be put to good use

The U.S. Congress is still hearing about the "stimulus package" that built the "bridge to nowhere." Well, we have one of those right here in Gainesville. Every time I go under the big white bridge over Jesse Jewell Parkway, I think, "What were they thinking?"

July 09, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Voter apathy is hard to fathom when there is so much at stake

Hall County has 78,928 registered voters as of the May 20 primary. Only 13,587 of them took the trouble to go to the polls. 19.26 percent. A primary to select a Republican U.S. Senate candidate to oppose a Democrat in the general election in November, a state school superintendent and a local school board and several other selections draws ... 19.26 percent?

July 09, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Cracker Fly-in was a success, though a bit hard to locate

High fives to the good folks who organized and staged last weekend's Cracker Fly-in. We were blessed with a perfect day and the aircraft and people connected with them provided a fun time for everybody.

July 09, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Unfunded directives aren’t just found at the statewide level

Your recent subheadline "Unfunded directives from Georgia legislature impact local budgets' bottom line" could be well enhanced locally to "Unfunded directives from Hall County tax assessor impacts local homeowners' bottom line."

July 08, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


State Bar mourns loss of Wyc Orr

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Gainesville attorney E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr on his recent and very untimely passing.

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


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