In a June 10 article, the AJC reported some interesting statistics regarding Georgians dying needlessly because "they are too far from a trauma center." No doubt these statisticians could prove that Rhode Island is seven times bigger than Texas. As a result, most of the information contained in the article is typical of how so-called intelligent and knowledgeable people attempt to dupe us so-called ignorant and unawares into buying their white elephants.
When individuals and families are faced with reduction in income, they must of necessity reduce spending for their families' sake. When businesses encounter reduction in revenue, they take stock and cut spending for their stakeholders.
I live and own property in the North Hall area and was born and raised here. My family has lived and worked in Hall County several generations back.
I had begun to think my household was the only one in Hall County who doesn't want a tax hike or can't afford one and knows the issues we face fall at the feet of the ego-laden Board of Commissioners.
I am frustrated with talk of people willing to support a tax hike to save parks. In case anyone has missed it, the recession is still in full swing. People are still out of work and homes are still being foreclosed on. To increase property taxes now will only exacerbate the foreclosure problem that has contributed to the loss of more than $20,000 in my home's value the last four years.
The age-old debate over free will and determinism is as relevant today as ever. If we have significant amounts of free will, then people deserve what they get, now and forever. Punishment is justified. We may offer conditional forgiveness and second chances, but it will be limited and temporary.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I offer condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Samuel L. "Sam" Oliver of Gainesville on his recent, untimely passing.
Boy, the pressure is really starting to build up at warp speed. I feel as if I am standing on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange and the market is crashing. I am the point man for my entire family and I am the one who is ultimately responsible for its well being.
If Hall County increases the property tax, it will not have much impact on my standard of living and I doubt if it will have any impact on most of the commissioners.
It is my hope that the property tax-paying citizens of Hall County will look very closely at what the commissioners are trying to do.
Hall County doesn't need to raise taxes. It needs to implement user fees to cover any budget shortfalls. Shortfalls, incidentally, largely resulting from ridiculous expenditures such as our former county commissions push to buy the old Liberty Mutual complex or build an unneeded community center near my own North Hall home.
Kudos to the times for their well-deserved awards at the Georgia Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. Congratulations to reporter Ashley Fielding and photographer Sara Guevara for their awards for the project "The River's Reach." This eight-part series humanized the people impacted by the Chattahoochee River from Helen down to the Gulf of Mexico.
Thank you for pointing out that pro football is big bucks. The unmentioned fact is this is a classic case of owners vs. workers. In my experience, when workers start telling me what to do with my business, it is time for the workers to move on. I am sure the NFL owners can do the same and the money machine will continue on.
To balance the 2012 Hall County budget requires both tax increases and spending cuts. We all know that in hard economic times, both tax increases and spending cuts are painful. How should we think about the painful trade-offs?
I read constantly about the budget crisis in Hall County. It is the same in almost all of Georgia's 159 counties. Commissioners have suggested department budget cuts, facility closings, layoffs and almost every idea one can conceive except the need to consolidate and eliminate duplications of services.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?"
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?
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.
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.
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