First I would like to thank our newspaper because it seems reasonably well balanced. Among others, they offer Roberts and King for a liberal view and Sowell and Krauthammer for a conservative view of our country.
In the article on vehicle tax reform, state Sen. Butch Miller says the new title fee is a part of a larger reform package designed to cut taxes. There are only four ways for governments to collect money: taxes, fees, civil penalties or criminal penalties. Individuals have only two sources of funds for paying these: income and borrowing.
I saw on the Channel 2 news the other day that some African-American leaders in Atlanta were protesting at gun shops against the manufacturing of guns saying, "they intentionally flood the streets with guns to kill our young people."
In his column "Ga. leaders push for more guns" in The Times on Wednesday, Tom Crawford claims Sen. Bill Jackson, of Martinez was mistaken in some remarks he made.
In response to Ron Hooper's letter of Feb. 13 concerning the nation debt: To quote Karl Rove, "the deficit doesn't matter."
As a teacher, I find the president's call for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $9 per hour particularly worrisome. As we increase the amount that businesses are minimally required to pay their employees, we place more and more value on the types of jobs to which those wages are attached. We also increase the emphasis on the idea of the minimum.
Several weeks ago, an article in The Times mentioned that the new "birthday tax" law was due for some "tweaking." I assumed this was to account for the fact that the law was passed in such a rush that several issues were left unclear or unfair.
I writing you because I attend Gainesville State College and, as you know, North Georgia College and State University and Gainesville State consolidated to become a new university. I feel that this was a merger, not a consolidation.
I can still remember when living your life based upon Biblical principles, being kind by helping others, holding the door open for someone about to enter, giving a little money to charities that try to save lives not destroy them, pay your taxes on time, work to earn your income, all would label you a model citizen.
I have been a hunter since my teens and have fired weapons from a BB gun to a 155 mm Howitzer. I am, and always will be, a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
Given the current state of affairs with the city of Gainesville, why would Hall County even consider allowing the city to provide sewer services. It seems every time Hall County enters an agreement with Gainesville, the county comes out on the short end of the stick.
As the national debt continues to rise and exceeds $16.5 trillion, the interest paid by taxpayers is also going up. In 2012, taxpayers paid $220 billion in interest on the national debt. The U.S. has carried a debt throughout history so it may not seem important to many people.
Re: Our Views, "A modest agenda," of Jan. 20: The first error I noted in this editorial was the authors of the editorial; is this a case of mistaken authority on the topic of politics? I could not obtain any information to prove that they were well versed and had authority to speak to the topic.
In response to a recent letter saying the Bible has no errors, please consider the following. St. Paul wrote, "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness."
Just when I thought I'd heard it all, I read Henry Loggins' opinion (Your Views, Feb. 8) regarding the King James Version of the Bible (a beautiful translation by the way). Silly me; for some reason I thought my eternal destiny was based on other criteria, like whether or not I believed in Jesus Christ.
I am curious to know how a main road like McEver Road can be closed for such an extended period of time? We live off Jim Crow Road so we have been taking the detour like everyone else since the heavy rains last month caused the washout.
I would like to respond to the letter published May 8 by Ron Walker about teacher evaluations being an art rather than a science. I feel a teacher should be evaluated to better determine their performance and, more importantly, their pay.
I am sorry to read of our continuing budget woes in Monday's article about the Hall County Board of Education. The single, thin ray of sunshine is that Superintendent Will Schofield might include teachers in the decision-making process regarding teacher pay.
Jim Gorman's recent letter finished with this thought: We the people are supposed to be in control of our government, not a political elite ruling class. I agree. I see a ruling class whose strategic interest differs radically from that of most Americans. I see a ruling class composed of Wall Street and the corporate establishment. We call this democracy, but it does not seem to serve our interests or our political will. ...
Recently a letter appeared in which the writer condemned the Times for a commentary by the editorial board that sharply criticized the Obama administration. In reading and rereading the column, I find no fault in the editorial that truthfully stated what must be illegal acts by the Internal Revenue Service and the attorney general.
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