Echoing Al Marks' letter in The Times on Friday, the recent property re-evaluations leave something to be desired. I generally support the idea of reassessment, particularly for properties that have not been assessed or sold in a long time. But what is the logic for assessing properties that have very recently been sold, instead of using actuals?
Well, it happened, just as predicted. Lake property owners in Hall County (there's about 7,000 of us) got zapped with property re-evaluations that, in many cases, doubled and in some cases went even more.
Upon returning home from Vietnam and service in 1967, the only welcomes received were from family and friends. Monday, I participated with my recently joined Vietnam veterans group in the Memorial Day parade. The echoes of welcome home were extremely emotional and gratifying. Thank you, America.
To the East Hall High School faculty and staff:
Joe and I wanted to thank the Gainesville community for their unending support to our daughter, LeeAnn Noble, and us over the last five months. There were so many areas of support right from the beginning of LeeAnn's recent medical journey and eventual death.
On behalf of the Gainesville-Hall County Meals on Wheels program, I would like to thank Hall County Commission Chairman Richard Mecum, Commissioner Jeff Stowe and Gainesville Mayor Danny Dunagan for their recent participation in the delivery of a meal and hope to homebound seniors in Gainesville and Hall County.
I have been robbed, not by a back-alley mugger, but by the Obama administration and his fellow muggers, the Democratic Party. Let me elaborate.
The recent column, "A well-aimed veto from Deal deserves applause (Tom Crawford, May 7)," ignored numerous benefits provided by the private probation industry in Georgia. Probation companies deliver a cost-effective and valuable service that enhances public safety, while supervising approximately 250,000 probationers and working with more than 600 municipal, state, probate and superior courts.
Ten days ago, residents of Gainesville were told by the mayor that our government must be used to condemn the Pierce House (at the corner of Jesse Jewell and Queen City) "as quick and cheap as possible," and that scores of citizens, who had gathered over the Lanier Plaza rezoning at the city courtroom, must "get on out of here, we (the council) have business to take care of."
There is a cruel and simplistic mentality among some politicians that poor people desire to be poor, or they simply don't work hard enough. What they don't realize is a lot of poor people work multiple jobs, but still can't make ends meet.
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to congratulate Gainesville attorney Julius Hulsey, who received the Judge A.R. Kenyon Award, and John Lucas of the Hall County Misdemeanor Probation Office staff, who received the Liberty Bell Award, during the recent Law Day banquet sponsored by the Gainesville-Northeastern Judicial Circuit Bar Association.
Thank you to Sue Sigmon-Nosach, who volunteers to provide transportation to cancer patients in the Gainesville area after her own treatment for ovarian cancer in 2004 ("Driver of Love: Cancer Survivor gives rides to patients, says volunteers are needed," May 14 article).
Last week, President Barack Obama made his election year gloom-and-doom pitch on global warming (anything to take the heat off Benghazi). This should come as no surprise. Sen. Patrick Moynihan was warning Nixon about this in the 1960s and President Bill Clinton gave a speech in 1997 almost word for word saying what Obama said.
A recent letter writer suggested that everyone should read the seminal work promoting gun ownership, "More Guns Less Crime" by John Lott. The book, based on a study done in the early 1990s, and the author have been so thoroughly discredited that only those who are rabidly pro-gun cite it anymore.
Why do some critics of the new gun bill call it the "guns everywhere" law, then turn around and ask why the Capitol building does not allow guns? Can't they make up their minds? Are guns allowed everywhere or not? (For example, Tom Crawford's column on April 30).
In response to Sunday's story in The Times, "Panel studying violence against emergency room workers:" We will never be able to properly address emergency department violence in America until we take a hard look at our ongoing mental health care crisis. This has led to violence in some cases by frustrated and distressed psychiatric patients who are held in emergency departments for long periods of time because there are very few options for long-term care.
I agree Mitt Romney was by far the best-prepared candidate for president; can't do it over.