Remember that real estate is local. While national, state, or even some local news may sound challenging, people need to be plugged in to what is actually happening in your neighborhood.
With the closure of the South Hall tag office, Hall County residents needing to visit the office must go to downtown Gainesville and struggle with limited parking issues.
Regrettably I missed the recent public meeting for the transportation sales tax initiative. Officials say these road and bridge projects could be financed by increasing the sales tax. Adding this 1 percent to the existing sales tax base of 7 percent would increase the tax burden to 8 percent. That is just too much of a premium to pay government over the normal selling price of any commodity, especially food and clothing.
I believe that Debbie Taylor would likely change her thoughts on deer in her neighborhood (and mine; I saw nine deer on or by the roads in three days a while ago) should she or one of her family or friends run into a deer on the road.
What a shame that mankind can't enjoy the beauty of wildlife. Bow hunting or not, most hunters aren't good enough with bows to actually kill a deer. The deer most often is seriously injured and suffers or has its throat slit.
A recent Times article stated that Georgia Lottery sales are boosted by many who don't use lottery-funded educational programs, including Georgia's lower income residents, its uneducated and its minorities. However, research clearly shows that Georgia Lottery players are representative of the general population.
Tom Oliver wants to reopen tag sites and fund next year by increasing property taxes. It seems more logical and equitable that some sort of vehicle tax be increased by those who are using tag offices.
President Barack Obama pushed upon the country his latest "jobs bill." Then he demanded it be passed. His words weren't a direct demand, but when you say it enough times it is implied.
I read with enthusiasm the recent article regarding the upcoming effort to thin the deer population within the Gainesville city limits. However, I shook my head in disbelief that unnamed officials from the Department of Natural Resources cannot go so far as to say the deer population in Gainesville is above normal.
Who is informing you that the residents of Riverside Drive find the deer a problem and want them inhumanely killed? As a family living on Riverside, we find it offensive that we have been grouped with this minority.
Municipal bonds are bonds issued by city and county governments. Bondholders receive interest from the issuers, which is excluded from income by the federal government. Moreover, if a resident of Georgia owns bonds issued by a Georgia city, such as Gainesville, the interest income is excluded for state purposes, too.
I am in my 70s and have never been more concerned for this country than now.
I was disappointed in the lack of the Hall County School System's display of respect for Dr. Gwen Mundy who died last week. I was especially disappointed with the generic quotes by Lee Lovett and Gordon Higgins who both knew and worked with Dr. Mundy. I also think that it was a great omission for Will Schofield not say a few words about her contributions to education in Hall County and Georgia.
I am concerned that the FDA needs to be stopped in its recent action to circumvent the congressional 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. The FDA on July 1 has proposed funding some new regulations that will purge some of the most valuable nutritional supplements from the markets.
There is a survey at the Hall County Dumpster site at the farmers market on Jesse Jewell Parkway. The manager had the survey for the residents of Hall County to check one of the following:
The holiday season brings out the best in many, and I have seen a multitude of blessings come from the season of giving we have just completed with The Medical Center Foundation's Healthy Journey Campaign.
With the holiday season, especially Christmas, the news fills with stories about threats to our most sacred religious values, Christmas and prayer in school. Two recent letters published in The Times touch on these subjects.
Has anyone noticed that record-breaking temperatures are taking place all over the country, including Georgia? New York recently was under a blanket of snow, as much as 9 feet in places. Schools and businesses were closed and even the Buffalo Bills football game was moved in only the third week in November.
It's Christmas. It's the end of the year. That time of year where everyone is enjoying the holiday festivities and winding down from their busy lives. It's a time for joy, for peace, for happiness, for forgiveness and for kindness.
Well, it's almost Christmas again and it's supposed to be a happy time of year. It's meant to be a time to focus on the one it's really all about, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.
Life in a small town is great for a while. Many of us grow up in the comfort of a small town where we all gather on Friday nights to cheer on the local football team and go to church on Sunday mornings.
In spite of rain and clouds on a recent Saturday, our city of Lula, as well as other towns in the area, was busy preparing annual Christmas celebration festivities on Dec. 6. Our mayor and council had voted to purchase new (and much needed) Christmas lights and decorations for the town.
OK, this is crazy. It's Christmas shopping time and no one cares who they run over with their carts! My mother is 95 years old and when a female heard the words, "I can take someone over here," this person was like a race horse and bumped my mother's cart. But at least she got to be first in line!
On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Attorney Joe B. Sartain Jr. of Gainesville on his recent passing.
On Wednesday, I read about the humanist group suing Hall County Schools over prayers. The complainants were listed as Jane Doe, Jane Roe and Jane Coe due to the fact identification posed a risk.
Wednesday, I read in the paper that this group called the humanists have filed a lawsuit against the Hall County School District for promoting prayer and Christianity.
I tend to agree with the humanist group to remove prayer in school. Likewise, then schools will be compelled to remove all the Five Pillars of Islam in Common Core.
This time of year we begin hearing about the "War on Christmas," as the nonreligious seek to enforce the constitutional separation between church and state. Others talk about a "War on Thanksgiving" as early shopping begins to infringe on family time and Thanksgiving time. But there's another war far more displeasing to God, at least according to Jesus.
Many thanks should be extended to all the local restaurants who provided free dinners to veterans on Veterans Day. Such a positive, supportive attitude only serves to strengthen the community and the country. A week later, I was impressed to see a restaurant in Buford extend the honor by providing literally hundreds of free dinners to local veterans.
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