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Your taxes are going up, whether you like it or not

It is funny how no one has pointed out the fact that the Hall County commission has not said that it won't raise taxes even if massive cuts are made. I agree with Nathan Reed's earlier letter that the commission has already decided on a tax increase whether we like it or not.

June 16, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Commissioners need to put people ahead of politics

I couldn't get the front page picture that came out in the Friday paper off my mind, and what the picture itself said to me. The picture showed Ashley Bell and Billy Powell out among the people attending the hearing concerning the proposed tax increase for Hall County.

June 16, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


We benefit more from businesses than we do from politicians

I have to say that I am very disappointed in some of our county employees for the way they acted in last week's meeting on the county budget. I think that every single one of them who booed Jack Waldrip when he spoke should call him at his company and apologize to him acting that way toward him.

June 16, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall taxpayers’ voices are not being heard

The Board of Commissioners' public budget hearing at the Georgia Mountains Center was a fiasco. Though there was a great turnout, but inadequate meeting space left a large crowd outside. I was one of the lucky ones that was able to slip in after the meeting began.

June 15, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Clermont library shouldn't suffer from county's funding

I wonder if Adrian Mixson is being honest regarding closing the Clermont Library or if he is trying to get revenge. Everyone knows of the controversy regarding the building of the library on Nopone Road. The new county commissioners, all except Craig Lutz, backed down in the end about the use of the building there.

June 15, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


New state immigration law is hardly a peach

It appears that Gov. Nathan Deal's new tough immigration law will probably bankrupt Georgia peach farmers. Without immigrant labor, the future of peach pies, peach turnovers, peach preserves, peach cobblers and homemade peach ice cream is doomed. This is a direct attack on our constitutional right to freeze peaches.

June 15, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Don’t put 1 local special interest above all others

Curtis Black's letter June 6 in The Times clearly displayed one of the major problems in the current county budget crisis. Many of us believe one service provided by county government is a vital need while another service is a waste.

June 14, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


A small tax increase would hurt few but benefit us all

I have listened and read a lot of opinions on the Hall County budget. But I see that people only want to cut things not important to them. If they don't have a child playing, ball, cut parks and recreation. If you don't use the public libraries, cut that.

June 14, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Commissioners should have cut back on projects earlier

I'm wondering why it's taken our commissioners four years to realize the economy is bad. Why did they not start cutting back years ago? That's what I've had to do.

June 14, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Perry’s movies are appreciated

I am an infrequent movie goer. Very few movies stimulate me to attend the movie theater. One exception is Tyler Perry.

June 13, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Key library services could be lost if county closes branches

It is a great concern and sadness to me to learn of the possible closing of four of our library branches. I was serving on the Library Board when plans were being made to open the Blackshear Place Library. I remember the excitement we had in opening a new library in South Hall.

June 13, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Americans need to learn truth about health law

Wednesday, I was in Atlanta and spoke with some of the people that were protesting outside of the Atlanta Federal Court of Appeals building. Their signs stated "Hands Off My Health Care."

June 13, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Forgotten cemetery needs care, maintenance

On Camp Wahsega Road, about a mile before it ends at Camp Merrill, is a tiny cemetery called Shady Grove, a place that time has forgotten. It was attached to a small Methodist church that was razed about 80 years ago on land given to the Methodist Church by our several-times-great grandpa Jacob Saine in the mid-1800s.

June 12, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Our leaders should be as selfless as our military

I had the distinct honor to watch PBS' Memorial Day presentations honoring our service members. One segment, an "Honor Flight" from Pensacola to Washington as veterans visited the various war memorials, was outstanding.

June 12, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Find a better way to save money than closing libraries

As a retired professional librarian with 25 years of experience at public, school, college and university libraries in three states, I am appalled at the suggestion that four of the six public libraries in Hall County be closed to save money.

June 11, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: A blood donation can save as many as 3 lives, is time well spent

My mom always told me I was special, and that there was a plan and purpose for my life. I have spent my entire adult life trying to find out what made me special, and how I could make a difference in this world.

October 29, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Ga. lawmakers overdue to fix roads funding

I am very pleased to see state Sen. Steve Gooch is trying to solve our problem with road funding in Georgia. This should have been addressed years ago but has been allowed to continue to a point of emergency.

October 24, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Madison County’s decision was based on avoiding a losing battle

Perhaps guts had nothing to do with the decision the school board in Madison County made concerning the religious monument on school grounds. Maybe its members chose to not set up their county for a budget-busting legal case that could bankrupt them.

October 24, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Iraq’s problems were caused by Bush's policies, not Obama's

Response to Darrell Newton's letter Friday: Certainly, everyone has the right to say what he thinks, but they really should have the facts before doing so.

October 22, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Series on foster child care opened eyes to a serious issue

On more than one occasion, I have taken pen to paper to offer my criticism of your newspaper. It is expected that we subscribers will do that. When a newspaper does something that I feel is commendable, I will also offer my praise as well as extending my subscription another quarter.

October 22, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Trouble brewing when city allows morality to slide

I just want to extend a word of thanks to Gainesville City Councilmen Bob Hamrick and George Wangemann for taking the moral high ground on the brewery issue. Gainesville and Hall County have gotten along just fine for decades without having a brewery. Inevitably, this will bring bars and other establishments that attract unwanted attention in the form of drunkenness and other social maladies that create areas of crime and rude behavior.

October 22, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Madison County school board caves to atheists

Here we go again, folks, just another example of no guts: The school board in Madison County caved to an atheist group over a monument on school grounds that had Bible verses and quotes on it that was paid for by private donations.

October 22, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Vote could make reckless drivers share the cost of spinal injuries

Tens of thousands of Georgians live with life-long disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury. As medical technology, safety and trauma care have improved, more people survive traumatic injury, but many then face a lifetime of physical, behavioral and cognitive impairments requiring ongoing support services.

October 20, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: There’s no good reason for vote for any Democrat in fall election

When you add it all up, the steady stream of lies from the White House, the Democratic party and its supporters, the liberal left media, there is only one answer: There is NO Democratic candidate worthy of even a single vote. In fact, I don't see how a Democrat could vote for himself or herself.

October 20, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama’s actions have cost us peace, cost him respect

President Barack Obama withdrew all of our troops both in Iraq and Afghanistan against the recommendation of his own military, the CIA and his own secretary of defense and secretary of State.

October 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Mule Camp Market festival was a big success

A huge thank you should go to the Gainesville Jaycees. They did a fantastic job with the Mule Camp Market festival last weekend in Gainesville.

October 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Germany’s offer aims to reverse US brain drain

Why is Germany offering tuition-free college educations to Americans (and others)? What we're seeing here is an attempt to reverse the brain drain.

October 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: TV show’s view of Appalachian South is hardly complimentary

While I don't usually read Ronda Rich's columns, I did on Oct. 7. The heading got my attention and I read on. She wrote about the TV series "Justified" and how good it is. While I agree that it's a great show and high on my favorites list, I am puzzled by some things she wrote about the Appalachian South. Not being familiar with her writings, I hope it was done tongue-in-cheek when she wrote, "But here's what 'Justified' does best: It gets the Appalachian South right without reducing us to mockery or ridicule."

October 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall school board needs to be aware of immunization dangers

To Hall County Board of Education: I am sure that you have been made aware by now of the recent announcement by Dr. William Thompson, formerly of the Centers for Disease Control and co-author of the study on immunizations and their link to autism. If you have not, what has come to light is that Dr. Thompson has publicly declared that the study and its findings were falsified. He has declared that the data was altered to make it appear as if there was no link.

October 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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