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County spends too much on unnecessary personal services

With all the talk of budget talks vs. increasing tax rates, being a 64-year-old independent truck driver, I have some comments and questions.

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


Cuts will hurt economy more than a tax hike

The damage that the Hall County Board of Commissioners is about to do to this county will not only hurt the quality of life in this county, but will cause irreparable damage to our local economy. How in the world could anyone with a rational brain possibly think that eliminating 77 county jobs or so, eliminating public parks and libraries and cutting two ambulances will help local business?

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


Libraries could cut costs with a few changes

In dire economic times like now, something has to give in order bring budgets more in line with reality. As regards to the proposed closing of four library locations out of six in total, I would like to make the following remarks and suggestions.

June 10, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall County’s anti-tax rhetoric is based on myths not facts

Yes, Chairman Tom Oliver has proposed raising the millage rate to make up for revenue losses due to property values dropping drastically in the last few years. The county commission and school board probably read all of the evaluations during the housing bubble as they cut that same millage rate year after year.

June 10, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


County tax increase already was decided before public meeting

Let me start off by saying that I would like to think the tax increase would not pass, but unfortunately, it's already too late. It's already passed.

June 10, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Closing Ag Center, parks would have negative effect

I agree with Mr. Black's letter about the Chicopee Woods Ag Center. We were just there for JAKE's Day. It was wall to wall kids. All those families left there, bought gas and food elsewhere in the community.

June 09, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Reality dictates more Hall budget cuts, not tax hikes

Hall County officials are correct to propose deep cuts to fiscal year 2012 budgets and no tax increase should be considered. Hall County is no longer a boom town and the local government and its employees need to recognize this. The days of elite public sector employees riding piggyback on the peon taxpayers and insulated from the contractions in the economy are over.

June 09, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


There are ways to boost income besides furloughs

In attending the North Hall budget meeting in Clermont, I came away with some good points that were made in the meeting and some views that were made in a state of emotion.

June 09, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Bloated county government can't justify raising taxes

Why do so many politicians resort to sob stories and scare tactics when they are forced to get the government's financial house in order? Tom Oliver's antics are no different from the big government apologists in Congress; he simply raises the specter of slower emergency response and shuttered libraries instead of threatening Medicare cuts and the loss of cowboy poetry festivals.

June 09, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall County workers have sacrificed all they can

As a Hall County resident and employee, I have tried to educate myself on the pending budget crisis as best as possible, but I can only speak from personal experience. I have to wonder how much longer residents and county officials can expect the budget to be balanced solely off the backs of the employees.

June 09, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Other expenses could be cut to balance budget

Why is it every time the budget needs to be cut, we look to public safety, parks and usually education? Surely there are other areas where efficiency can be instilled?

June 09, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Reservoirs will run up huge bills, debt for Hall taxpayers

T. Boone Pickens says that "water is the new oil" and he should know, as he has put his money into major water infrastructure investments. Why is the Hall County Reservoirs issue important for everyone to understand? The reason is how much this will cost in property taxes.

June 08, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Drastic steps are needed to trim Hall County’s spending habits

In response to a recent headline, it is about time that we start taking some drastic steps to a drastic problem. Cutting these services is a great start. However, I would like to make two points.

June 08, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall commissioners inspire no confidence with austere cuts

I am compelled to write to you in support of the three letters published Saturday. Brandi Barnes, Neil Boykin, and Jean Hudson all seem to have the same idea in mind.

June 08, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Too many budget cuts damage our county’s ‘product’

I was concerned by the article on the front page of The Times today that delineates potential cuts in county services if no additional revenue can be identified.

June 07, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Lions Clubs look to grow, add to service

Your article Sunday concerning challenges to area civic clubs did a good job in pointing out the struggles most civic clubs have in carrying on the work that they do.

September 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall County’s big heart helps refill food bank

I would personally like to thank the good and generous people of Hall County for their contributions of canned and boxed food items that helped to restock the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Your very generous donations will help feed the hungry and needy among us in Hall County and four surrounding counties.

September 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Letter writer, columnist defend weak presidents, attack Bush

I do not make it a habit of reading your left-leaning (Your Views) section. This is in direct response to Gabriel Shippy's comments about how George Bush got us in a war.

September 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Funding for Obama’s war is already there

To fund Mr. Obama's war, the Pentagon, at this time, has nearly $60 billion, unspent, in the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund.

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


Your Views: Focus on horrors by Islamic State ignores others

Every day I'm confronted with news reports suggesting the militant Islamic State organization is a threat to America. It is constantly in the news with lurid stories of mass executions and beheadings. These stories are reported as if atrocities and mass killings are not commonplace in war.

September 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama’s problems in Iraq started with Bush’s policies

It's hard not to feel a bit of sympathy for President Barack Obama. A lot of us predicted that whoever was elected to office after President George W. Bush would inherit a catastrophe on a domestic and international level. That prediction has turned out to be tragically accurate.

September 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Islamic State zealots raise memories of Nazi Germany

I read Friday's column by Jonah Goldberg, "A Web-fueled Foreign Legion for losers," with much trepidation. Yes, I fully agree that these "born-again" Islamists for the most part are comprised of the disenfranchised "losers" living on the fringes of society. They are now presented with an opportunity to inject their depravities onto minority segments of the population, or those that do not accept their 14th century laws and codes. This movement presents opportunities for them to obtain the power that they cannot otherwise gain through legal and democratic means.

September 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Lack of leadership from Obama, Congress will doom our nation

Since Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008, nothing good has come to pass for the American people. Our economy has gone to hell and still continues to get worse. All the lofty promises this incompetent loon made have failed to materialize.

September 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Substitute teachers’ pay unfair

How many people realize substitute teachers only make minimum wage? These people are always on call and can be asked to go to different schools. Now we read where the head of the school system just received a raise bringing his salary to more than $180,000 per year. Does anybody see anything wrong with this picture?

September 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: ALS bucket challenge is a noble cause

I read with interest but disappointment the comments by Guy Jordan in The Times Aug. 23 regarding his concern and being upset because Brenau University participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge, and his perspective on how this type of goodwill activity could be counterproductive and dangerous "in the long run."

September 08, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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