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).
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.
This is in response to Joan King's recent attempt to display her superior wisdom. I thought her forte was climate change, but now she's scolding us all for not embracing President Barack Obama's nightmare health care plan. Where's she been this past year?
Reply to Clarence Lusane column of Nov. 11: He is correct when he says the election was not a mandate for a Republican agenda. I disagree that it happened because of a "pervasive anti-Obama drumbeat" or "incessant Republican pounding." It happened because the American people are mad.
According to President Barack Obama, the citizens of the United States are not exceptional. Also, he claims we are no better than any other country on this planet.
I have a 16-acre sheep farm on Coker Road. One recent evening, a 16-year-old boy hit my fence driving 80 mph, as he told police. He and his friend, who was also 16, were going home from East Hall High School.
On Nov. 10, three men, one of them a Hall County Sheriff's deputy, were injured in a crash at Spout Springs Road and Union Circle. Thankfully none of the men suffered anything worse than a minor injury. But anyone driving in this area with any regularity knows how dangerous this intersection can be. The fact that there are not more accidents at this intersection is astounding.
In her recent letter, Mary Young seems to refer to the 9-11 attacks during the Bush administration as if they constitute a justification for the war in Iraq. Neither Saddam nor Iraq was involved in those attacks. She also attempts to justify the war by pointing to past history, including Saddam's use of gas against Iraqi Kurds. The U.S. sold Saddam that gas. I have to wonder, who does she think the U.S. intended the gas to be used on? As suppliers of WMD, we are complicit in that crime.
President Barack Obama left his domestic woes behind to take a foreign policy trip to China this week. He met with the leader of China in a private meeting to talk about Chinese-U.S. relations and trade policies. The American press was allowed total access to the meeting and to take photographs of the occasion. It was interesting to see pictures of the world's most powerful dictator standing next to some Chinese guy.
Family is the most important organization in time (on this earth) or in eternity. God Himself organized the first family on earth. He created all of us as His spiritual children and thus His spiritual family. Family is very important to Him. "What God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."
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