When we look at the national debt and fiscal responsibility, Social Security and Medicare are near the top of areas to address based on their high percentage of the budget. Social Security makes up nearly 20 percent, Medicare close to 13 percent.
Right here at home we have the same model nuclear plant as the one that has imperiled thousands of people in Japan.
There is a wise old saying "The errors you make in today's good times create tomorrow's bad times. And the wise things you do in today's bad times create tomorrow's good times."
I am astounded at the lack of support from a big conservative tea party county like Hall County regarding the recent sales tax referendum. What happened? Did everyone go to sleep after last year's elections?
Isn't it nice to have our elected officials exhibit such moral fortitude while dealing with budget shortfalls? Their solution is to allow Sunday alcohol sales to be decided by the "voters." Is nothing sacred anymore?
As a lifetime Hall County resident, as far back as I can remember our government leaders have been extraordinary and problems were dealt with appropriately. Our legacy in Hall County has always been to fix our own problems and not wait on someone else to do it for us.
The numbers are in and came as no surprise: Northeast Georgia is still growing.
After reading the article on Wednesday by Tom Crawford concerning Delta tax breaks, I was astounded that our legislature would give tax breaks to a company that reported a $593 million profit after special items were excluded.
By now, it should be painfully clear to anyone who observes Hall County government that newly elected Commissioner Craig Lutz doesn't like the idea of having a park at Cool Springs.
The current Japanese troubles lead me to think about the safety of our own nuclear power plants. I don't know how safe they actually are but, I think I know one way to find out: Require all owners and senior management to live within a five-mile radius of their plants.
I went to vote Tuesday. It was a race against time, the sun was low in the sky. I had to dodge two squirrels and a stray dog on my way.
I would like to address multiple concerns surrounding the possibility of schools transitioning from an all "hard copy" source of teaching to a more economical and environment friendly "technological" source. By this, I mean the use of technology such as the iPad.
How can you make a DUI a felony for one person and a misdemeanor for another. They are breaking the same law, present the same danger on our roadways no matter if they are "illegal immigrants" or U.S. citizens or whatever.
Finally, the veneer of public service has been ripped from the body of self-service. As the inability of elected officials to put aside their own personal welfare to make decisions to positively impact our nation becomes evident, we must all bow our shoulders to accept the load that awaits us.
What really bothers me about E-SPLOST is the special vote. Why was this not put on the ballot during the last election? Why spend money on this special vote? That in itself was enough for me to vote "no."