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Your Views: Meals on Wheels program is vital to many seniors

Recently while watching the local government channel, a segment on Meals on Wheels aired. This is one of the greatest programs for the elderly that is out there.

March 16, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: Following Jesus means more than just saying the right words

Regarding Tom Smiley's article about Christian churches sharing their buildings with Muslims, I was intrigued by his statements regarding "truth."

March 15, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: Are we using prayer only for our personal convenience?

I did not think I would live to see a time when prayer was excluded from anywhere. The 9/11 tragedy found many people from all over the world feeling the need for prayer. Even after a tragedy as big as 9/11, prayer is still excluded from some places and events.

March 14, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: Downtown bridge could be signature gateway into city

San Francisco has the Golden Gate Bridge. Manhattan has the Brooklyn Bridge. London has the London Bridge. So why shouldn't Gainesville-Hall County have the "People's Bridge?"

March 14, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Our Views: A sensible cent

There are a number of folks urging their fellow Hall Countians to vote Tuesday against extending a special purpose local option sales tax for education expenses.

March 13, 2011 | Times Editorial Board | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: Education SPLOST is not a new sales tax

The time has arrived to renew the 1-cent sales tax that helps fund the much needed repairs, renovations, and, in one case, replacement of some of our Gainesville and Hall County schools. I stress "renew" because this tax is not a "new" tax but one that has been in place for the past several years. It has helped fund much-needed school building projects in both the city and the county that otherwise would have been funded by an increased property tax.

March 12, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: Give our children what they need with ‘yes’ vote on SPLOST

Do we want our children to be safe in the school they attend and be able to compete in a highly technical world they will find themselves upon graduation? Or do you want them to lag behind and be assigned a secondary position in the globalized age they will live in?

To all of us, children are our most precious and loving possession and no matter how difficult the struggle, or how high the cost, we need to find a way to not only protect, but to advance their needs of physical, social and intellectual development.

March 12, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: Men’s Progressive Club backs passage of education SPLOST

On behalf of the Men's Progressive Club of Gainesville, I would like to add our endorsement in favor of continuing the one-penny sales tax.

March 12, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: Economic worries are a good reason to vote ‘yes’ on tax

As a graduate of Gainesville City Schools and now a mother with children following my own footsteps in our local schools, I wanted to express my support for continuation of the one-penny education sales tax.

March 12, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: Education SPLOST is fair way to fund our schools properly

If not today, then when? The children of our community should always be the "today" and not the "then when." What we put into our educational system today is guaranteed to be representative of its future. If approved, education SPLOST will undoubtedly continue to provide our children with the necessary tools to become devout members of society.

March 11, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: Local schools can’t continue to excel without funding

I for one am tired of being taxed. I am also, though, tired of watching educators strive to teach my children with less. The upcoming education SPLOST vote is important to me as a parent and as a member of the school council of my elementary son's school. We are all these days learning to do with less. "Less" is not good when used in the context of education of our children.

March 11, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: Fair Street School needs SPLOST funds for new building

I am writing in support of the upcoming education SPLOST vote on Tuesday. My employer is a Partner in Education with Fair Street Elementary School in Gainesville, and in the course of visiting the school, I am well aware of the dated and substandard physical facilities present.

March 11, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: SPLOST taxes will never go down unless we vote ‘no’

Are you planning to vote for SPLOST on Tuesday? If yes, first you need to ride down to Buford and look at their school and sports facilities. I would say it is the best in our state and their teachers are paid more than Hall County teachers.

March 11, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: Schools getting by with less, need sales tax funds

Across the country, state governments, municipalities and local school districts are in financial crisis. Our community is no exception. The Hall County school district general fund is operating this fiscal year on almost $20 million less than it did just two years ago. More than $16 million of that comes in the form of an "austerity cut" to state revenue.

March 11, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


Your Views: SPLOST just one of many lined up to raid residents’ wallets

I see my good friend, Jimmy Echols, has come out in opposition to the new Hall County School SPLOST. I am in complete agreement with him. The Buford school share is outrageous and should be referred to as ransom.

March 10, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Opinion: editorials, letters to the editor


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