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