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.
If the new SPLOST doesn't pass, the blame can be laid at the feet of the elected officials in the city and county.
I have read with some interest the articles regarding the upcoming election for SPLOST. As a retiree on a fixed income and no children in school, I have had mixed feelings about the issue, as my wife and I are retired and living on a fixed income while our expenses continue to rise year after year.
Tonight, I'll "toss and turn" as visions of sugarplums dance through my head! Yes, tomorrow will be one of the most favorite day of this year for me, and we're far from Christmas.
I took advantage of early voting and voted yes to renewing the Education SPLOST 1-cent sales tax. It is not a new tax; it's been here since 1997. It's the fairest way to provide the money needed in our schools.
I am writing in reference to the letter by Dr. Tom Smiley wrote concerning building bridges with Muslims and other "cultic" groups. I am sure Dr. Smiley has built many bridges in the Gainesville community with other religions and perhaps has shown his love to others. I do not know him personally, but from what I know of pastors, this is what pastors do, they build bridges and love.
In 1969, my wife, Kathy, and I came to Gainesville for me to become assistant principle of Fair Street School and for Kathy to teach English at Gainesville Junior High.
On March 15, Hall voters will have the opportunity to vote on a SPLOST for education.
Ask most members of the Georgia General Assembly and they all will tell you that they are four-square behind efforts to improve ethics for the state's elected officials and gung-ho for reforms to make the operations of government more transparent.
Seventy-five year old Fair Street School is one of many needs supported by continuation of the education SPLOST.
The new immigration bill currently in our state legislature, House Bill 87, is a bad law and represents bad public policy that stems from frustration with our federal government's unwillingness to address the ongoing immigration crisis rather than from rational thought. Laws based on anger rather than rationality should be avoided at all costs.
The upcoming E-SPLOST vote is of great importance to the children of Gainesville and Hall County and the community as a whole. The tax has been one of the most beneficial acts in recent years. Our legislators gave us a wonderful tool to greatly improve school infrastructure.
I've offered comments before pertaining to labor unions and many of the diverse effects they can have on our economy and even the stability of our nation if they are not held in check by some common sense limits.
Sorry folks, but here we go again out on Cool Springs Road. The residents out here have been sport for local politicians and so-called community leaders for years.
Several months ago, I responded to an article in our paper regarding Christians building bridges with Muslims and other cultic groups. My point remains now, as then, that more than building bridges, the important thing is to tell the truth.