By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Your Views: There are better ways to pay for state trauma care needs
Placeholder Image

Letters policy: Send by e-mail to (no attached files, please, which can contain viruses); fax to 770-532-0457; mail to The Times, P.O. Box 838, Gainesville, GA 30503; or click here for a form. Include full name, hometown and phone number for confirmation. They should be limited to one topic on issues of public interest and may be edited for content and length (limit of 500 words). Letters originating from other sources, those involving personal, business or legal disputes, poetry, expressions of faith or memorial tributes may be rejected. You may be limited to one letter per month, two on a single topic. Submitted items may be published in print, electronic or other forms. Letters, columns and cartoons express the opinions of the authors and not of The Times editorial board.

"Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to impose an annual $10 trauma charge on certain motor vehicles in this state for the purpose of funding trauma care?"

The answer is no. Surely no one is opposed to additional trauma care units, but do we not have money available to do that now? Don't be fooled by the whining of elected officials; government is awash with money. It just doesn't use it in a prudent or Constitutional fashion as you and I have to do when times are tight.

Are you familiar with the new "super speeder" law that was instituted in January instant, taking an additional $200 for excessive speeding violations. That money was supposed to help ease the shortfall for trauma care as well. However, it cannot be depended upon as the legislature can apply the money as it deems, including to nontrauma related state expenditures.

More trauma units is a good cause, and I support it. I would suggest they take my contribution from my public school tax, in which case I would be happy to "donate." I pay school tax in three counties - is it possible to have children in schools in three counties at the same time? I suppose it is, but I don't. I have never, and I have never had a child in a public school anywhere at any time. Therefore, take my trauma contribution from what I am paying toward an institution I have never used.

Vote no on Amendment 2.

Fred Chitwood
Flowery Branch


Regional events