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Thank you for Jessica Lebos’ informative article this week on the ballot measures that will be up for voter consideration next month.

Regarding the authorization to renew ESPLOST — the 1 percent sales tax earmarked for capital improvements to our schools — there are a couple additional points that voters really need to know.

First, because Chatham County is where lots of tourists, plus lots of folks from the surrounding areas, like to go shopping, 40 percent of our sales tax revenue comes from non–county residents.

Second, because bonds have already been floated that are backed by ESPLOST, if it is not extended there is a provision in existing law that will automatically trigger a rise in our property taxes.

So it’s a choice between having tourists contribute to our schools or raising property taxes. It won’t be phrased that way on the ballot, so it’s really important to get the word out about that.

Michelle Solomon

Get out of our House!


Your readers should know there is an alternative to the present system for choosing a candidate to the House of Representatives. Please publish this letter so they can learn how to find a candidate that will represent them instead of special interest.

Our forefathers designed the U.S. House of Representatives to represent the people of each of our current 435 districts. Modern politics has changed the House so its members no longer represent the citizens of their district.

Special Interest money and Big Party agenda has taken control of the House away from the People.

GOOOH (pronounced go) stands for: Get Out Of Our House. Goooh is a system for selecting qualified candidates to the House of Representatives that will be beholding to the people that elect them.

No longer will special interest or big party money be able to buy their votes on the critical issues of today.

We are asking every patriot to step forward and help us fire the current Congress that is destroying the future of our children and grandchildren.

We will replace them with true representatives that have signed a pledge on how they will vote on the major issues of today.

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Roy T. Newsom