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Your Views: Vegas shooting shows why those who are armed must remain wary

In her Thursday article, "Armed, dangerous and dead," Kathleen Parker appears to be making a case for why we should not carry guns. I am not going to dispute her reasoning here, but rather, I see the subject matter to be a possible teachable moment.

June 14, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: SWAT raid was tragic example of police overkill

Reading Bimbo Brewer's letter, I agree there's no way to minimize the tragedy in which a child was critically injured by a flash-bang device used in a no-knock drug raid on a Habersham county home.

June 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: SWAT raid was tragic example of police overkill

Reading Bimbo Brewer's letter, I agree there's no way to minimize the tragedy in which a child was critically injured by a flash-bang device used in a no-knock drug raid on a Habersham county home.

June 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Penalizing lakefront taxpayers another ‘tax the rich’ example

Singling out homeowners that live on the lake is yet another example of the discriminatory practices ongoing, not only in Hall County, but also in America today.

June 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Public open carry needs to keep everyone’s safety in mind

When I read the open carry law, I didn't realize what an effect it would have on me. We were in a fast-food restaurant and I saw a daddy with three small children. On his hip was a large-caliber semi-automatic pistol in a quick-draw holster.

June 12, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Times’ profile of female pilot an inspiring tale for everyone

A big thank you to The Times for the Monday profile of Gladys Lacey Jones. This lady represents the women who inspired me as a child. I wanted to fly more than anything else in the world but settled for med school, another of those venues where finding a woman was a surprise.

June 12, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama’s pattern is shift blame or assume credit

President Barack Obama is consistent. After the "Fast and Furious" disaster in which a border guard was killed, he claimed former President George W. Bush was responsible. Obama lied.

June 12, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Don’t tell me millage rate isn’t an increase if I pay more taxes

I was mad as hell after reading the June 5 article, "County ponders tax hike." Hall County Commissioner Jeff Stowe was quoted as saying, "In my opinion, I don't see it as a tax increase when you keep your millage rate exactly the same."

June 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall leaders adopt same old philosophy of tax-and-spend

I moved to Hall County many years ago to escape the outrageous "tax and spend" mentality of the Atlanta and DeKalb area governments. I now find myself looking around to escape the outrageous "tax and spend" mentality of the Hall County government.

June 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Taxes go up on lake lot with no dock, house on it

I received my new tax assessment. I opened it and nearly passed out. I have 0.4 acres of land that abuts Corps property. It is not dockable (I had the Corps come out a few years ago to see about putting dock in) because it is too far from the lake and you risk your life trying to get there.

June 07, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Times’ co-founder offers her thanks, best wishes to retiring publisher

Dennis Stockton is resigning after 10 years as publisher of The Times. I would like to write an open letter describing what Dennis has meant to the paper, its coverage, and the area as a whole.

June 06, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Despite tragedy, Habersham sheriff is a man to trust

There is no way in the world to minimize the tragedy in Habersham County in which a child was critically injured by a "flash-bang" device used during a drug raid there. I feel confident the facts will be searched out and proper action, whatever it may need be, will be taken. Possibly, we will never know exactly what transpired.

June 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Georgia legal community mourns loss of Wyc Orr

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Gainesville attorney E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr on his recent and very untimely passing.

June 04, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Property tax reassessments always err on the high side

Echoing Al Marks' letter in The Times on Friday, the recent property re-evaluations leave something to be desired. I generally support the idea of reassessment, particularly for properties that have not been assessed or sold in a long time. But what is the logic for assessing properties that have very recently been sold, instead of using actuals?

May 31, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall shoved tax increase on lake properties down residents’ throats

Well, it happened, just as predicted. Lake property owners in Hall County (there's about 7,000 of us) got zapped with property re-evaluations that, in many cases, doubled and in some cases went even more.

May 30, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: State board denies justice in murder case

After reading The Times' article regarding Tommy Lee Waldrip and the hideous crime he committed against the young Dawsonville man, Keith Evans, 23 years ago, I am still in disbelief of our so-called "justice" system.

July 24, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Support your library and the good it does a community

Another budget year and another disappointment for our library system and its patrons. Our county officials' spending on website redesign and an energy study, with unused results, instead of providing funding needed to take county agencies off of furlough toes the line of malfeasance, a word I learned from a children's picture book that I read at my library ("Olivia and the Fairy Princesses" by Ian Falconer).

July 24, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Owing a life to local doctors

I spent 60 years in newspapering in Anderson, S.C., Athens and The Atlanta Times, and 50 years in radio and television throughout the South. I write this to salute Gainesville and its vast medical community as nationally prominent in heart research. I owe my life to cardiologists there and couldn't dare name them all, but one, Dr. Jeffrey Marshall, has not only been a great doctor but a great mentor to let me pursue my career after suffering mightily.

July 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall County football is top notch

I retired from coaching after 15 seasons in the NFL. I started off coaching five seasons as a high school coach in New Mexico and in Fremont, Calif. The Hall County football teams are extremely well coached. I often stand just outside the fence watching our incredibly competent coaches work. Hall County is a perfect place for a retired coach to live if he wants high-quality football every Friday night during the high school football season.

July 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Murderers are cowards and don’t deserve a peaceful death

Here we go again, folks. Cormac J. Carney, a U.S. district judge, ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional. He called the death penalty an "empty promise that violates the Eighth Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment." This was brought on by a death row inmate.

July 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall sales tax delay designed to get it passed

I vaguely remember when voting Republican meant you were virtually assured of candidates who supported policies that promoted limited government and lower taxation. Obviously, this is no longer the case.

July 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Nuclear power needed to keep state’s business climate healthy

In response to Joan King's column of July 1: I'm tired of reading and responding to her ill- and misinformed rants about nuclear power, and specifically, Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle nuclear units Nos. 3 and 4, now under construction.

July 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


State Bar mourns loss of Wyc Orr

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Gainesville attorney E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr on his recent and very untimely passing.

June 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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