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Your Views: Federal shutdown is the result of scorched-earth political policy

I understand the frustration Sherri Holcombe expressed in her recent letter. I'm also frustrated and disappointed with President Barack Obama and Congress. That said, financial shutdown of our government is not the answer.

October 12, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Plan to license cyclists was a bad idea by state lawmakers

Give me a break. Licensing bike riders? Here is another piece of irrational legislation proposed by our very own Hall County representatives. I find it hard to understand the mindset of Reps. Carl Rogers, Lee Hawkins and Emory Dunahoo in their proposal that would require bicycles to be registered and have a license plate - oh, and pay an annual fee.

October 11, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Ending party affiliations may make leaders more responsive

This country has become so polarized as a nation that we can no longer function as Americans, but must act as Democrats or Republicans. The politicians are so controlled by their parties that they either play along or they are marked and their party support goes to their upcoming opponent.

October 11, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Ronda Rich’s columns are a delight

I would just like to say how blessed you are to have Ronda Rich in your paper. I have all of her books and met her when she spoke at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta. She is a very charming and very talented lady and very much the example of a Southern woman. I look forward to enjoying many more of her delightful stories.

October 11, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Federal programs are still needed to help those with no other options

Re: "Fed programs have replaced voluntary aid," letter of Oct. 7: David Long feels that the federal government has taken over the things that we should do to help our fellow man. He hopes that men are good enough to do the right thing for one another without any government intervention.

October 10, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Government shutdown is a small price to halt runaway spending

I was walking through the mall and I realized something: I no longer notice the overweight and obese people, but I notice those who are slim. They are the exception now rather than the rule. Over indulgence and obesity have become commonplace and accepted.

October 10, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Voters will make our leaders pay at polls for their disrespect

A word to all incumbents in the U.S. Congress and to all incumbent officeholders: Come election time, we will remember how callously and harshly you have treated us, your constituents.

October 10, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Gainesville right to delay support of Glades project

Congratulations to the Gainesville City Council for postponing any action to support and fund the long-proposed and ever-changing Glades Reservoir. The council is smart to pause and ask important questions before committing support for Hall County's $14.5 million application to the Governor's Water Supply Program at the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.

October 09, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Cabinet secretary should pay dearly for debacle at memorial

Under the guise of the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Interior Department went beyond the pale last week when it closed (or attempted to close) the World War II Memorial in Washington.

October 09, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Fed programs have replaced voluntary aid

A good friend of mine 45 years ago said that the first level of support when you needed help should be your family, then your church, then your local community. Somewhere, mainly between FDR and Lyndon Johnson, we moved most of that to Washington. We removed the personal, positive feeling you get from helping someone. We made it something not offered but "entitled."

October 07, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Polarized society complicates our nation’s leadership

When the housing market spiraled out of control and all those Americans that were associated in some facet started losing jobs, who really cared? When home improvement stores as well as others stopped producing tax revenue due to a housing crises who really cared? As revenue dropped and it became impossible to balance our local, state and federal budgets, so we froze hiring, furloughed employees and cut services, who cared? When our government and its elected officials could not come to terms to right the ship and they closed federal run agencies, who cared?

October 07, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Book on Gainesville High football history is a gem

The book that came out this week, "100 years of Gainesville High Football" is really a good read. If you or a member of your family were cheerleaders or football players over the past century you will really enjoy it.

October 05, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Shutdown is hurtful to children in Hall County

My conscience will not permit me to sit this one out; mere silence would make me as guilty as they are. I refer to Congress, specifically the U.S. House of Representatives. The American people are not toys to manipulate at will. They were elected to do a job, not play some sort of Russian roulette game with the lives, well-being and futures of American citizens.

October 05, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: President's policies make people more reliant on government

My comment to The White House and president is that I didn't vote for him, but I agreed to support him because only fools would want their president to fail. However, over time I've come to the conclusion that I can no longer support him, for I do not believe in his actions and policies.

October 05, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Gun safety should start with focus on the human factor

I agree with Joan King that more guns are not the answer to our gun deaths problem, but others also have made some good observations. Gun control is only one of the problems. We need to address the human factor.

October 04, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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School boards need citizens’ review for SPLOST projects aimed at education

Hall County voters will once again go to the polls this year to renew another 1-cent sales tax. Gainesville, Buford and Hall County schools are ...

August 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Media is right to focus more on facts than left or right leanings

Rebuttal to Bruce Vandiver's Aug. 21 letter: Vandiver seems to think that both liberal and conservative outlooks should be "balanced" in a news media ...

August 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Many ignore facts in favor of good intentions

To Bruce Vandiver from Lula: I read your letter regarding Ron Martz's essay, your general criticism of him and other rational-thinking people with whom ...

August 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Tax dollars should not support group many of us resist

I appreciate The Times' willingness to publish a variety of views. Joel Mathis and I rarely agree, but I'm glad his voice is heard.

August 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Public may be ignorant of facts; many in power opt to hide them

In a recent letter to The Times, a Lula city councilman made the following statement: "We should have knowledge and a spiritual obligation to ...

August 22, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


GOP candidates provide a lot of entertainment, few good ideas

So Hillary's campaign is entertaining to Eddy McEntire? Have you taken a few minutes to watch the Republican clown car? Seventeen individuals, each with ...

August 22, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Columnist’s take on ‘liberal media’ is right-wing slop

I have a few thoughts regarding Ron Martz's recent column: "Essay: Does traditional media lean left?" This is nothing but a Xerox copy of ...

August 21, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Here’s a unique solution to reconcile abortion, capital punishment

A society that will not use its moral and legal authority to cull evil from its population is doomed to anarchy. It is not enough ...

August 21, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Ethics, truth should matter in a president

Watching the political theater that is the Hillary Clinton campaign has been entertaining as both a comedy and as an epic horror. Comic in that ...

August 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Government should come together to serve the people

Have vanity, ideology and shortsightedness prevented us as elected officials from accomplishing the purpose that we were elected to do? Today as we watch television ...

August 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Gainesville's curb cuts area big help to wheelchair users

A huge thank you to the city of Gainesville for the curb cuts they have worked on for the last couple of weeks. The flow ...

August 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Church forum did not refute holy scripture

I write as one who serves a congregation in the Presbyterian Church USA to object to your bold and misleading heading for Dr. Tom Smiley ...

August 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Clergy opened their ears, hearts to cope with ever-changing world

In response to Dr. Tom Smiley's letter on the "Christianity beyond the catch phrases" forum held last week, having attended the forum and listened ...

August 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Congress must act quickly to fix disability insurance loss

A threat of far more immediate and severe consequences looms for many older and disabled Americans if Congress does not act.

August 17, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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