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Your Views: Sensible gun legislation will protect our rights and safety

State Sen. Steve Gooch has emphasized the need for more work on Second Amendment rights for Georgia citizens. He correctly states that, in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the individuals right to keep and bear arms. If you wanted guns to be outlawed except for militia use or some version of that scenario, then your argument is lost.

May 16, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Raising Lanier’s full pool 2 feet now seems an unworkable idea

For the last several years, the Lake Lanier Association and several advocates, have drafted plans of action to address issues regarding the lake's delicate balance, of its water quality and the constantly fluctuating levels, not to mention all the downstream demands made on this pristine North Georgia jewel.

May 16, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall, Gainesville need an effective transit system

The Hall County Family Connection Network is a collaboration of agencies and organizations that serve families and children in Hall County. In this capacity, we write to express our concern about the future of the public transportation system in Gainesville and Hall County.

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


Your Views: Administration won’t be honest about threats facing nation

It seems we are continually confronting a threat or threats: radical Islam, economic meltdown, Obama scare, war, etc. However, one of my greatest concerns is the lack of honesty in our leaders. Their response, unfortunately, is always an effort to mislead and cover up. If I recall correctly, this administration promised to be the most transparent in our history. It appears to me we have a trust deficit much larger than our fiscal one.

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


Your Views: Left-turn ban is not best answer to city’s traffic

As you can imagine with a business that employs more than 100 people on Green Street, and one that has operated successfully on the street since 1967, we oppose the banning of left turns on Green Street as the only solution to Gainesville's traffic problem. It is a easy, knee-jerk public action but will only marginally affective in reducing the affect of traffic through our city.

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


Your Views: Citizens need guns for protection from an oppressive government

It appears that Jim Scharnagel still doesn't understand the history of this country or what our Constitution and Bill of Rights are all about. In his recent letter, he left out possibly the most important reason for maintaining an armed citizenry, namely protection from an oppressive government.

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


Your Views: Evaluations don’t factor in art of teaching

Your article on the Teacher Keys evaluation system was accurate, but failed to discuss the critical issue; that is, is it possible to evaluate teaching using any evaluation tool regardless of its sophistication or intricacy? There are at least a few loud voices in the field of education, mine included, which reject the fundamental concept of teacher evaluation through an objective measurement device.

May 08, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Take time to thank teachers for their impact on our children

Our son's elementary school, Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy, is honoring its teachers this week as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Since this is his last year at the school, we began to reflect on all the wonderful teachers that have been a part of our lives these last six years.

May 08, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Power workers hustled to fix lines knocked down by storm

Saturday night, our power went out because a tree fell on a power line near our house. This happened shortly after 11 p.m. All night, we heard Jackson Electric workers cutting the tree and working in the pouring rain. At 6 a.m., our electricity came back on.

May 08, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Morning Wake-Up ministry offers cup of coffee and a smile

For over a year on the first and third Wednesday mornings of each month, the Wake-Up Wednesday coffee ministry has been offering free coffee, muffins and a smile!

May 03, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Political elite class has hijacked US government

Politicians have destroyed our form of government. Gone are the days when we sent a farmer, a shop keeper or the guy down the road to Washington to represent us. Now we send slick, fast-talking lawyers who become intoxicated by the wealth and power that they now have at their fingertips.

May 03, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Vision 2030 laid out workable plan for public transit

Reading "The Local Agenda" headline in Tuesday's Times, "Transit remains unknown," saddened me. In April 2012, the Rapid Transit Subcommittee within the Infrastructure Transportation Committee of VISION 2030 presented an innovative transit plan for Hall County. No government cost was involved; and the plan could be immediately implemented.

May 02, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Letters to the editor


Your Views: A salute to all local volunteers taking part in cancer study

On April 23-24, 378 Gainesville residents took action to change the face of cancer for generations to come by enrolling in the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study 3. This landmark study will take a long-term look at lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will help the Society better understand cancer risks and causes and develop new prevention and treatment options.

May 02, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Reasonable limits on gun ownership, ammo make sense

Soon after the subject of gun control arose following the string of mass murders and the Newtown massacre. People began a gun- and ammunition-buying frenzy that will result in thousands of weapons and billions of rounds of ammo available to terrorists, criminals and mentally ill young people. The former two will have ready access to those arms by burglarizing homes, businesses and parked vehicles. Mentally ill children will have all this weaponry available from the buying and hoarding of guns by their parents.

May 01, 2013 | From staff reports | Letters to the editor


Your Views: A ‘thank you’ for return of engagement ring

Thank you to the person who found and returned my 48-year-old lost engagement ring to an employee of Northeast Diagnostic Clinic. I lost it during a visit to the clinic on April 15. After discovering the ring was missing, my first thought was that the ring fell off when I washed and dried my hands in the restroom. I collected the trash bags in each of the restrooms I had visited and reported my loss to the very caring receptionist.

April 27, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: A baker’s dozen buzzwords we ought to banish

Many people are like sheep concerning buzzwords. One participates and the rest follow the herd. Eventually, a buzzword becomes annoying, trite and ready for banishment.

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


Your Views: Future sales tax votes should be on fall ballots

The front page headline Sunday in The Times read "Where have all the voters gone?" Let's go back just a few months to the fall of 2014 when midterm elections were in the news. Recall The Times writing about how politicians in Hall County were concerned that SPLOST VII would not be passed by voters for a seventh time if SPLOST VII was placed on the November 2014 ballot?

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


Your Views: Bullying is hurtful at any age, even when aimed at principal

I read with concern the two recent items in The Times regarding alleged bullying at Myers Elementary (March 7 article, March 19 letter to the editor). Quite honestly, I was confused; I thought perhaps I had read the name of the school incorrectly, and even more confused when I read the principal involved in the articles. I started shaking my head, thinking,"Are you kidding me? Are they really accusing Beth Hudgins of dealing improperly with a situation so potentially hurtful?"

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


Your Views: Myers Elementary principal is a ‘rare gem’ in handling students

I am writing in response to the article, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville" of March 7. It saddened me to read such negative words about Beth Hudgins.

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


Your Views: America should take care of its own needy first

I recently read in The Times, and I was not really surprised, what sweet idea America has now: Tens of thousands of immigrant children are allowed here, in the good old u.s.a. via Florida.

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


Your Views: Erasing the color line would make for a better world

Amidst the horror and grief of Selma and Ferguson, I heard a tender story that I would like to share with our readers.

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


Your Views: GOP senators need to stop spewing hate

Mary Drummer is right on about Georgia's senators being wrong to have sent a letter to Iran. They are certainly overstepping their place and proving once again that they, of the Republican party, are incapable of sensibly leading this country's government.

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


Your Views: Principal at Myers Elementary is qualified to keep bullying incidents in check

I am writing in response to the article from March 7, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville." As a parent of a child in elementary school, the subject is concerning to me. However, I am not worried at all because my child goes to Myers Elementary School. I'm not worried because I have 100 percent faith in my son's teacher and his principal to do the right thing for my child, and those in his class.

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


Your Views: Housing market still is pointed upward this year in Hall County

There have been some recent headlines about home sales falling. Those headlines are misleading. Housing sales look different from one month to another and from one quarter to another.

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


Your Views: Backers of tax vote should be truthful

If Hall County government/Chamber of Commerce/Hall Progress 2015 could be truthful about the SPLOST, the following is what they would say:

March 17, 2015 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Georgia senators wrong to bypass president with letter to Iran

Sens. Isakson and Perdue: As your constituent, I am writing to tell you how dismayed I am at your act of signing a letter to Iran, a foreign enemy country and its leaders, while our president is conducting diplomatic negotiations along with our allies to reduce, verify and contain Iran's nuclear program.

March 13, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Carbon tax plan is a win for the economy and for environment

While there are frequent conflicts between what is good for the environment and what is good for the economy, the carbon fee and dividend plan proposed by the Citizens Climate Lobby is a refreshing exception.

March 13, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Printed legal ads are still useful

The General Assembly considering removing legal ads from the legal county newspaper? No! Some folks don't have or can't use computers. Just cut out something on the useless list. Legal ads are on the useful list, I think.

March 13, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Series on foster child care opened eyes to a serious issue

On more than one occasion, I have taken pen to paper to offer my criticism of your newspaper. It is expected that we subscribers will do that. When a newspaper does something that I feel is commendable, I will also offer my praise as well as extending my subscription another quarter.

October 22, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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