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Your Views: NRA’s influence led to defeat of sensible gun bill in Senate

Due to coverage of the tragic act of terrorism last week in Boston, the failure of the U.S. Senate to pass background check legislation was not widely reported by the news media. As is usually the case, the National Rifle Association holds enough power over our elected officials with their financial resources to defeat them in the next election if they do not vote as the NRA dictates.

April 25, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Boston manhunt stretched the limits of US constitutional law

Am I the only one that is concerned about the forfeiture of the Fourth Amendment during the Boston manhunt?

April 24, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Job performance motivated some to cheat on tests

The viewpoint of Professor Lynn Stout of Cornell Law School in Sunday's Times is that the cheating scandal of the Atlanta Public Schools reveals "the dark side of offering incentives." She is really saying that test scores should not be used to measure a teacher's performance.

April 24, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Commissioners have no valid reason to kill Red Rabbit

The Hall County commission and others want to back out of a decadelong relationship with the Red Rabbit, the city of Gainesville, and public transportation uses. Why?

April 22, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Tornado took no lives, a true blessing despite heavy damage

As I write this, I'm looking out my window at the most horrendous amount of damage I have ever witnessed in my 70 years of life. On the night of April 11, we experienced the awesome power of a tornado. I knew something was about to happen; our dogs sensed something. In the period of about 90 seconds, I heard something comparable to a 747 passing over the top of our home.

April 19, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Cherokee Bluffs name for new park should be chiseled in stone

Because my family had other commitments April 15, we didn't get to the public meeting at Mulbury Park concerning Cherokee Bluffs. I wish we could have been there.

April 18, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Red Rabbit buses are a bad deal for county taxpayers

Here are 10 reasons Hall County taxpayer involvement with the Red Rabbit is a bad idea:

April 18, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Mayors, most Americans favor background checks for gun purchases

In response to Fred Dissen's letter Tuesday ("Pro-gun TV ads cross the line"): So you are pro-gun. You are mistaken about the "out-of-state-funded TV gun commercials" attacking our Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson. The ads are to show that people who support the Second Amendment also support stronger gun control and ask that they contact these senators to express their views.

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


Your Views: Brenau tiger sculpture a beauty

I would like to commend the artist and Mr. Belk for the beautiful lady that now lies in repose at the corner of Green and Academy streets. She looks like she is "at home."

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


Your Views: Legislators failed to protect us by expanding gun rights

Now that our state legislators have let the 2013 session end without managing to agree on vital corrections in our gun laws, I hope they can sleep at night after the next campus robbery turns into a murder or an entire church congregation is similarly victimized.

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


Your Views: Columnists' bashing of Graham is arrogant

I couldn't help but respond to Joan King's bashing of Dr. Billy Graham. She is right to call herself "arrogant." Evidently she doesn't understand God's word, or doesn't read the word of God.

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


Your Views: Pro-gun TV ads cross the line

I have always been pro-gun, but, those out-of-state-funded TV gun commercials attacking Sens. Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isaakson have altered my thinking about the need for Congress to control people's access to weapons.

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


Your Views: Lobbyists’ gifts to lawmakers are all but bribes

According to Shakespeare's Juliet, a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. Likewise, a bribe by any other name still stinks like a pigpen.

March 28, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Many local church members do make an effort to offer comfort

I read with interest Suzanne Ivey's recent letter to the editor about Meals on Wheels and the elderly. Her question was "Where are the churches?"

March 28, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Why are federal agencies busy stocking up on weapons, ammo?

While attempting to disarm U.S. citizens, our government is arming itself to the teeth: At least 73 federal agencies have their own private armies here in the U.S., including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Office, the Department of Education, the Food and Drug Administration, the Inspector General's office of the Department of Agriculture, the Bureau of Land Management, the Library of Congress and Veterans Affairs.

March 28, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Hall County leaders should restore library funding

To Hall County Commissioners: I write on behalf of the Hall County Library System. I have been honored to be associated with them for several years. I have been able to personally view how well they perform. I have also witnessed the distressing shortage of funds allocated by the county commissioners during this recession.

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


Your Views: Hard to see how Christians can support corporations as people

We make decisions based on emotion, not reason, especially when it comes to religion and politics. One recent example is how most conservative Christians support "Citizens United," the Supreme Court decision that says corporations are people and have the same rights as people, even though they don't always die after 80 or 90 years like real people do.

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


Your Views: Sheriff showed compassion by dropping charge against father

I was encouraged to see that White County Sheriff Neal Walden showed compassion and a little common sense in dropping the charges against a heartbroken, grieving father.

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


Your Views: Atlanta cheating scandal shows how testing can go awry

It is my hope that the idea of testing what students have learned in order to measure what teachers have taught does not disappear as a result of the recent controversies.

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


Your Views: Looking closer for answers to climate and evolution debates

I think it was Joan King who recently wrote people only want support for what they believe and are not interested in facts that challenge their beliefs. As a pastor (retired) I've certainly found this true among professing Christians.

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


Your Views: Responsible cave explorers are careful not to transmit diseases

Excellent article in the April 10 edition of The Times about bats and white-nose syndrome that has been decimating bat populations of several different species in the U.S. for the last decade. Information such as this is vital to get out to the public, along with describing the importance of bats, as Michael Wheeler has done in his article.

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


Your Views: Parents who ‘opt out’ of testing don’t offer reasons

I read with great interest your April 19 article "Many parents' answer to high-stakes testing." While there are constitutional rights and laws that allow parents to opt their child out of testing, I am still a bit mystified as to why they would want to.

April 23, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Perhaps legal immigrants pose the greatest terrorism threat

There is usually quite a bit of discussion regarding illegal immigration, and what we need to do to address this issue. Unfortunately, we have not made much progress up to this point.

April 23, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Would oysters survive if we left the Chattahoochee untouched?

I think I have a simple solution for the water wars. The ecology folks want everything left natural, as if man were not here.

April 23, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Shackling suspects in court implies guilt

Now I know why they say justice is blind. They see everyone as guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. People are brought into court shackled with two armed policemen with guns to watch them. That way everyone sees that person as guilty from the start.

April 23, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Clean Power Plan would help create a healthier environment

I live in a small mountain community in Northeast Georgia and I have been a physician for 43 years. It has become obvious to me that if we do not provide a healthy environment on our earth, future generations will suffer both economically and socially, and from severe medical problems.

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


Your Views: Protecting state’s forests should be top priority beyond Earth Day

It is easy to take forests in Georgia for granted. They are often viewed as natural gifts akin to the sun and the clouds, timeless and steadfast. But Georgia's forests have not been here forever, and they don't take care of themselves. As we pause on Earth Day to appreciate our environment, let's reflect on the many benefits provided by working forests, and resolve to confront the public policy threat they face.

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


Your Views: TV fare today leaves much to be desired

When you are surfing channels on your TV, what do you find? Is it: "Belly too big? Knees too low? Head too big? Feet too slow?"

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


Your Views: Who would gain the most from move of Lanier Tech campus?

Regarding moving Lanier Tech: Thank you, Jerry Jackson. I too am concerned about this sudden move of Lanier Tech. Who stands to gain the most from this move?

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


Your Views: Tourism industry can get creative to offset extra fee

I am a little disappointed in the article titled "New fee upsets tourism industry." The article itself was well written and worthy of the front page. However, the content of those interviewed and their titles was a little disturbing.

April 18, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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