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Your Views: Progress leads to pain for residents along Friendship

It has been a while since my emotions have been so stirred up I felt the need to write a letter. I get a sick feeling in my stomach the first five minutes of my morning commute and the last five minutes of my afternoon commute home. It's like the feeling I get when I drive through an area that has been swept by a tornado. In fact, for a while what I was seeing reminded me of just that. What I have been seeing is not an act of God but premeditated destruction, plain and simple. Homes and ...

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


Your Views: Cruise control is dangerous when driving on wet roads

My condolences go out to the Goldware family, whose 14-year-old was killed and two infants injured in a wreck on Interstate 75. May God comfort you in this time of grief.

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


Your Views: Domestic spying shows Obama has brought no change

In his recent column on NSA leaker Ed Snowden, Jonah Goldberg called him a fool for the love of an idea. I wonder what idea Goldberg intended? Could it be the idea that our government should be true to the wishes of the electorate? Surely that's a foolish thought, right? Only fools would think their vote matters, and only fools would believe the constitutional will of the majority should be a binding command on the government.

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


Your Views: Collins did not include public input in Camp Merrill decision

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of the 9th District has explained his rationale for transferring Camp Merrill to the Army. But he does not explain why he thinks that this issue does not deserve proper public notice and review. He is violating the basic democratic principles he was elected to uphold.

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


Your Views: Americans must celebrate freedom with moral truths

True patriotism is a Christian virtue, a Christian principle. It involves a devoted love, support and defense of one's country. It is a national loyalty.

July 01, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Limited library hours a hassle

I went to the library today and found it did not open until noon. I waited over an hour for it to open; when it did, there was a long line of people waiting to get in. In the parking lot were several cars of employees working.

July 01, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Friendship Road change loses a vote

It has been a while since the Friendship Road name change was voted on and passed. I, for one, was very disappointed in Billy Powell's vote for this change.

July 01, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Shooting geese not the answer

Shame on Chestatee Golf Club and course superintendent Andrew Maronge for the decision to execute the resident geese rather than share the grass and put up with a little brown turf!

June 29, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Physicians doing their part to end prescription abuse

I am responding to a letter written by Elizabeth Martin in The Times calling for physicians to take the prescription drug abuse epidemic seriously.

June 29, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: One page for immigration bill is plenty

The comprehensive new immigration bill needs to be ONE page, not 800 or 1,000 or 1,200 pages of graft, pork, union payoffs and big government made bigger. It should be ONE page with ONE sentence: Enforce all immigration laws already enacted by the U.S. Congress.

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


Your Views: Cover-ups, expensive trips burden taxpayers

If any of you watch the news, you see the cover-ups our elected leaders are imposing on the American people.

June 26, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Increased costs for higher education bankrupt future

On July 1, interest rates for direct subsidized federal loans for college students (currently at 3.4 percent) are set to double to 6.8 percent if Congress neglects to act. As expected, there is political gridlock between the parties. While both openly do not want the interest rate hike to occur, they disagree over the approach to prevent it. Democrats want to keep the rate at 3.4 percent while Republicans want to tie it to Treasury bonds that would change the rate every year but also cap it at 8.5 percent.

June 20, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Councilman’s efforts applauded

George Wangemann, the mayor pro tem of the Gainesville City Council, came to my door this past Saturday to invite and encourage me and the citizens of Gainesville to attend the Tuesday meeting at the Gainesville Public Safety complex.

June 20, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Don’t trash your home with TV

Turn off your TV. You have the power to remotely control television programming. You have the power to upgrade the quality of the television industry. Advertisers are not going to pay for darkened TV screens.

June 20, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: McEver Road repairs should be a higher priority

I am curious to know how a main road like McEver Road can be closed for such an extended period of time? We live off Jim Crow Road so we have been taking the detour like everyone else since the heavy rains last month caused the washout.

June 15, 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


Gainesville’s residents can impose their will as active voters

This letter is in response to the article, "Pushback on change" found in the July 8 issue of The Times.

August 15, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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