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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


Your Views: Evaluations of teachers should be centered on common criteria

I would like to respond to the letter published May 8 by Ron Walker about teacher evaluations being an art rather than a science. I feel a teacher should be evaluated to better determine their performance and, more importantly, their pay.

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


Your Views: Teachers need a seat at table in school decisions

I am sorry to read of our continuing budget woes in Monday's article about the Hall County Board of Education. The single, thin ray of sunshine is that Superintendent Will Schofield might include teachers in the decision-making process regarding teacher pay.

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


Your Views: Scandals make Obama no better than Republicans

Jim Gorman's recent letter finished with this thought: We the people are supposed to be in control of our government, not a political elite ruling class. I agree. I see a ruling class whose strategic interest differs radically from that of most Americans. I see a ruling class composed of Wall Street and the corporate establishment. We call this democracy, but it does not seem to serve our interests or our political will. Instead, it serves the will of an artificial person called the corporation.

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


Your Views: Obama administration’s litany of lies deserve to be criticized

Recently a letter appeared in which the writer condemned the Times for a commentary by the editorial board that sharply criticized the Obama administration. In reading and rereading the column, I find no fault in the editorial that truthfully stated what must be illegal acts by the Internal Revenue Service and the attorney general.

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


Your Views: Failing to spend on infrastructure is penny-wise but pound-foolish

When the latest natural disaster hit Hall County, my thoughts were that my favorite barbecue restaurant might be out of business. For want of the proper conduits, the city of Flowery Branch was flooded. Culverts of my own middle age are no longer capable of their intended capacity let alone in their compromised states. Corrugated metal pipe is not capable of lasting its intended 25-year life-span in Hall County.

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


Your Views: Doctors should do their part to head off painkiller addictions

A member of my family is addicted to narcotic painkillers. She has been addicted for over a decade. But this letter is not about her; it is about all the doctors in the Hall County area who have fed her addiction.

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


Your Views: Federal sex survey is not what government should be doing

I was stunned to read in Sunday's Times that the federal government was trying to get a sex history survey answered by seventh-graders on up. Since the federal government is not in the medical field, I think a good old-fashioned Southern phrase is the best reply to that questioning: It is none of their beeswax!

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


Your Views: Grads, some tips on how to not be unemployable

Speaking from a rather unpleasant experience of my own, I would love to share some pointers on employment and job searching. Much of this will sound redundant but my primary focus is for those in high school or younger.

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


Your Views: Hall libraries offer programs to encourage summer readers

Summer vacation is finally here! It is also time for the Hall County Library System's Summer Reading Program.

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


Your Views: Editorial rushed to judgment, unfairly attacked president

The Times' editorial of May 19 ("Our Views: What a tangled web") demands a response, in the interest of objectivity and fair play, values which were so utterly lacking in that piece.

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


Your Views: Military heroes are a national treasure to US

To the families of the courageous men and women who served in the United States military: These veterans; our treasure in earthen vessels, these soldiers left a strong foundation for which we can stand.

May 23, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Humanists force their views on others, violate a right to beliefs

I am deeply saddened by Hall County's decision to settle the case with the American Humanist Association about prayer and Christianity in athletic programs ...

September 02, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


State does not need more power to justify costly nuclear reactors

In response to the Associated Press article in The Times on Aug. 29, "Budget on nuclear plant steady, uncertainty remains:" This article says that ratepayers ...

September 02, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Confederate battle flag announces bigotry, like it or not

So much has been written about the Confederate battle flag. Let's face it, like it or not, that flag has been adopted by hate ...

August 31, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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


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