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Your Views: Virtual school funding offers Ga. students a valuable resource

Georgia Virtual School notified us recently that on May 1, Gov. Nathan Deal signed Senate Bill 289 which no longer allows the use of state funds for Georgia Virtual School courses.

May 28, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: When will politicians take a stand?

Imagine what would happen if our Washington politicians made every decision based on what's best for America instead of worrying about re-election and sustaining their self-serving careers? I'm fed up with "business as usual" in our nation's capital.

May 26, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Health care rebates put focus on true cost of Obamacare

I have read several articles regarding rebates being received by policyholders as a result of the new Obamacare law. All these articles have stated that this is a benefit from the new legislation which was passed and signed into law on March 23, 2010.

May 25, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Chattahoochee River in danger and proposed bill won’t help

The Chattahoochee River is in more serious trouble than you might think.

May 25, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: County should ease spending, not ‘roll up’ taxes

"It's not a tax it's a roll-up." Only a politician could have come up with that term. I would like to see what would happen if I went to my boss and said, "Boss I do not want a raise but I would like a salary roll-up so I can stay revenue neutral because of the cost of living and inflation."

May 24, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Don’t raise taxes until our money is better spent

Don't you just love it when one arm of our government implies that it is imperative that you approve another tax increase or your entire transportation system will fall apart, while another appendage is planning to spend a significant portion of your taxes on something that is absolutely unnecessary?

May 19, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Humane Society a caring place to find a long-time companion

On Nov. 6, 1995, I walked into the Humane Society of Hall County (now Northeast Georgia) looking for a kitten to fill the void left by the loss of our 18-year-old calico Missy. The one who caught my eye was a beautiful, slightly scruffy little (no surprise) calico.

May 19, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: While we sleep, our nation has lost its way

For most of the last years, we have seen in our nation a divide of Grand Canyon magnitude grow among our people and among our leaders.

May 18, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Gainesville, Hall shouldn’t rush into merger discussion

Reading the results of a recent local poll has prompted me to put my 2 cents' worth in. The poll asked, "Should the city council and the county commission enter into a new study of consolidating the two?" The good news is that there were only 44 percent who were in favor of this idea. The bad news is that it is about 43 percent too high.

May 16, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Propane buses a welcome way to clear the air

Congratulations and thank you to Hall County School Board Transportation Director Jewel Armour on his successful effort to convince the board of education to begin transporting students in propane-fueled buses.

May 14, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Prayers for leaders of nations eventually may come under fire

I found the two Your Views letters in a recent edition of The Times, "No better than today to pray for nation," by Jullette A. Hawk and George Koesters' letter, "We need a leader to represent everyone," extremely interesting and probably agreed with in most circles.

May 14, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Retiring soccer coach is an icon to players, rivals

On April 24, as I was going through pregame warmup with the Chestatee women's soccer team, we could hear loud chants coming from inside the West Hall High School Stadium: "Wolfgang ... Wolfgang."

May 11, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Taxing us twice to fund buses is not justified

A Times reader argued recently that we taxpayers should not let the Hall County commissioners "double transportation taxes on the poor and elderly."

May 10, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Drastic cuts to Medicaid are a painful way to balance budget

My teenage daughter has learned the value in preparing for an exam. She understands that preparation begins early on, not while cramming on the eve of a big test. If my child understands the need to thoroughly study and absorb the material, I think our state decision makers should follow suit as it evaluates and restructures Medicaid for the 1.7 million Georgians who currently receive benefits.

May 05, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Parties should unite, accept Bowles-Simpson Report on debt

Regarding the size of government, taxes and spending, both parties mostly just spout label babble. It is reminiscent of a World War II wind-up toy with a clockspring motor emitting annoying mechanical noises.

May 05, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: A blood donation can save as many as 3 lives, is time well spent

My mom always told me I was special, and that there was a plan and purpose for my life. I have spent my entire adult life trying to find out what made me special, and how I could make a difference in this world.

October 29, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Ga. lawmakers overdue to fix roads funding

I am very pleased to see state Sen. Steve Gooch is trying to solve our problem with road funding in Georgia. This should have been addressed years ago but has been allowed to continue to a point of emergency.

October 24, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Madison County’s decision was based on avoiding a losing battle

Perhaps guts had nothing to do with the decision the school board in Madison County made concerning the religious monument on school grounds. Maybe its members chose to not set up their county for a budget-busting legal case that could bankrupt them.

October 24, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Iraq’s problems were caused by Bush's policies, not Obama's

Response to Darrell Newton's letter Friday: Certainly, everyone has the right to say what he thinks, but they really should have the facts before doing so.

October 22, 2014 | 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


Your Views: Trouble brewing when city allows morality to slide

I just want to extend a word of thanks to Gainesville City Councilmen Bob Hamrick and George Wangemann for taking the moral high ground on the brewery issue. Gainesville and Hall County have gotten along just fine for decades without having a brewery. Inevitably, this will bring bars and other establishments that attract unwanted attention in the form of drunkenness and other social maladies that create areas of crime and rude behavior.

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


Your Views: Madison County school board caves to atheists

Here we go again, folks, just another example of no guts: The school board in Madison County caved to an atheist group over a monument on school grounds that had Bible verses and quotes on it that was paid for by private donations.

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


Your Views: Vote could make reckless drivers share the cost of spinal injuries

Tens of thousands of Georgians live with life-long disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury. As medical technology, safety and trauma care have improved, more people survive traumatic injury, but many then face a lifetime of physical, behavioral and cognitive impairments requiring ongoing support services.

October 20, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: There’s no good reason for vote for any Democrat in fall election

When you add it all up, the steady stream of lies from the White House, the Democratic party and its supporters, the liberal left media, there is only one answer: There is NO Democratic candidate worthy of even a single vote. In fact, I don't see how a Democrat could vote for himself or herself.

October 20, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama’s actions have cost us peace, cost him respect

President Barack Obama withdrew all of our troops both in Iraq and Afghanistan against the recommendation of his own military, the CIA and his own secretary of defense and secretary of State.

October 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Mule Camp Market festival was a big success

A huge thank you should go to the Gainesville Jaycees. They did a fantastic job with the Mule Camp Market festival last weekend in Gainesville.

October 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Germany’s offer aims to reverse US brain drain

Why is Germany offering tuition-free college educations to Americans (and others)? What we're seeing here is an attempt to reverse the brain drain.

October 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: TV show’s view of Appalachian South is hardly complimentary

While I don't usually read Ronda Rich's columns, I did on Oct. 7. The heading got my attention and I read on. She wrote about the TV series "Justified" and how good it is. While I agree that it's a great show and high on my favorites list, I am puzzled by some things she wrote about the Appalachian South. Not being familiar with her writings, I hope it was done tongue-in-cheek when she wrote, "But here's what 'Justified' does best: It gets the Appalachian South right without reducing us to mockery or ridicule."

October 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall school board needs to be aware of immunization dangers

To Hall County Board of Education: I am sure that you have been made aware by now of the recent announcement by Dr. William Thompson, formerly of the Centers for Disease Control and co-author of the study on immunizations and their link to autism. If you have not, what has come to light is that Dr. Thompson has publicly declared that the study and its findings were falsified. He has declared that the data was altered to make it appear as if there was no link.

October 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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