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Your Views: Liberal religious views allow for more tolerance, compassion

Two recent articles in The Times showed the sharp contrast between liberal and conservative world views. As President Barack Obama recently noted, November's election may be a referendum on this debate.

June 21, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Benefits of T-SPLOST outweigh the alternatives

Nobody likes to pay taxes, but let's think about our options if we don't enact the transportation tax, or T-SPLOST, on July 31.

June 20, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: It’s time we all cracked down on texting behind the wheel

Your June 10 article addressing the problem of texting while driving followed up a discussion of that issue my husband and I were having that day as we drove through Hall and Gwinnett counties. And it certainly is a growing problem among not only teens but adults as well.

June 20, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Too many voters factor in race when supporting Obama

I was raised in the North by parents who taught me that I was neither inferior or superior to anyone because of color, religion or heritage. I was taught to work for what I wanted and to be the best that I could be. A Christmas decoration that my mother put up every year read, "What you are is God's gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to Him."

June 20, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Pants factory site should be preserved

I agree with Garland Reynolds that the old Cooper Pants site should be looked into further before completion of the city's project.

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


Your Views: Gainesville could fill airport void

Since Gwinnett voted down commercial flights from Lawrenceville it would appear to be an excellent opportunity for Gainesville to establish a feeder line to Atlanta and/or commercial flights from our local airport.

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


Your Views: Choose wisely among candidates for Hall sheriff

There are several positions that are being contested in the upcoming election cycle but none may be as important as the sheriff race! The Hall County Sheriff Department performs four major functions; jail, court services, patrol and investigations.

June 08, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Without passing road sales tax, our region could fall behind

On July 31, residents will vote region by region across Georgia on whether to approve a 1 percent transportation tax to pay for road construction and maintenance. That means one pro-tax region may get the future benefits while another region gets nothing, all depending on how each one of us votes.

June 08, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Sitting in traffic? A good time to back T-SPLOST

If you haven't spent time studying the details behind the proposed transportation SPLOST, you might think this vote is only about paying extra in taxes. Well, it is and it isn't.

June 07, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Article on Holmes’ Memorial Day speech was slanted against war

The May 27 article on the Memorial Day speech by Oliver Wendell Holmes in 1895 was badly slanted. The writer lifted quotes to make Holmes' message completely different than he intended.

June 07, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama listens to radicals while he fails to defend real heroes

It's become clear to me, if not to many others, the hypocrisy of our president and his entire administration.

June 07, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Government reform is needed to limit spending

There has recently been talk of how to properly reform Washington and the nation. For several years, my friends and I have discussed how to better our political situation, and the following is the plan we developed.

June 06, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Those who vote should have the most at stake in outcome

When our country was founded, many state constitutions stipulated that white landowner males could all vote for representative government. The idea being that those perceived to have greater "skin in the game" would make sounder decisions for preserving the community and checking the power of a tyrannical government.

June 06, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Letter was right — give USA back to the people

The letter by Dick Biggs, "When will politicians take a stand" on the Opinion page of Saturday's edition of The Times made my day.

June 01, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Law Day successfully puts spotlight on justice system

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I offer congratulations to Mark Ruis of the Hall County Pretrial Services Division, recipient of the 2012 Liberty Bell Award; attorney Sam Harben of Harben, Hartley & LLP of Gainesville, recipient of the Judge A.R. Kenyon Award; and attorney Carla Walker of Whelchel, Dunlap, Jarrard & Walker, recipient of the Leadership Award.

June 01, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Blending families requires plenty of patience, love

In reference to Tuesday's story "Seeking marital solace:" Stacey Reece was married to my daughter, Lydia Oglesby (who herself was a Belle of the Ball candidate finishing in fourth place) for about 20 years, and they gave me a grandson, Andrew Reece, who graduated with honors from West Georgia College in Carrollton (we were there). Also a granddaughter, Morgan Reece, who as a senior was the Belle of the Charity Ball (setting a record for a candidate's fundraising with more than $104,000) and now is a freshman at the University of North Greenville, S.C., on a ...

January 30, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: To fix Hall County's litter problem, go to the source

So Gainesville's streets are choked with litter and garbage. The proposed solution is to have nonviolent prisoners walk along the highways and pick up after the pigs that caused the problem in the first place. What a concept.

January 28, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Longstreet Society is a resource Gainesville community can use

Last week The Times ran articles concerning MLK Jr. Boulevard and tourism on the square. The Longstreet Society stands in a unique position relative to both of these community resources. We own one of Gainesville's oldest and most historic buildings, Lt. Gen. Longstreet's Piedmont Hotel at the corner of MLK and Maple.

January 28, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Evidence shows earth was warmer 1,000 years ago than it is today

Well, the global warmers are at it again, with half-truths and distortions. A recent Associated Press article stated, "2014 considered the warmest year on record," and ended with this: "'Temperatures have risen by about 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-19th century and pre-industrial times,' said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies."

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


Your Views: Many still don’t get it; only bad guys are to blame for their deaths

In regards to the article in the Jan. 16 paper "Coming together," people still don't get it. The death of Michael Brown was only preventable by Michael Brown. No one forced him to rob the store, assault the clerk, and then resist arrest by fighting with the police officer trying to get his gun.

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


Your Views: Thieves took more than a ring; they stole a couple’s special moment

The gift certificate read "Coupon good for: A special date night, including dinner for two, a private flight for two. A romantic evening spent together!"

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


Your Views: Use more nonviolent offenders to pick up litter along roadsides

I totally agree with Mike Coley's and George J. Roshau's views that were printed last Friday about the growing trash on the roadways. I sent the same concerns to my county commissioner last summer stating that there used to be a slogan - Keep Hall Beautiful - but it seems that Hall is getting dirtier everyday, so maybe it should be changed to "Hall Is Dirty," and let's see how long we can keep it that way.

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


Your Views: Innocent people don’t riot, loot

I would like to add my 2 cents worth to Steven David Smith's letter in Saturday's paper, which was in reference to Eugene F. Elander's letter in Thursday's paper. Both letters were about the rioting and alleged police brutality in Ferguson, Mo. I would submit to Mr. Elander that innocent people don't rob stores and burn and loot businesses which people have worked hard to get.

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


Your Views: Live streaming opera showings one of city’s best kept secrets

For several years I have been attending the live stream productions of New York's Metropolitan Opera at our local theater. To say it is one of the arts communities best kept secrets is an understatement.

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


Your Views: Laws against littering are clear; let’s help enforce them

I'm glad to hear so many of our residents are bothered by the litter problem in Gainesville and Hall County. After reading the letters, I did some research on Georgia laws against dumping and littering.

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


Your Views: Congratulations to Woodard on statewide appointment

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to Hall County Solicitor-General Stephanie D. Woodard on her appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal as a new member of the State Commission on Family Violence.

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


Your Views: Yes, all lives matter, but so does the law

Many times the opinions expressed in our local periodicals evoke the thoughtful consideration of the ideas presented, as well as constructive debate of these ideas. However, the letter by Eugene F. Elander on Thursday presents some statements that must be challenged; not based on political affiliation, or on racial bias, or any reason other than the fact that the United States is a nation based on the rule of law.

January 17, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: SPLOST oversight panel will help transparency, accountability

Recently the Hall County Board of Commissioners and local municipalities have created their wish lists for the upcoming SPLOST VII which comes to a countywide vote on March 17.

January 17, 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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