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Your Views: Smart growth would benefit Brenau and city

I met with two friends the other day and, with our mutual interest in city planning, the topic quickly turned to the great development potential for the Georgia Mountains Center area. Indeed, there is big potential.

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


Your Views: Presidential race is going to the dogs right from the start

During the race for the White House, the candidates seem to be picking on each other. President Barack Obama got his chance when Gov. Mitt Romney let everyone know that he put his dog in a cage and rode him on the top of the car one day. He said the dog liked it!

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


Your Views: Travel teams make competition unfair in Hall County leagues

The purpose of this is not to pit down any team that plays for the Hall County Parks and Leisure Services leagues. It is to question the fairness of allowing travel teams to play in this league.

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


Your Views: Right wingers pull GOP down the wrong path

The GOP moderates have (quietly) spoken. Rick Santorum is out, Newt Gingrich is bankrupt and the party is not conservative.

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


Your Views: Rival schools unite in sorrow for lost student

On April 9, the family and friends of Reagen White suffered a tragic loss with her passing. She was a beautiful, sweet young lady who had touched many lives, and was loved by many people.

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


Your Views: Proposed transportation tax violates counties’ autonomy

Bruce W. Hallowell's letter, "T-SPLOST may be when Georgians say that's enough," indicates several very strong reasons to vote against this horrendous tax.

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


Your Views: Relay for Life event helps local effort in fight against cancer

Just as the effects of a challenging economy are felt by families in every community, cancer, too, has a far-reaching impact. No matter how the stock market is performing or what the current unemployment rate may be, there are still many people battling a cancer diagnosis and many others who are lending support alongside loved ones every day.

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


Your Views: Community should shed light on threat of sexual assaults

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and the theme is, "It's time to talk about it!"

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


Your Views: Americans still divided despite our best efforts

Regarding the March 28 letter, "Pastors, protesters play race card in Fla. shooting" by Paul Barnes: Some of the information appears to be truthful. However, in my opinion, he has failed to grasp the true significance of this unfortunate incident.

April 12, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Racism and ignorance doubled with street patrols in Florida

Ignorance plus ignorance equals trouble. You may think I am talking about politicians; it does fit. But in this case, I'm referring to the neo-Nazi gang that calls themselves the National Socialist Movement patrolling the streets in Sanford, Fla.

April 12, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: It’s important that a college degree leads to a good job

After buying from Philip Wilheit and Wilheit Packaging nearly 20 years, I have never had a reason to question his honesty. We are fortunate to have a man of his integrity and intelligence on the state Board of Regents. Thank you, Philip.

April 12, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: T-SPLOST may be when Georgians say ‘that’s enough’

In the beginning, Georgia had a 3 percent sales tax with food exempted. One day, the Ultimate Power that controls the state of Georgia said, "I need more," and soon Georgia counties were allowed a local option sales tax. The LOST was sold as a reduction in property taxes. The state kept 3 percent of the collections.

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


Your Views: ACF group has not yet taken a stance on Glades Reservoir

In the March 24 article, "Glades Reservoir creates ripples downstream," some readers may have received the impression that Dave McLain, who stated his opposition to the Glades Reservoir, was speaking on behalf of the ACF Stakeholders Inc., an organization made up of representatives from the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee and Flint sub-basins of the entire ACF watershed.

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


Your Views: After family’s loss, let’s continue to pray, strive to cure cancer

I want to thank the people who shared our grief during the illness of my wife Hazel Jenkins as she went through several months of suffering with cancer. Your prayers, your words of courage and many cards and gifts meant so much to the Jenkins family.

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


Your Views: Don’t be too good to pick up trash

I pick up litter (recycling actually). Most any day in Clermont, I can be found trucking around the town with my plastic bags and my dog picking up plastic bottles and cans, and I have learned a few things about our culture by doing so.

April 06, 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: A growing county like Hall needs to address litter issue

Hall County needs to seriously address the severe litter problem on all our roadways and in our cities. Litter never gets picked up and continues to accumulate. What government agency would be responsible for Hall County going to the dogs? Why is prison labor not used consistently for this? Where are the police in enforcing the law? Where are the "No Littering" signs?

January 16, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Have some pride in our home; let’s pick up trash along roads

At least once a week, I pick up trash along the roadside in front of my home along Mountain View Road and Dogwood Circle. A good part of the roadsides along Mountain View Road, Dogwood and Old Oakwood Road look like a trash dump.

January 16, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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