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Voters need to learn more about 2012 transportation sales tax

Education on the transportation tax begins should have been an appropriate headline to the Oct. 16 transportation tax article because we need to educate ourselves first before battling it out one way or the other.

October 24, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Nation’s direction won’t change until we switch drivers

Today's American politics is like a stolen car speeding down a road lined with multiple signs declaring "Bridge Out Ahead."

October 22, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Emergency crews did not need to race to scene of fatal wreck

The other day, we were driving by an accident on Candler Road. At that point, there were only the utility crew and one police unit at the scene. By the time we got to the light down by Waffle House, an ambulance with full siren blaring and several police units were racing to the scene, right down to a motorcycle unit.

October 22, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Column on mark contrasting occupy, tea party groups

I read Trevor Thomas' article regarding the tea party and "occupiers" and thought it was a marvelous piece. His comparisons are right on target and can be easily documented and footnoted.

October 20, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


America has lost its way while losing its faith, values

When you're retired and have a lot of time to kill, you've got plenty of time to observe and see what a mess we're in here in America.

October 17, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Education is valued on job, less so in classroom

I'm 33 years old and I've finally decided to go back to college. I dropped out after my freshman year and truly have no regrets about it. I've travelled all over and I've led a great life. Now I've finally settled on a path I would like to follow and I need to go to school for it.

October 17, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Concentration of money in US leads to unrest

I am a longtime admirer of the Times, finding the editors and board in this highly partisan region to be level and fair in their observations of things political. I particularly appreciate the willingness to accept expressions of opinion across the whole spectrum.

October 15, 2011 | | Letters to the editor


Protesters see our economy as out of balance

Your editorial, "Biting the hand," in last Sunday's paper shows a real lack of understanding of the Wall Street protests and the current struggles of many middle-class Americans. If you actually listen to the protesters you will see that many cannot find a job, don't have health insurance, have low-paying jobs and student loan debt to pay off or are generally struggling to make ends meet. They are from all age groups and all walks of life.

October 14, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Guns in church are a violation of what our faith represents

I am not surprised when I see an article on the front page of The Times that reads: "Group takes guns in church case to federal appeals court." Also, it is not a surprise that some local churches are offering differing views on the issue.

October 14, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Light bulb fears another scare for ‘Chicken Littles’

The writer of a letter to The Times addressed mercury in panic mode.

October 13, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall County picked a winner as its new finance director

Hall County has chosen a winner in the appointment of Vickie Neikirk to be finance director.

October 13, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Don't allow worthwhile local organizations to fail without aid

I would like to comment on an article that was recently published in the newspaper concerning the possible closing of an important piece of our Gainesville community. The article stated that the Gainesville Outreach Center on Athens Highway could be facing eviction soon if not for a measly $4,000 to $5,000.

October 13, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Take time to be thankful for what we have

As the cool fall air breezes through our daily lives, yet again, we are reminded that with the change in seasons comes a change in pace of our daily routine.

October 12, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Deer in neighborhood provide a first-hand view of nature

Ah, yes, those deer inhabiting the Enota-Riverside area of Gainesville. Since my property joins these neighborhoods via the lake, I also have a deer problem and have read with interest, and much dismay, the recent letters to The Times.

October 12, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


New light bulbs pose a danger from mercury

This letter is in regard to the environmental safety and the constitutional rights of the citizens of Georgia concerning the federal ban on incandescent light bulbs, as signed into law by the federal government in 2007.

October 08, 2011 | | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Hall County leaders should restore library funding

To Hall County Commissioners: I write on behalf of the Hall County Library System. I have been honored to be associated with them for several years. I have been able to personally view how well they perform. I have also witnessed the distressing shortage of funds allocated by the county commissioners during this recession.

April 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hard to see how Christians can support corporations as people

We make decisions based on emotion, not reason, especially when it comes to religion and politics. One recent example is how most conservative Christians support "Citizens United," the Supreme Court decision that says corporations are people and have the same rights as people, even though they don't always die after 80 or 90 years like real people do.

April 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Sheriff showed compassion by dropping charge against father

I was encouraged to see that White County Sheriff Neal Walden showed compassion and a little common sense in dropping the charges against a heartbroken, grieving father.

April 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Atlanta cheating scandal shows how testing can go awry

It is my hope that the idea of testing what students have learned in order to measure what teachers have taught does not disappear as a result of the recent controversies.

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


Your Views: Looking closer for answers to climate and evolution debates

I think it was Joan King who recently wrote people only want support for what they believe and are not interested in facts that challenge their beliefs. As a pastor (retired) I've certainly found this true among professing Christians.

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


Your Views: Responsible cave explorers are careful not to transmit diseases

Excellent article in the April 10 edition of The Times about bats and white-nose syndrome that has been decimating bat populations of several different species in the U.S. for the last decade. Information such as this is vital to get out to the public, along with describing the importance of bats, as Michael Wheeler has done in his article.

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


Your Views: Parents who ‘opt out’ of testing don’t offer reasons

I read with great interest your April 19 article "Many parents' answer to high-stakes testing." While there are constitutional rights and laws that allow parents to opt their child out of testing, I am still a bit mystified as to why they would want to.

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


Your Views: Perhaps legal immigrants pose the greatest terrorism threat

There is usually quite a bit of discussion regarding illegal immigration, and what we need to do to address this issue. Unfortunately, we have not made much progress up to this point.

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


Your Views: Would oysters survive if we left the Chattahoochee untouched?

I think I have a simple solution for the water wars. The ecology folks want everything left natural, as if man were not here.

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


Your Views: Shackling suspects in court implies guilt

Now I know why they say justice is blind. They see everyone as guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. People are brought into court shackled with two armed policemen with guns to watch them. That way everyone sees that person as guilty from the start.

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


Your Views: Clean Power Plan would help create a healthier environment

I live in a small mountain community in Northeast Georgia and I have been a physician for 43 years. It has become obvious to me that if we do not provide a healthy environment on our earth, future generations will suffer both economically and socially, and from severe medical problems.

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


Your Views: Protecting state’s forests should be top priority beyond Earth Day

It is easy to take forests in Georgia for granted. They are often viewed as natural gifts akin to the sun and the clouds, timeless and steadfast. But Georgia's forests have not been here forever, and they don't take care of themselves. As we pause on Earth Day to appreciate our environment, let's reflect on the many benefits provided by working forests, and resolve to confront the public policy threat they face.

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


Your Views: TV fare today leaves much to be desired

When you are surfing channels on your TV, what do you find? Is it: "Belly too big? Knees too low? Head too big? Feet too slow?"

April 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Who would gain the most from move of Lanier Tech campus?

Regarding moving Lanier Tech: Thank you, Jerry Jackson. I too am concerned about this sudden move of Lanier Tech. Who stands to gain the most from this move?

April 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Tourism industry can get creative to offset extra fee

I am a little disappointed in the article titled "New fee upsets tourism industry." The article itself was well written and worthy of the front page. However, the content of those interviewed and their titles was a little disturbing.

April 18, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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