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Time to change the status quo in local politics

Why the good guy never wins in politics. It's a narrative that we see over and over again every election cycle.

July 30, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


‘Fair share’ from wealthy is ideal if you pay nothing

To the gentleman who thinks Republicans and tea party members don't pay their fair share of taxes, I ask: What is my "fair share?"

July 28, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Letter only touched the surface on Obama’s anti-gun policy

In response to Dr. Tom Smiley's letter about President Barack Obama and guns, I have to make a few comments.

July 28, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Democratic leaders fail to do their jobs

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a budget for FY 2012 called "Cut, Cap, and Balance." The U.S. Senate would be expected to offer it's version of a 2012 budget. Next a committee would be formed to hammer out a budget acceptable to both houses and the president. That's the way the American people expect government to be managed.

July 25, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


'Gangs’ and ‘czars’ rule the roost

Apparently there are far too many Americans who are unaware of the suffering of millions of people around the world who have been ruled by czars and gangs.

July 23, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Look for Obama to take on gun control if he wins second term

Believing that something won't happen, doesn't mean it won't. Many people think that despite the many negative factors that exist, President Barack Obama will barely cross the next presidential election finish line as victor.

July 23, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


People support government, not vice versa

I would like to know what planet Carole Scandrol lives on or at the least, what flavor Kool-Aid she's drinking. Sure the government can operate like an individual or business. No entity can operate spending more money than it brings in for an extended period of time. It boils down to government getting back to taking care of what it's supposed to and eliminating all the extras.

July 23, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Pearce family is grateful to Hall deputies and responders

My name is Charlie Pearce, retired Navy captain and husband of 43 years to my wife, Gretchan Pearce. I served a little over 27 years in the U.S. Navy and had some combat experience in-country during Vietnam (1966-67) and again in Vietnam during 1972. I retired from the Navy in 1992 and worked in the private sector until 2002.

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


Columnist wrong to question Obama’s mother’s insurance

As usual, Kathleen Parker shows her uninformed bias against accomplished women in her very negative opinion of President Barack Obama's mother, who was denied coverage from CIGNA.

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


Government should not be managed like a family or a business

Government cannot operate like individuals or businesses. Its income is dependant on taxes paid and when so many people are unemployed, its income is way down.

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


Here is an easy solution for our nation’s debt limit wrangle

Agree to the debt limit increase by agreeing to a two-year decrease in all federal salaries by 10 percent. This solution avoids any tax increase and would cut federal spending. This solution would be popular with most Americans.

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


Congress should give control of health care decisions back to us

It is troubling that some in Washington want to cut spending in Medicaid and Medicare across the board.

July 16, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Obama resorts to scare tactics to keep spending our money

I heard the president say today that the average American citizen doesn't keep up with aspects of the debt, GDP, etc. Maybe not, but unlike the president, we have enough sense to know that you cannot spend your way out of debt, nor spend money you don't have.

July 16, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Children, teach parents to notice your achievements

I recently took my granddaughter to her karate class. While waiting, I watched outside until her class was ready. I observed a gigantic SUV pull up and stop. The driver let two young boys out by themselves while he found two parking spots large enough for his vehicle.

July 15, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Talking points merely distract us from nation’s real problems

It's election time again, and as usual, we have been given a crisis to help us make up our minds. The planting field is ready, now we need the fertilizer. It will not be spread by machine but by word of mouth.

July 15, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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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


Your Views: Society suffers from mediocrity in collision of culture, character

The old axioms really are true: You reap what you sow. It's time to pay the piper. You made your bed, now sleep in it.

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


Your Views: King’s legacy still guides us 50 years later, but there is more work to do

As the French are fond of saying, The more things change, the more they stay the same. This year's 30th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. national observance is a good time to assess his legacy and progress (or lack thereof) toward his goals and aspirations for America. That legacy is rather mixed.

January 15, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hope and death are intertwined, all part of the mystery of life

Every time I speak at a funeral or visit someone in the hospital, I'm reminded how painful life is. I've spent countless hours with people who have lost loved ones, and with people who are dying. As you age, you begin to lose loved ones to heart disease, cancer and dementia.

January 15, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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