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Reliance on government can become a habit

How many times have you heard someone say "the government should do something about that?"

February 09, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


School board needs to disclose reasons for valedictorian pick

This comment is in relation to the recent controversy surrounding Gainesville High School's selection of co-valedictorians for the May 2012 graduation. Historically valedictorians have been chosen based on highest GPAs. When deviations to this norm are taken, people pay attention and ask "why?"

February 09, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Valedictorian should be proud, even if he is sharing the honor

I want to start by saying congratulations to Gainesville High School student Cody Stephens for being named valedictorian. His work and persistence are to be commended. The fact that he was named co-valedictorian takes nothing away from my respect for him.

February 09, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Is the Golden Rule too simple?

It is difficult for me to disagree with some of Alan Shope's observations, but I wonder why he submitted all of this Billy Graham stuff. When did he have his meeting with God? Is he a frustrated preacher wishing to share his fear and confusion? Is practicing the Golden Rule too simple?

February 09, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


True heroes wear real helmets, not the football kind

I love watching football, but I often have considered professional athletes overgrown, overpaid, egomaniacal children who were completely out of touch with reality. A story I read today on the ESPN website brought my awareness of this problem to a new level.

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


Being good for good’s sake is its own reward

In addition to its love affair with wealth and power, the other problem with fundamentalist religion, including fundamentalist Christianity, is its insistence that some people will spend eternity in hell.

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


Will candidates deal on the sly to feed moon colony?

It's obvious that Newt Gingrich has made a deal with Rick Perry. Newt promised Perry that Perry would go down in history if he would drop out and endorse Gingrich.

February 03, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Even with a ‘no’ vote on sales tax, we’ll have to pay

Those that will profit off of the transportation SPLOST want to educate the public on why you should vote "yes." But what about the little guy paying all the costs?

February 03, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Commissioners saved residents from Oakwood

Thank heaven for the good sense and activism of the Hall County commission who truly make an attempt to represent the residents of Hall County. Anyone who has ever had any dealings with the city of Oakwood knows how devious it is.

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


State should not erase DUI violations with proposed bill

Rep. Rusty Kidd's DUI legislation ("Bill could offer 2nd chance after DUI charge," Sunday's Times) is the wrong bill at the wrong time.

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


Letters about birthday show why there’s still work to be done

I thank God we're able to express our opinions.

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


Obama needs to be defeated if our nation is to be great again

We're now entering the last year of President Barack Obama's term as chief executive of our nation. This upcoming presidential campaign is not going to be a pleasant one.

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


Plan to ruin US goes against our nation’s founders

I have often wondered what it would take to bring this country down short of a military invasion. These are some of the things that came to mind.

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


Real courage can be found in King’s struggle

In your Jan. 18 edition, Michelle Crawford gives her kudos to Fred Chitwood for his courage in assailing the character of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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


Beyond labels, both liberal and conservative ideas have their purpose

In response to Alan Shope's "America, let's embrace our true liberal soul (Jan. 6):"

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


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Coverage of mission expo shed light on valuable work

Thank you so much for the articles about the 1st Presbyterian Church's Local Mission Expo. We are very grateful to the 26 charitable agencies ...

September 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Humanists force their views on others, violate a right to beliefs

I am deeply saddened by Hall County's decision to settle the case with the American Humanist Association about prayer and Christianity in athletic programs ...

September 02, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


State does not need more power to justify costly nuclear reactors

In response to the Associated Press article in The Times on Aug. 29, "Budget on nuclear plant steady, uncertainty remains:" This article says that ratepayers ...

September 02, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Confederate battle flag announces bigotry, like it or not

So much has been written about the Confederate battle flag. Let's face it, like it or not, that flag has been adopted by hate ...

August 31, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


School boards need citizens’ review for SPLOST projects aimed at education

Hall County voters will once again go to the polls this year to renew another 1-cent sales tax. Gainesville, Buford and Hall County schools are ...

August 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Media is right to focus more on facts than left or right leanings

Rebuttal to Bruce Vandiver's Aug. 21 letter: Vandiver seems to think that both liberal and conservative outlooks should be "balanced" in a news media ...

August 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Many ignore facts in favor of good intentions

To Bruce Vandiver from Lula: I read your letter regarding Ron Martz's essay, your general criticism of him and other rational-thinking people with whom ...

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


Tax dollars should not support group many of us resist

I appreciate The Times' willingness to publish a variety of views. Joel Mathis and I rarely agree, but I'm glad his voice is heard.

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


Public may be ignorant of facts; many in power opt to hide them

In a recent letter to The Times, a Lula city councilman made the following statement: "We should have knowledge and a spiritual obligation to ...

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


GOP candidates provide a lot of entertainment, few good ideas

So Hillary's campaign is entertaining to Eddy McEntire? Have you taken a few minutes to watch the Republican clown car? Seventeen individuals, each with ...

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


Columnist’s take on ‘liberal media’ is right-wing slop

I have a few thoughts regarding Ron Martz's recent column: "Essay: Does traditional media lean left?" This is nothing but a Xerox copy of ...

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


Here’s a unique solution to reconcile abortion, capital punishment

A society that will not use its moral and legal authority to cull evil from its population is doomed to anarchy. It is not enough ...

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


Ethics, truth should matter in a president

Watching the political theater that is the Hillary Clinton campaign has been entertaining as both a comedy and as an epic horror. Comic in that ...

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


Government should come together to serve the people

Have vanity, ideology and shortsightedness prevented us as elected officials from accomplishing the purpose that we were elected to do? Today as we watch television ...

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


Gainesville's curb cuts area big help to wheelchair users

A huge thank you to the city of Gainesville for the curb cuts they have worked on for the last couple of weeks. The flow ...

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


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