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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


Sacrifice is the price we must pay for freedom

What makes me shake my head about Republicans and tea party members is that they are self-centered and only think about their wallets while hiding behind the flag and proclaim liberty and freedom.

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


Nice to see Times continue a welcome Fourth of July tradition

Surely more than a few readers of The Times settled in with their paper on the morning of the Fourth and savored, along with their coffee, the reason for the holiday and some of America's best civic poetry: Mr. Jefferson's draft of the Declaration of Independence, as edited and approved by friends, colleagues and political leaders, in General Congress Assembled. And reprinted on The Times editorial page.

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


If illegal immigrants don’t like our laws, they are free to leave

To all you illegal immigrants, don't threaten us to leave if you don't get what you want: Just go. We won't stop you. Then maybe legal people can get their jobs back and be able to keep their homes, cars and keep food on the table.

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


Do teachers want illegal students to save their jobs?

You want your cake and eat it, too, as my mom use to say. Brandon Givens' views on immigration reform (July 1) leave out a few key points.

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


Global warming fears are just another way to control people

This is in response to a recent article by Joan King. In it, she sounded so exasperated, feeling like she'd written everything and all she could concerning global warming and yet some of us skeptics still don't get it. She talks of a consensus of scientists who are all on board with this theory. She also stated they had come to an agreement it is caused by man-made carbon emissions.

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


Stop criminals from crossing our borders

On July 1, The Times had a piece on Georgia House Bill 87. On July 3, there was another article declaring HB 87 as un-Christian.

July 11, 2011 | 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: 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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