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Americans, savor your freedom by keeping beliefs to yourself

Enough is enough with the religious zeal and telling how people to live or not to live. It's not hard to understand why people from most foreign nations have an inherent disdain for the average American. We feel entitled to just about everything.

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


County should cut to the bone before raising taxes

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is currently debating raising the millage rate by 1.4 mills. Essential services to run the civilization we call home are important, but this is a time for bold leadership, fiscal conservatism and thoughtful stewardship of the people's money (it's ours, not the county's). It's time to demonstrate restrained government spending before you tax us again.

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


Hard to fight local governments in overturning tax assessments

A recent letter to the editor encouraged us to all contest our property assessment if it looked high given the current market. Here is the problem: If they reduced our assessment amount to reflect the current market, then revenues would drastically decrease.

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


Obama deserves credit for his policies

Trevor Thomas' column of May 12 was disingenuous and misleading. In it, he stated that President Barack Obama rode President George W. Bush's coattails to find and kill Osama bin Laden.

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


Appeal those tax values as housing market tumbles

I just got my tax assessment in the mail, showing no change from previous years despite the soft real estate market. And I know the game; I think I've filed a formal appeal twice in the last 30 years, successfully.

May 27, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Don't like commentary on this page? Look to the 1st Amendment

Once more it is appropriate to thank The Times for daily giving us a handy opportunity to read the First Amendment: Check out the upper right-hand corner of the daily Opinion page.

May 27, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Easy answers to our problems require only common sense

As I ponder the things I see and hear on the news each day, I am appalled and confused by the obvious gullibility and a complete lack of common-sense solutions to so many of the important issues plaguing our nation by those who have been entrusted with leading our nation. I'd like to suggest just a few things that I think might just work.

May 27, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Local governments don't need to waste more federal money

An item in The Times on May 16 seemed ironic when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner later said that the United States had reached the $14.3 trillion debt ceiling. He said he could juggle finances around and we could make it until sometime in August.

May 26, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Block schedule is preferable to county’s new 7-period plan

I attended Flowery Branch High School. I am writing to you to cover the change to the seven-period schedule from the block schedule.

May 26, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Not all letters printed should reflect views we agree with

Re: Reaction to the Jim Scharnagel letter that expressed his feelings concerning Muslims. The Times printed the letter May 13 and I observed two somewhat scathing responses since then condemning The Times for printing his opinion.

May 26, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Let what flows into lake flow out

I believe the solution to the water issues regarding Lake Lanier is very simple: What goes in comes out. Let God and nature regulate the flow of water from the lake.

May 26, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


There's too much animosity in our political discussion

Lately the level of extremism and anger that the media has allowed to trickle down to the public has appalled me. Whether it is on television or in the newspaper I cannot watch or read it without seeing people that hold different views tearing at each other's throats.

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


Obama missed chance to heal after successful military mission

From a newspaper reader's comment, "Obama's favorite words are I, me, my, mine."

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


Tax assessments are inflated beyond the real market value

I received notice of my property assessment for 2011 this week. I am appalled that our assessment is the same as it was for past years. It certainly does not reflect current market values by any stretch.

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


Letter attacking intolerance showed intolerance itself

Re: "The real threat to America comes from intolerant views." The original article by Jim Scharnagel regarding his views of Islam was rebutted by a follow-up editorial by Kyle Shook. Shook's theme was all about intolerance.

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


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Your Views: Ga. lawmakers overdue to fix roads funding

I am very pleased to see state Sen. Steve Gooch is trying to solve our problem with road funding in Georgia. This should have been addressed years ago but has been allowed to continue to a point of emergency.

October 24, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Madison County’s decision was based on avoiding a losing battle

Perhaps guts had nothing to do with the decision the school board in Madison County made concerning the religious monument on school grounds. Maybe its members chose to not set up their county for a budget-busting legal case that could bankrupt them.

October 24, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Iraq’s problems were caused by Bush's policies, not Obama's

Response to Darrell Newton's letter Friday: Certainly, everyone has the right to say what he thinks, but they really should have the facts before doing so.

October 22, 2014 | 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


Your Views: Madison County school board caves to atheists

Here we go again, folks, just another example of no guts: The school board in Madison County caved to an atheist group over a monument on school grounds that had Bible verses and quotes on it that was paid for by private donations.

October 22, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Vote could make reckless drivers share the cost of spinal injuries

Tens of thousands of Georgians live with life-long disabilities due to brain and spinal cord injury. As medical technology, safety and trauma care have improved, more people survive traumatic injury, but many then face a lifetime of physical, behavioral and cognitive impairments requiring ongoing support services.

October 20, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: There’s no good reason for vote for any Democrat in fall election

When you add it all up, the steady stream of lies from the White House, the Democratic party and its supporters, the liberal left media, there is only one answer: There is NO Democratic candidate worthy of even a single vote. In fact, I don't see how a Democrat could vote for himself or herself.

October 20, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama’s actions have cost us peace, cost him respect

President Barack Obama withdrew all of our troops both in Iraq and Afghanistan against the recommendation of his own military, the CIA and his own secretary of defense and secretary of State.

October 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Mule Camp Market festival was a big success

A huge thank you should go to the Gainesville Jaycees. They did a fantastic job with the Mule Camp Market festival last weekend in Gainesville.

October 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Germany’s offer aims to reverse US brain drain

Why is Germany offering tuition-free college educations to Americans (and others)? What we're seeing here is an attempt to reverse the brain drain.

October 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: TV show’s view of Appalachian South is hardly complimentary

While I don't usually read Ronda Rich's columns, I did on Oct. 7. The heading got my attention and I read on. She wrote about the TV series "Justified" and how good it is. While I agree that it's a great show and high on my favorites list, I am puzzled by some things she wrote about the Appalachian South. Not being familiar with her writings, I hope it was done tongue-in-cheek when she wrote, "But here's what 'Justified' does best: It gets the Appalachian South right without reducing us to mockery or ridicule."

October 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall school board needs to be aware of immunization dangers

To Hall County Board of Education: I am sure that you have been made aware by now of the recent announcement by Dr. William Thompson, formerly of the Centers for Disease Control and co-author of the study on immunizations and their link to autism. If you have not, what has come to light is that Dr. Thompson has publicly declared that the study and its findings were falsified. He has declared that the data was altered to make it appear as if there was no link.

October 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Climate change letter based on bogus sources

Regarding W.T. Hinds' recent letter, I noticed the online version contained citation links. After checking some, I thought it important to offer background on sources for his comment "Earth has not warmed at all since about 1999."

October 15, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Punishment doesn’t fit crime in case of Georgia star Gurley

It is absolutely unbelievable that Todd Gurley would be suspended indefinitely for playing football for Georgia for supposedly autographing some sports articles and being paid for it, while last year, Jameis Winston continued to play and won the Heisman Trophy and the national championship though he was investigated for rape at Florida State.

October 15, 2014 | Times staff reports | Letters to the editor


Your Views: No global warming for 18 years, but carbon dioxide is increasing; why?

Insanity is sometimes described as doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. This certainly describes manmade global warming.

October 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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