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Your Views: Vegas shooting shows why those who are armed must remain wary

In her Thursday article, "Armed, dangerous and dead," Kathleen Parker appears to be making a case for why we should not carry guns. I am not going to dispute her reasoning here, but rather, I see the subject matter to be a possible teachable moment.

June 14, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: SWAT raid was tragic example of police overkill

Reading Bimbo Brewer's letter, I agree there's no way to minimize the tragedy in which a child was critically injured by a flash-bang device used in a no-knock drug raid on a Habersham county home.

June 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: SWAT raid was tragic example of police overkill

Reading Bimbo Brewer's letter, I agree there's no way to minimize the tragedy in which a child was critically injured by a flash-bang device used in a no-knock drug raid on a Habersham county home.

June 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Penalizing lakefront taxpayers another ‘tax the rich’ example

Singling out homeowners that live on the lake is yet another example of the discriminatory practices ongoing, not only in Hall County, but also in America today.

June 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Public open carry needs to keep everyone’s safety in mind

When I read the open carry law, I didn't realize what an effect it would have on me. We were in a fast-food restaurant and I saw a daddy with three small children. On his hip was a large-caliber semi-automatic pistol in a quick-draw holster.

June 12, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Times’ profile of female pilot an inspiring tale for everyone

A big thank you to The Times for the Monday profile of Gladys Lacey Jones. This lady represents the women who inspired me as a child. I wanted to fly more than anything else in the world but settled for med school, another of those venues where finding a woman was a surprise.

June 12, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama’s pattern is shift blame or assume credit

President Barack Obama is consistent. After the "Fast and Furious" disaster in which a border guard was killed, he claimed former President George W. Bush was responsible. Obama lied.

June 12, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Don’t tell me millage rate isn’t an increase if I pay more taxes

I was mad as hell after reading the June 5 article, "County ponders tax hike." Hall County Commissioner Jeff Stowe was quoted as saying, "In my opinion, I don't see it as a tax increase when you keep your millage rate exactly the same."

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


Your Views: Hall leaders adopt same old philosophy of tax-and-spend

I moved to Hall County many years ago to escape the outrageous "tax and spend" mentality of the Atlanta and DeKalb area governments. I now find myself looking around to escape the outrageous "tax and spend" mentality of the Hall County government.

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


Your Views: Taxes go up on lake lot with no dock, house on it

I received my new tax assessment. I opened it and nearly passed out. I have 0.4 acres of land that abuts Corps property. It is not dockable (I had the Corps come out a few years ago to see about putting dock in) because it is too far from the lake and you risk your life trying to get there.

June 07, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Times’ co-founder offers her thanks, best wishes to retiring publisher

Dennis Stockton is resigning after 10 years as publisher of The Times. I would like to write an open letter describing what Dennis has meant to the paper, its coverage, and the area as a whole.

June 06, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Despite tragedy, Habersham sheriff is a man to trust

There is no way in the world to minimize the tragedy in Habersham County in which a child was critically injured by a "flash-bang" device used during a drug raid there. I feel confident the facts will be searched out and proper action, whatever it may need be, will be taken. Possibly, we will never know exactly what transpired.

June 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


State Bar mourns loss of Wyc Orr

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Gainesville attorney E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr on his recent and very untimely passing.

June 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Georgia legal community mourns loss of Wyc Orr

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Gainesville attorney E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr on his recent and very untimely passing.

June 04, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Property tax reassessments always err on the high side

Echoing Al Marks' letter in The Times on Friday, the recent property re-evaluations leave something to be desired. I generally support the idea of reassessment, particularly for properties that have not been assessed or sold in a long time. But what is the logic for assessing properties that have very recently been sold, instead of using actuals?

May 31, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Budget policy group has many ideas to boost school funding

Hall County's school superintendent unfairly claimed in an Oct. 21 guest column in The Times that my organization's research lamented the billions in education state budget cuts in recent years without suggesting ways Georgia might reverse the damage the financial squeeze is causing.

November 01, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Water group’s concerns are only about wise policies, not politics

Thank you for your coverage of the Georgia Water Coalition's Dirty Dozen report (Oct. 22). As it has for the past three years, the GWC's Dirty Dozen report details how state water policy is leading to the wasteful use of state funds and complicating the two-decade old water dispute with Florida and Alabama.

November 01, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Parker shows her ignorance about hunting methods

Kathleen Parker, in her Oct. 23 Opinion Page article, demonstrates her complete ignorance of hunting and disdain for hunters in general by quoting or referencing comments from one of the most anti-hunting groups in this country, namely the Humane Society of the United States.

October 30, 2014 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Concern about securing border doesn’t have to be about race

I read the article by Ruben Navarrette, "Time to get smart at border (Tuesday)," and would like to help him out since he missed the boat.

October 30, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Dumping unwanted pets in someone’s yard is unforgivable

A "person" who drops a pet on someone else's property is my problem right now. Are they too cheap to feed the animal or too lazy?

October 30, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: A blood donation can save as many as 3 lives, is time well spent

My mom always told me I was special, and that there was a plan and purpose for my life. I have spent my entire adult life trying to find out what made me special, and how I could make a difference in this world.

October 29, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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: Trouble brewing when city allows morality to slide

I just want to extend a word of thanks to Gainesville City Councilmen Bob Hamrick and George Wangemann for taking the moral high ground on the brewery issue. Gainesville and Hall County have gotten along just fine for decades without having a brewery. Inevitably, this will bring bars and other establishments that attract unwanted attention in the form of drunkenness and other social maladies that create areas of crime and rude behavior.

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


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