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Your Views: Islamic State proving to be no ‘JV squad’

Never in our history has our commander in chief been more concerned about telling our enemies what he's not going to do rather than taking the advice of his experienced defense and military advisers.

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


Your Views: Legality of assisted suicide in Montana remains in the courts

I disagree with Joan King that assisted suicide, which she refers to by the euphemism "aid in dying," is legal in Montana.

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


Your Views: Why should tax money go to fix up mall?

Did I really read that correctly? Are Hall County and Gainesville really considering giving taxpayers' monies to spruce up Lakeshore Mall? (story here)

August 28, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Automated essay scoring could lead to high-tech ways to fool it

As a writing teacher at UNG, I spend a great deal of time during the summer and into August thinking about the incoming group of students I will be closely working with during the fall semester. Currently, I have been thinking a lot about how much of my students' writing has been graded by a computer and not a human, an unfortunate reality in this era of high-stakes testing.

August 28, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Blue Cross, Health System need to work out a deal to benefit all

It is beyond my understanding the disagreement going on between Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia and Northeast Georgia Health System. (story here) This sounds to me like there is a personality problem somewhere. If both parties are committed to reaching an agreement, I suggest starting negotiations with new people.

August 28, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Carson may be the healer nation needs

I have seen many decades roll by like a flash in my lifetime. As I reflect on them, I can't remember a time when we were in such dire need of leadership. If we continue to travel the road we are now traveling our destination is doom.

August 27, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Judge Jolliff has served well

I would like to tell Judge Cliff Jolliff how much I appreciate and respect him. Having been in his court a few times, I could see his main concern was the welfare of the children involved in all court cases. I could also see how difficult it was for him to deal with many difficult custody cases. I would not want to have that responsibility for any amount of money.

August 27, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Ice bucket challenges could do more harm in the long run

I saw the pictures in Tuesday's paper (Aug. 19) depicting Brenau University participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge. I was very upset to see this type of behavior being promoted as a fundraiser by ALS or Brenau.

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Columnist’s rant on hyphens might have cost him a reader

Re: Ruben Navarrette Jr. column in The Times on Tuesday: "Who's afraid of a little ol' hyphen?" Over elapsed time, I have considered this person's articles as relatively coherent. What happened?

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Who can pray? Everyone can

We shouldn't be told when and where we can pray. If a person doesn't like it, then they should stay home. We Christians also have our right to pray. God runs this world, not a few people who do not believe in God.

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Planning group seems a waste

Why do we have a Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization? Anyone should know you can't take funding from one road project to another. Does this group do anything to help get roads improved? I see this group as a waste of money and time.

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Prayers’ foes spark outrage, then a blessing

The flak over folks praying at Chestatee High School is one of those good news/bad news situations.

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


Your Views: Environmental groups trump up fears over energy

Was Bruce Vandiver's letter last week in The Times a scare tactic? I don't know. I do know that environmentalists often employ such tactics.

August 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Humanists have no place telling us who can pray

To Monica Miller of the American Humanist Association: As a resident of Hall County let me say that I am deeply offended by your organization's threat of legal action against Chestatee High School.

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


Your Views: Schools were safer when prayer was still allowed in classrooms

When I was a boy in my lower grades at Candler Elementary School on Candler Road, we said our blessing before leaving our classroom going to lunch. Every so often, these people would come to the school in the lunchroom, and Bible verses we learned we would be able to say and be rewarded with a book marker or sometimes a little Bible testament.

August 16, 2014 | 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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