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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


Your Views: Humankind is hardly perfect in its rebellion

I write this letter to pose further understanding after Tuesday's column by Joan King. Ms. King is a thoughtful and generally cogent writer. I read her column faithfully and remain in strong respect for her consistent revelations concerning the ongoing corruption in our nuclear plant construction process.

January 14, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Staff at assisted living facility responds well to frozen pipes

I am the director of nursing for Homestead Hospice of Athens and we have patients who are residents at Summers Landing Assisted living facility in Gainesville. It was a complete coincidence that I was visiting the facility at the exact moment that some frozen pipes in the ceiling burst Jan. 8. I wanted to write a letter to the editor in attempt to recognize the staff of Summers Landing. They happened to be having a staff meeting at the same time and that meant there were more employees in the building than usual.

January 14, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Congressional Democrats have held Obama back

I think the thing that has frustrated me the most during the two terms of Barack Obama has been the efforts of Sen. Harry Reid to prevent Obama from acting as president. Other than the Affordable Care Act, Reid has not allowed any of the legislation passed in the House of Representatives to even come up for vote, let alone go to the president for action.

January 09, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Rolling back banking law again gives Wall Street a free hand

I read with interest Doyle McManus' Jan. 1 editorial on his "hits and misses" of 2014. His upbeat statement that "Dozens of Democrats joined with pragmatic Republicans to pass a spending bill is an unexpected win for bipartisanship."

January 09, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Coach Lofton touched many lives on and off playing fields

On New Year's Day, we said farewell to one of the true coaching legends of the area and the state when Coach Jim Lofton passed from this life into the next after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

January 08, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Accomplishments of Obama’s term are anything but positive

More about the "accomplishments" under Obama: Rebuttal to letter from Sheila Nicholas of Dec. 31.

January 07, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Good deed at local restaurant will be passed on to others

On New Year's Day, three senior citizens had a lovely surprise: A wonderful, anonymous gentleman paid for our dinners at Texas Roadhouse. This is our way to say "thank you" and let him know that we surely will pass it forward.

January 07, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Every American has right to pray, even in schools

As I have read with much interest the editorials, news reports and letters to the editor over the past few months and weeks about the lawsuit that has been filed and the outrage of those that don't want to hear a prayer, let alone have their children hear it in schools or any other public place, I am reminded I also have the right to pray anywhere I so choose.

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


Your Views: Letter writer fails to recognize accomplishments under Obama

I am writing a rebuttal to the letter posted Dec. 27 from Gary Gambrell. He questions the intellect of all who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and again in 2012. He lists "facts" why our country is worse off during President Obama's term in office, all of which I am sure he heard on Fox News.

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


Your Views: No one should force prayers, but expression of faith should be OK

I agree with Michael W. Parker of Flowery Branch on his views. No one has the right to force prayer or their own belief on anyone.

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


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Your Views: New red light is not designed to ease traffic

Wal-Mart's new store on Thompson Bridge might have friendly words "Neighborhood Market" on its sign, but "Neighborhood Racket" would be a better name. A racket is an organized immoral activity for extortion; a dishonest scheme, trick, business or activity.

May 23, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: A Memorial Day tribute: ‘Vessels’ made everything possible for us

To the families of military veterans, men and women from every branch of the United States military and Merchant Marines on whose shoulders we now stand tall: We pause to remember that they paid the ultimate price for our freedom in country, community and family, safety and security.

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


Your Views: Home-schooled students aren’t missing out on a great education

I thought someone might respond to Judy Manke's letter of May 2, but since I haven't seen a response, I feel compelled to provide one.

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


Your Views: Friendship Road work is frustrating, even if it’s a benefit in the long term

Ah, don't you just love the sights and sounds of spring? The dew on the ground, the trees and flowers budding, and the fresh morning air? What a way to start your day!

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


Your Views: Cure for deadly disease that kills on highways is within our reach

Can you imagine what this country would do if confronted with a disease that caused 32,000 deaths in 2013 and 450 deaths so far this year in Georgia? We would expect all levels of government to mobilize, demanding billions of dollars to find a cure and a plan for prevention.

May 15, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Traffic lights should not be placed to benefit a single business

It was sad to read about the recent installation of Wal-Mart's new traffic light on Thompson Bridge Road. One could infer from our mayor's comments that he held strong objections to the installation of Wal-Mart's light. Our city's traffic issues hold precedence with the Department of Transportation over private businesses regarding placement of traffic lights.

May 13, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Prayers are needed, along with values and respect

Thursday was National Prayer Day. However, we could say it was Worldwide Prayer Day also. Whenever you are reading the newspapers or watching TV, volcano eruptions, discontentment among nations and injustice among different groups of people, worldwide prayer service is in order.

May 09, 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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