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Your Views: Congratulations to attorney Orr on earning prestigious honor

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to congratulate E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr Sr. of Orr & Brown LLP in Gainesville on receiving the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Southern Center for Human Rights.

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


Your Views: Sprawl lowers costs and raises quality of life

Give me the sprawl. I love it. Hopefully, Hall County municipal fathers will attempt to get sprawl (according to the Hall County sprawl index published in The Times on April 12) down to 50 from its current 103.3.

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


Your Views: Fort Hood shooting shows why officers should be armed

During the airing of an interview by Bill O'Reilly on Fox News on Thursday, Col. David Hunt mentioned arming the "leadership" when O'Reilly quickly blew off the suggestion. O'Reilly then continued on with leading questions about the tragedy and promoting his own agenda.

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


Your Views: Crime statistics don’t support tough gun laws

In his Thursday response to Jerry Callahan concerning right-to-carry laws, Michael Parker presented a comparison of Atlanta and Chicago while decrying the availability of guns. I would like to counter his argument with a comparison, albeit brief, of Chicago and Houston.

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


Your Views: Stats prove it: More guns lead to more crime

Jerry Callahan, in his March 27 letter to The Times, mentions the work of John R. Lott as the final word in guns and crime. Lott's empirical work, on face value, was good. Many social scientists would agree that it stimulated others to examine the subject of right-to-carry laws and any relationship with crime.

April 03, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Columnist’s facts on gun laws off base

In her article, "Can we always tell 'bad guys?'" Joan King makes a number of assertions that are put forward as fact, when they are anything but.

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


Your Views: State officials do little to help those in need

We should be so ever grateful for our public officials and legislative representatives because of their intelligence, caring about citizens' health and safety, and giving us more freedoms than we have ever had before.

March 26, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: UNG’s budget ‘savings’ were misleading after previous increase

Noted American author and raconteur Mark Twain was fond of saying that there were three types of lies, the worst of the three being statistics. It seems clear that this "worst" category would apply to the recent article headed "Merging UNG saved 1.1 percent of budget" according to a Times lead story (March 16).

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


Your Views: Substance abuse during pregnancy is a risk community should address

We are both seniors at Gainesville High School and members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. In FCCLA, we participate in competitions called STAR Events designed to build our leadership, community service and career skills.

March 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Friendship Road deal is fishy

So the Georgia Department of Transportation has to wait on widening roads. Hmm. I wonder who knows the right DOT folks to get Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway and Friendship Road moved to the top of the list? Smells a little.

March 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Law to limit slowpokes in left lane a good idea, not ‘weird’

In reference to Dick Yarbrough's comment about "left-lane lollygaggers:" Mr. Yarbrough, I want to start off by saying your article was a bit hard to follow because you were going off on a tangent about state reps passing what you call "weird laws."

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


Your Views: Dual roles for 1st responders can stretch emergency personnel too thin

I would like to comment on some issues discussed in a letter written by Gene Cobb of Gainesville in Saturday's Times: Communities that have tried using "dual use" firefighters and police officers usually return to the traditional model of delivering emergency services after a short period of time. It just doesn't work.

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


Your Views: No-tax pledges can’t account for economic slumps, funding cuts

I am writing to oppose the request by a political party that candidates pledge not to raise taxes. While everyone would like to avoid raising taxes, we cannot predict a necessity to do so. For example, we cannot forecast the financial support the state legislature will provide for education. In fact, for a number of years in the past, that support was decreased, forcing some school systems to raise local taxes.

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


Your Views: Tax hikes on lake properties raises concerns

Trepidation would be a good word to describe my feeling following the reading of "Lake dwellers should brace for higher property values" in The Times (Sunday). Perhaps I overreacted to what I perceived was a slight adversarial tone in the article presented by the author and chief appraiser or just my recent elevated lack of trust in government.

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


Your Views: Law enforcement needs to work harder to avoid traffic jams

I have a question. One day between 8:30 and 9, with a normal rush morning for people to get to work, Longstreet Bridge on Cleveland Highway was blocked both ways, north and south, by a stalled car in the south lane. Not a wreck, a stalled car. Sitting behind it was a state patrol car equipped with a large bumper that I assume could be used for pushing other cars.

March 08, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Lions Clubs look to grow, add to service

Your article Sunday concerning challenges to area civic clubs did a good job in pointing out the struggles most civic clubs have in carrying on the work that they do.

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


Your Views: Hall County’s big heart helps refill food bank

I would personally like to thank the good and generous people of Hall County for their contributions of canned and boxed food items that helped to restock the Georgia Mountain Food Bank. Your very generous donations will help feed the hungry and needy among us in Hall County and four surrounding counties.

September 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Letter writer, columnist defend weak presidents, attack Bush

I do not make it a habit of reading your left-leaning (Your Views) section. This is in direct response to Gabriel Shippy's comments about how George Bush got us in a war.

September 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Funding for Obama’s war is already there

To fund Mr. Obama's war, the Pentagon, at this time, has nearly $60 billion, unspent, in the Overseas Contingency Operations Fund.

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


Your Views: Focus on horrors by Islamic State ignores others

Every day I'm confronted with news reports suggesting the militant Islamic State organization is a threat to America. It is constantly in the news with lurid stories of mass executions and beheadings. These stories are reported as if atrocities and mass killings are not commonplace in war.

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


Your Views: Obama’s problems in Iraq started with Bush’s policies

It's hard not to feel a bit of sympathy for President Barack Obama. A lot of us predicted that whoever was elected to office after President George W. Bush would inherit a catastrophe on a domestic and international level. That prediction has turned out to be tragically accurate.

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


Your Views: Islamic State zealots raise memories of Nazi Germany

I read Friday's column by Jonah Goldberg, "A Web-fueled Foreign Legion for losers," with much trepidation. Yes, I fully agree that these "born-again" Islamists for the most part are comprised of the disenfranchised "losers" living on the fringes of society. They are now presented with an opportunity to inject their depravities onto minority segments of the population, or those that do not accept their 14th century laws and codes. This movement presents opportunities for them to obtain the power that they cannot otherwise gain through legal and democratic means.

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


Your Views: Lack of leadership from Obama, Congress will doom our nation

Since Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008, nothing good has come to pass for the American people. Our economy has gone to hell and still continues to get worse. All the lofty promises this incompetent loon made have failed to materialize.

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


Your Views: Substitute teachers’ pay unfair

How many people realize substitute teachers only make minimum wage? These people are always on call and can be asked to go to different schools. Now we read where the head of the school system just received a raise bringing his salary to more than $180,000 per year. Does anybody see anything wrong with this picture?

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


Your Views: ALS bucket challenge is a noble cause

I read with interest but disappointment the comments by Guy Jordan in The Times Aug. 23 regarding his concern and being upset because Brenau University participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge, and his perspective on how this type of goodwill activity could be counterproductive and dangerous "in the long run."

September 08, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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