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Your Views: Allowing guns in churches could prevent tragedy

In response to Dick Yarbrough's "Guns for God" commentary, it would appear he has put emotion over intellect in forming his opinion on the issue of guns in places of worship.

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


Your Views: Helping the hungry, jobless does not stifle incentive to achieve

A recent article focused on an Atlanta food bank that provided 45 million pounds of food to needy families in 2013, and it expects a significant increase in demand if the proposed cut in food stamps is enacted by Congress. Apparently food banks everywhere are anticipating this same predicament: too many clients, not enough food.

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


Your Views: Governor’s office responded to keep hospital patients safe

On behalf of all 170 hospitals across Georgia, I want to express appreciation to Gov. Nathan Deal for his steadfast resolve and determination to ensure the safety and welfare of hospital patients and caregivers during last week's icy road traffic jam. His office proactively reached out to me early in the afternoon of the first day to ask if any of Georgia's hospitals needed help with road access to the emergency room.

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


Your Views: Prayer Band helped bring black, white churches together

The Gainesville Prayer Band was originally started by Ms. Blanche Alexander in 1950. She held it in her home for many years, every Saturday night. Later on, she moved it to the church where it was on every first Sunday morning at 6 a.m.

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


Your Views: Freed bears not likely to survive in wild

I feel I must disagree with Teressa Glazer on her column Jan. 24. She described the victory that PETA claimed in closing the bear pit in Helen. In the piece, it was stated that 17 grizzly and black bears were removed from the bear pits (which were in bankruptcy) and released into the wild in Colorado, where some of those bears who were born in captivity had never walked on grass until then.

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


Your Views: Inequality, a rich ruling elite; that's the state of our union

It's fitting that the State of the Union Address focused on inequality. Because the real state of our union is about growing inequality between rich and powerful Washington, D.C., insiders and we the people in America.

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


Your Views: State insurance priorities wrong

I would just like to take this chance to thank our esteemed state representatives for voting for and changing the state insurance (not), since the new insurance will not pay for needed medication for MS.

January 25, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall County should join funding grants for senior services

Our Hall County Commissioners seem out of step with the needs of our elderly by not agreeing to support the Gainesville-Hall Community Service Center's Legacy Link grant application. They know they must agree to provide funds to allow grants to be made for programs like Meals On Wheels.

January 25, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall residents should unite to oppose rezoning

The Hall County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to rule on a request to rezone a residential property in the Mountain View Peninsula to commercial usage Thursday. The property is in the middle of a residential neighborhood and the community has shown strong support for denying the proposed rezoning.

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


Your Views: Common Core standards aren’t the evil they’re made out to be

Imagine my surprise when I read that Dr. Terrence Moore, a speaker at a local meeting, asserted that in using Common Core standards, teachers are subverting traditional marriage and religious values (see story). Dare I admit that I taught "The Story of an Hour" before retiring?

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


Your Views: If we're not alone in universe, then we don’t have all the answers

If we go back a few years, the Earth was all we knew. We saw the stars but did not understand what they were. We called the planets "wandering stars."

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


Your Views: Health care law is another way to divide nation, deny faith

Most in this nation have begun to conclude that our new health care law is faltering and not working. Our Republican Party, who are supposedly our advocates against the corrupt administration we're forced to endure, are totally missing the point. Obamacare, as it is fondly referred to, is an astounding success. It is a well-planned strategy to divide our nation and people, to spend us into bankruptcy, and in general, to destroy our capitalistic way of life that has worked successfully since we first became the great nation that we once were.

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


Your Views: Fix entitlements or economy will be a train wreck

Clark Howard recently wrote, "the question of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid still looms large after the fiscal cliff agreement. We're witnessing a real train wreck happening with our entitlement spending."

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


Your Views: Gainesville should focus on tidying up its appearance

I am new to the area and concerned about the appearance of the city. There seems to be a lack of direction for landscaping and maintenance of common areas like medians, etc. Either we have no direction or a lack of standards.

January 10, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Sunday’s editorial sends right message to elected officials

I have just finished reading your super excellent editorial comment, "Our Views, Election Year Wish List: Campaigns of substance with honest, genuine candidates; would that be too much to ask?" in the Sunday paper. I have cut the article out and intend to copy it and mail a copy to each candidate as the election year progresses. If any one of them follows your advice, I will most likely vote for him or her.

January 10, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Commissioners indeed failed us in funding libraries

Thank you, Paige Mellinger, for your letter to the editor "Support your library and the good it does a community" appearing Thursday in The Times.

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


Your Views: State board denies justice in murder case

After reading The Times' article regarding Tommy Lee Waldrip and the hideous crime he committed against the young Dawsonville man, Keith Evans, 23 years ago, I am still in disbelief of our so-called "justice" system.

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


Your Views: Support your library and the good it does a community

Another budget year and another disappointment for our library system and its patrons. Our county officials' spending on website redesign and an energy study, with unused results, instead of providing funding needed to take county agencies off of furlough toes the line of malfeasance, a word I learned from a children's picture book that I read at my library ("Olivia and the Fairy Princesses" by Ian Falconer).

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


Your Views: Owing a life to local doctors

I spent 60 years in newspapering in Anderson, S.C., Athens and The Atlanta Times, and 50 years in radio and television throughout the South. I write this to salute Gainesville and its vast medical community as nationally prominent in heart research. I owe my life to cardiologists there and couldn't dare name them all, but one, Dr. Jeffrey Marshall, has not only been a great doctor but a great mentor to let me pursue my career after suffering mightily.

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


Your Views: Hall County football is top notch

I retired from coaching after 15 seasons in the NFL. I started off coaching five seasons as a high school coach in New Mexico and in Fremont, Calif. The Hall County football teams are extremely well coached. I often stand just outside the fence watching our incredibly competent coaches work. Hall County is a perfect place for a retired coach to live if he wants high-quality football every Friday night during the high school football season.

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


Your Views: Murderers are cowards and don’t deserve a peaceful death

Here we go again, folks. Cormac J. Carney, a U.S. district judge, ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional. He called the death penalty an "empty promise that violates the Eighth Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment." This was brought on by a death row inmate.

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


Your Views: Hall sales tax delay designed to get it passed

I vaguely remember when voting Republican meant you were virtually assured of candidates who supported policies that promoted limited government and lower taxation. Obviously, this is no longer the case.

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


Your Views: Nuclear power needed to keep state’s business climate healthy

In response to Joan King's column of July 1: I'm tired of reading and responding to her ill- and misinformed rants about nuclear power, and specifically, Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle nuclear units Nos. 3 and 4, now under construction.

July 18, 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


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