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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


Your Views: Hall shoved tax increase on lake properties down residents’ throats

Well, it happened, just as predicted. Lake property owners in Hall County (there's about 7,000 of us) got zapped with property re-evaluations that, in many cases, doubled and in some cases went even more.

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


Your Views: Memorial Day celebration a long overdue show of appreciation

Upon returning home from Vietnam and service in 1967, the only welcomes received were from family and friends. Monday, I participated with my recently joined Vietnam veterans group in the Memorial Day parade. The echoes of welcome home were extremely emotional and gratifying. Thank you, America.

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


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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


Your Views: Politics is still main obstacle to nuclear energy

What do we do about nuclear waste? Actually the answer is quite simple. The problem we most often run into with the high-grade questions, is political.

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


Your Views: Mexico should not apply a double standard on its borders

I read in your paper about the crisis on our border with Mexico. It is clear Mexico looks the other way when immigrants cross its southern border and enter the United States. I lived in south Texas for 20 years and their security is a joke. They are the most corrupt in the world.

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


Your Views: Humanist group’s threat over prayer is just a publicity stunt

Well, what do you know. It appears we have some more Madalyn Murray O'Hair wannabes. The American Humanist Organization of Washington, D.C., has threatened legal action against Chestatee High School to prevent high school coaches from leading and participating in prayer with the players.

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


Your Views: Visit to VA clinic was a positive experience

My annual visit to the VA facility in Lawrenceville prompted me to write this note about my treatment. This visit was the most professionally handled than I have ever received at a medical facility. My appointment time was right on the mark.

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


Your Views: We can’t allow spent nukes to be a new Chernobyl

In response to Rick Frommer's letter blaming South Carolina Democrats for failure of a private nuclear waste recycling venture at the U.S. Department of Energy's Savannah River site, I don't think it matters which party controlled the state.

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


Your Views: Private efforts to ‘clean up’ spent nukes rejected

To add some background to the letter published Wednesday from Bobby R. Stone in Alto: About 1969, three of the biggest energy companies in the world, Allied Chemical Co., Gulf Oil Co., Royal Dutch (Oil Co.) and Shell Oil Co. formed a partnership called Allied Gulf Royal Dutch Shell. The purpose of this company was to build a nuclear recycling plant on private land near the Savannah River Site in Barnwell County, as mentioned by Mr. Stone.

August 09, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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