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Your Views: Income inequality in area is real and tied to both SAT scores, race

Other voices speak to raise the level of concern of growing gap between rich and poor. Times headlines (Feb. 9) report that "Pay gap not a hot topic in Hall area." Local leaders polled that income inequality is not in the conversation, while some see a solution to the problem.

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


Your Views: PETA memorial wasn’t worth coverage given

I don't know which disturbs me more, the request from PETA member Sarah Segal for a memorial for chickens killed in a wreck recently in Gainesville, or the fact that The Times gave top billing to the subject in the Feb. 7 issue.

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


Your Views: Common Core takes Ga. schools down wrong path

Common Core has been forced upon the states in an underhanded manner. The federal government made it a requirement that states adopt Common Core if they wanted to receive money for education from the 2009 Stimulus Bill. The applications for these funds were sent out and due back when the state legislature was not in session.

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


Your Views: Hall commission should fully fund Meals on Wheels

I invite members of the Hall County Board of Commissioners to ride along with me while I make my Meals On Wheels deliveries. Share with me the experience of interacting with some of the recipients of this service. For many this lunchtime fare is the only healthful, nutritional meal they will see that day.

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


Your Views: Rescued bears are not in wild but in an open sanctuary

A recent letter writer misstated what happened to the 17 bears PETA rescued from the virtually barren pits at the Black Forest Bear Park. The bears, who stared at concrete walls 24 hours a day, are now experiencing the joys of wide-open spaces, dirt to dig in and trees to use as back-scratchers, all from the safety of a Colorado sanctuary.

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


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


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Your Views: Renewing driver’s license shouldn’t be such an ordeal

Where did that five years go? Time to renew my driver's license. At least I did remember this time.

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


Your Views: More lies from the White House over voting case investigations

Here we go again, folks. A couple days ago, President Barack Obama spoke to an Al Sharpton audience spewing more lies that the GOP is trying to stop people from voting by requiring them to show an ID. Lie, lie, lie.

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


Your Views: Lula could use new blood, more reasonable rules

It is my hope that some new blood on the Lula City Council will bring an end to silly regulations like the one requiring a resident to pay a fee and to get the city's approval in order to have a yard sale on his own property. I know that part of the fee is refundable if the yard-saler cleans up his property to an inspector's satisfaction after the sale.

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


Your Views: Racism is used by Democrats to demonize their political foes

There is hardly a day that goes by when Democrats fail to use the term "racism" in some sort of capacity regarding conservatives. It is the current buzz word that they hope will keep them relevant in upcoming elections since they have very little else to hang their hat on: the train wreck of Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner, endless executive actions without congressional approval, and the list goes on.

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


Your Views: Patriots to gather May 16 in DC to support constitutional ideals

As Georgia patriots and members of Patriots for America, we are reaching out to all Georgians about the event "Operation American Spring" that is scheduled to begin in Washington on May 16.

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


Your Views: More guns aren’t a problem if those carrying them are legal

I am a gun owner with a concealed carry permit, and I think if more people had guns and were licensed to carry, we might have a safer city or community. My reason of thinking is if you possess such a permit, then you are less likely to commit a crime because you have paid the money for it and have no record or serious or violent crimes against you. We are basically law-abiding, gun-carrying people who are exercising our Second Amendment rights.

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


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


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