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Your Views: Hard to believe that some still deny scientific origins of earth

It is strange that here in the 21st century with all our scientific knowledge as to how this planet and life on it began, our ventures into outer space and our phenomenal technological advances that 46 percent of Americans (58 percent of Republicans) still believe in ancient perceptions of how and when the earth and humans came to be; while 32 percent believe in evolution, only about 15 percent believe no deity controlled the process, up slightly.

April 29, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Dark times persist without a moral compass to guide us

Much like in Egypt prior to the exodus of the people of Israel, a darkness has come over our land, a darkness which may even be felt. A dread that pours into the soul leaving a sense that horror lies just beyond our reach out in the darkness.

April 29, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Offer support to those who suffer from Parkinson’s

Parkinson's Disease is not catching or hereditary. No one knows what causes it, but some of the dopamine cells in the brain die at an accelerated rate.

April 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall County leaders should restore library funding

To Hall County Commissioners: I write on behalf of the Hall County Library System. I have been honored to be associated with them for several years. I have been able to personally view how well they perform. I have also witnessed the distressing shortage of funds allocated by the county commissioners during this recession.

April 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hard to see how Christians can support corporations as people

We make decisions based on emotion, not reason, especially when it comes to religion and politics. One recent example is how most conservative Christians support "Citizens United," the Supreme Court decision that says corporations are people and have the same rights as people, even though they don't always die after 80 or 90 years like real people do.

April 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Sheriff showed compassion by dropping charge against father

I was encouraged to see that White County Sheriff Neal Walden showed compassion and a little common sense in dropping the charges against a heartbroken, grieving father.

April 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Atlanta cheating scandal shows how testing can go awry

It is my hope that the idea of testing what students have learned in order to measure what teachers have taught does not disappear as a result of the recent controversies.

April 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Looking closer for answers to climate and evolution debates

I think it was Joan King who recently wrote people only want support for what they believe and are not interested in facts that challenge their beliefs. As a pastor (retired) I've certainly found this true among professing Christians.

April 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Responsible cave explorers are careful not to transmit diseases

Excellent article in the April 10 edition of The Times about bats and white-nose syndrome that has been decimating bat populations of several different species in the U.S. for the last decade. Information such as this is vital to get out to the public, along with describing the importance of bats, as Michael Wheeler has done in his article.

April 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Parents who ‘opt out’ of testing don’t offer reasons

I read with great interest your April 19 article "Many parents' answer to high-stakes testing." While there are constitutional rights and laws that allow parents to opt their child out of testing, I am still a bit mystified as to why they would want to.

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


Your Views: Perhaps legal immigrants pose the greatest terrorism threat

There is usually quite a bit of discussion regarding illegal immigration, and what we need to do to address this issue. Unfortunately, we have not made much progress up to this point.

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


Your Views: Would oysters survive if we left the Chattahoochee untouched?

I think I have a simple solution for the water wars. The ecology folks want everything left natural, as if man were not here.

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


Your Views: Shackling suspects in court implies guilt

Now I know why they say justice is blind. They see everyone as guilty until they can prove themselves innocent. People are brought into court shackled with two armed policemen with guns to watch them. That way everyone sees that person as guilty from the start.

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


Your Views: Clean Power Plan would help create a healthier environment

I live in a small mountain community in Northeast Georgia and I have been a physician for 43 years. It has become obvious to me that if we do not provide a healthy environment on our earth, future generations will suffer both economically and socially, and from severe medical problems.

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


Your Views: Protecting state’s forests should be top priority beyond Earth Day

It is easy to take forests in Georgia for granted. They are often viewed as natural gifts akin to the sun and the clouds, timeless and steadfast. But Georgia's forests have not been here forever, and they don't take care of themselves. As we pause on Earth Day to appreciate our environment, let's reflect on the many benefits provided by working forests, and resolve to confront the public policy threat they face.

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


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Time to take our faith past catchphrases

When I was a child, I was fascinated by the liturgy and art of the Roman Catholic Church. I would sneak into the living room on Christmas Eve and watch Midnight Mass from Rome. Being raised in a Baptist church in Southeast Arkansas, it was all so foreign! But something within it resonated within me.

July 04, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Confederate flag’s heritage too often being hijacked by hate

In the midst of the current firestorm raging around the Confederate Battle Flag, intolerant, hate-filled voices demand the eradication of all things remotely associated with Confederate heritage. Quietly seeking but denied permission to be heard are the voices of reason which offer the love of Christ as the remedy for the angst afflicting American society at large.

July 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Old Glory deserves our salute from a truly united nation

On April 30, 1789, on Wall Street in New York City, the capital of the United States (at that time), Gen. George Washington had been sworn in as the first president. He and his government staff walked over to a little stone church, which is still standing today close to Ground Zero.

July 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Those of us who oppose gay marriage are in good company

As I am called a bigot, a homophobe, and other names for my stance against gay marriage, I had an awakening thought: As people call me those names, they are also calling Jesus those names since He was the one who defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.

July 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


God’s laws lose out to man’s in court’s ruling

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rewritten the long-standing definition of marriage, the same-sex population and their supporters are gleeful while the rest of us are being labeled "intolerant, insensitive and hateful" for clinging to our archaic Biblical beliefs.

July 01, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Community, businesses reach out to boost key local projects

A huge thank you to BB&T for benefitting Randy and Friends through their Lighthouse Project. They spent many volunteer hours working to improve the Rooster's Perch Coffeehouse, in addition to the work space where employment and life skills are taught to adults with disabilities.

July 01, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Pope calls for a conversion of our hearts

Concerning climate change, Pope Francis' stance in his Encyclical is very clear. He stated, "A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system," and "scientific studies indicate that most global warming is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity. Climate change is a global problem with grave implications."

June 29, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


County needs to focus on justice, not just low taxes

I wanted to attend the Hall County budget meetings but couldn't. This is what I would have said:

June 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


LGBT coalition shouldn’t force its agenda on the rest of us

The 2 percent, or less, of our population identified as LGBT are not being picked on. Rather, their bullying is being resisted. Nobody cares what other people are doing relationally in the privacy of their homes (no bomb building, please). We do care how our children are educated and about our Biblical values such as sanctity of marriage.

June 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Brother salutes columnist's salute to dad

I have lots of words regarding Dick's column regarding our dad, but think only one is appropriate: Amen!

June 27, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Charleston tragedy is a command to teach kindness

Last week, our country and our community received a command, not merely a call. We must reach deep inside our hearts and heads to find ways to reach people before they become unreachable, such as the young man responsible for the tremendous tragedy in Charleston.

June 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Giving and sharing come in the form of welcome $2 bills

My thanks go out to the dapper, white-haired gentleman who gave my grandsons two special gifts Sunday morning in the IHOP restaurant in Gainesville.

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


Your Views: Roosevelt Square doesn’t need fixing

The other day I read a small notice that our illustrious city council was considering "improving the square." I had lunch at the square the other day, sat outside and had a nice time just looking. I found the square looked very nice - nothing needs to be done.

June 11, 2015 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Instead of politicizing Jesus, why not just follow his way of living?

Just like the Roman emperor Constantine did 1800 years ago, the "powers that be" continue to politicize Jesus for their own personal gain. And Christians continue to be vulnerable. Traditional theology hasn't helped much.

June 10, 2015 | | 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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