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Your Views: Raising Lanier’s full pool 2 feet now seems an unworkable idea

For the last several years, the Lake Lanier Association and several advocates, have drafted plans of action to address issues regarding the lake's delicate balance, of its water quality and the constantly fluctuating levels, not to mention all the downstream demands made on this pristine North Georgia jewel.

May 16, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall, Gainesville need an effective transit system

The Hall County Family Connection Network is a collaboration of agencies and organizations that serve families and children in Hall County. In this capacity, we write to express our concern about the future of the public transportation system in Gainesville and Hall County.

May 11, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Administration won’t be honest about threats facing nation

It seems we are continually confronting a threat or threats: radical Islam, economic meltdown, Obama scare, war, etc. However, one of my greatest concerns is the lack of honesty in our leaders. Their response, unfortunately, is always an effort to mislead and cover up. If I recall correctly, this administration promised to be the most transparent in our history. It appears to me we have a trust deficit much larger than our fiscal one.

May 10, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Left-turn ban is not best answer to city’s traffic

As you can imagine with a business that employs more than 100 people on Green Street, and one that has operated successfully on the street since 1967, we oppose the banning of left turns on Green Street as the only solution to Gainesville's traffic problem. It is a easy, knee-jerk public action but will only marginally affective in reducing the affect of traffic through our city.

May 09, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Citizens need guns for protection from an oppressive government

It appears that Jim Scharnagel still doesn't understand the history of this country or what our Constitution and Bill of Rights are all about. In his recent letter, he left out possibly the most important reason for maintaining an armed citizenry, namely protection from an oppressive government.

May 09, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Evaluations don’t factor in art of teaching

Your article on the Teacher Keys evaluation system was accurate, but failed to discuss the critical issue; that is, is it possible to evaluate teaching using any evaluation tool regardless of its sophistication or intricacy? There are at least a few loud voices in the field of education, mine included, which reject the fundamental concept of teacher evaluation through an objective measurement device.

May 08, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Take time to thank teachers for their impact on our children

Our son's elementary school, Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy, is honoring its teachers this week as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Since this is his last year at the school, we began to reflect on all the wonderful teachers that have been a part of our lives these last six years.

May 08, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Power workers hustled to fix lines knocked down by storm

Saturday night, our power went out because a tree fell on a power line near our house. This happened shortly after 11 p.m. All night, we heard Jackson Electric workers cutting the tree and working in the pouring rain. At 6 a.m., our electricity came back on.

May 08, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Morning Wake-Up ministry offers cup of coffee and a smile

For over a year on the first and third Wednesday mornings of each month, the Wake-Up Wednesday coffee ministry has been offering free coffee, muffins and a smile!

May 03, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Political elite class has hijacked US government

Politicians have destroyed our form of government. Gone are the days when we sent a farmer, a shop keeper or the guy down the road to Washington to represent us. Now we send slick, fast-talking lawyers who become intoxicated by the wealth and power that they now have at their fingertips.

May 03, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Vision 2030 laid out workable plan for public transit

Reading "The Local Agenda" headline in Tuesday's Times, "Transit remains unknown," saddened me. In April 2012, the Rapid Transit Subcommittee within the Infrastructure Transportation Committee of VISION 2030 presented an innovative transit plan for Hall County. No government cost was involved; and the plan could be immediately implemented.

May 02, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Letters to the editor


Your Views: A salute to all local volunteers taking part in cancer study

On April 23-24, 378 Gainesville residents took action to change the face of cancer for generations to come by enrolling in the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study 3. This landmark study will take a long-term look at lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will help the Society better understand cancer risks and causes and develop new prevention and treatment options.

May 02, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Reasonable limits on gun ownership, ammo make sense

Soon after the subject of gun control arose following the string of mass murders and the Newtown massacre. People began a gun- and ammunition-buying frenzy that will result in thousands of weapons and billions of rounds of ammo available to terrorists, criminals and mentally ill young people. The former two will have ready access to those arms by burglarizing homes, businesses and parked vehicles. Mentally ill children will have all this weaponry available from the buying and hoarding of guns by their parents.

May 01, 2013 | From staff reports | Letters to the editor


Your Views: A ‘thank you’ for return of engagement ring

Thank you to the person who found and returned my 48-year-old lost engagement ring to an employee of Northeast Diagnostic Clinic. I lost it during a visit to the clinic on April 15. After discovering the ring was missing, my first thought was that the ring fell off when I washed and dried my hands in the restroom. I collected the trash bags in each of the restrooms I had visited and reported my loss to the very caring receptionist.

April 27, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: US can’t suspend Constitution to pursue terrorists

Ominous dark clouds can be seen approaching on the horizon as America deals with the latest acts of terrorism conducted in our land. If the best we can do is to deny basic inalienable rights that were granted to us by our creator, what have we become?

April 27, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Tourism industry can get creative to offset extra fee

I am a little disappointed in the article titled "New fee upsets tourism industry." The article itself was well written and worthy of the front page. However, the content of those interviewed and their titles was a little disturbing.

April 18, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama’s push for tyranny is a right-wing plan

Regarding Thomas Day's recent letter, I wonder if he expects readers to buy what he's selling. Day speaks of tyranny, saying President Barack Obama has "come closer to establishing tyranny in the United States than at any other time in our history."

April 17, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Addictive behavior can be turned into community service

I am an addict. I take all things I like to excess. I am now 45 years old and a full two seconds away from a bad decision, instead of one second like when I was younger.

April 15, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: State bar congratulates Summer for Indigent Defense Award

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to Attorney Daniel A. Summer of Summer & Summer in Gainesville on receiving the 2014 Indigent Defense Award, presented by the Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

April 15, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your views: More questions should be asked about moving Lanier Tech

Am I the only one that is shaking their head and asking "where did the idea come from to relocate Lanier Tech?"

April 10, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Smithgall’s support for the arts sets our community apart

Gainesville-Hall County, with the Northeast Georgia Medical System, is one of Georgia's prominent medical centers. With Lake Lanier, it is one of Georgia's prominent recreation hubs. With the poultry research laboratory and a high number of poultry industry businesses, it is one of the state's agricultural centers. With the changing seasons in the Gainesville section of the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, the area will become a prominent center for celebrating spring, summer, fall and even winter.

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


Your Views: US government is held hostage by a tyranny of the minority

The recent celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Selma march was a wonderful event to remind us of the progress that has been made since that event. One unfortunate event was Jesse Jackson's comments decrying the tyranny of the majority over the minority. It is clear by his remarks that he neither understands the meaning of tyranny nor does he understand our form of government.

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


Your Views: Who’s going to fly our plane? Rice would be the ideal pilot

I know the souls of those who went down in the plane in France are in heaven, with the exception of one. Folks, we are also on the next plane heading the same way, only we have one thing in our favor: The door to the control cabin is open and desperately in need of a pilot.

April 04, 2015 | Letter to the editor | 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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