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Death penalty keeps murderers off our streets

I have read some of Kathleen Parker's articles and have had no problems with her writing until her Sunday offering in The Times condemning capital punishment.

September 30, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Senators fail to oppose Obama’s dangerous policy

To Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss: It is bad enough that you remain silent concerning the egregious abuse of power that the Obama administration is perpetrating on the common citizenry.

September 29, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


At least one private company knows how to return money

Congratulations to Jackson EMC for returning $4.75 million to its customers. Hoorah, hoorah, for private enterprise.

September 29, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


If drivers would just slow down, deer would not be a problem

I've enjoyed seeing the deer for nine years in the Riverside Drive area after moving there in 2002. Even this morning, the first thing I saw looking out into my front yard was a mother and her baby deer. So enjoyable to see!

September 28, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Death sentence keeps killers from ever killing again

I seek to present another view to the column by Kathleen Parker in Sunday's Times. She sought to present a condemnation of capital punishment using the recent execution of Troy Davis as her evidence. There are strong points to be made on both sides of his case but I seek to bring light, not just heat, to the larger issue upon which the logic she presents fails completely.

September 28, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Real estate picture is brighter here than elsewhere

Remember that real estate is local. While national, state, or even some local news may sound challenging, people need to be plugged in to what is actually happening in your neighborhood.

September 24, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall County closed the wrong tag office

With the closure of the South Hall tag office, Hall County residents needing to visit the office must go to downtown Gainesville and struggle with limited parking issues.

September 24, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


T-SPLOST is another case of ‘tax creep’

Regrettably I missed the recent public meeting for the transportation sales tax initiative. Officials say these road and bridge projects could be financed by increasing the sales tax. Adding this 1 percent to the existing sales tax base of 7 percent would increase the tax burden to 8 percent. That is just too much of a premium to pay government over the normal selling price of any commodity, especially food and clothing.

September 23, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Deer are cute, but too many of them can cause problems

I believe that Debbie Taylor would likely change her thoughts on deer in her neighborhood (and mine; I saw nine deer on or by the roads in three days a while ago) should she or one of her family or friends run into a deer on the road.

September 23, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


No need for deer to suffer

What a shame that mankind can't enjoy the beauty of wildlife. Bow hunting or not, most hunters aren't good enough with bows to actually kill a deer. The deer most often is seriously injured and suffers or has its throat slit.

September 23, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Lottery players represent all of Ga.’s population

A recent Times article stated that Georgia Lottery sales are boosted by many who don't use lottery-funded educational programs, including Georgia's lower income residents, its uneducated and its minorities. However, research clearly shows that Georgia Lottery players are representative of the general population.

September 22, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Who pays to reopen tag offices?

Tom Oliver wants to reopen tag sites and fund next year by increasing property taxes. It seems more logical and equitable that some sort of vehicle tax be increased by those who are using tag offices.

September 20, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Obama can't lead by pushing bill with no clear message

President Barack Obama pushed upon the country his latest "jobs bill." Then he demanded it be passed. His words weren't a direct demand, but when you say it enough times it is implied.

September 19, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


DNR unable to quantify problem with Gainesville's deer population

I read with enthusiasm the recent article regarding the upcoming effort to thin the deer population within the Gainesville city limits. However, I shook my head in disbelief that unnamed officials from the Department of Natural Resources cannot go so far as to say the deer population in Gainesville is above normal.

September 19, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Deer add beauty to Riverside Drive neighborhood

Who is informing you that the residents of Riverside Drive find the deer a problem and want them inhumanely killed? As a family living on Riverside, we find it offensive that we have been grouped with this minority.

September 19, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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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


Your Views: Stats prove it: More guns lead to more crime

Jerry Callahan, in his March 27 letter to The Times, mentions the work of John R. Lott as the final word in guns and crime. Lott's empirical work, on face value, was good. Many social scientists would agree that it stimulated others to examine the subject of right-to-carry laws and any relationship with crime.

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


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