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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


Bond investment less attractive in Obama jobs plan

Municipal bonds are bonds issued by city and county governments. Bondholders receive interest from the issuers, which is excluded from income by the federal government. Moreover, if a resident of Georgia owns bonds issued by a Georgia city, such as Gainesville, the interest income is excluded for state purposes, too.

September 16, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hard to justify a vote for Obama based on policies

I am in my 70s and have never been more concerned for this country than now.

September 15, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall school system should honor contributions of late Dr. Mundy

I was disappointed in the lack of the Hall County School System's display of respect for Dr. Gwen Mundy who died last week. I was especially disappointed with the generic quotes by Lee Lovett and Gordon Higgins who both knew and worked with Dr. Mundy. I also think that it was a great omission for Will Schofield not say a few words about her contributions to education in Hall County and Georgia.

September 15, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


FDA regulations would keep supplements off the market

I am concerned that the FDA needs to be stopped in its recent action to circumvent the congressional 1994 Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. The FDA on July 1 has proposed funding some new regulations that will purge some of the most valuable nutritional supplements from the markets.

September 14, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: State board denies justice in murder case

After reading The Times' article regarding Tommy Lee Waldrip and the hideous crime he committed against the young Dawsonville man, Keith Evans, 23 years ago, I am still in disbelief of our so-called "justice" system.

July 24, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Support your library and the good it does a community

Another budget year and another disappointment for our library system and its patrons. Our county officials' spending on website redesign and an energy study, with unused results, instead of providing funding needed to take county agencies off of furlough toes the line of malfeasance, a word I learned from a children's picture book that I read at my library ("Olivia and the Fairy Princesses" by Ian Falconer).

July 24, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Owing a life to local doctors

I spent 60 years in newspapering in Anderson, S.C., Athens and The Atlanta Times, and 50 years in radio and television throughout the South. I write this to salute Gainesville and its vast medical community as nationally prominent in heart research. I owe my life to cardiologists there and couldn't dare name them all, but one, Dr. Jeffrey Marshall, has not only been a great doctor but a great mentor to let me pursue my career after suffering mightily.

July 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall County football is top notch

I retired from coaching after 15 seasons in the NFL. I started off coaching five seasons as a high school coach in New Mexico and in Fremont, Calif. The Hall County football teams are extremely well coached. I often stand just outside the fence watching our incredibly competent coaches work. Hall County is a perfect place for a retired coach to live if he wants high-quality football every Friday night during the high school football season.

July 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Murderers are cowards and don’t deserve a peaceful death

Here we go again, folks. Cormac J. Carney, a U.S. district judge, ruled California's death penalty unconstitutional. He called the death penalty an "empty promise that violates the Eighth Amendment's protection against cruel and unusual punishment." This was brought on by a death row inmate.

July 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall sales tax delay designed to get it passed

I vaguely remember when voting Republican meant you were virtually assured of candidates who supported policies that promoted limited government and lower taxation. Obviously, this is no longer the case.

July 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Nuclear power needed to keep state’s business climate healthy

In response to Joan King's column of July 1: I'm tired of reading and responding to her ill- and misinformed rants about nuclear power, and specifically, Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle nuclear units Nos. 3 and 4, now under construction.

July 18, 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


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