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Your Views: Taxing us twice to fund buses is not justified

A Times reader argued recently that we taxpayers should not let the Hall County commissioners "double transportation taxes on the poor and elderly."

May 10, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Drastic cuts to Medicaid are a painful way to balance budget

My teenage daughter has learned the value in preparing for an exam. She understands that preparation begins early on, not while cramming on the eve of a big test. If my child understands the need to thoroughly study and absorb the material, I think our state decision makers should follow suit as it evaluates and restructures Medicaid for the 1.7 million Georgians who currently receive benefits.

May 05, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Parties should unite, accept Bowles-Simpson Report on debt

Regarding the size of government, taxes and spending, both parties mostly just spout label babble. It is reminiscent of a World War II wind-up toy with a clockspring motor emitting annoying mechanical noises.

May 05, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Columnists took a cheap shot at Catholic church

Dear Cokie and Steve Roberts: Your column, "Religious knuckle-rappers go after women" (April 28) was yet another anti-Catholic, "hit-em-below-the-belt" and "kick them while they're down" diatribe.

May 04, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Plan to raise Hall bus rates would harm the poor, elderly

I've been following the discussions on raising fees for the Red Rabbit. The Hall County commission vote will be either 3-2 in favor or 3-2 against. It's that close. But only on the commission.

May 04, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Teach children how to avoid taunting dogs

While the well-thought-out article in Sunday's Times regarding dangerous dogs made some excellent points (the need to socialize and train dogs, the cruelty of keeping dogs chains, the fallacy of discriminating against one breed) it left out one vital one: The need to educate, supervise and control children.

May 03, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Retiring teachers shouldn’t get first crack at open positions

The economy is in bad shape, a lot of people are unemployed and help is needed for them to find jobs in which they are prepared. I noticed that many teachers are considering retiring this year in Hall County since the retirement system is making a change in policy (The Times, April 26) for future retirees.

May 03, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Bridge to nowhere another misstep by Gainesville leaders

I love it, love it, love it! Not enough money to paint the train, but the bridge to nowhere seem to have loads of money. For a possible site of offices and a hotel. When? I guess in 2025.

May 02, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: No better time than today to pray for nation

What better time to pray? Our country is in the midst of the process of electing a president and Congress members for the next four years. Our servicemen and women are deployed in the very dangerous countries of Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other parts of the world. The economy of our country is teetering on collapse. Our state and community are struggling to work through the difficulties caused by the weakened economy.

April 30, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: We need a leader to represent everyone, not just his party

Now that the election rosters are being resolved, get ready. We are about to be exposed to the worst money can buy. The purpose: to inundate voters with anything and everything that will compromise the thought process.

April 30, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Deadly Ga. 365 crossroads needs to be made safer

Even before our neighbor, Casey Turpin, was killed at the intersection of Ga. 365 and Howard Road, my husband and I referred to that intersection as the intersection of death. Trying to cross or enter Ga. 365 there is to take your life in your hands.

April 28, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Traffic light is needed where Ga. 365, Howard Road intersect

The Georgia Department of Transportation must install a traffic light at the Howard Road/Ga. 365 intersection. Every day I pass this section of road coming to work and going home. Every day, patrons of Racetrac and the YMCA jet out into traffic moving at speeds of at least 65 mph, holding and drinking hot coffee, not paying attention, congregating in the median, desperate to get back on the road.

April 28, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Justice for Trayvon should be decided by a jury of his peers

The black community was understandably outraged about what happened to Trayvon Martin. But I always thought that the main point of the protests and public outcry seeking "justice" was that the killing needed to be properly investigated and the shooter arrested.

April 26, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall commission needs fresh slate of capable leaders

Trying to implement a new policy for public speaking during work sessions was a valiant effort by Craig Lutz - sadly the first and probably only thing beneficial he's contributed to the county during his stay as commissioner.

April 26, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Dangerous intersections on Ga. 365 must be addressed

It is a shame that the DOT has allowed Ga. 365 to become a killing zone because the intersections where side roads dump crossing and left-turn traffic onto a four-lane, 65 mph highway do not meet the criterion for a traffic light.

April 26, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Ga. legislators let corporate lobbyists write, vote on laws

Well, what do you know? A reporter for Channel 11 news caught up with some Georgia legislators holed up in a swanky corporate resort holding private meetings where laws are made behind closed doors in Savannah, and also in Las Vegas, Nev., and protected by armed guards. These legislators, along with lobbyists from corporations, vote on legislation apparently to give some corporations an advantage in the marketplace.

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


Tell your federal representatives to vote ‘no’ on deal for fast-track trade

After every lie, every crime against the American people, every crime against the world. After opening Americas borders to terrorists, criminals and beggars. After allying with al-Qaida and other sworn enemies of the American people. After bankrupting the U.S. government. After impoverishing the American middle class. After making a mockery of the U.S. Constitution. And after way more that we can list here, both Georgia U.S. senators, David Perdue and Johnny Isakson, trust President Barack Obama to hand U.S. sovereignty over to a corporate world government.

May 28, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


‘Pro-life,’ ‘pro-choice’ labels don’t work with every situation

The piece by Professor Douglas Young in Monday's paper is typical of current political techniques to reduce a complicated issue to a two-word catch phrase: "pro choice" vs. "pro life."

May 28, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: UNG professor’s column adds to hostile rhetoric

After reading Douglas Young's guest column Monday, I have a few thoughts to share. Dr. Young once described his role as moderator of the Politically Incorrect Club at the Gainesville campus of the University of North Georgia as that of "devil's advocate." I wonder if this concept governs the tone of his recent article.

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


Your Views: When the world seems out of control, time to see divine help

The planet is just about to spin out of control, don't you think? And, riding on it, we and our country are not doing much of anything to bring it under control even if we could.

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


Your Views: New red light is not designed to ease traffic

Wal-Mart's new store on Thompson Bridge might have friendly words "Neighborhood Market" on its sign, but "Neighborhood Racket" would be a better name. A racket is an organized immoral activity for extortion; a dishonest scheme, trick, business or activity.

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


Your Views: A Memorial Day tribute: ‘Vessels’ made everything possible for us

To the families of military veterans, men and women from every branch of the United States military and Merchant Marines on whose shoulders we now stand tall: We pause to remember that they paid the ultimate price for our freedom in country, community and family, safety and security.

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


Your Views: Home-schooled students aren’t missing out on a great education

I thought someone might respond to Judy Manke's letter of May 2, but since I haven't seen a response, I feel compelled to provide one.

May 21, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Friendship Road work is frustrating, even if it’s a benefit in the long term

Ah, don't you just love the sights and sounds of spring? The dew on the ground, the trees and flowers budding, and the fresh morning air? What a way to start your day!

May 20, 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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