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Your Views: Voting glitch is another setback in public’s trust of government

I've never quite understood the national debate about getting government out of our bedrooms until election night 2013.

November 13, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Halloween on square was a treat

I want to thank the awesome businesses around the Gainesville square who handed out candy on Halloween. Your generosity made it a very festive experience for many children and adults, including myself and my two little superhero grandsons! Thank you very much!

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


Your Views: Immigration reform would boost economy

Citizens are concerned about the economy, the deficit and the decline of family values. Fixing our broken immigration system is a way to address these concerns in a positive way. Immigration reform will have a positive effect on our economy.

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


Your Views: Lions Club seeks support for Children’s Theater fundraiser

I want to take this opportunity to thank the Gainesville-Hall County community and even surrounding counties for their support of the Gainesville Lions Club. You have bought our mops and brooms, donated to our White Cane project which pays for eye surgeries and you have contributed to our fundraising endeavors over the years. The community we serve is the community that supports us.

November 07, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: GOP behavior will come back to haunt party

Even with America's present distractions, problems and challenges, and Republicans' utter failure on the budget standoff, Republicans cannot be counted on to behave sensibly with the next budget negotiations. There are many things, however, which favor this not happening, the major one being the proximity of next year's elections.

November 07, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: College’s former president thankful for community’s ongoing support

I believe I have written three letters to The Times over the years, one in which I tried to make the case that public schools can not do it alone and must have the support of the larger community in meeting the challenging needs and demands placed upon it.

November 05, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama’s place in history set by legacy of lies

As I survey the political landscape, I see what an unmitigated mess our country is in. I keep saying to myself this is all a terrible nightmare. Unfortunately, it is not a nightmare but reality.

November 04, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Health care mess shows we can’t spend our way to solutions

President John F. Kennedy said, "My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."

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


Your Views: Elected officials need to be held accountable to public

Your editorial this past Sunday was a perfect example of what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they spoke of the need for a free press in our country. We need to know when our elected officials take their election as permission to disregard their obligation to conduct the people's business in an open manner and as part of the public record.

October 30, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: GHSA needs to level playing field in prep sports

You hear it all the time when you play Buford or Gainesville: "I just hope no one gets hurt."

October 30, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Americans need to be aware how our leadership is failing us

U.S. Rep. Allen Grayson of Florida compared the tea party to the KKK. I don't remember hearing anything about any tea party personnel hanging or beating any black folks, burning crosses or running around in white sheets.

October 26, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Gun shops near school raise concern

I am concerned about the opening of a new gun dealership very near Gainesville High School. From the door of the store to the GHS gymnasium measures about 900 feet. This new gun store is not the only gun store near GHS. If you go just a bit further down John Morrow Parkway, you will find another gun dealership.

October 26, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Cities learning convention sites often become bad investments

On Oct. 17, The Times wrote that Gainesville city officials are analyzing a proposal to fund a hotel and convention center that might possibly generate some jobs and revenue.

October 25, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Science backing climate change is tricky but valid

Re: "Science used...purely political," Friday's Times: The critic of Joan King's editorial claims that the "science" in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is "purely political." The latest report from the IPCC is not complete, but parts of it may be found at Internet sources, and I took the opportunity to look over it. It's actually pretty dense with scientific reporting, and fairly dispassionate. I found nothing to merit the charge of "political ... not scientific."

October 24, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: There’s no denying how science describes global warming

The letter by W.T. Hinds in The Times on Friday cannot be permitted to stand unanswered. His inaccurate and distorted description of this year's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report is breathtaking.

October 24, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Lula could use new blood, more reasonable rules

It is my hope that some new blood on the Lula City Council will bring an end to silly regulations like the one requiring a resident to pay a fee and to get the city's approval in order to have a yard sale on his own property. I know that part of the fee is refundable if the yard-saler cleans up his property to an inspector's satisfaction after the sale.

April 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Racism is used by Democrats to demonize their political foes

There is hardly a day that goes by when Democrats fail to use the term "racism" in some sort of capacity regarding conservatives. It is the current buzz word that they hope will keep them relevant in upcoming elections since they have very little else to hang their hat on: the train wreck of Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS scandal, Lois Lerner, endless executive actions without congressional approval, and the list goes on.

April 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Patriots to gather May 16 in DC to support constitutional ideals

As Georgia patriots and members of Patriots for America, we are reaching out to all Georgians about the event "Operation American Spring" that is scheduled to begin in Washington on May 16.

April 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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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