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Your Views: It’s easy to find ‘experts’ who will contradict science

From his Oct. 18 letter, W.T. Hinds' intelligence and education seem to be considerably higher but his prejudiced thinking and disdain for science are on a par with those of Rep. Paul Broun (regrettably from Georgia).

October 23, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Bicycle rules should be followed, and drivers should plan better

I attended the "tax the bikes" meeting Oct. 7. It was a fairly large crowd and I had to sit toward the rear of the room, so I wasn't able to hear everything being said. But there was a gentleman (I assume) not in favor of the attempt to register bicycles with a tax (or should we say a registration fee?) applied. He seemed to be making some favorable comments according to the crowd's reactions.

October 19, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Rape Response still is expanding services to help assault survivors

In December 1988, Rape Response opened its doors to offer help to survivors of sexual assault in Hall and Habersham counties. The service area now also includes Dawson, White and Lumpkin counties.

October 19, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: New health insurance program leaves some of us on the outside

I am confused. I finally got on marketplace to see what kind of health insurance my sister and I (I am her guardian; she has no income) can get. I live on a fixed income; my husband is terminally ill and my sister is mentally challenged. I found out we are too poor to have to get health insurance, so we are exempt and do not pay a penalty. But we are not elderly, physically challenged, pregnant and make a little too much to get Medicaid (Georgia chose not to participate in new Medicaid program).

October 18, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Science used to make the case for global warming is purely political

Do not accept uncritically the language found in the newly released report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report to the United Nations. The project is political in nature, not scientific.

October 18, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: US can learn economic lessons from Europeans

Americans should be willing to learn from other societies and other groups. For example, too many of us arrogantly assume Europe has nothing good to teach us. They assume higher taxes for the rich and safety nets for the poor hinder economic progress.

October 14, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Federal shutdown is the result of scorched-earth political policy

I understand the frustration Sherri Holcombe expressed in her recent letter. I'm also frustrated and disappointed with President Barack Obama and Congress. That said, financial shutdown of our government is not the answer.

October 12, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Plan to license cyclists was a bad idea by state lawmakers

Give me a break. Licensing bike riders? Here is another piece of irrational legislation proposed by our very own Hall County representatives. I find it hard to understand the mindset of Reps. Carl Rogers, Lee Hawkins and Emory Dunahoo in their proposal that would require bicycles to be registered and have a license plate - oh, and pay an annual fee.

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


Your Views: Ending party affiliations may make leaders more responsive

This country has become so polarized as a nation that we can no longer function as Americans, but must act as Democrats or Republicans. The politicians are so controlled by their parties that they either play along or they are marked and their party support goes to their upcoming opponent.

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


Your Views: Ronda Rich’s columns are a delight

I would just like to say how blessed you are to have Ronda Rich in your paper. I have all of her books and met her when she spoke at Mount Bethel United Methodist Church in Marietta. She is a very charming and very talented lady and very much the example of a Southern woman. I look forward to enjoying many more of her delightful stories.

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


Your Views: Federal programs are still needed to help those with no other options

Re: "Fed programs have replaced voluntary aid," letter of Oct. 7: David Long feels that the federal government has taken over the things that we should do to help our fellow man. He hopes that men are good enough to do the right thing for one another without any government intervention.

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


Your Views: Government shutdown is a small price to halt runaway spending

I was walking through the mall and I realized something: I no longer notice the overweight and obese people, but I notice those who are slim. They are the exception now rather than the rule. Over indulgence and obesity have become commonplace and accepted.

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


Your Views: Voters will make our leaders pay at polls for their disrespect

A word to all incumbents in the U.S. Congress and to all incumbent officeholders: Come election time, we will remember how callously and harshly you have treated us, your constituents.

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


Your Views: Gainesville right to delay support of Glades project

Congratulations to the Gainesville City Council for postponing any action to support and fund the long-proposed and ever-changing Glades Reservoir. The council is smart to pause and ask important questions before committing support for Hall County's $14.5 million application to the Governor's Water Supply Program at the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority.

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


Your Views: Cabinet secretary should pay dearly for debacle at memorial

Under the guise of the federal government shutdown, the U.S. Interior Department went beyond the pale last week when it closed (or attempted to close) the World War II Memorial in Washington.

October 09, 2013 | 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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