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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


Your Views: Columnist’s facts on gun laws off base

In her article, "Can we always tell 'bad guys?'" Joan King makes a number of assertions that are put forward as fact, when they are anything but.

March 27, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: State officials do little to help those in need

We should be so ever grateful for our public officials and legislative representatives because of their intelligence, caring about citizens' health and safety, and giving us more freedoms than we have ever had before.

March 26, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: UNG’s budget ‘savings’ were misleading after previous increase

Noted American author and raconteur Mark Twain was fond of saying that there were three types of lies, the worst of the three being statistics. It seems clear that this "worst" category would apply to the recent article headed "Merging UNG saved 1.1 percent of budget" according to a Times lead story (March 16).

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


Your Views: Substance abuse during pregnancy is a risk community should address

We are both seniors at Gainesville High School and members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. In FCCLA, we participate in competitions called STAR Events designed to build our leadership, community service and career skills.

March 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Friendship Road deal is fishy

So the Georgia Department of Transportation has to wait on widening roads. Hmm. I wonder who knows the right DOT folks to get Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway and Friendship Road moved to the top of the list? Smells a little.

March 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Law to limit slowpokes in left lane a good idea, not ‘weird’

In reference to Dick Yarbrough's comment about "left-lane lollygaggers:" Mr. Yarbrough, I want to start off by saying your article was a bit hard to follow because you were going off on a tangent about state reps passing what you call "weird laws."

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


Your Views: Dual roles for 1st responders can stretch emergency personnel too thin

I would like to comment on some issues discussed in a letter written by Gene Cobb of Gainesville in Saturday's Times: Communities that have tried using "dual use" firefighters and police officers usually return to the traditional model of delivering emergency services after a short period of time. It just doesn't work.

March 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: No-tax pledges can’t account for economic slumps, funding cuts

I am writing to oppose the request by a political party that candidates pledge not to raise taxes. While everyone would like to avoid raising taxes, we cannot predict a necessity to do so. For example, we cannot forecast the financial support the state legislature will provide for education. In fact, for a number of years in the past, that support was decreased, forcing some school systems to raise local taxes.

March 12, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Tax hikes on lake properties raises concerns

Trepidation would be a good word to describe my feeling following the reading of "Lake dwellers should brace for higher property values" in The Times (Sunday). Perhaps I overreacted to what I perceived was a slight adversarial tone in the article presented by the author and chief appraiser or just my recent elevated lack of trust in government.

March 12, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Law enforcement needs to work harder to avoid traffic jams

I have a question. One day between 8:30 and 9, with a normal rush morning for people to get to work, Longstreet Bridge on Cleveland Highway was blocked both ways, north and south, by a stalled car in the south lane. Not a wreck, a stalled car. Sitting behind it was a state patrol car equipped with a large bumper that I assume could be used for pushing other cars.

March 08, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama’s failures should lead GOP to impeach him

As a progressive Democrat, I'm sick of President Barack Obama. I'm not talking about the promise of what he might have been, but the reality of what he actually is. Five years of observation and disappointment have led me to conclude we were fooled or suckered into electing a man who has proven to be the second coming of G.W. Bush.

March 06, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Evolution theorists fail to see how a Creator designed life

There has been some discussion of late on the editorial page concerning the origins of life. We either created ourselves or we have a Creator. The difference of view boils down to presuppositions.

March 06, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Road salt can wash off into waterways, kill wildlife

I would like to remind the people of one of the problems of the past ordeal of the ice and snow, one that goes unnoticed. In fact, one of several that goes unnoticed: The great amounts of salt and sand put out over so great an area so quickly once a snowstorm hits an area.

March 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Daylight saving time causes more problems than it solves

The continuing fiasco of daylight saving time use is long past justification. Economic cost due to associated problems, confusion, schedule disruption, etc., exceed any savings.

March 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Renewing driver’s license shouldn’t be such an ordeal

Where did that five years go? Time to renew my driver's license. At least I did remember this time.

April 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: More lies from the White House over voting case investigations

Here we go again, folks. A couple days ago, President Barack Obama spoke to an Al Sharpton audience spewing more lies that the GOP is trying to stop people from voting by requiring them to show an ID. Lie, lie, lie.

April 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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


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