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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


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


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School boards need citizens’ review for SPLOST projects aimed at education

Hall County voters will once again go to the polls this year to renew another 1-cent sales tax. Gainesville, Buford and Hall County schools are ...

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


Media is right to focus more on facts than left or right leanings

Rebuttal to Bruce Vandiver's Aug. 21 letter: Vandiver seems to think that both liberal and conservative outlooks should be "balanced" in a news media ...

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


Many ignore facts in favor of good intentions

To Bruce Vandiver from Lula: I read your letter regarding Ron Martz's essay, your general criticism of him and other rational-thinking people with whom ...

August 25, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Tax dollars should not support group many of us resist

I appreciate The Times' willingness to publish a variety of views. Joel Mathis and I rarely agree, but I'm glad his voice is heard.

August 24, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Public may be ignorant of facts; many in power opt to hide them

In a recent letter to The Times, a Lula city councilman made the following statement: "We should have knowledge and a spiritual obligation to ...

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


GOP candidates provide a lot of entertainment, few good ideas

So Hillary's campaign is entertaining to Eddy McEntire? Have you taken a few minutes to watch the Republican clown car? Seventeen individuals, each with ...

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


Columnist’s take on ‘liberal media’ is right-wing slop

I have a few thoughts regarding Ron Martz's recent column: "Essay: Does traditional media lean left?" This is nothing but a Xerox copy of ...

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


Here’s a unique solution to reconcile abortion, capital punishment

A society that will not use its moral and legal authority to cull evil from its population is doomed to anarchy. It is not enough ...

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


Ethics, truth should matter in a president

Watching the political theater that is the Hillary Clinton campaign has been entertaining as both a comedy and as an epic horror. Comic in that ...

August 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Government should come together to serve the people

Have vanity, ideology and shortsightedness prevented us as elected officials from accomplishing the purpose that we were elected to do? Today as we watch television ...

August 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Gainesville's curb cuts area big help to wheelchair users

A huge thank you to the city of Gainesville for the curb cuts they have worked on for the last couple of weeks. The flow ...

August 20, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Church forum did not refute holy scripture

I write as one who serves a congregation in the Presbyterian Church USA to object to your bold and misleading heading for Dr. Tom Smiley ...

August 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Clergy opened their ears, hearts to cope with ever-changing world

In response to Dr. Tom Smiley's letter on the "Christianity beyond the catch phrases" forum held last week, having attended the forum and listened ...

August 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Congress must act quickly to fix disability insurance loss

A threat of far more immediate and severe consequences looms for many older and disabled Americans if Congress does not act.

August 17, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Gainesville’s residents can impose their will as active voters

This letter is in response to the article, "Pushback on change" found in the July 8 issue of The Times.

August 15, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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