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Your Views: Federal sex survey is not what government should be doing

I was stunned to read in Sunday's Times that the federal government was trying to get a sex history survey answered by seventh-graders on up. Since the federal government is not in the medical field, I think a good old-fashioned Southern phrase is the best reply to that questioning: It is none of their beeswax!

May 29, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Grads, some tips on how to not be unemployable

Speaking from a rather unpleasant experience of my own, I would love to share some pointers on employment and job searching. Much of this will sound redundant but my primary focus is for those in high school or younger.

May 28, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall libraries offer programs to encourage summer readers

Summer vacation is finally here! It is also time for the Hall County Library System's Summer Reading Program.

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


Your Views: Editorial rushed to judgment, unfairly attacked president

The Times' editorial of May 19 ("Our Views: What a tangled web") demands a response, in the interest of objectivity and fair play, values which were so utterly lacking in that piece.

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


Your Views: Military heroes are a national treasure to US

To the families of the courageous men and women who served in the United States military: These veterans; our treasure in earthen vessels, these soldiers left a strong foundation for which we can stand.

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


Your Views: Push to raise Lanier’s level based on costs

In response to a concern about our push to increase the full pool of Lake Lanier to 1,073 feet: While we don't like to see public recreation areas and personal property compromised by high water levels, it is very instructive to see what the effects of 1,073 are on the surrounding lake areas.

May 22, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Administration continues to fuel an overall distrust of government

The Obama administration is at it again. According to President Barack Obama, he doesn't know half of what is going on in his administration, since he finds out things when he sees it on the news, like the IRS scandal. Then there was Benghazi, which the administration blamed on a movie instead of an organized terrorist organization. Then Hillary Clinton says "what difference does it make," like who cares?

May 22, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Campaign signs are out of place at veterans’ events

As Memorial Day approaches, I'm reminded of a disturbing trend I've noticed over the past several years. I've been serving in the U.S. Army and the Georgia Army National Guard for more than 17 years now, and the amount of support we receive from the community is very much appreciated.

May 17, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Parents have lost control of their kids, based on public behavior

Have you ever been in a department store or grocery store and felt like you were among a bunch of wild animals? I despise parents who are controlled by their children. Who is in control? Obviously, not the adults.

May 17, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Sensible gun legislation will protect our rights and safety

State Sen. Steve Gooch has emphasized the need for more work on Second Amendment rights for Georgia citizens. He correctly states that, in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the individuals right to keep and bear arms. If you wanted guns to be outlawed except for militia use or some version of that scenario, then your argument is lost.

May 16, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Raising Lanier’s full pool 2 feet now seems an unworkable idea

For the last several years, the Lake Lanier Association and several advocates, have drafted plans of action to address issues regarding the lake's delicate balance, of its water quality and the constantly fluctuating levels, not to mention all the downstream demands made on this pristine North Georgia jewel.

May 16, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall, Gainesville need an effective transit system

The Hall County Family Connection Network is a collaboration of agencies and organizations that serve families and children in Hall County. In this capacity, we write to express our concern about the future of the public transportation system in Gainesville and Hall County.

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


Your Views: Administration won’t be honest about threats facing nation

It seems we are continually confronting a threat or threats: radical Islam, economic meltdown, Obama scare, war, etc. However, one of my greatest concerns is the lack of honesty in our leaders. Their response, unfortunately, is always an effort to mislead and cover up. If I recall correctly, this administration promised to be the most transparent in our history. It appears to me we have a trust deficit much larger than our fiscal one.

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


Your Views: Left-turn ban is not best answer to city’s traffic

As you can imagine with a business that employs more than 100 people on Green Street, and one that has operated successfully on the street since 1967, we oppose the banning of left turns on Green Street as the only solution to Gainesville's traffic problem. It is a easy, knee-jerk public action but will only marginally affective in reducing the affect of traffic through our city.

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


Your Views: Citizens need guns for protection from an oppressive government

It appears that Jim Scharnagel still doesn't understand the history of this country or what our Constitution and Bill of Rights are all about. In his recent letter, he left out possibly the most important reason for maintaining an armed citizenry, namely protection from an oppressive government.

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


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Time to take our faith past catchphrases

When I was a child, I was fascinated by the liturgy and art of the Roman Catholic Church. I would sneak into the living room on Christmas Eve and watch Midnight Mass from Rome. Being raised in a Baptist church in Southeast Arkansas, it was all so foreign! But something within it resonated within me.

July 04, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Confederate flag’s heritage too often being hijacked by hate

In the midst of the current firestorm raging around the Confederate Battle Flag, intolerant, hate-filled voices demand the eradication of all things remotely associated with Confederate heritage. Quietly seeking but denied permission to be heard are the voices of reason which offer the love of Christ as the remedy for the angst afflicting American society at large.

July 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Old Glory deserves our salute from a truly united nation

On April 30, 1789, on Wall Street in New York City, the capital of the United States (at that time), Gen. George Washington had been sworn in as the first president. He and his government staff walked over to a little stone church, which is still standing today close to Ground Zero.

July 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Those of us who oppose gay marriage are in good company

As I am called a bigot, a homophobe, and other names for my stance against gay marriage, I had an awakening thought: As people call me those names, they are also calling Jesus those names since He was the one who defined marriage as being between one man and one woman.

July 03, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


God’s laws lose out to man’s in court’s ruling

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has rewritten the long-standing definition of marriage, the same-sex population and their supporters are gleeful while the rest of us are being labeled "intolerant, insensitive and hateful" for clinging to our archaic Biblical beliefs.

July 01, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Community, businesses reach out to boost key local projects

A huge thank you to BB&T for benefitting Randy and Friends through their Lighthouse Project. They spent many volunteer hours working to improve the Rooster's Perch Coffeehouse, in addition to the work space where employment and life skills are taught to adults with disabilities.

July 01, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Pope calls for a conversion of our hearts

Concerning climate change, Pope Francis' stance in his Encyclical is very clear. He stated, "A very solid scientific consensus indicates that we are presently witnessing a disturbing warming of the climatic system," and "scientific studies indicate that most global warming is due to the great concentration of greenhouse gases released mainly as a result of human activity. Climate change is a global problem with grave implications."

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


County needs to focus on justice, not just low taxes

I wanted to attend the Hall County budget meetings but couldn't. This is what I would have said:

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


LGBT coalition shouldn’t force its agenda on the rest of us

The 2 percent, or less, of our population identified as LGBT are not being picked on. Rather, their bullying is being resisted. Nobody cares what other people are doing relationally in the privacy of their homes (no bomb building, please). We do care how our children are educated and about our Biblical values such as sanctity of marriage.

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


Brother salutes columnist's salute to dad

I have lots of words regarding Dick's column regarding our dad, but think only one is appropriate: Amen!

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


Charleston tragedy is a command to teach kindness

Last week, our country and our community received a command, not merely a call. We must reach deep inside our hearts and heads to find ways to reach people before they become unreachable, such as the young man responsible for the tremendous tragedy in Charleston.

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


Giving and sharing come in the form of welcome $2 bills

My thanks go out to the dapper, white-haired gentleman who gave my grandsons two special gifts Sunday morning in the IHOP restaurant in Gainesville.

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


Your Views: Roosevelt Square doesn’t need fixing

The other day I read a small notice that our illustrious city council was considering "improving the square." I had lunch at the square the other day, sat outside and had a nice time just looking. I found the square looked very nice - nothing needs to be done.

June 11, 2015 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Instead of politicizing Jesus, why not just follow his way of living?

Just like the Roman emperor Constantine did 1800 years ago, the "powers that be" continue to politicize Jesus for their own personal gain. And Christians continue to be vulnerable. Traditional theology hasn't helped much.

June 10, 2015 | | 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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