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Your Views: Courthouse security practices raise some questions, concerns

I recently served on the Hall County grand jury and am very concerned about security there. We male jurors had to empty our pockets and take off our belts. The women had to send their pocketbooks through the scanner. The law enforcement men and women who testified before the grand jury had to leave their weapons in lockup.

February 06, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: We all can do our part to pick up litter, clean up community

There is a cost to having a littered community. I appreciate those who become another set of eyes, making us aware of where our worst littered areas are. I am grateful to all those who care enough about our Hall County community and assist us in the eradication of litter. You are much appreciated by so many.

February 05, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Climate change fears are aimed to undermine private industry

Ted Hinds' letter in The Times last Saturday was right on target, but the global warming alarmists don't want to see it.

February 02, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Blending families requires plenty of patience, love

In reference to Tuesday's story "Seeking marital solace:" Stacey Reece was married to my daughter, Lydia Oglesby (who herself was a Belle of the Ball candidate finishing in fourth place) for about 20 years, and they gave me a grandson, Andrew Reece, who graduated with honors from West Georgia College in Carrollton (we were there). Also a granddaughter, Morgan Reece, who as a senior was the Belle of the Charity Ball (setting a record for a candidate's fundraising with more than $104,000) and now is a freshman at the University of North Greenville, S.C., on a ...

January 30, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: To fix Hall County's litter problem, go to the source

So Gainesville's streets are choked with litter and garbage. The proposed solution is to have nonviolent prisoners walk along the highways and pick up after the pigs that caused the problem in the first place. What a concept.

January 28, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Longstreet Society is a resource Gainesville community can use

Last week The Times ran articles concerning MLK Jr. Boulevard and tourism on the square. The Longstreet Society stands in a unique position relative to both of these community resources. We own one of Gainesville's oldest and most historic buildings, Lt. Gen. Longstreet's Piedmont Hotel at the corner of MLK and Maple.

January 28, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Evidence shows earth was warmer 1,000 years ago than it is today

Well, the global warmers are at it again, with half-truths and distortions. A recent Associated Press article stated, "2014 considered the warmest year on record," and ended with this: "'Temperatures have risen by about 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-19th century and pre-industrial times,' said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies."

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


Your Views: Many still don’t get it; only bad guys are to blame for their deaths

In regards to the article in the Jan. 16 paper "Coming together," people still don't get it. The death of Michael Brown was only preventable by Michael Brown. No one forced him to rob the store, assault the clerk, and then resist arrest by fighting with the police officer trying to get his gun.

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


Your Views: Thieves took more than a ring; they stole a couple’s special moment

The gift certificate read "Coupon good for: A special date night, including dinner for two, a private flight for two. A romantic evening spent together!"

January 23, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Use more nonviolent offenders to pick up litter along roadsides

I totally agree with Mike Coley's and George J. Roshau's views that were printed last Friday about the growing trash on the roadways. I sent the same concerns to my county commissioner last summer stating that there used to be a slogan - Keep Hall Beautiful - but it seems that Hall is getting dirtier everyday, so maybe it should be changed to "Hall Is Dirty," and let's see how long we can keep it that way.

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


Your Views: Innocent people don’t riot, loot

I would like to add my 2 cents worth to Steven David Smith's letter in Saturday's paper, which was in reference to Eugene F. Elander's letter in Thursday's paper. Both letters were about the rioting and alleged police brutality in Ferguson, Mo. I would submit to Mr. Elander that innocent people don't rob stores and burn and loot businesses which people have worked hard to get.

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


Your Views: Live streaming opera showings one of city’s best kept secrets

For several years I have been attending the live stream productions of New York's Metropolitan Opera at our local theater. To say it is one of the arts communities best kept secrets is an understatement.

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


Your Views: Laws against littering are clear; let’s help enforce them

I'm glad to hear so many of our residents are bothered by the litter problem in Gainesville and Hall County. After reading the letters, I did some research on Georgia laws against dumping and littering.

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


Your Views: Congratulations to Woodard on statewide appointment

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to Hall County Solicitor-General Stephanie D. Woodard on her appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal as a new member of the State Commission on Family Violence.

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


Your Views: Yes, all lives matter, but so does the law

Many times the opinions expressed in our local periodicals evoke the thoughtful consideration of the ideas presented, as well as constructive debate of these ideas. However, the letter by Eugene F. Elander on Thursday presents some statements that must be challenged; not based on political affiliation, or on racial bias, or any reason other than the fact that the United States is a nation based on the rule of law.

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


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Your Views: A baker’s dozen buzzwords we ought to banish

Many people are like sheep concerning buzzwords. One participates and the rest follow the herd. Eventually, a buzzword becomes annoying, trite and ready for banishment.

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


Your Views: Future sales tax votes should be on fall ballots

The front page headline Sunday in The Times read "Where have all the voters gone?" Let's go back just a few months to the fall of 2014 when midterm elections were in the news. Recall The Times writing about how politicians in Hall County were concerned that SPLOST VII would not be passed by voters for a seventh time if SPLOST VII was placed on the November 2014 ballot?

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


Your Views: Bullying is hurtful at any age, even when aimed at principal

I read with concern the two recent items in The Times regarding alleged bullying at Myers Elementary (March 7 article, March 19 letter to the editor). Quite honestly, I was confused; I thought perhaps I had read the name of the school incorrectly, and even more confused when I read the principal involved in the articles. I started shaking my head, thinking,"Are you kidding me? Are they really accusing Beth Hudgins of dealing improperly with a situation so potentially hurtful?"

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


Your Views: Myers Elementary principal is a ‘rare gem’ in handling students

I am writing in response to the article, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville" of March 7. It saddened me to read such negative words about Beth Hudgins.

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


Your Views: America should take care of its own needy first

I recently read in The Times, and I was not really surprised, what sweet idea America has now: Tens of thousands of immigrant children are allowed here, in the good old u.s.a. via Florida.

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


Your Views: Erasing the color line would make for a better world

Amidst the horror and grief of Selma and Ferguson, I heard a tender story that I would like to share with our readers.

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


Your Views: GOP senators need to stop spewing hate

Mary Drummer is right on about Georgia's senators being wrong to have sent a letter to Iran. They are certainly overstepping their place and proving once again that they, of the Republican party, are incapable of sensibly leading this country's government.

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


Your Views: Principal at Myers Elementary is qualified to keep bullying incidents in check

I am writing in response to the article from March 7, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville." As a parent of a child in elementary school, the subject is concerning to me. However, I am not worried at all because my child goes to Myers Elementary School. I'm not worried because I have 100 percent faith in my son's teacher and his principal to do the right thing for my child, and those in his class.

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


Your Views: Housing market still is pointed upward this year in Hall County

There have been some recent headlines about home sales falling. Those headlines are misleading. Housing sales look different from one month to another and from one quarter to another.

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


Your Views: Backers of tax vote should be truthful

If Hall County government/Chamber of Commerce/Hall Progress 2015 could be truthful about the SPLOST, the following is what they would say:

March 17, 2015 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Georgia senators wrong to bypass president with letter to Iran

Sens. Isakson and Perdue: As your constituent, I am writing to tell you how dismayed I am at your act of signing a letter to Iran, a foreign enemy country and its leaders, while our president is conducting diplomatic negotiations along with our allies to reduce, verify and contain Iran's nuclear program.

March 13, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Carbon tax plan is a win for the economy and for environment

While there are frequent conflicts between what is good for the environment and what is good for the economy, the carbon fee and dividend plan proposed by the Citizens Climate Lobby is a refreshing exception.

March 13, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Printed legal ads are still useful

The General Assembly considering removing legal ads from the legal county newspaper? No! Some folks don't have or can't use computers. Just cut out something on the useless list. Legal ads are on the useful list, I think.

March 13, 2015 | Letter to the editor | 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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