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Your Views: Welfare unfairness; give money to those who need it at home

I am so tired of knowing people who are getting welfare, disability and food stamps. I have knowledge of many who are getting these benefits and worst of all, I know of people who need it and are not getting it.

June 20, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: There also are many deserters here at home

It looks increasingly likely that Bowe Bergdahl is a deserter. He is not the only one; let me explain.

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


Your Views: Carbon pollution standards won’t hurt economy but will clean our air

I was surprised by the strident tone of the June 8 editorial which discussed the president's recently announced goal to cut carbon pollution from power plants by 30 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.

June 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall is a great place, but some in government becoming arrogant

Recent letters to the editor, general discussions by citizens and my own experience and observations regarding Hall County government cause me to believe arrogance and a measure of incompetence are creeping into some areas, specifically the offices of the tax commissioner and the tax assessor.

June 14, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Vegas shooting shows why those who are armed must remain wary

In her Thursday article, "Armed, dangerous and dead," Kathleen Parker appears to be making a case for why we should not carry guns. I am not going to dispute her reasoning here, but rather, I see the subject matter to be a possible teachable moment.

June 14, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: SWAT raid was tragic example of police overkill

Reading Bimbo Brewer's letter, I agree there's no way to minimize the tragedy in which a child was critically injured by a flash-bang device used in a no-knock drug raid on a Habersham county home.

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


Your Views: SWAT raid was tragic example of police overkill

Reading Bimbo Brewer's letter, I agree there's no way to minimize the tragedy in which a child was critically injured by a flash-bang device used in a no-knock drug raid on a Habersham county home.

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


Your Views: Penalizing lakefront taxpayers another ‘tax the rich’ example

Singling out homeowners that live on the lake is yet another example of the discriminatory practices ongoing, not only in Hall County, but also in America today.

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


Your Views: Public open carry needs to keep everyone’s safety in mind

When I read the open carry law, I didn't realize what an effect it would have on me. We were in a fast-food restaurant and I saw a daddy with three small children. On his hip was a large-caliber semi-automatic pistol in a quick-draw holster.

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


Your Views: Times’ profile of female pilot an inspiring tale for everyone

A big thank you to The Times for the Monday profile of Gladys Lacey Jones. This lady represents the women who inspired me as a child. I wanted to fly more than anything else in the world but settled for med school, another of those venues where finding a woman was a surprise.

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


Your Views: Obama’s pattern is shift blame or assume credit

President Barack Obama is consistent. After the "Fast and Furious" disaster in which a border guard was killed, he claimed former President George W. Bush was responsible. Obama lied.

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


Your Views: Don’t tell me millage rate isn’t an increase if I pay more taxes

I was mad as hell after reading the June 5 article, "County ponders tax hike." Hall County Commissioner Jeff Stowe was quoted as saying, "In my opinion, I don't see it as a tax increase when you keep your millage rate exactly the same."

June 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall leaders adopt same old philosophy of tax-and-spend

I moved to Hall County many years ago to escape the outrageous "tax and spend" mentality of the Atlanta and DeKalb area governments. I now find myself looking around to escape the outrageous "tax and spend" mentality of the Hall County government.

June 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Taxes go up on lake lot with no dock, house on it

I received my new tax assessment. I opened it and nearly passed out. I have 0.4 acres of land that abuts Corps property. It is not dockable (I had the Corps come out a few years ago to see about putting dock in) because it is too far from the lake and you risk your life trying to get there.

June 07, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Times’ co-founder offers her thanks, best wishes to retiring publisher

Dennis Stockton is resigning after 10 years as publisher of The Times. I would like to write an open letter describing what Dennis has meant to the paper, its coverage, and the area as a whole.

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


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Your Views: Legality of assisted suicide in Montana remains in the courts

I disagree with Joan King that assisted suicide, which she refers to by the euphemism "aid in dying," is legal in Montana.

August 30, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Islamic State proving to be no ‘JV squad’

Never in our history has our commander in chief been more concerned about telling our enemies what he's not going to do rather than taking the advice of his experienced defense and military advisers.

August 30, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Why should tax money go to fix up mall?

Did I really read that correctly? Are Hall County and Gainesville really considering giving taxpayers' monies to spruce up Lakeshore Mall? (story here)

August 28, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Automated essay scoring could lead to high-tech ways to fool it

As a writing teacher at UNG, I spend a great deal of time during the summer and into August thinking about the incoming group of students I will be closely working with during the fall semester. Currently, I have been thinking a lot about how much of my students' writing has been graded by a computer and not a human, an unfortunate reality in this era of high-stakes testing.

August 28, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Blue Cross, Health System need to work out a deal to benefit all

It is beyond my understanding the disagreement going on between Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia and Northeast Georgia Health System. (story here) This sounds to me like there is a personality problem somewhere. If both parties are committed to reaching an agreement, I suggest starting negotiations with new people.

August 28, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Judge Jolliff has served well

I would like to tell Judge Cliff Jolliff how much I appreciate and respect him. Having been in his court a few times, I could see his main concern was the welfare of the children involved in all court cases. I could also see how difficult it was for him to deal with many difficult custody cases. I would not want to have that responsibility for any amount of money.

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


Your Views: Carson may be the healer nation needs

I have seen many decades roll by like a flash in my lifetime. As I reflect on them, I can't remember a time when we were in such dire need of leadership. If we continue to travel the road we are now traveling our destination is doom.

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


Your Views: Ice bucket challenges could do more harm in the long run

I saw the pictures in Tuesday's paper (Aug. 19) depicting Brenau University participating in the ALS ice bucket challenge. I was very upset to see this type of behavior being promoted as a fundraiser by ALS or Brenau.

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Columnist’s rant on hyphens might have cost him a reader

Re: Ruben Navarrette Jr. column in The Times on Tuesday: "Who's afraid of a little ol' hyphen?" Over elapsed time, I have considered this person's articles as relatively coherent. What happened?

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Who can pray? Everyone can

We shouldn't be told when and where we can pray. If a person doesn't like it, then they should stay home. We Christians also have our right to pray. God runs this world, not a few people who do not believe in God.

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Planning group seems a waste

Why do we have a Gainesville-Hall Metropolitan Planning Organization? Anyone should know you can't take funding from one road project to another. Does this group do anything to help get roads improved? I see this group as a waste of money and time.

August 23, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Prayers’ foes spark outrage, then a blessing

The flak over folks praying at Chestatee High School is one of those good news/bad news situations.

August 20, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Environmental groups trump up fears over energy

Was Bruce Vandiver's letter last week in The Times a scare tactic? I don't know. I do know that environmentalists often employ such tactics.

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


Your Views: Humanists have no place telling us who can pray

To Monica Miller of the American Humanist Association: As a resident of Hall County let me say that I am deeply offended by your organization's threat of legal action against Chestatee High School.

August 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Schools were safer when prayer was still allowed in classrooms

When I was a boy in my lower grades at Candler Elementary School on Candler Road, we said our blessing before leaving our classroom going to lunch. Every so often, these people would come to the school in the lunchroom, and Bible verses we learned we would be able to say and be rewarded with a book marker or sometimes a little Bible testament.

August 16, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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