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Your Views: Take time to thank teachers for their impact on our children

Our son's elementary school, Wauka Mountain Multiple Intelligences Academy, is honoring its teachers this week as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. Since this is his last year at the school, we began to reflect on all the wonderful teachers that have been a part of our lives these last six years.

May 08, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Power workers hustled to fix lines knocked down by storm

Saturday night, our power went out because a tree fell on a power line near our house. This happened shortly after 11 p.m. All night, we heard Jackson Electric workers cutting the tree and working in the pouring rain. At 6 a.m., our electricity came back on.

May 08, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Morning Wake-Up ministry offers cup of coffee and a smile

For over a year on the first and third Wednesday mornings of each month, the Wake-Up Wednesday coffee ministry has been offering free coffee, muffins and a smile!

May 03, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Political elite class has hijacked US government

Politicians have destroyed our form of government. Gone are the days when we sent a farmer, a shop keeper or the guy down the road to Washington to represent us. Now we send slick, fast-talking lawyers who become intoxicated by the wealth and power that they now have at their fingertips.

May 03, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Vision 2030 laid out workable plan for public transit

Reading "The Local Agenda" headline in Tuesday's Times, "Transit remains unknown," saddened me. In April 2012, the Rapid Transit Subcommittee within the Infrastructure Transportation Committee of VISION 2030 presented an innovative transit plan for Hall County. No government cost was involved; and the plan could be immediately implemented.

May 02, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Letters to the editor


Your Views: A salute to all local volunteers taking part in cancer study

On April 23-24, 378 Gainesville residents took action to change the face of cancer for generations to come by enrolling in the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study 3. This landmark study will take a long-term look at lifestyle, genetic and environmental factors that cause or prevent cancer, which will help the Society better understand cancer risks and causes and develop new prevention and treatment options.

May 02, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Reasonable limits on gun ownership, ammo make sense

Soon after the subject of gun control arose following the string of mass murders and the Newtown massacre. People began a gun- and ammunition-buying frenzy that will result in thousands of weapons and billions of rounds of ammo available to terrorists, criminals and mentally ill young people. The former two will have ready access to those arms by burglarizing homes, businesses and parked vehicles. Mentally ill children will have all this weaponry available from the buying and hoarding of guns by their parents.

May 01, 2013 | From staff reports | Letters to the editor


Your Views: A ‘thank you’ for return of engagement ring

Thank you to the person who found and returned my 48-year-old lost engagement ring to an employee of Northeast Diagnostic Clinic. I lost it during a visit to the clinic on April 15. After discovering the ring was missing, my first thought was that the ring fell off when I washed and dried my hands in the restroom. I collected the trash bags in each of the restrooms I had visited and reported my loss to the very caring receptionist.

April 27, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: US can’t suspend Constitution to pursue terrorists

Ominous dark clouds can be seen approaching on the horizon as America deals with the latest acts of terrorism conducted in our land. If the best we can do is to deny basic inalienable rights that were granted to us by our creator, what have we become?

April 27, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: NRA’s influence led to defeat of sensible gun bill in Senate

Due to coverage of the tragic act of terrorism last week in Boston, the failure of the U.S. Senate to pass background check legislation was not widely reported by the news media. As is usually the case, the National Rifle Association holds enough power over our elected officials with their financial resources to defeat them in the next election if they do not vote as the NRA dictates.

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


Your Views: Boston manhunt stretched the limits of US constitutional law

Am I the only one that is concerned about the forfeiture of the Fourth Amendment during the Boston manhunt?

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


Your Views: Job performance motivated some to cheat on tests

The viewpoint of Professor Lynn Stout of Cornell Law School in Sunday's Times is that the cheating scandal of the Atlanta Public Schools reveals "the dark side of offering incentives." She is really saying that test scores should not be used to measure a teacher's performance.

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


Your Views: Commissioners have no valid reason to kill Red Rabbit

The Hall County commission and others want to back out of a decadelong relationship with the Red Rabbit, the city of Gainesville, and public transportation uses. Why?

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


Your Views: Tornado took no lives, a true blessing despite heavy damage

As I write this, I'm looking out my window at the most horrendous amount of damage I have ever witnessed in my 70 years of life. On the night of April 11, we experienced the awesome power of a tornado. I knew something was about to happen; our dogs sensed something. In the period of about 90 seconds, I heard something comparable to a 747 passing over the top of our home.

April 19, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Cherokee Bluffs name for new park should be chiseled in stone

Because my family had other commitments April 15, we didn't get to the public meeting at Mulbury Park concerning Cherokee Bluffs. I wish we could have been there.

April 18, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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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


Hearts touched in Gainesville by tragedy in Charleston

The Newtown Florist Club extends our prayers and deepest expressions of care and concern to the Emanuel AME Church family and to the family of the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, his family and the families of those who died.

June 19, 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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