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Your Views: There’s no excuse not to prepare for natural disasters

After Sept. 11 and Hurricane Katrina, we have believed that every major city, every state and the federal government has a disaster relief plan in place to respond to emergencies that we have come to anticipate.

December 08, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obesity plagues poor because healthier food is more costly

Clearly Sharon Fowler is unaware of the cause of obesity among the poor in our society. In many of the "poor" communities, grocery stores are not available, and fresh produce is nonexistent. Instead, calorie-laden food is available at a low cost.

December 08, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Commissioners ignored residents with landfill vote

The vision of Hall County promises that its residents will reside in "a model community that promotes sustainable quality of life by partnering with citizens and businesses to make a community of choice for living, working and leisure."

December 07, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Line for heating bill help was revealing

If you watched television news Tuesday morning, you would understand why President Barack Obama was re-elected. The line for free money to pay heating bills was at least a double block long.

December 07, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hateful letter was contrary to Christianity

I am an avid reader of The Times and usually enjoy reading it daily. However, I am appalled at the letter published Saturday, written by Lamar Wilbanks. He professes to be such a devout Christian and yet had written such hateful, toxic bigotry, which is totally counter to the teachings of Jesus.

December 06, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Salvation Army fundraising effort a worthy cause for those in need

I'd like to commend the gentleman who planned to stand on top of Slack's to raise the $10,000 for the Salvation Army. I've always donated to the annual Christmas fundraiser and thanked the people who took time and effort to stand out in the cold or rain to ring the bells.

December 06, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Those outside of city don’t want extra taxes from annexation

The city of Gainesville is up to its same old dirty tricks. Its leaders failed in their scam annexation attempts a couple of years ago, and now they're trying again. They've shrewdly set their "public hearings" for times when impacted business owners cannot attend to look in their faces and register outrage publicly. The City Council also has done its very best to minimize awareness that meetings are even being held on Monday.

December 05, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: System to elect mayor could help Gainesville grow

My expressed opinion from a recent newspaper article in The Times concerning the at-large voting process claim versus elected mayor and city form of government:

December 05, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Wrong vote cast would have been a despicable act

While I was casting my vote at the recent presidential election, I realized how easy it would have been for me to punch the wrong button and select the wrong candidate, and about the possibility of not being able to correct the error I had made and therefore, God forbid, my vote had counted.

December 01, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Election sends US away from freedom, closer to socialism

I have been grieving since the morning of Nov. 7. It is not because of the re-election of President Barack Obama. His election to another term of office is really insignificant in the big picture. His only legacy will be leaving the nation more racially divided than when he took office.

November 28, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Black Friday is out of hand, misses the true meaning of Christmas

When will it stop? Black Friday is carried into Saturday and maybe Sunday, too.

November 28, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Apartment plans will add to traffic on 2 busy roads

To the residents and travelers on Price Road and Thompson Bridge Road:

November 24, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Gainesville Parks and Recreation employees worthy of honor

Congratulations to Melvin Cooper and the staff of Gainesville Parks and Recreation for being named agency of the year. Thank you for the hours of recreation that many generations have enjoyed.

November 24, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Traffic backing up at trash sites

Every year about this time (holidays), the trash drop-off sites are busy. Often, vehicles are backed up, six or eight, waiting.

November 24, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Don’t let pundits paint a negative image of president

Another election has come and gone. The president is about to finish his first term in office and start his second. I woke up the day after the election, and imagine my surprise when the world had not come to an end.

November 23, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Donations help Medical Center Foundation on its healing mission

The holiday season brings out the best in many, and I have seen a multitude of blessings come from the season of giving we have just completed with The Medical Center Foundation's Healthy Journey Campaign.

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


Your Views: No one should force prayers on anyone else

With the holiday season, especially Christmas, the news fills with stories about threats to our most sacred religious values, Christmas and prayer in school. Two recent letters published in The Times touch on these subjects.

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


Your Views: Global ‘warming’ is looking pretty cold so far this winter

Has anyone noticed that record-breaking temperatures are taking place all over the country, including Georgia? New York recently was under a blanket of snow, as much as 9 feet in places. Schools and businesses were closed and even the Buffalo Bills football game was moved in only the third week in November.

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


Your Views: Let’s remember joys of Christmas past, not just gifts

It's Christmas. It's the end of the year. That time of year where everyone is enjoying the holiday festivities and winding down from their busy lives. It's a time for joy, for peace, for happiness, for forgiveness and for kindness.

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


Your Views: Nation is in decline as it turns away from our Christian values

Well, it's almost Christmas again and it's supposed to be a happy time of year. It's meant to be a time to focus on the one it's really all about, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

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


Your Views: Learn more about life by escaping comfort zone of your small town

Life in a small town is great for a while. Many of us grow up in the comfort of a small town where we all gather on Friday nights to cheer on the local football team and go to church on Sunday mornings.

December 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Lula Christmas parade was topped by a glorious full moon

In spite of rain and clouds on a recent Saturday, our city of Lula, as well as other towns in the area, was busy preparing annual Christmas celebration festivities on Dec. 6. Our mayor and council had voted to purchase new (and much needed) Christmas lights and decorations for the town.

December 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Shoppers, please mind your manners and think of others

OK, this is crazy. It's Christmas shopping time and no one cares who they run over with their carts! My mother is 95 years old and when a female heard the words, "I can take someone over here," this person was like a race horse and bumped my mother's cart. But at least she got to be first in line!

December 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Ga. legal community mourns loss of attorney Sartain

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Attorney Joe B. Sartain Jr. of Gainesville on his recent passing.

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


Your Views: Schools can’t let atheist groups run our lives

On Wednesday, I read about the humanist group suing Hall County Schools over prayers. The complainants were listed as Jane Doe, Jane Roe and Jane Coe due to the fact identification posed a risk.

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


Your Views: Our nation always has been based on Christian ideals

Wednesday, I read in the paper that this group called the humanists have filed a lawsuit against the Hall County School District for promoting prayer and Christianity.

December 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: If prayers are removed from schools, it should apply to Islam

I tend to agree with the humanist group to remove prayer in school. Likewise, then schools will be compelled to remove all the Five Pillars of Islam in Common Core.

December 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: The real ‘War on Christmas’ is waged against poor Jesus served

This time of year we begin hearing about the "War on Christmas," as the nonreligious seek to enforce the constitutional separation between church and state. Others talk about a "War on Thanksgiving" as early shopping begins to infringe on family time and Thanksgiving time. But there's another war far more displeasing to God, at least according to Jesus.

November 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Area restaurants applauded for providing free meals to veterans

Many thanks should be extended to all the local restaurants who provided free dinners to veterans on Veterans Day. Such a positive, supportive attitude only serves to strengthen the community and the country. A week later, I was impressed to see a restaurant in Buford extend the honor by providing literally hundreds of free dinners to local veterans.

November 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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