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Your Views: Don’t turn our backs on future; vote ‘yes’ for roads sales tax

Sometimes it's better to receive. Would you turn your back on $360 million?

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


Your Views: Do you trust giving more money to governments? Say 'no' to T-SPLOST

I intend to vote "no" on the proposal to add an additional 1-cent sales tax to give the Department of Transportation (75 percent) and local governments (25 percent) more money to spend.

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


Your Views: Know what sales tax covers

On page 4 of Sunday's issue of The Times there is a list of the T-SPLOST exemptions. Notable among the missing is any mention of a food and medicine exemption.

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


Your Views: White House, Holder — Pants on fire

How does the nursery rhyme go? "Liar, liar, pants on fire."

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


Your Views: Hard to assume only race sways Obama backers

I write to present a clear answer to the letter of June 20 by Thomas Day.

June 22, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Think of transportation sales tax as an investment in our success

Everyone tends to think of T-SPLOST as an innovative way to pay for roads. I see it differently.

June 22, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Local voters have control over fixing traffic ails, unsafe roads

As a lifelong conservative, it is hard for me to support any tax increase. But as a lifelong resident of southern Hall County, I wholeheartedly support the 1-cent T-SPLOST to fund new transportation projects and improvements.

June 22, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Roads sales tax would provide a strong return on our investment

I am going to vote yes for the T-SPLOST transportation referendum on July 31. After evaluating the pros and cons of the referendum, I am convinced that we have more to gain than to lose by passing this legislation. More important to me, however, is the fact that my grandchildren will be assured of a better quality of life.

June 21, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Liberal religious views allow for more tolerance, compassion

Two recent articles in The Times showed the sharp contrast between liberal and conservative world views. As President Barack Obama recently noted, November's election may be a referendum on this debate.

June 21, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Benefits of T-SPLOST outweigh the alternatives

Nobody likes to pay taxes, but let's think about our options if we don't enact the transportation tax, or T-SPLOST, on July 31.

June 20, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: It’s time we all cracked down on texting behind the wheel

Your June 10 article addressing the problem of texting while driving followed up a discussion of that issue my husband and I were having that day as we drove through Hall and Gwinnett counties. And it certainly is a growing problem among not only teens but adults as well.

June 20, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Too many voters factor in race when supporting Obama

I was raised in the North by parents who taught me that I was neither inferior or superior to anyone because of color, religion or heritage. I was taught to work for what I wanted and to be the best that I could be. A Christmas decoration that my mother put up every year read, "What you are is God's gift to you. What you make of yourself is your gift to Him."

June 20, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Pants factory site should be preserved

I agree with Garland Reynolds that the old Cooper Pants site should be looked into further before completion of the city's project.

June 14, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Gainesville could fill airport void

Since Gwinnett voted down commercial flights from Lawrenceville it would appear to be an excellent opportunity for Gainesville to establish a feeder line to Atlanta and/or commercial flights from our local airport.

June 14, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Choose wisely among candidates for Hall sheriff

There are several positions that are being contested in the upcoming election cycle but none may be as important as the sheriff race! The Hall County Sheriff Department performs four major functions; jail, court services, patrol and investigations.

June 08, 2012 | 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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