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Your Views: Administration continues to fuel an overall distrust of government

The Obama administration is at it again. According to President Barack Obama, he doesn't know half of what is going on in his administration, since he finds out things when he sees it on the news, like the IRS scandal. Then there was Benghazi, which the administration blamed on a movie instead of an organized terrorist organization. Then Hillary Clinton says "what difference does it make," like who cares?

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


Your Views: Campaign signs are out of place at veterans’ events

As Memorial Day approaches, I'm reminded of a disturbing trend I've noticed over the past several years. I've been serving in the U.S. Army and the Georgia Army National Guard for more than 17 years now, and the amount of support we receive from the community is very much appreciated.

May 17, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Parents have lost control of their kids, based on public behavior

Have you ever been in a department store or grocery store and felt like you were among a bunch of wild animals? I despise parents who are controlled by their children. Who is in control? Obviously, not the adults.

May 17, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Sensible gun legislation will protect our rights and safety

State Sen. Steve Gooch has emphasized the need for more work on Second Amendment rights for Georgia citizens. He correctly states that, in 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the individuals right to keep and bear arms. If you wanted guns to be outlawed except for militia use or some version of that scenario, then your argument is lost.

May 16, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Raising Lanier’s full pool 2 feet now seems an unworkable idea

For the last several years, the Lake Lanier Association and several advocates, have drafted plans of action to address issues regarding the lake's delicate balance, of its water quality and the constantly fluctuating levels, not to mention all the downstream demands made on this pristine North Georgia jewel.

May 16, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hall, Gainesville need an effective transit system

The Hall County Family Connection Network is a collaboration of agencies and organizations that serve families and children in Hall County. In this capacity, we write to express our concern about the future of the public transportation system in Gainesville and Hall County.

May 11, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Administration won’t be honest about threats facing nation

It seems we are continually confronting a threat or threats: radical Islam, economic meltdown, Obama scare, war, etc. However, one of my greatest concerns is the lack of honesty in our leaders. Their response, unfortunately, is always an effort to mislead and cover up. If I recall correctly, this administration promised to be the most transparent in our history. It appears to me we have a trust deficit much larger than our fiscal one.

May 10, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Left-turn ban is not best answer to city’s traffic

As you can imagine with a business that employs more than 100 people on Green Street, and one that has operated successfully on the street since 1967, we oppose the banning of left turns on Green Street as the only solution to Gainesville's traffic problem. It is a easy, knee-jerk public action but will only marginally affective in reducing the affect of traffic through our city.

May 09, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Citizens need guns for protection from an oppressive government

It appears that Jim Scharnagel still doesn't understand the history of this country or what our Constitution and Bill of Rights are all about. In his recent letter, he left out possibly the most important reason for maintaining an armed citizenry, namely protection from an oppressive government.

May 09, 2013 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Evaluations don’t factor in art of teaching

Your article on the Teacher Keys evaluation system was accurate, but failed to discuss the critical issue; that is, is it possible to evaluate teaching using any evaluation tool regardless of its sophistication or intricacy? There are at least a few loud voices in the field of education, mine included, which reject the fundamental concept of teacher evaluation through an objective measurement device.

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


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


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School boards need citizens’ review for SPLOST projects aimed at education

Hall County voters will once again go to the polls this year to renew another 1-cent sales tax. Gainesville, Buford and Hall County schools are ...

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


Media is right to focus more on facts than left or right leanings

Rebuttal to Bruce Vandiver's Aug. 21 letter: Vandiver seems to think that both liberal and conservative outlooks should be "balanced" in a news media ...

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


Many ignore facts in favor of good intentions

To Bruce Vandiver from Lula: I read your letter regarding Ron Martz's essay, your general criticism of him and other rational-thinking people with whom ...

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


Tax dollars should not support group many of us resist

I appreciate The Times' willingness to publish a variety of views. Joel Mathis and I rarely agree, but I'm glad his voice is heard.

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


Public may be ignorant of facts; many in power opt to hide them

In a recent letter to The Times, a Lula city councilman made the following statement: "We should have knowledge and a spiritual obligation to ...

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


GOP candidates provide a lot of entertainment, few good ideas

So Hillary's campaign is entertaining to Eddy McEntire? Have you taken a few minutes to watch the Republican clown car? Seventeen individuals, each with ...

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


Columnist’s take on ‘liberal media’ is right-wing slop

I have a few thoughts regarding Ron Martz's recent column: "Essay: Does traditional media lean left?" This is nothing but a Xerox copy of ...

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


Here’s a unique solution to reconcile abortion, capital punishment

A society that will not use its moral and legal authority to cull evil from its population is doomed to anarchy. It is not enough ...

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


Ethics, truth should matter in a president

Watching the political theater that is the Hillary Clinton campaign has been entertaining as both a comedy and as an epic horror. Comic in that ...

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


Government should come together to serve the people

Have vanity, ideology and shortsightedness prevented us as elected officials from accomplishing the purpose that we were elected to do? Today as we watch television ...

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


Gainesville's curb cuts area big help to wheelchair users

A huge thank you to the city of Gainesville for the curb cuts they have worked on for the last couple of weeks. The flow ...

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


Church forum did not refute holy scripture

I write as one who serves a congregation in the Presbyterian Church USA to object to your bold and misleading heading for Dr. Tom Smiley ...

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


Clergy opened their ears, hearts to cope with ever-changing world

In response to Dr. Tom Smiley's letter on the "Christianity beyond the catch phrases" forum held last week, having attended the forum and listened ...

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


Congress must act quickly to fix disability insurance loss

A threat of far more immediate and severe consequences looms for many older and disabled Americans if Congress does not act.

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


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