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Education is valued on job, less so in classroom

I'm 33 years old and I've finally decided to go back to college. I dropped out after my freshman year and truly have no regrets about it. I've travelled all over and I've led a great life. Now I've finally settled on a path I would like to follow and I need to go to school for it.

October 17, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Concentration of money in US leads to unrest

I am a longtime admirer of the Times, finding the editors and board in this highly partisan region to be level and fair in their observations of things political. I particularly appreciate the willingness to accept expressions of opinion across the whole spectrum.

October 15, 2011 | | Letters to the editor


Protesters see our economy as out of balance

Your editorial, "Biting the hand," in last Sunday's paper shows a real lack of understanding of the Wall Street protests and the current struggles of many middle-class Americans. If you actually listen to the protesters you will see that many cannot find a job, don't have health insurance, have low-paying jobs and student loan debt to pay off or are generally struggling to make ends meet. They are from all age groups and all walks of life.

October 14, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Guns in church are a violation of what our faith represents

I am not surprised when I see an article on the front page of The Times that reads: "Group takes guns in church case to federal appeals court." Also, it is not a surprise that some local churches are offering differing views on the issue.

October 14, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Light bulb fears another scare for ‘Chicken Littles’

The writer of a letter to The Times addressed mercury in panic mode.

October 13, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Hall County picked a winner as its new finance director

Hall County has chosen a winner in the appointment of Vickie Neikirk to be finance director.

October 13, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Don't allow worthwhile local organizations to fail without aid

I would like to comment on an article that was recently published in the newspaper concerning the possible closing of an important piece of our Gainesville community. The article stated that the Gainesville Outreach Center on Athens Highway could be facing eviction soon if not for a measly $4,000 to $5,000.

October 13, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Take time to be thankful for what we have

As the cool fall air breezes through our daily lives, yet again, we are reminded that with the change in seasons comes a change in pace of our daily routine.

October 12, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Deer in neighborhood provide a first-hand view of nature

Ah, yes, those deer inhabiting the Enota-Riverside area of Gainesville. Since my property joins these neighborhoods via the lake, I also have a deer problem and have read with interest, and much dismay, the recent letters to The Times.

October 12, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


New light bulbs pose a danger from mercury

This letter is in regard to the environmental safety and the constitutional rights of the citizens of Georgia concerning the federal ban on incandescent light bulbs, as signed into law by the federal government in 2007.

October 08, 2011 | | Letters to the editor


PSC only says ‘yes’ to utility

Jackson EMC is returning money to its customers while Georgia Power takes and takes and is looking for more. And if and when it needs more money, the Public Service Commissioners will gladly oblige. They are a group of "yes" men.

October 06, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Many described as pro life, pro choice are inconsistent

Cheers to all those who participated in the nationwide "chain of life" event held recently along the streets of downtown Gainesville. To me, abortion is a tragic mistake and a national scandal. It should not be legal.

October 06, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Americans must rise above wealth envy, class warfare

The coming of fall signals a time of harvest. Long before the time of this harvest, a seed was planted, a hybrid seed formed from both a sense of entitlement and a mindset of discontent. The result of this planting is the fruit of "class warfare."

October 05, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


EMC returns money because it is a nonprofit by design

The Times Opinion section recently included a letter by Lenny Baker on private vs. public utilities and distribution of funds from profits.

October 05, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Bible affirms state’s power to impose death penalty

I am writing to express my opinion on Kathleen Parker's Sunday column, "Desire for justice doesn't justify state's power to kill." And Monday's page 1C story, "Fewer juries choose death penalty" by Atlanta Journal Constitution writers Bill Torpy and Bill Rankin.

October 01, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: More guns aren’t a problem if those carrying them are legal

I am a gun owner with a concealed carry permit, and I think if more people had guns and were licensed to carry, we might have a safer city or community. My reason of thinking is if you possess such a permit, then you are less likely to commit a crime because you have paid the money for it and have no record or serious or violent crimes against you. We are basically law-abiding, gun-carrying people who are exercising our Second Amendment rights.

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


Your Views: Congratulations to attorney Orr on earning prestigious honor

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to congratulate E. Wycliffe "Wyc" Orr Sr. of Orr & Brown LLP in Gainesville on receiving the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Southern Center for Human Rights.

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


Your Views: Sprawl lowers costs and raises quality of life

Give me the sprawl. I love it. Hopefully, Hall County municipal fathers will attempt to get sprawl (according to the Hall County sprawl index published in The Times on April 12) down to 50 from its current 103.3.

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


Your Views: Fort Hood shooting shows why officers should be armed

During the airing of an interview by Bill O'Reilly on Fox News on Thursday, Col. David Hunt mentioned arming the "leadership" when O'Reilly quickly blew off the suggestion. O'Reilly then continued on with leading questions about the tragedy and promoting his own agenda.

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


Your Views: Crime statistics don’t support tough gun laws

In his Thursday response to Jerry Callahan concerning right-to-carry laws, Michael Parker presented a comparison of Atlanta and Chicago while decrying the availability of guns. I would like to counter his argument with a comparison, albeit brief, of Chicago and Houston.

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


Your Views: Stats prove it: More guns lead to more crime

Jerry Callahan, in his March 27 letter to The Times, mentions the work of John R. Lott as the final word in guns and crime. Lott's empirical work, on face value, was good. Many social scientists would agree that it stimulated others to examine the subject of right-to-carry laws and any relationship with crime.

April 03, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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