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Your Views: Please take care of your pets

I live in Rabbittown, a small community with lots of woods but lots of homes.

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


Your Views: Officials turn ‘fees’ we pay into new ‘taxes’

I read with interest the article relating to Flowery Branch beautifying downtown that stated "bids came in under the grant amount, so the city scrambled to find other ways to use as much of the money as possible."

March 29, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Hired soldiers are put in difficult, violent situations in warfare

Thank you for the thoughtful editorial of March 18. I might have titled it, "What else could we expect?"

March 29, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Pastors, protesters play race card in Fla. shooting

Well, well, well. I see the race prostitute, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, was in Atlanta. It wasn't devastating enough for him that a family lost a loved one, so let's see why Mr. Jackson is really here besides what money he thinks he can make.

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


Your Views: Oppose regional government; say ‘no’ to transportation sales tax

While I'm in agreement transportation needs improvement, I am against the regional transportation sales tax for two reasons, mainly.

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


Your Views: Runaway federal power is what is wrong with US

Alan Shope in Oakwood wrote in his letter Friday, "The problem is no one knows for sure what is best." He was referring to the political climate in the U.S. right now.

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


Your Views: Cantrell's concert at St. John Baptist was uplifting and inspiring

The performance by Robert Cantrell and Friends at St. John Baptist Church here in Gainesville is still on my mind a day later. I expected a good performance, but I didn't expect to have my heart filled with joy, followed by deep gratification.

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


Your Views: Hall commissioners living in their own ‘Tale of Two Cities’

It was the best of times ... Recently we "celebrated" the near completion of the Nopone Community Complex. Nopone will enrich the lives of future generations of young learners, improve the health of an aging population and continue to benefit an economic recovery to an area in dire need.

March 17, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Exercise the right to vote earned by the lives of many Americans

When I woke up at 0-dark-hundred (4 a.m.) the morning of March 6 so I could open my polling place by 7 a.m. (poll workers have to be there at 6), I asked myself, "Why in the world are you doing this?" The answer came back in a flash, "Because I can!"

March 17, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Let’s resist negative talk, focus on ideas

I cannot recall a time in my 58 years when American society was so polarized and driven by fear and negativity. It's not just the Hannitys and O'Reillys of Fox News, but their liberal counter- parts on MSNBC.

March 16, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: DOT could do more to help prevent many fatal accidents

Approximately three months ago, Patrick Kelley lost his life on Clarks Bridge Road just north of Honeysuckle Road, the site of several fatal accidents over the past several years. Subsequently, a DOT spokesperson stated the accident was under investigation and they would be looking at weather conditions, etc. and that it would be several months before the report would be available.

March 16, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Waiting on GHS honor might have headed off controversy

I personally think all this hassle over the Gainesville High valedictorian could have been avoided by waiting until the last two weeks of school. Who knows what can happen in three months? What was the rush? The school folks in charge of this should have waited.

March 16, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Road safety, not revenue, is goal of sheriff’s office

The Hall County Sheriff's Office would like to address an issue brought up in Sunday's article, "Traffic citations down in Hall County." Obviously, the article was written from revenue standpoint, but we would like the opportunity to expand on the more important issue it illuminates.

March 15, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Why vote for anti-immigrant bill if you don’t believe in it?

I would like to comment on the article in The Times this weekend regarding barring undocumented students from attending state supported universities. It was reported that Sen. Butch Miller expressed serious reservations about the legislation but yet felt he had no choice except to vote in favor of it. Why did he have no choice?

March 15, 2012 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Pitch in to help local Red Cross efforts in March

March is Red Cross Month in recognition of the work done by the American Red Cross in communities across the country and around the globe, and how we depend on public support to help people in need.

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


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Your Views: A baker’s dozen buzzwords we ought to banish

Many people are like sheep concerning buzzwords. One participates and the rest follow the herd. Eventually, a buzzword becomes annoying, trite and ready for banishment.

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


Your Views: Future sales tax votes should be on fall ballots

The front page headline Sunday in The Times read "Where have all the voters gone?" Let's go back just a few months to the fall of 2014 when midterm elections were in the news. Recall The Times writing about how politicians in Hall County were concerned that SPLOST VII would not be passed by voters for a seventh time if SPLOST VII was placed on the November 2014 ballot?

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


Your Views: Bullying is hurtful at any age, even when aimed at principal

I read with concern the two recent items in The Times regarding alleged bullying at Myers Elementary (March 7 article, March 19 letter to the editor). Quite honestly, I was confused; I thought perhaps I had read the name of the school incorrectly, and even more confused when I read the principal involved in the articles. I started shaking my head, thinking,"Are you kidding me? Are they really accusing Beth Hudgins of dealing improperly with a situation so potentially hurtful?"

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


Your Views: Myers Elementary principal is a ‘rare gem’ in handling students

I am writing in response to the article, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville" of March 7. It saddened me to read such negative words about Beth Hudgins.

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


Your Views: America should take care of its own needy first

I recently read in The Times, and I was not really surprised, what sweet idea America has now: Tens of thousands of immigrant children are allowed here, in the good old u.s.a. via Florida.

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


Your Views: Erasing the color line would make for a better world

Amidst the horror and grief of Selma and Ferguson, I heard a tender story that I would like to share with our readers.

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


Your Views: GOP senators need to stop spewing hate

Mary Drummer is right on about Georgia's senators being wrong to have sent a letter to Iran. They are certainly overstepping their place and proving once again that they, of the Republican party, are incapable of sensibly leading this country's government.

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


Your Views: Principal at Myers Elementary is qualified to keep bullying incidents in check

I am writing in response to the article from March 7, "Bullying incidents test school policy in Hall County, Gainesville." As a parent of a child in elementary school, the subject is concerning to me. However, I am not worried at all because my child goes to Myers Elementary School. I'm not worried because I have 100 percent faith in my son's teacher and his principal to do the right thing for my child, and those in his class.

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


Your Views: Housing market still is pointed upward this year in Hall County

There have been some recent headlines about home sales falling. Those headlines are misleading. Housing sales look different from one month to another and from one quarter to another.

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


Your Views: Backers of tax vote should be truthful

If Hall County government/Chamber of Commerce/Hall Progress 2015 could be truthful about the SPLOST, the following is what they would say:

March 17, 2015 | | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Georgia senators wrong to bypass president with letter to Iran

Sens. Isakson and Perdue: As your constituent, I am writing to tell you how dismayed I am at your act of signing a letter to Iran, a foreign enemy country and its leaders, while our president is conducting diplomatic negotiations along with our allies to reduce, verify and contain Iran's nuclear program.

March 13, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Carbon tax plan is a win for the economy and for environment

While there are frequent conflicts between what is good for the environment and what is good for the economy, the carbon fee and dividend plan proposed by the Citizens Climate Lobby is a refreshing exception.

March 13, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Printed legal ads are still useful

The General Assembly considering removing legal ads from the legal county newspaper? No! Some folks don't have or can't use computers. Just cut out something on the useless list. Legal ads are on the useful list, I think.

March 13, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Sales tax will allow Hall County to widen Spout Springs Road

For many reasons, I am very much in favor of continuing the Hall County special purpose local option tax for another five years. But probably the biggest reason is that it would accomplish long overdue improvements for Spout Springs Road in my Flowery Branch community.

March 12, 2015 | Letter to the editor | 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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