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Expanding alcohol sales to Sundays offers no benefits

An observation on the recent elections, not regarding the few open seats and city elections, but the Sunday sales issue:

December 03, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Christmas' origins and current focus make it less than Christian

Every year about this time, I wonder in amazement at how Christians go to such lengths and spend so much money on this holiday to celebrate the birth of their Savior.

December 03, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Paying teachers for performance raises concerns

The article "Hall changes grading scale" in Tuesday's Times reported on only one of two important issues discussed at the Hall County School Board meeting on Monday evening. The information about the change in the student grading scale approved by the board was thorough and accurate.

December 02, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Judge Smith served state’s justice well

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I join in celebrating the forthcoming retirement of Georgia Court of Appeals Judge J.D. Smith of Hall County after his four decades of labor in the justice system.

November 30, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Adoption is a blessing worth celebrating

November is National Adoption Month. How appropriate as I am so very thankful for the blessings of my two adopted daughters!

November 25, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Easy to see the double standard surrounding Obama

Some time back, Barack Obama and his leftist, liberal friends and supporters made a strong case for toning down the hateful dialogue between his progressives and the conservatives in our nation. This, of course, has proved to be just another ploy by our "groveler in chief" to silence his critics, the American people.

November 19, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Secret to success in college, life is to get involved

There are some modern misconceptions surrounding one attending university that I would like to address.

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


Referring to fringe groups as ‘militia’ tarnishes our real citizens’ defense

In light of recent media coverage of the four alleged North Georgia terrorists, it's time to set the record straight on the meaning of "militia."

November 16, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Lula again shows why it is a small town with a big heart

After living in a large city for several years it was unconceivable to me to think about living in a small town. However, on Veterans Day, God gave me the answer.

November 16, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Taxpayers should not shell out for misuse of police vehicles

Where I live there is a police car that sits in the driveway of this house on the corner of the street. As I do not go out at night, I can only assume that the policeman that lives there is on the night shift.

November 16, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Another building for lease could be used by Brenau University

Brenau University: Space is for lease in the old Liberty Mutual building at the corner of Browns Bridge and McEver. It seems the city of Gainesville already owns the building and it is unoccupied at the present time. You own it, use it. Just sayin'!

November 16, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


City still needs venue to display our local talent

I understand that the Gainesville City Council is considering leasing the Georgia Mountains Center to Brenau University for additional school space. I strongly oppose this as do many other people since this will no longer provide a venue for entertainment (including our local talent) and community groups of all kinds. There is no other facility in the area for these events.

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


Young people, enjoy the good times, fun rides while they last

Riding home one night recently, my friend, E.P., and I couldn't help but to start reminiscing about the good old days and the good times that we had as we were amazed at the carnival or fair, or whatever they call it these days. The rides and attractions were set up right in the middle of downtown Gainesville.

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


Veteran heroes pass the torch to keep us free

This Veteran's Day we should remember and thank all those who have bravely served our country and military. We want to especially recognize and honor those of World War II. Why? Because we are rapidly losing them! According to the Veteran's Administration we are losing veterans of WWII at a rate of more than 740 a day.

November 11, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Georgia does not need money earned from casino gambling

"Casinos could produce $1 billion a year," but for who? I hope the people of our beloved state won't fall for that line. That statement could be true, but who would benefit from the proceeds? I hope the schools won't be used to get something like that passed.

November 11, 2011 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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Your Views: Blending families requires plenty of patience, love

In reference to Tuesday's story "Seeking marital solace:" Stacey Reece was married to my daughter, Lydia Oglesby (who herself was a Belle of the Ball candidate finishing in fourth place) for about 20 years, and they gave me a grandson, Andrew Reece, who graduated with honors from West Georgia College in Carrollton (we were there). Also a granddaughter, Morgan Reece, who as a senior was the Belle of the Charity Ball (setting a record for a candidate's fundraising with more than $104,000) and now is a freshman at the University of North Greenville, S.C., on a ...

January 30, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: To fix Hall County's litter problem, go to the source

So Gainesville's streets are choked with litter and garbage. The proposed solution is to have nonviolent prisoners walk along the highways and pick up after the pigs that caused the problem in the first place. What a concept.

January 28, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Longstreet Society is a resource Gainesville community can use

Last week The Times ran articles concerning MLK Jr. Boulevard and tourism on the square. The Longstreet Society stands in a unique position relative to both of these community resources. We own one of Gainesville's oldest and most historic buildings, Lt. Gen. Longstreet's Piedmont Hotel at the corner of MLK and Maple.

January 28, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Evidence shows earth was warmer 1,000 years ago than it is today

Well, the global warmers are at it again, with half-truths and distortions. A recent Associated Press article stated, "2014 considered the warmest year on record," and ended with this: "'Temperatures have risen by about 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-19th century and pre-industrial times,' said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies."

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


Your Views: Many still don’t get it; only bad guys are to blame for their deaths

In regards to the article in the Jan. 16 paper "Coming together," people still don't get it. The death of Michael Brown was only preventable by Michael Brown. No one forced him to rob the store, assault the clerk, and then resist arrest by fighting with the police officer trying to get his gun.

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


Your Views: Thieves took more than a ring; they stole a couple’s special moment

The gift certificate read "Coupon good for: A special date night, including dinner for two, a private flight for two. A romantic evening spent together!"

January 23, 2015 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Use more nonviolent offenders to pick up litter along roadsides

I totally agree with Mike Coley's and George J. Roshau's views that were printed last Friday about the growing trash on the roadways. I sent the same concerns to my county commissioner last summer stating that there used to be a slogan - Keep Hall Beautiful - but it seems that Hall is getting dirtier everyday, so maybe it should be changed to "Hall Is Dirty," and let's see how long we can keep it that way.

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


Your Views: Innocent people don’t riot, loot

I would like to add my 2 cents worth to Steven David Smith's letter in Saturday's paper, which was in reference to Eugene F. Elander's letter in Thursday's paper. Both letters were about the rioting and alleged police brutality in Ferguson, Mo. I would submit to Mr. Elander that innocent people don't rob stores and burn and loot businesses which people have worked hard to get.

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


Your Views: Live streaming opera showings one of city’s best kept secrets

For several years I have been attending the live stream productions of New York's Metropolitan Opera at our local theater. To say it is one of the arts communities best kept secrets is an understatement.

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


Your Views: Laws against littering are clear; let’s help enforce them

I'm glad to hear so many of our residents are bothered by the litter problem in Gainesville and Hall County. After reading the letters, I did some research on Georgia laws against dumping and littering.

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


Your Views: Congratulations to Woodard on statewide appointment

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to Hall County Solicitor-General Stephanie D. Woodard on her appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal as a new member of the State Commission on Family Violence.

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


Your Views: Yes, all lives matter, but so does the law

Many times the opinions expressed in our local periodicals evoke the thoughtful consideration of the ideas presented, as well as constructive debate of these ideas. However, the letter by Eugene F. Elander on Thursday presents some statements that must be challenged; not based on political affiliation, or on racial bias, or any reason other than the fact that the United States is a nation based on the rule of law.

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


Your Views: SPLOST oversight panel will help transparency, accountability

Recently the Hall County Board of Commissioners and local municipalities have created their wish lists for the upcoming SPLOST VII which comes to a countywide vote on March 17.

January 17, 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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