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Your Views: Picking up just 5 pieces of trash daily could make our county sparkle

I have always had a disgust for litter. To me people are the ones who should take care of the world we live in. After all, aren't we the only creatures who create litter?

December 27, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Gruber has been proven right about ‘stupidity’ of voting public

When I first heard the comments made by Prof. Jonathan Gruber, the architect of the Affordable Care Act, concerning the intellect ("stupidity," he said) of the American people, I was offended.

December 27, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Civil Service Board takes careful steps to issue fair decisions

Over the last year, the Civil Service Board has come under fire regarding their review of employment termination decisions from various Hall County offices. In particular, their review of the termination of Deputies Dodd and Henslee has rankled the Hall County Sheriff's Office and the Board of Commissioners.

December 24, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Donations help Medical Center Foundation on its healing mission

The holiday season brings out the best in many, and I have seen a multitude of blessings come from the season of giving we have just completed with The Medical Center Foundation's Healthy Journey Campaign.

December 20, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: No one should force prayers on anyone else

With the holiday season, especially Christmas, the news fills with stories about threats to our most sacred religious values, Christmas and prayer in school. Two recent letters published in The Times touch on these subjects.

December 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Global ‘warming’ is looking pretty cold so far this winter

Has anyone noticed that record-breaking temperatures are taking place all over the country, including Georgia? New York recently was under a blanket of snow, as much as 9 feet in places. Schools and businesses were closed and even the Buffalo Bills football game was moved in only the third week in November.

December 19, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Let’s remember joys of Christmas past, not just gifts

It's Christmas. It's the end of the year. That time of year where everyone is enjoying the holiday festivities and winding down from their busy lives. It's a time for joy, for peace, for happiness, for forgiveness and for kindness.

December 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Nation is in decline as it turns away from our Christian values

Well, it's almost Christmas again and it's supposed to be a happy time of year. It's meant to be a time to focus on the one it's really all about, our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

December 18, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Learn more about life by escaping comfort zone of your small town

Life in a small town is great for a while. Many of us grow up in the comfort of a small town where we all gather on Friday nights to cheer on the local football team and go to church on Sunday mornings.

December 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Lula Christmas parade was topped by a glorious full moon

In spite of rain and clouds on a recent Saturday, our city of Lula, as well as other towns in the area, was busy preparing annual Christmas celebration festivities on Dec. 6. Our mayor and council had voted to purchase new (and much needed) Christmas lights and decorations for the town.

December 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Shoppers, please mind your manners and think of others

OK, this is crazy. It's Christmas shopping time and no one cares who they run over with their carts! My mother is 95 years old and when a female heard the words, "I can take someone over here," this person was like a race horse and bumped my mother's cart. But at least she got to be first in line!

December 17, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Ga. legal community mourns loss of attorney Sartain

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Attorney Joe B. Sartain Jr. of Gainesville on his recent passing.

December 13, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Schools can’t let atheist groups run our lives

On Wednesday, I read about the humanist group suing Hall County Schools over prayers. The complainants were listed as Jane Doe, Jane Roe and Jane Coe due to the fact identification posed a risk.

December 06, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Our nation always has been based on Christian ideals

Wednesday, I read in the paper that this group called the humanists have filed a lawsuit against the Hall County School District for promoting prayer and Christianity.

December 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: If prayers are removed from schools, it should apply to Islam

I tend to agree with the humanist group to remove prayer in school. Likewise, then schools will be compelled to remove all the Five Pillars of Islam in Common Core.

December 05, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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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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