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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


Your Views: Columnist’s facts on gun laws off base

In her article, "Can we always tell 'bad guys?'" Joan King makes a number of assertions that are put forward as fact, when they are anything but.

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


Your Views: State officials do little to help those in need

We should be so ever grateful for our public officials and legislative representatives because of their intelligence, caring about citizens' health and safety, and giving us more freedoms than we have ever had before.

March 26, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: UNG’s budget ‘savings’ were misleading after previous increase

Noted American author and raconteur Mark Twain was fond of saying that there were three types of lies, the worst of the three being statistics. It seems clear that this "worst" category would apply to the recent article headed "Merging UNG saved 1.1 percent of budget" according to a Times lead story (March 16).

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


Your Views: Substance abuse during pregnancy is a risk community should address

We are both seniors at Gainesville High School and members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. In FCCLA, we participate in competitions called STAR Events designed to build our leadership, community service and career skills.

March 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Friendship Road deal is fishy

So the Georgia Department of Transportation has to wait on widening roads. Hmm. I wonder who knows the right DOT folks to get Ga. 347/Lanier Islands Parkway and Friendship Road moved to the top of the list? Smells a little.

March 21, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Law to limit slowpokes in left lane a good idea, not ‘weird’

In reference to Dick Yarbrough's comment about "left-lane lollygaggers:" Mr. Yarbrough, I want to start off by saying your article was a bit hard to follow because you were going off on a tangent about state reps passing what you call "weird laws."

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


Your Views: Dual roles for 1st responders can stretch emergency personnel too thin

I would like to comment on some issues discussed in a letter written by Gene Cobb of Gainesville in Saturday's Times: Communities that have tried using "dual use" firefighters and police officers usually return to the traditional model of delivering emergency services after a short period of time. It just doesn't work.

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


Your Views: No-tax pledges can’t account for economic slumps, funding cuts

I am writing to oppose the request by a political party that candidates pledge not to raise taxes. While everyone would like to avoid raising taxes, we cannot predict a necessity to do so. For example, we cannot forecast the financial support the state legislature will provide for education. In fact, for a number of years in the past, that support was decreased, forcing some school systems to raise local taxes.

March 12, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Tax hikes on lake properties raises concerns

Trepidation would be a good word to describe my feeling following the reading of "Lake dwellers should brace for higher property values" in The Times (Sunday). Perhaps I overreacted to what I perceived was a slight adversarial tone in the article presented by the author and chief appraiser or just my recent elevated lack of trust in government.

March 12, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Law enforcement needs to work harder to avoid traffic jams

I have a question. One day between 8:30 and 9, with a normal rush morning for people to get to work, Longstreet Bridge on Cleveland Highway was blocked both ways, north and south, by a stalled car in the south lane. Not a wreck, a stalled car. Sitting behind it was a state patrol car equipped with a large bumper that I assume could be used for pushing other cars.

March 08, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama’s failures should lead GOP to impeach him

As a progressive Democrat, I'm sick of President Barack Obama. I'm not talking about the promise of what he might have been, but the reality of what he actually is. Five years of observation and disappointment have led me to conclude we were fooled or suckered into electing a man who has proven to be the second coming of G.W. Bush.

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


Your Views: Evolution theorists fail to see how a Creator designed life

There has been some discussion of late on the editorial page concerning the origins of life. We either created ourselves or we have a Creator. The difference of view boils down to presuppositions.

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


Your Views: Road salt can wash off into waterways, kill wildlife

I would like to remind the people of one of the problems of the past ordeal of the ice and snow, one that goes unnoticed. In fact, one of several that goes unnoticed: The great amounts of salt and sand put out over so great an area so quickly once a snowstorm hits an area.

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


Your Views: Daylight saving time causes more problems than it solves

The continuing fiasco of daylight saving time use is long past justification. Economic cost due to associated problems, confusion, schedule disruption, etc., exceed any savings.

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


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Your Views: Focus on horrors by Islamic State ignores others

Every day I'm confronted with news reports suggesting the militant Islamic State organization is a threat to America. It is constantly in the news with lurid stories of mass executions and beheadings. These stories are reported as if atrocities and mass killings are not commonplace in war.

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


Your Views: Obama’s problems in Iraq started with Bush’s policies

It's hard not to feel a bit of sympathy for President Barack Obama. A lot of us predicted that whoever was elected to office after President George W. Bush would inherit a catastrophe on a domestic and international level. That prediction has turned out to be tragically accurate.

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


Your Views: Islamic State zealots raise memories of Nazi Germany

I read Friday's column by Jonah Goldberg, "A Web-fueled Foreign Legion for losers," with much trepidation. Yes, I fully agree that these "born-again" Islamists for the most part are comprised of the disenfranchised "losers" living on the fringes of society. They are now presented with an opportunity to inject their depravities onto minority segments of the population, or those that do not accept their 14th century laws and codes. This movement presents opportunities for them to obtain the power that they cannot otherwise gain through legal and democratic means.

September 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Lack of leadership from Obama, Congress will doom our nation

Since Barack Obama was first elected president in 2008, nothing good has come to pass for the American people. Our economy has gone to hell and still continues to get worse. All the lofty promises this incompetent loon made have failed to materialize.

September 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Substitute teachers’ pay unfair

How many people realize substitute teachers only make minimum wage? These people are always on call and can be asked to go to different schools. Now we read where the head of the school system just received a raise bringing his salary to more than $180,000 per year. Does anybody see anything wrong with this picture?

September 11, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: ALS bucket challenge is a noble cause

I read with interest but disappointment the comments by Guy Jordan in The Times Aug. 23 regarding his concern and being upset because Brenau University participated in the ALS ice bucket challenge, and his perspective on how this type of goodwill activity could be counterproductive and dangerous "in the long run."

September 08, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


Your Views: Obama has his head in the sand as threat grows

How can we understand our commander in chief's complete refusal to describe terrorists accurately as Islamic radicals instead of just "extremists" or terrorist acts in America as "workplace violence" and his refusal to acknowledge their real threat to the world?

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


Your Views: Take caution when hitting brakes quickly to stop for yard sales

Yard sales - we love 'em! No telling what you may find or what a deal you may make.

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


Your Views: Mall is not a good use for tax funds

Whoever said we should use taxpayer money to fix up a mall most likely will gain something from it. I wish people that want to use our tax money for things that don't help the taxpayers could be fired.

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


Your Views: As Rome fell, so will US if we stay on this path

In light of recent articles in The Times concerning the issue of prayer at Chestatee High School, I feel inclined to share some of my own personal observations about the problem with this situation, as well as problems of our nation.

September 04, 2014 | Letter to the editor | Letters to the editor


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