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Letter: Teachers don’t need an arbitrary way to judge job performances

Dear Dick Yarbrough: From week to week, I look forward to your column. It is usually refreshing and on point. After reading your article on Jan. 16, regarding your service on the Education Reform Commission, I am afraid I have to take issue with a comment you made that reads: "The idea is to give local school systems more say in how to reward teachers based on their performance and not solely on years on the job or advanced degrees. Not a bad concept. It is one that I lived with in the corporate world for four decades."

January 25, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: A few heroes put a rosy glow on winter’s gloom

Winter ... bleh. Like war, unngh, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

January 24, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: The silliest campaign season yet

In the context of politics "The Silly Season" is generally considered to be that period of presidential campaigns from early summer until October of the election year when news is at a premium and journalists are looking for anything to titillate readers and viewers.

January 23, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Governor responds quickly to reader’s road plan concerns

Gov. Nathan Deal called me. He tracked me down and kept calling back until I was off work and headed home around 7:30 p.m. He responded to my unhappy letter regarding the spending of our Georgia tax dollars and my discontent with toll lane creations.

January 23, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: State of my column — Strong and broccoli-free

My fellow Georgians: Now that President Barack Obama has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal has given us a nautically themed State of the State address that would have made Moby Dick proud (Ha! Ha! Ha!), I come today to submit to you my annual State of the Column address, better known to many of you as the State of Confusion. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

January 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Presidential race hard to call with shaky candidates leading in both parties

I've been involved in politics for a long time as a Republican, and have been able to name the winner fairly early, missing my call only a few times over the years. not this year. I think I do know what's happening and I don't like it.

January 22, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Politicians are feeding us a lot of bunk over climate change

I believe in global warming and climate change, but not the misinformation and garbage, people such as President Barack Obama and Al Gore dump on us.

January 22, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Climate change is a greater threat to our long-term future than is ISIS

ISIS or climate change: Which is the greater danger?

January 20, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Only those who break our laws should worry about deportation

I read in Sunday's Times that it seems the legal as well as the illegal Latinos in Gainesville and around the state are worried they will be deported and families split. That is their fault not the fault of the United States.

January 20, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Hall County should be more proactive on trash by roadways

On Jan. 13, after the sickening sight of trash buildup on Old Oakwood Road near SAPA got to me, I picked up nine large bags of litter. It seems our litter problem in Hall County is only getting worse. It looks like some kind of action could be taken to catch and make an example of the littering pigs.

January 20, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Deal backs off on merit pay plan for teachers

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session rolled around.

January 20, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Deal spending our tax dollars for toll lanes is not the answer for traffic

Gov. Nathan Deal, have you become a jaded politician in just a few years? Where is the common-sense, everyday guy we elected from my Gainesville?

January 16, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: School panel did its best for Georgia’s teachers

Dear Georgia public school teachers:

January 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Attorney Summer will be missed as a courageous voice for justice

All of us lost a great friend this week. Not just some of us, but all of us. Even those of you reading this that did not know Dan Summer lost a great friend.

January 16, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Hall schools’ office upgrades a poor use of taxpayers’ money

The Hall County Board of Education's recent actions to allocate education SPLOST funds for central office renovations and security doors are a direct punch in the gut to Hall County taxpayers.

January 15, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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Doug Collins: One language unites a nation

Imagine that every member of your family or workplace spoke a different language. If scheduling, completing projects, and general communication isn't already enough of ...

February 08, 2016 | By U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Why not trust the Constitution?

The U.S. Constitution is an amazing document in so many ways, not the least of which is its timeless nature. It has endured 200-plus ...

February 07, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: A death for a death solves nothing

The state of Georgia killed another one of its citizens last Tuesday.

February 07, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Much-loved fried shrimp are back at St. Simons grill

Perhaps this renewed love affair doesn't quite rise to the level of Humphrey Bogart's Rick finding Ingrid Bergman's Ilsa in "Casablanca" ("Of ...

February 06, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Super Bowl again puts spotlight on domestic violence

Soon we'll gather with friends for the most watched television event of the year (if even just for the commercials). Last year the Super ...

February 06, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Voters should toss out bums of both parties

It is my hope that America will throw the bums out during this election cycle.

February 04, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Iran giveaway, presidential race show why US is headed awry

I believe most would agree that something very wrong is going on; our society and our nation is going straight to hell in a handbasket ...

February 04, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Some people keep fighting the Civil War

You may have the impression that the Civil War ended sometime around 1865, after the Confederate armies stacked their weapons, the soldiers returned to their ...

February 03, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Enota Road bypass could lead to a dangerous traffic flow

As both a resident of the area and a safety professional, I would like to voice concerns over the proposed bypass of Enota Road. Of ...

February 03, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: If housing, income are your problem, vote for the right solutions

If you are over 40 you should already know what I'm about to say. If you are under 40, hopefully this will help you ...

February 03, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Vengeance is no reason to punish some who pose no threat to us

A few years ago, a friend committed a crime. He deserved punishment, but there were extenuating circumstances: He was weathering three personal tragedies, continuous pain ...

February 02, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: A new year, but the same old Corps of Engineers

It's not unusual for a new year to usher in new rules, regulations, and laws that can impact the way we live our lives ...

February 01, 2016 | By U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Johnny Vardeman: Tunnels still cross beneath the streets of Gainesville

Underground Gainesville?

January 31, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Bringing it on home

If you're reading this on a sunny Sunday from your comfortable home, you may wonder why the struggle to find affordable housing has become ...

January 31, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: State senator wants a helping hand for disabled

Republican state Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician.

January 30, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


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