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Letter: Raising lakes, building new ones could ease drought effects

In my memory, based on 32 years of residence in Georgia, our lakes were very low in 1986. They struggled to reach full pool in 1988. They were low again in 1999-2000. Thanks to hurricanes in 2004-2005, full pool was reached. In 2006-2008, Lake Lanier dropped to 25 feet below full pool (1,046 feet). In 2009, thanks to a record December-January rainfall, it was full again. In 2010-2015, Lanier ranged from 1,065 to 1,071 feet. With above average rain in 2015, Lanier rose to 1,074 feet.

November 26, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Junior Lee nails the truths other pundits miss

I promised last week I would share with you the results of the latest patent-pending Wikiwinkwink Political Report, courtesy of my colleague, Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Co., located in Greater Garfield, Ga.

November 26, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: True Christians should support ministry to help sex trade victims

I suggest that the Hall County Commissioners do not reject the Straight Street Ministry's proposal to build a gated home for young women (18 and older) who were victims in sex trafficking. They should allow this ministry to move forward in Hall County and not be intimidated by some in the neighboring community who expressed fear that this building would lower their property values.

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


Editorial: The Times' time to say grace

As we sit down to our annual Thanksgiving feast, we here at The Times would like to go around the table and offer a few morsels of gratitude before we pick up our forks and dig in.

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


Tom Crawford: Even amid changes, Georgia remains a red state

Now that the final election totals are in, let's look at a couple of Georgia's voting trends.

November 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State PSC lets Ga. Power soak customers for nuke plant costs

In response to The Times' recent front page article on Georgia Power's nuclear study: Plant Vogtle reactor units No. 1 and No. 2 took 20 years to build and were 1,200 percent over budget. An additional two reactors under construction at Plant Vogtle now are three years behind schedule and $3 billion over budget. The new reactors were supposed to come on line this year but are only 30 percent finished, so the situation is bound to get worse.

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


A silent, somber ritual of justice: Witnessing an execution

With my eyes on a man taking his last breaths, all I could hear were my own.

November 20, 2016 | Nick Watson | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Broken lives count; don't shut the door on them

Sometimes life breaks people.

November 19, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Electoral College keeps bigger cities from taking power from small states

When I see someone wanting to change the Electoral College system for electing our president (as discussed in The Times on Friday). I realize they have not studied it as I have. Because critics only look at vote totals, they remain in a one-dimensional aspect of the Electoral College and miss all the other benefits.

November 19, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Failing schools need better plan than rejected amendment

Dear Gov. Deal:

November 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Better sites could be found for proposed women’s mission

My husband and I have substantial concerns regarding the spot zoning of land on our road.

November 18, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Clearing camps gives homeless no place to go

In the article titled "More Gainesville homeless camps to be cleared Monday," I would like to quote a sentence that reads: "And like a game of 'Whack-a-mole,' local law enforcement has prepared to stamp out these camps without the promise of alternative shelter. "

November 18, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Leftist forces, supported by Obama, allow violent marches

"There is only one way in which the murderous death of the old society and the bloody birth throes of a new society can be shortened, simplified, and concentrated, and that is by revolutionary terror." These were the words of communist Karl Marx, in the Engels Neue Rheinische Zeitung article "The Victory of Counter-Revolution in Vienna," 1848.

November 17, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Children show selfless love by reaching out to help a neighbor

As I walked out to get my mail on Friday of this past week, I was very weary from weeks and weeks of visiting my husband in the hospital. I did notice that my yard had been raked and all the leaves were gone. What a wonderful surprise! Who could have done this?

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


Tom Crawford: The Trump effect on Georgia could hit health, environment

For both Georgia and the United States as a whole, the election of Donald Trump as president is going to mean some major changes in our lives.

November 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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Editorial: With ever-changing education policies, students still learn best from the best

Elsewhere in today's edition of The Times, you will find pages spotlighting this year's Teachers of the Year for both the Hall County ...

December 11, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Vardeman: Local man documents graves online

A Gainesville man not only has seen about every grave marker in Hall County, he's photographed most of them.

December 11, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Trump won because voters believed him

"It's the economy stupid." James Carville's famous statement explaining Bill Clinton's 1992 victory has been lost to the left in America.

December 09, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Yarbrough: Gainesville community will back Wilheits in time of trouble

Philip Wilheit is a man of no small influence in our state. A community leader and a successful business man - he is president and CEO ...

December 09, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Good has come from homeless camp closing

I have been working with the homeless for many years now.

December 08, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Tom Price is coming for your insurance

Back when he was serving in the Georgia Senate, Tom Price acquired a nickname among the Capitol crowd: Ned Flanders.

December 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Gainesville looks for ideas to honor city’s own Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson

We are grateful for the superb coverage of Deshaun Watson. He has brought tremendous attention and credit to Gainesville High and to the city.

December 07, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Politically correct or polite? Just chill and be merry

Leave it to a savvy business like Starbucks to learn its lesson.

December 04, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: Now comes the lament of sore losers

The presidential post-mortems over the last three-plus weeks have been at once amusing and revelatory.

December 04, 2016 | Ron Martz | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State legal community mourns Judge Mallis

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to extend condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of retired DeKalb County Superior ...

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


Dick Yarbrough: Mount Paran students take a stand for flag

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came ...

December 03, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: PSC works to keep rates low, energy flowing

As a Public Service Commissioner, I have spent the last six years meeting constituents, listening to concerns and discussing energy issues, speaking to civic clubs ...

December 03, 2016 | By Tim Echols Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Experience leads to knowledge, which is how we identify climate change

How do we gain knowledge? Usually through experience. In David Ford's book, "Theology: A Very Short Introduction," he used an apple to illustrate that ...

December 01, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Freedom could topple Castro’s long legacy of Cuban tyranny

Fidel Castro is dead, but long live Castro.

November 30, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Farewell to a zany Capitol character

Friends and relatives who know I work at the state Capitol often ask these questions: How can you stand it there? Don't you just ...

November 30, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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