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Tom Crawford: Georgia can learn a lesson from Kansas’ mistake

One of the most compelling political stories of the past week happened not in Washington, D.C., but out to the west in Kansas.

June 14, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Idea of endogeneity explains how scientists sometimes can get it wrong

Seth Godin writes a daily blog. If you are not familiar with it, I recommend subscribing at www.sethgodin.com/sg.

June 14, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: To manage world climate change, we need common goals, shared decisions

Imagine you are lord of the manor in feudal times, and you have provided a large pasture (the commons) for your serfs to run their cattle. Of course, each serf family wants to increase its herd to better themselves, and before long, there are too many cows and the common is overgrazed, turning the field into an eroded area unfit for anything.

June 14, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: A development worthy of a green light

There are great benefits to living in a county with a robust economy and quality of life that lures more people to move here, but also a price to pay at times. That push and pull of progress in our area now is playing out on Dawsonville Highway and plans for an 860-home active-adult community.

June 11, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: US has too many secrets, too many with access to them

The arrest last Monday in Augusta of 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winner for allegedly passing top-secret government documents to an online news site says as much about the government's ineptitude in handing out security clearances as it does her stupidity in thinking she could get away with it.

June 11, 2017 | Ron Martz | All viewpoint stories


Letter: 2 recent stories showed very different contributions to society

As an observer of how people act, react and think, it is usually something radical that gets to me. I think of an old saying from my parents: "Fools' names, like fools' faces, are always seen in public places." The saying never really became clear until I read the recent reports of foolish people doing foolish things in public places.

June 10, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: There’s no way to wipe clean all sins of our Founding Fathers

In his recent letter, Jeff Casper appears to forget slavery was legal and condoned under the government of the United States for almost 100 years. In spite of this, no one has demanded removal of the flag of the United States or statues of founders who also happened to be slave owners.

June 10, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Teachers have earned break from cut-and-run crowd

Dear Georgia's Public Schoolteachers:

June 10, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Show biz puts stars in Georgia’s eyes

Georgia's economy is best known for some of its tastiest exports, namely peaches, peanuts, chicken and Coca-Cola.

June 09, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Utility leaders reward failure over nuclear boondoggles

The executives of Southern Company, the utility holding company headquartered in Atlanta, have been involved in two of the biggest boondoggles in U.S. industrial history.

June 07, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: GOP health plan would eliminate coverage for many with disabilities

Last month, the American Health Care Act, or "TrumpCare" passed the House of Representatives by only four votes. The bill, written as is, would eliminate insurance for millions of low-income Americans, but there is one aspect of the bill that no one is talking about - how the AHCA will impact Medicaid's programs for people with disabilities.

June 07, 2017 | By Justin Pressley Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Veterans get little help after their sacrifices in other countries’ wars

I am so disgusted with Veterans Affairs. It does not assist veterans who wasted their lives for no reason. America seems to be at war all the time with no purpose. If two foreign countries are fighting each other, that's their problem, but we make it ours. That's why our country is not what it once was. We are playing referee to those countries, so why must we interrupt their little wars? We are playing hero at great expense.

June 07, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Trump endangers Earth by ignoring plea for science

President Donald Trump knows just enough science to be dangerous. Given the opportunity, he has demonstrated that he is more than dangerous. By withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, he endangers the future of our planet, and in doing so, jeopardizes the future of my children and grandchildren, and yours.

June 06, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Pulling out of climate deal is another blow to big government

The withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accord ordered by President Donald Trump has caused his enemies great concern. Their attitude demonstrates their ignorance of the Accord and the climate.

June 06, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Paris agreement move a big mistake for nation's future

President Donald Trump's withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement is a national and international tragedy. History will look back upon this as one of the gravest errors that the U.S. has ever committed. We now join Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not in the Paris Climate agreement - really great company!

June 06, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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Tom Crawford: House duel was long, costly and didn't follow the script

"Our long national nightmare is over."

June 28, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Veterans’ health care needs can lead to long drives, iffy insurance bills

I have seen many articles about the Veterans Choice Program, but for me and many other veterans, the program is a joke. Many of my ...

June 28, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Elections, legislative process are steered by media corporations

If you have watched the news in the last year, much has been said by commentators on the subject of media bias. In this case ...

June 28, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: PC epidemic is rampant; the only real cure is truth

We're all familiar with the destructive and fatal PC (aka pernicious counterfeit) virus and some of its strains. The "don't profile and ignore ...

June 26, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Hall residents feel the drill of tax increase

Tax increases are a bit like having a root canal at the dentist. Sometimes they're necessary, though always painful. And if the dentist doesn ...

June 25, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Congressional elections become menu-driven politics

North Georgians were so inundated with ads about the special 6th District House race in metro Atlanta that a number of people in Hall County ...

June 24, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Supreme Court’s hate speech ruling goes against idea in Constitution

In The Times on Thursday's page 2A, a Today in History item read "In 1992, the U. S. Supreme Court, ruled unanimously that 'hate ...

June 24, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Grizzard and other writers were Southern voices who are missed

I recently read Ronda Rich's column about Lewis Grizzard which I enjoyed very much. It seems every time I have lunch at the Collegiate ...

June 24, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Some people prove ‘you can’t fix stupid’

So what possessed comedian Kathy Griffin to post a picture of herself holding the decapitated and bloody head of the president?

June 24, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Shooter wasn’t really ‘evil,’ just targeting who he saw as an enemy

On Thursday, The Times featured on the front page a comment by Rep. Doug Collins. In response to the shooting of his colleague Steve Scalise ...

June 21, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Climate deal won’t work with China, India on honor system

Re: Monday's letter from Bette Holland about the Paris climate accords. If Ms. Holland really believes the Paris accord will have any appreciable effect ...

June 21, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Lawmaker is fighting an old war he can’t win

It was not a good week for state Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson.

June 21, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Will US be left behind in climate efforts?

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change. While his action may score political points ...

June 19, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Congressional members are elected to represent all constituents

Earlier this week, my representative, Doug Collins, removed my comments - which did not contain any profanity, nor any personal attacks - and blocked me from commenting ...

June 19, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Nation's leaders must stay united against hatred

Wednesday's shooting of a U.S. congressman and others at a baseball practice in suburban Washington should serve as a reminder, if we still ...

June 18, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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