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Editorial: Salutes to service for Carl Rogers, Jackie Wallace

Two Hall County leaders with very different jobs are stepping away from them this year. Thus, it's an appropriate time to offer a salute to both Carl Rogers and Jackie Wallace for the work each has done to make Hall County a better place.

April 17, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Rogers’ service to community and colleagues will be missed

There comes a time when we all go home and Carl Rogers has chosen this to be his time to leave the Georgia legislature. He is looking forward to spending more time with Linda, his wife and high school sweetheart, and his children and grandchildren.

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


Dick Yarbrough: State school district No. 181 impacts lives

Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that I haven't talked about much even though it is near and dear to my heart.

April 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia leaders aim to keep us in the dark

Whenever you hear an elected official say they support the concept of "transparency" in government, you really shouldn't take them seriously. They usually don't mean what they're saying.

April 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Masters loss offers business lessons for us all

You don't have to be a rabid golf fan to know that Jordan Spieth lost the Masters golf tournament after leading by five shots with only nine holes remaining. Unpredictably, Danny Willett of England shot a final round 67, while Spieth scored a title-surrendering 73 after dunking two balls into the water on the famed 12th hole. So Willet won the championship by three shots.

April 13, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: Take action, make a difference during Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Under criminal justice reforms passed by Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly, Georgians are spending less money on corrections and getting better outcomes. We're reducing recidivism by reserving prison beds for violent criminals and helping nonviolent offenders get treatment for mental health and addiction issues.

April 11, 2016 | By Ann Casas Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Political pressure can get results

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom" bill vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal. My personal opinions are irrelevant to this discussion. Rather, this is a refresher course in Politics 101.

April 09, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Browns Bridge continues to deteriorate, remains dangerous

Browns Bridge across the Chattahoochee River between Hall and Forsyth counties is unsafe due to its very rough and rapidly deteriorating surface.

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


Letter: Faith leaders who disagree disrespectfully turn away many from churches

Sunday's Viewpoint page presented a contrast in how support or opposition to Gov. Nathan Deal's recent veto of the religious liberty bill is expressed by local religious leaders.

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


Letter: Is plan to reroute Gainesville’s downtown traffic working?

Several years ago there were discussions on how to deter traffic from going through the middle of Gainesville on Green Street. I'm not sure which departments were involved, but South Enota Drive was widened from Park Hill Drive to the now Jesse Jewell Parkway. The idea was that into Gainesville traffic on U.S. 129 would be diverted or directed away from going through to the south side of Gainesville.

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


Letter: ‘Campus carry’ law would only divide us further

As a professor at our local university campus, I have been part of the fight to stop House Bill 859, the "campus carry" act now on Gov. Nathan Deal's desk. I have written an op-ed, appeared at a Capitol rally, become a subject of a news story in this paper, been interviewed on the radio, and of course had my picture splashed across the Internet.

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


Letter: Carl Rogers served his district and its residents well in House

How do you go about electing a state official that will serve your district for 22 years and, 1. never be accused of any wrongdoing; 2. represent his constituents at the highest standards; 3. always put the people first; and 4. never get embroiled in a bitter controversy that might cast him in a bad light?

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


Letter: Times, pastors offered balanced views on religious freedom bill

I am writing to express my appreciation for the balanced presentation The Times presented of the opposing viewpoints involved on this topic.

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


Letter: Adding I-985 exit will create more problems than it solves

We are opposed to the new diamond interchange Exit 14 off of Interstate 985. It would be the only exit on I-985 that does not exit onto a main highway; it will exit into a residential area and create a need for an additional $42 million to widen Martin Road, a residential area.

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


Letter: Everyone’s effort is needed to help prevent child abuse in Georgia

We all play a role in the lives of children and their families, and their healthy development is crucial to the future health of our state.

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


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Letter: As a society, we can’t do enough to thank our military veterans

The following is submitted for everyone's approval. I hope at least the medical services and benefits can be given to all our vets. They ...

May 02, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Students need learning option a garden offers

As a former Enota Elementary teacher and Gainesville resident having taught young children for 42 years, I know the value of hands-on, real life activities ...

May 02, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Stamping out support to those in need

While Hall County's jobless rate lingers below 5 percent and many prosper from a growing economy, we see reminders that it's never easy ...

May 01, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Retired Atlanta banker dreams of peace through art

I believe each of us has an obligation to leave this a better world than we found it.

April 30, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Forget fighting over bathrooms; focus on real victims of abuse

I'm writing in response to the glut of Facebook posts calling for parents to eschew Target bathrooms and praising North Carolina's HB2, which ...

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


Letter: Educational value of garden at Enota should factor into plans

Recent research in the field of education emphasizes the importance of the "softer side" of our schools. Students behave better, focus better and remember more ...

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


Letter: I-985 exit plans need changing

Don't waste needed money to have the Exit 14 intersection of Interstate 985 come out on Martin Road. Please consider a more cost-efficient way ...

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


Letter: Columnist tells only part of story on nuclear power

In his Wednesday column about the Public Service Commission and Georgia Power, Tom Crawford has done what most journalist do today - tell part of the ...

April 29, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Cleaning up after your dogs shows consideration for others

I love my dogs. I take good care of them.

April 29, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: School system should preserve Enota garden, not just pictures of it

Regarding The Times article Sunday, "Enota move grows concern over garden's placement:" With the full approval of the Gainesville Board of Education, an extensive ...

April 28, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: School garden is a cherished resource for learning, tranquility

I write following your articles in The Times about the impending destruction of the Smartville garden at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy. What a gem this ...

April 28, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Choosing love, peace that faith offers is path to happiness

Recently I got inebriated and I had a hangover the next morning, but instead of feeling bad, I felt renewed. And recently, I hugged many ...

April 28, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Enota garden and its impact are worth saving

I am writing to object to the destruction of the Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy Smartville garden to build a parking lot. This garden is unlike ...

April 27, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State senator off base in saying Christianity is under attack

I'm glad columnist Dick Yarbrough saw that state Sen. Joshua McKoon had an opportunity to make his case for "religious freedom," but I wonder ...

April 27, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: It's time the PSC finally said 'no' to Georgia Power

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

April 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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