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Joshua Silavent: Lessons from the homeless camps

In some Buddhist traditions, monks in training are required to panhandle for their food. It's an act meant to teach humility.

December 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Web list aiming to expose ‘radical’ professors raises familiar red flags

Recently, the conservative student organization movement Turning Point USA launched the website Professor Watchlist. By searching online news outlets and soliciting anonymous tips, Professor Watchlist provides pictures and brief bios of professors who run against the ideology of Turning Point USA.

December 24, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: This election mimics future Orwell foresaw many years ago

Now that the electors have spoken, a version of the world depicted in George Orwell's "1984" is coming to pass. In "1984," published in 1949 in England, Orwell describes a society dominated by Big Brother, a dictator who controls the tiniest details of all citizens' lives while demanding virtual worship of their "beloved" ultimate leader. Orwell was far ahead of his time in many ways, including the dating of his dystopia: "1984" arrived 32 years late, in 2016, with Donald Trump in the role of Big Brother.

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


Letter: Public Service commissioner well-versed on nuclear power

Times reader Bruce Vandiver criticized Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols in his Dec. 16 letter, "Member of PSC didn't factor real human cost of nuclear power." He cited nuclear power plant accidents of 1986 Chernobyl in Russian, 2011 Fukushima in Japan and 1979 Three Mile Island as reasons for his assessment.

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


Letter: Proportional vote by electors would preserve aim of US Constitution

I agree with many we need to review and probably reform the way we elect a president ("A vote for a new way," Sunday editorial).

December 21, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia's neighbors set an example for common sense

There have been some interesting political stories to tell this year, but two of the most interesting happened last week in Georgia's neighboring states to the south and east.

December 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Electors should vote right away, face stiff penalties for switching

If we had a pure democracy, national laws and presidential elections would be dominated by a few mega cities. Rural areas would have almost no influence. We have a Senate and Electoral College to give at least a little influence to smaller states and rural areas. A concern is that people may be able to steal the election by intimidating the electors as the Democrats tried to do.

December 21, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Don’t tell me to ‘move on’ from Trump family’s ideas

There are so many things wrong with a Trump family presidency, I don't know where to begin. I'll never get over hearing a president say the things he said on the "Bush" tape or brag about his right to skulk around backstage at a beauty contest or use the "f" word at a rally. I won't move on from that, and neither should you.

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


Letter: Little Georgia Tech’s win over mighty UGA is hard to fathom

David v. Goliath, and David wins again. How can it happen?

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


Editorial: A vote for a new way to pick a president

The nation's 45th president will be elected Monday.

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


Guest column: Thanks to PSC, utility keeps its sticky fingers in public’s pockets

"I'm an individual citizen asking the commission to please represent the public and get this rich, highly profitable, private corporation's sticky fingers out of my pockets!" pleaded public witness Robert Searfoss.

December 17, 2016 | By Glenn Carroll Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Facts on climate change refute letter denying reality of science

Wednesday's edition had a long letter from George C. Kaulbach of Cornelia attempting to show climate change is a hoax. I realize you editors need to fill space on the editorial page with something, but must you do it with letters that leave the reading public with the impression that all folks in North Georgia just came in from the turnip patch, or get their data from a recollection of the drought of 1999 in Cornelia?

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


Letter: Member of PSC didn’t factor in real human cost of nuclear power

The recent commentary by Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols defending conduct of the PSC against criticism from left-leaning critics who have been quote "loud and proud" against nuclear energy is misleading. Commissioner Echols suggests electric rates in Georgia, which include the cost of nuclear power projects ,are about 14 percent below the national average. This does not represent the true cost of nuclear power. The true cost is reflected only when you include catastrophic incidents like the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi meltdown event in Japan, the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown in Ukraine, and the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown at Harrisburg, Pa ...

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


Letter: Gus Whalen taught how courage, optimism can achieve any goal

Ever since I moved to Gainesville in 1988, I have remained impressed with the astounding number of prominent local citizens who excel in many ways.

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


Letter: John Glenn’s vision, courage showed us the true greatness of America

On Sept. 11, 2001, the world changed and I began telling people that the American space program, and many other things American, had been set back by 50 years. On Nov. 9, I changed my prediction again. A person advocating Make America Great Again had become president-elect, and that person has a distorted version of what a great America looks like and represents.

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


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Guest column: Budget cuts could threaten legal services for state’s poor

We recently helped a mother and her five children avoid eviction from their home that was scheduled to happen the following day. All in a ...

April 28, 2017 | By Wendy Glasbrenner Georgia Legal Services Program | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: United Way of Hall still is expanding its reach under new leadership

Any worries that the United Way of Hall County might lose its fundraising momentum after the retirement of its longtime director has been blown away ...

April 27, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: House runoff in metro Atlanta is all about Trump

The first round of voting in the 6th Congressional District special election was a giant exercise in sorting.

April 26, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: New face, fresh start for Gainesville schools

When an organization has a chance at a do-over, the key questions to ask are: What did we do right last time and how can ...

April 23, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: A Golden home venue for the Tigers

Atlanta media has been in a frenzy hyping the city's new sports venues - the Braves' new stadium opened to great acclaim, even if getting ...

April 20, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: What Hall spends on bilingual ballots is a wise investment for county’s future

The recent decision by the Hall County Board of Elections to begin making bilingual ballots accessible to the public has attracted some attention. Several letters ...

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


Tom Crawford: Public Service Commission facing reality over nuclear cost overruns

On St. Patrick's Day in 2009, the Public Service Commission decided one of its most important cases ever.

April 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Bilingual ballots are a vote for what’s right

We've all experienced this moment: You're in the voting booth, poring over your choices. After selecting your candidates, you scroll to the bottom ...

April 16, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Hall embraces diversity with bilingual ballots

Recent Hall County events have reminded many of us that our county is a warm and welcoming place to live, a reputation we can be ...

April 15, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: A true love of learning is lost during schools’ testing frenzy

This week, most children begin to endure standardized testing. It will linger through the remainder of the year. Few teachers avoid the notion of or ...

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


Letter: To participate fully in elections, all voters should learn English

I agree bilingual ballots could give Latino legal residents a voice in the Hall County election process. However, if they wish to participate fully, as ...

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


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