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Letter: Voters should be able to choose ideas, not just individual candidates

As the political debates drag on and we watch with growing unease as candidates beat each other up with charges and smears we've heard over and over, I'd like to suggest we shouldn't be casting votes for individual candidates at all. Instead, the public should be hearing local debates over issues, policies and ideas, and casting their votes for planks in party platforms.

March 10, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Deal backed religious freedom before, now changes his tune

While he was in Congress, Gov. Nathan Deal supported wholeheartedly the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The federal RFRA law contains the same wording included in the Georgia RFRA bill. I understand that the governor pledged to sign a bill containing the language of the federal law. Gov. Deal is now unwilling to support this bill.

March 10, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Hall County should turn Glades Reservoir project over to private sector

It was certainly good news for the taxpayers of Hall County when it was decided that Glades Reservoir was not needed for future water supply. We have already spent nearly $20 million on this project with nothing to show for it. (I am embarrassed that as a Hall Commissioner in the 1990s, I had a part in the beginning of this boondoggle!)

March 09, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Community has united to keep Hall’s Vision 2030 moving ahead

During the last two years I have been a volunteer leader and participant in the Vision 2030 Wisdom Project. Yes, there is a Vision 2030 for Hall County and they have a website. Its worth a visit to see what is going on with this 2005 initiative.

March 09, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Why qualifying week should matter to Georgians

Qualifying week, when candidates fill out the paperwork to be on the election ballot, is something I call "put up or shut up" time.

March 09, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Don't let lawmakers shade the sunshine

If there's one message shining through in this year's presidential race, it is a general distrust of giving government too much influence in our lives. Candidates from both parties are railing on how the unholy alliance between the public and private sectors works against middle-class Americans while lining the pockets of the rich and powerful.

March 06, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: Allowing firearms on campus a recipe for disaster

Georgia's so-called "Campus Carry" bill is a potential disaster in the making.

March 06, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Welfare drug testing could lead to savings

I am a student from Georgia Cyber Academy working on a project in government class concerning government policies and how they affect citizens. I have read a recent article from The Times pertaining to the new push for drug testing as a requirement for welfare recipients in Georgia.

March 05, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: WDUN’s Gunn will be missed for his professionalism, good humor

I was truly saddened by The Times death announcement of WDUN's Jerry Gunn. He had a following that was akin to none, a funny man with a dry sense of humor. I dearly enjoyed his company.

March 05, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Broccoli aside, here's some positive news to share

I had intended to provide you with an in-depth analysis of the SEC primary this week, but that will have to wait.

March 05, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Bill to limit board members is a Capitol contradiction

Talk to any member of the General Assembly, and most of them will tell you one of their biggest goals is to bring business to the state and create more jobs.

March 02, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Doug Collins: More transparency in needed in US prescription drug marketplace

Local pharmacists play a vital role in America's neighborhoods and communities, particularly in more rural areas in Northeast Georgia. They provide unparalleled guidance, assistance and resources for families, including my own.

March 01, 2016 | By U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Guest commentary | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Primary gale roars into Georgia

Hold on to your hats: March is coming in like a lion this year.

February 28, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Public school advocates should organize for ideological war

I had the privilege to speak to several hundred educators in Atlanta last week. I was there to talk about my experiences as a member of the Education Reform Commission but, as is my wont, I soon deviated off the purpose for which I had been invited to speak and into uncharted waters.

February 27, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: US must take lead to end use of fossil fuels

The Supreme Court has just issued a stay to put the Clean Power Plan on hold until the legality of the plan has been decided. What this ultimately means for the fate of the Clean Power Plan is still undecided.

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


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Letter: Gainesville’s school board has ignored wishes of community

My frustration with Superintendent Wanda Creel and the Gainesville City School Board has grown since the June 6 meeting.

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


Letter: The intellectuals’ way has led us to huge government deficits

Most of the recent presidents have been from Ivy League Schools and that supposedly meant they received the best education available. These educated presidents consequently ...

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


Letter: Free speech isn’t under attack by those who prefer polite diplomacy

After reading Dick Biggs' recent letter, I'd say it looks like conservatives are going all out to get their party's traditional talking points ...

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


Letter: Ethanol fuel subsidies show why nation needs better leadership

I read this headline,"FEMA contractor predicts 'social unrest' caused by 395 percent food price spikes." I then remembered we use over a third of ...

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


Tom Crawford: Some politicians in Georgia have outraised Trump

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national nominating conventions next month, it's clear that this has become one of the strangest - and most ...

June 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Family’s roadside help is an example of everyday kindness

We read of bad events every day, but so many good deeds are done in our area. I found this out when I had a ...

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


Guest column, Rep. Doug Collins: IRS abuse is a violation of public’s trust

Who do you trust with your private information - the affiliations that reveal your religious or political beliefs?

June 27, 2016 | By U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: Gun limits for whom?

The Obama administration's response to the mass murder of 49 people in an Orlando nightclub on June 12 is depressingly predictable and woefully inadequate.

June 26, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: A dry spell looming over water worries

Even as we enjoy the cool waters of Lake Lanier amid the summer heat, there are dark clouds looming on the horizon that could affect ...

June 26, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Will we listen to the message nature sends us?

All around us, we are seeing the ravages of climate change. Mother nature is giving us warnings of the dangers to come if we do ...

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


Dick Yarbrough: Here's a Sebastian who is the real deal

I don't know how school teachers manage to do what they do and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed ...

June 25, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: It’s time to abandon our political correctness, speak out boldly

"Retaking America" is a fascinating book about how political correctness is destroying our nation. Author Nick Adams, a young Australian who now resides in America ...

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


Letter: School garden is of great benefit to entire community

My husband and I moved to Gainesville in the early 1990s so he could take a position teaching at Brenau University. While our daughter did ...

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


Letter: Eco-friendly school movement is reflected in Enota’s garden

Surely, Gainesville City School administrators and board members are unaware of the National Wildlife Federation's campaign to increase eco-school programs and develop schoolyard habitats ...

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


Letter: Conservatives’ aim to ‘interfere’ less doesn’t make nation better

The opinion piece in Monday's paper by John Stossel ("Clinton is eager to interfere in our lives") was typical of the conservative claim that ...

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


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