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Letter: We still should be grateful to vote despite nature of election

The length and tenor of the current election cycle has wearied all of us, but I think that we have actually gained something in this election. Because Donald Trump does not seem to be the kind of candidate who can hide his flaws, and because advances in technology have made it possible to see the work of the Democrats behind the scenes, for the first time in my voting life - which began in 1964 - I feel that I truly know who it is I am voting for. For me, this is preferable to voting for some tricked-out imposter all gussied-up ...

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


Letter: Editorial views should shine a light on Clintons’ immoral behavior

The Times does a good job of selecting opposing opinions presented by local non-professional writers on the Opinion page. The professional journalists dealing specifically with Georgia politics are also generally objective and do a good job of representing opposing factions.

October 31, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Georgia may have a dry future looming

Here we go again: The tri-state water wars, Round ... whatever this one is.

October 30, 2016 | Times staff reports | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Can the school amendment’s plan really fix failing schools?

In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants - no matter who occupies the seat - the governor usually gets. That is because the office controls a lot of money and patronage and can dispense or withhold either, depending on whether or not you support or oppose the governor.

October 29, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: We all should light the way to help homeless

In May, I had sensed the call of God to go minister to the homeless. At the time, I didn't know where I was going to minister. I had been diligently seeking a closer walk with the Lord since the summer of 2015. I had also desired to experience more of God's great love in my own life. As a result of my personal quest to obtain a closer relationship with the Lord, I accepted the challenge and surrendered to go minister.

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


Letter: Columnist’s logic is flawed; a vote against Trump helps Clinton

I have followed Charles Krauthammer's writings for a number of years, and have found he seems to have a unique insight into complex situations and events. His recent article is a rather glaring example seemingly lacking in wisdom and sound reasoning. I refer to his closing remarks in which he stated he could never vote for Donald Trump. Since we only have two viable choices, a write-in has zero chance of being elected, and would serve as a "no" vote, and thus a vote for Hillary Clinton, whom he acknowledged as "deeply flawed."

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


Letter: Vote to keep our nation out of Democrats’ bloodied hands

Folks, it's crunch time!

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


Letter: ‘Critical thinking’ should offer solutions, not just criticize ideas

I am appalled by the letter from Eugene Elander from Dahlonega that appeared in Wednesday's Times stating that the governor's Amendment No. 1 is "wrongheaded."

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


Letter: Residents deserve answers from DOT on traffic impact of Mincey expansion

In its successful bid to rezone the 11.68-acre site on the north side of Browns Bridge Road, Mincey Marble has submitted an application to the Georgia Department of Transportaton to add two center turning lanes for trucks to cross Browns Bridge in order to enter the existing and proposed new plant.

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


Tom Crawford: Voters will settle 2 unknowns on Georgia ballot

As Georgians ponder how they will cast their ballots in this general election, there are only two issues that really have any suspense to them.

October 26, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Letter on Georgia school amendment, column on ‘the left’ both wrongheaded

It is not often a local newspaper carries a doubleheader of wrongheadness on its Opinion page on the exact same day, but such was the case in last Wednesday's Times. I am referring to the letter from Mary Worley and the column by Thomas Sowell. Neither piece passes the test of critical-thinking logic, a subject which I have taught for many years, nor do these items even pass the infamous "sniff test" often applied to such political articles.

October 26, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Retired educators invited to take part in celebration, meetings

Gov. Nathan Deal has designated Nov. 6 as Retired Educator Day in Georgia. Georgia has more than 118,000 retired educators. They contribute countless volunteer hours each year which enrich the lives of many of our residents. We hope our area churches will join in announcing this day of appreciation for this group that has given so much of themselves to the young people in our state.

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


Letter: State should not allow KSU president who isn’t qualified

I am not only surprised, but really disappointed to read about the most unreasonable decision by the Board of Regents of the University Systems of Georgia to appoint Attorney General Sam Olens as the new President of the Kennesaw State University. He does not have any experience or educational background even to become the department head of any community college, unless somebody bypasses all the usual procedures to select a president of any state or private university as stated by columnist Tom Crawford's column "Politics all about connections" published Oct. 19.

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


Editorial: 'Rigged' election plot a far-fetched notion

Amid America's gradual descent into cynicism, we accept certain things as gospel: Death and taxes, the star-spangled banner waving forever, the good guys always win, and, either way, the rules of the game are fair. And in elections, our vote will be counted.

October 23, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Gainesville, Hall should unite for homeless solution

I would like to let myself be heard concerning this homeless situation in Gainesville and Hall County.

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


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Letter: Female pioneers led freedom’s march for us all by speaking up

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution reads: We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice ...

March 29, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Americans should have same health care as elected leaders

In my opinion, U.S. taxpayers should have the same health care system as their officials or vice versa. We need to get everything on ...

March 29, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: One state lawmaker has a fresh idea worth considering

One of the most frustrating aspects of covering Georgia's legislature is that you find yourself writing the same stories about the same set of ...

March 29, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Hall County is still moving forward

Inside today's print edition of The Times is the annual special section which we call Progress. In it, we attempt to capture just a ...

March 26, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Gainesville should better enforce rules to clean up Midtown

In reading the article in The Times on Sunday regarding the new apartment complex Enclave being built off MLK Boulevard, as a resident of the ...

March 25, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Story falsely summarized FBI director’s wiretap stance

From the Times Tuesday, March 21, Page 3A: "Director Comey also says Trump wiretap claims false." I listened to much of Director Comey's comments ...

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


Editorial: Ted Oglesby, a Renaissance public servant, steady voice of reason in journalism, politics

It would be hard to find too many Gainesville residents who had his fingers in more pies than Ted Oglesby.

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


Letter: Americans deserve better health option than GOP bill

Health care really is a complex topic. One reason health care is tricky is because my health is not solely determined by my choices, but ...

March 23, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Tobacco no worse than alcohol, should remain a legal choice

In response to the letter in The Times on March 10 ("Young people are best hope to end 'targeting' by Big Tobacco"), I must say ...

March 23, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: Georgia should approve expansion of eye care services

Georgia lawmakers have the opportunity this session to increase consumer access to needed eye care services and enable highly skilled medical professionals to use the ...

March 22, 2017 | By Dr. Benjamin Casella Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia wise not to follow North Carolina off a cliff

We are now in that period called March Madness, when basketball teams fight their way through a three-week tournament to determine an NCAA national champion.

March 22, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Collins needs to address all the problems with GOP health bill

On March 6, Ken Akins, Marissa Pyle and myself met with Rep. Doug Collins at his Gainesville office to talk about the Affordable Care Act ...

March 20, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: State should put students before politics

Georgia voters rejected a proposed amendment to the constitution last fall that would have allowed the state to assume control of struggling schools. So lawmakers ...

March 19, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: Move to approve injections by optometrists is a dangerous idea

We, as Americans, aspire to be great. It's why we lead the world in creativity, innovation, and economic growth. Yet, occasionally, our efforts have ...

March 17, 2017 | By Steven Walsh Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State tax dollars should not fund private toll roads

One of the most egregious bills I have ever read is making its way through the Georgia General Assembly, another "Governor's bill" which, as ...

March 17, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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