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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 usual, passed the Georgia Senate unanimously. As I write, this bill sits waiting for a vote in the House Transportation Committee to send it to the House floor, and then onto the governor's desk.

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


Letter: Teacher-athlete pay gap is a case of distorted values

Please note first: I'm a lifelong, avid football fan. Note secondly that I greatly admire those who dedicate their lives to teaching, as my wife Sandra did so ardently and devotedly for 26 years.

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


Dave Casper: Ides of March sometimes are a bad omen

Legend has it that March 15 carries a bad omen, especially for Roman emperor Julius Caesar.

March 16, 2017 | By Dave Casper Columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Young people should get involved to make their world better

We need to help the youth get on board, whether over religion, drug usage or radical political views. The youth of this city need to take a stand. We as citizens are not just solely responsible for healing your community, but are required to do so. We have the right to have opinions and the ability to preach said opinions freely.

March 16, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Trump video reveals a double standard over what racism is

So it's OK for Snoop Dogg to paint a black man's face like Donald Trump and then show him being assassinated on one of his videos, but someone can claim racial insensitivity over a Mardis Gras blackface and demand an apology.

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


Guest column: Congressional bills would improve effort to preserve North Georgia forests

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is home to some of our state's most scenic natural areas: the Cohutta Mountains, Brasstown Bald, Lake Rabun and the Appalachian Trail, to name a few. Thousands of miles of clear-running streams and rivers protected by many thousands of acres of forest help provide clean drinking water to the people of North Georgia. And with more than 10 million visitors each year, the National Forest is the outdoor recreation playground for Georgia's largest and ever-growing metropolitan area.

March 15, 2017 | By Deron Davis Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Speaker may seek to shift his power to governor's post

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question: Why would someone want to run for governor when he's already speaker of the Georgia House?

March 15, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Let the light shine in to keep government transparent

"Sunshine is the best disinfectant," attributed to Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in 1913, doesn't refer to keeping your kitchen germ-free. It's the idea that only through transparency and application of the First Amendment can Americans monitor what their governments are doing.

March 12, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Leaders should take sensible steps to lower US health costs

Our country is going the way of Greece and nobody seems willing to let our political leaders curb how much they spend. Hopefully someone, especially our federal and state political leaders, will consider the following and suggest ways to actually reduce the cost of health care.

March 11, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Motorists should stick to posted speed limits during bridge work

My concern is with the traffic on Ga. 53 at the meeting of Hall and Forsyth counties. There is a bridge construction in progress and the posted speed limits are 45, 35, 45 mph. Even if the crews are not working, is still a posted speed. That does not mean people should be right on your bumper, flashing their high beams or leaving them on and harassing you. This happens mainly going from the bridge towards Gainesville in the mornings.

March 11, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: State has a better plan to fix struggling schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.

March 11, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Young people are best hope to end ‘targeting’ by Big Tobacco

Did you know tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer? While tobacco use in America has declined, its health effects continue to negatively impact certain communities more than others.

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


Letter: Recent stories seem to indicate Hall resisting any real progress

Looking at the headlines in Tuesday's issue of The Times, I saw the following two stories: "South Hall winery proposal rejected" and "Hall commissioners consider law restricting local Hollywood filming."

March 10, 2017 | Times staff reports | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Immigration rules now lead to deportation for traffic cases

Thanks for your editorial on Sunday regarding immigration issues. I think there is one fact you may have gotten wrong and that is that under the new administration, every noncitizen is equally prioritized for deportation when they go before the immigration court.

March 09, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Lawmakers say goodbye to casinos, hello to yachts

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment. It's been a session more noteworthy for what wasn't done rather than what was, as illustrated by the casino gambling bills.

March 08, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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Letter: Recent letters, column take different views on how we learn tolerance

The juxtaposition of Jayne Bedingfield's letter in Friday's paper about generalization being "a mistake that is often made by children and the ...

August 19, 2017 | | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Let’s all help UNG students learn to become better writers

University of North Georgia enrollment keeps climbing. As we prepare for the start of the fall semester, we are looking at close to 20,000 ...

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


Dick Yarbrough: Feeling grateful and lucky to be alive

I owe you an explanation about where I have been or not been - as on these pages. To mangle a bit of Charles Dickens, these ...

August 19, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: How a march for equality, dignity can hit close to home

"I wish I lived in an all white world." This shocking statement came from my 5-year-old daughter. It was three decades past the days of ...

August 18, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Parker’s views on monuments, race echo alt-right extremism

Star Parker's column on Thursday regarding the events in Charlottesville, Va. was in stark contrast to the editorial of The Times on the same ...

August 18, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Racism is not a right-left issue; it's a right-wrong one

As conflicts escalate nationwide over racial issues, local residents gathered in a peaceful march Tuesday in Gainesville. They chanted "love not hate will make America ...

August 17, 2017 | Times staff reports | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Prayer, peace will lead us past evil that spurs injustice

Author Charles Dickens once wrote that we are living in the best of times and the worst of times, the age of wisdom, the age ...

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


Letter: Sea levels aren’t rising because of CO2; there are seismic causes

A recent two-column article in the Times pictured dead trees along the shoreline in New Jersey. The first line read something like this, "Dead trees ...

August 16, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Trump followers aren’t listening to trusted sources of conservative ideas

In this era of Trump, I often ask myself: What or whom do the president's supporters read for educated opinions, wisdom and guidance? No ...

August 16, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia Democrats may be headed for an ugly split in 2018 race

Georgia's Democratic voters will have their choice of two Staceys in next year's primary for governor: state Rep. Stacey Abrams of Atlanta or ...

August 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Dissent should have a purpose

Put yourself in the shoes of a member of Congress for a moment. Yeah, it may feel icky, but play along.

August 13, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Pro: Will plan to limit legal immigration boost the US economy?

President Donald Trump got big applause last week during a speech in Ohio when he called for fixing our immigration system. Instead of a "terrible ...

August 13, 2017 | By Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue Guest columnists | All viewpoint stories


Con: Will plan to limit legal immigration boost the US economy?

Last week, Sen. David Perdue sponsored the RAISE act, a bill to reduce the number of immigrants into the United States by half over the ...

August 13, 2017 | By Noah Weinrich Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: GOP tax plan offers sketchy details, false promises

I attended U.S. Rep. Doug Collins' town hall last Wednesday night and was thankful he answered many questions from a mostly Democratic audience. His ...

August 12, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Congressman was dismissive to those who oppose his views

Thursday's Times report of U.S. Rep. Doug Collins' town hall includes quotations by the congressman that are dismissive of and insulting to the ...

August 12, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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