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Letter: Health insurance tax would put a heavy burden on small business

Health care is consistently ranked as a top concern by Americans , as confirmed by polling conducted earlier this year by the AP and National Opinion Research Center. That's why American small business and families have been so outraged by the health insurance tax, which went into effect in 2014. The HIT is a more than a $150 billion burden on small businesses and any family or individual who buys their own health insurance.

August 12, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: New school building is needed to bring Enota up to date

Let me clarify a point that seems to have been overlooked in the saga that has become known as the "Enota Garden." We need a new building. The 800-plus children and adults that actually use the building everyday deserve to be brought into the 21st century. Bottom line: A new building is necessary.

August 12, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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August 11, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Letter: When it comes to dishonesty in DC, both parties are the same

In his recent letter, Gary B. Hulsey suggests Americans have lost their way and no longer stand for truth and justice. Referring to the Benghazi incident, he infers Hillary Clinton thinks the lives of U.S. personnel are expendable. He ignores the infinitely larger cost of the Iraq war in terms of lives, and fails to attribute appropriate responsibility to political leadership. Were those lives expendable also? Is this selective application of righteous indignation?

August 11, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Seniors should be willing to support schools, a need for educated workers

I read your Sunday front page article on tax revenue loss for schools with a sense of great disappointment in my fellow senior citizens. Certainly at age 70 or possibly earlier, individuals with limited income, less than $35,000 or possibly $50,000 should be able to be exempt from school taxes. For the rest of us more fortunate seniors, I believe it our responsibility and civic duty to continue to pay school taxes.

August 11, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Government schools will always want more of our tax dollars

I read with interest the moanings of the school board regarding senior tax exemptions. How sad; these socialists just can't get enough of our money. A much fairer and better way to handle exemptions would be to exempt anyone who has never had a child in government schools. Though I have never been wealthy I raised my children in Christian school, K through college degrees. It was a good decision. It is legal larceny to tax me for the schools that other people choose.

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


Letter: GOP should back Trump as a better choice than lawless Democratic candidate

When I see law and order attacked and the lawless emboldened by the leadership in our country, I find it extremely troubling. Then we see a person who has been proven to be a habitual liar and grossly incompetent nominated for the highest office in the land. Assuming this is the future norm, how can we survive as a nation our founders envisioned and spelled out in our Constitution?

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


Tom Crawford: Isakson may be hurt by Trump's tumble in Georgia

One year ago, the political experts were sure of two things about Georgia voters.

August 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Parties sail off on voyages from reality

The political parties have concluded their respective four-day infomercials and the fall presidential race is on. Two New Yorkers earned their party nominations after brutally long and tough primary races and contentious, divided conventions, many of the opposing factions still stewing with hurt feelings over their final defeats.

August 07, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: A broken way to pick a president

The ascendance of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to the head of their respective parties as presidential candidates is proof positive that our present system of picking the leader of the free world is, if not irrevocably broken, at least in need of a major overhaul.

August 07, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Putin is one Vlad actor, but is he a hacker?

Ring! Ring! Ring!

August 06, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Governor didn’t fully explain school amendment issue

While speaking to employees new to the Hall County school district about education reform and the Opportunity School District constitutional amendment proposal, Gov. Nathan Deal missed the opportunity to explain his real education goals to those new employees. He had the opportunity to tell the new teachers in the audience that 4 of every 10 of them will be gone by 2021. A document issued by the Georgia DOE in December, 2015 provides statewide statistics supporting that fact.

August 04, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Americans should stop being PC, support their traditional values

Jim Croce warned, "You don't tug on Superman's cape." Back then, men mimicked the Man of Steel by standing for truth, justice and the "American way." Today, many men, especially today's middle-aged and younger segment of our population, have been devitalized and relegated to the passivity of only spectating.

August 04, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Presidential race requires voters to pay attention and participate

I've seen little, if any, coverage of the presidential election in my local papers and other sources. It's as if White County and Georgia have little interest in the most important election, not just in my lifetime but in the history of our country. I'm asking you to put aside your distractions for a few minutes and think about what we are facing.

August 03, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: CNN convention coverage made an effort to ignore speakers

According to conservative news sources, "CNN cut away from speakers ... Mary Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, and Jamiel Shaw, who each lost a child through crimes committed by illegal aliens. ... who spoke out against illegal immigration at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, turning instead to its daily stable of talking heads, and coming back for a conventional politicians speech."

August 03, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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Editorial: How we overcome a nation divided into ‘others’

Monday, the nation again pauses to celebrate the legacy of a man who dedicated his life's work toward uniting a divided nation into something ...

January 15, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Christian values should embrace a tolerance for our differences

The headline read "Christian persecution grows in America." I don't know if columnist Star Parker wrote the headline or someone at The Times did ...

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


Letter: Gainesville should give hero Deshaun Watson a parade

I hope Gainesville will give DeShaun Watson a parade. I had two sons graduate from Gainesville High and we are extremely proud of him. He ...

January 13, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: FairTax plan would fully replace sales, income taxes

Monday's front page lead article on the General Assembly, "Tax reform, cannabis on to-do lists," includes inaccurate information about the "Georgia FairTax Act," introduced ...

January 13, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Hail to Gainesville's own champion, Deshaun Watson

To: Deshaun Watson, Quarterback, National Champion Clemson Tigers.

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


Tom Crawford: Pick up the phone; we must hold elected officials accountable

When Donald Trump was campaigning for president, he pledged he would "drain the swamp" in Washington and put an end to all the influence peddling ...

January 11, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Thanks to community, rescue pros who helped saved a stranded pet

I would like to thank each and everyone who helped by making and posting flyers, calling with sightings, and ultimately, doing the dirty work of ...

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


Letter: It’s hard to shrug off past nuclear accidents

After reading James Rust's letter defending the Public Service Commission's support for nuclear power, I find it remarkable that he would casually excuse ...

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


Editorial: Schools are key Capitol project for state lawmakers

When the gavel drops to bang in the 2017 Georgia General Assembly on Monday morning, that loud crack echoing through the chambers might sound like ...

January 08, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: Obama leaves a legacy of indecision

Over the next 12 days, political commentators will use a lot of ink and even more air time to begin assessing the legacy of President ...

January 08, 2017 | Ron Martz | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Trump won in 9th District thanks to hard work by many

Now the election is over and the Electoral College has voted. Donald Trump will take the oath of office on Jan. 20, becoming the 45 ...

January 06, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: A salute to Judge Wynne for a stellar career in law

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to extend congratulations and thanks to Hall County State Court Chief Judge Charles S. Wynne ...

January 06, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: More traffic isn’t welcome at busy section of Gainesville

I read in your paper the new Holiday Inn Express will be built on Dawsonville Highway, a fast-growing, bustling section of town. That's not ...

January 05, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Renamed road should celebrate all of Deshaun Watson’s talents

A proclamation to rename Touchdown Drive to Deshaun Watson Drive is missing an opportunity to tell it all and still hit the mark. Bureaucracy very ...

January 05, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Story on dog rescue a welcome break from tragic news

Thank you for devoting front page space for the heartwarming story of the dog rescue from the well. We are so used to horrible things ...

January 05, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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