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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 into this paper. His message seems intended to convince readers that conservatives and Christians are "victims" whose freedom of speech is under attack on all fronts. It's a false narrative. Perhaps the best metric by which to measure this allegation is to look at which party controls Congress. The "victims" are running the show.

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 our corn crop to power out cars. To make it worse, as taxpayers we subsidize the ethanol producers nearly 50 cents a gallon.

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 entertaining - presidential campaigns since at least 1912.

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 flat tire while traveling on Pearl Nix Parkway.

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 the lake's long-term health.

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 not act. Coral reefs are dying; this last year had record flooding; oil spills are doing irreparable damage to ecosystems; sea levels are rising with increases in flooding of coastal cities; record temperatures with resultant severe heat waves and deaths are increasing; and animals and plants are moving their habitat northward to adapt to warmer climates.

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 in their way by politicians, bureaucrats, special interest groups, ideologues, social experimenters and assorted other navel-gazers - none of whom could carry their book bag.

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 and loves the founding principles of our republic, states: "Political correctness is one of the major reasons why Europe today is lifeless. I believe America is about 10 years behind the U.K. in the political correctness stakes. I came to America for the American dream - and to escape political correctness."

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 not move here with us, we have always been interested in the educational community in Gainesville. Of particular interest are the opportunities available here, which are considerable considering the fact Gainesville is not a major metropolis but still a vibrant and exciting town in which to live. Neither of us is a Southerner by birth but here is where we intend to stay as "damn Yankees."

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 throughout the United States. Enota school's Smartville Garden models these innovative programs to educate children in nature.

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 no government is good government. What Stossel and his loudmouth associates are not seeing is that their standard bearer, Donald Trump, is leading the conservative nation into oblivion.

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


Tom Crawford: Georgia should follow Louisiana's lead, bend on Medicaid

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 22, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Green spaces are more prized than buildings to a city

Regarding the Enota Elementary School Garden controversy, I would hope that the powers that be consider the arguments made by Gainesville citizens in favor of redesigning the proposed building to conserve the garden as is.

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


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Letter: Good has come from homeless camp closing

I have been working with the homeless for many years now.

December 08, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Tom Price is coming for your insurance

Back when he was serving in the Georgia Senate, Tom Price acquired a nickname among the Capitol crowd: Ned Flanders.

December 07, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Gainesville looks for ideas to honor city’s own Heisman finalist Deshaun Watson

We are grateful for the superb coverage of Deshaun Watson. He has brought tremendous attention and credit to Gainesville High and to the city.

December 07, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Politically correct or polite? Just chill and be merry

Leave it to a savvy business like Starbucks to learn its lesson.

December 04, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: Now comes the lament of sore losers

The presidential post-mortems over the last three-plus weeks have been at once amusing and revelatory.

December 04, 2016 | Ron Martz | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State legal community mourns Judge Mallis

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I wish to extend condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of retired DeKalb County Superior ...

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


Dick Yarbrough: Mount Paran students take a stand for flag

God bless America and God bless Mount Paran Christian School in Cobb County. Before a recent football playoff game, every player on the team came ...

December 03, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: PSC works to keep rates low, energy flowing

As a Public Service Commissioner, I have spent the last six years meeting constituents, listening to concerns and discussing energy issues, speaking to civic clubs ...

December 03, 2016 | By Tim Echols Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Experience leads to knowledge, which is how we identify climate change

How do we gain knowledge? Usually through experience. In David Ford's book, "Theology: A Very Short Introduction," he used an apple to illustrate that ...

December 01, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Freedom could topple Castro’s long legacy of Cuban tyranny

Fidel Castro is dead, but long live Castro.

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


Tom Crawford: Farewell to a zany Capitol character

Friends and relatives who know I work at the state Capitol often ask these questions: How can you stand it there? Don't you just ...

November 30, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Lions Club members serve community well, seek others who want to join in service

I would like to thank Johnny Vardeman for his excellent article on the history of the involvement of the Gainesville Lions Club with City Park ...

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


Editorial: Public safety pros earn badges of honor

As we gather for Thanksgiving, Christmas and other end-of-year celebrations, our prayers at the holiday dinner table need to include the men and women in ...

November 27, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Raising lakes, building new ones could ease drought effects

In my memory, based on 32 years of residence in Georgia, our lakes were very low in 1986. They struggled to reach full pool in ...

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


Dick Yarbrough: Junior Lee nails the truths other pundits miss

I promised last week I would share with you the results of the latest patent-pending Wikiwinkwink Political Report, courtesy of my colleague, Junior E. Lee ...

November 26, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


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