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Local foster parenting efforts are an important first step toward solving an ongoing problem

Practically every day, we hear about a child who has been abused or neglected, and we wonder, "What's wrong with these people? Why would anybody abuse a defenseless child? Somebody ought to do something."

February 21, 2016 | By Phil Hudgins Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Democrats rig primary voting to back the elite

Regardless of which political party or ideology you adhere to, one must admire the Democratic Party leaders. They obviously know their constituency.

February 20, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Sharing ideas on teachers, nukes, Cam, voting

An alert to Georgia public school teachers: Keep a close watch on these two legislators.

February 20, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Georgia should act to limit dangerous police chases

Several recent high-speed police pursuits in North Georgia have caused multiple deaths and injuries to innocent motorists and passengers who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. That is, they were in the way of either the fleeing suspect or the pursuing police officer.

February 19, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: All else aside, pick a president with principles

Do you remember how people called anyone who disagreed with Barack Obama a racist back in 2008 and 2012? Or when you dared oppose Obama for president, you were accused of not supporting him because you were scared to have a black president?

February 18, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: GOP could accept court nominee in return for FBI probe of Clinton

As perhaps one of the few Republicans to support President Barack Obama's right under the constitution to select a nominee to fill Justice Scalia's vacant seat on the U S Supreme Court, I have but one suggestion.

February 18, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Fight is on in Georgia over freedom of faith

Whatever happened to faith, hope and love?

February 17, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Fed, banks have piled up global debt they now can’t pay

Every action the Federal Reserve and western central banks have taken for the last eight years has been to the purpose of keeping the banks of the central banking system solvent. Otherwise they are dead. They died in 2008.

February 15, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Keep elections in English

This editorial, you'll note, is written in English. As are the other items on this page and throughout this newspaper. Though Gainesville and Hall County have a large Spanish-speaking populace, it's not cost-effective for us to print a bilingual product for those readers.

February 14, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Beating plowshares into pistols at state Capitol

Son of a gun. Rep. Rick Jasperse, R-Jasper, is at it again.

February 13, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Change in federal drug laws would clear way to make cannabis oil in Georgia

With some minor enhancements, House Bill 722 would offer Georgians the benefits of medical cannabis needed by many and eliminate dangers from its use. Having witnessed the negative impact of marijuana on individuals, I was against efforts to create a path to legalize medical cannabis. Then I began learning about the many classes of compounds known as cannabinoids that make up the cannabis plant and the unique role each compound may play in our health care.

February 13, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Bill to expand Medicaid access for Georgians could save lives

When I woke up that morning in December and felt the dull ache of depression thudding through my body I was a little bit surprised. Except for a few minor stresses life was pretty good, but sure enough, there was that dark expanse of loneliness, sadness and along with it all the physical symptoms of depression. Physical symptoms that include lethargy, inability to concentrate, slowed motor skills and an inability to express myself through speech and writing with clarity.

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


Letter: Solving income inequality will help, not hurt, US economy

In his Jan. 28 letter, Thomas Day claimed income equality's "free lunch" would kill all incentive to strive and succeed. There are several potential errors in this argument.

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


Tom Crawford: Kemp's SEC primary could be decisive

Two years ago, Secretary of State Brian Kemp began his push to set up an "SEC Primary" for a simple reason: He wanted the world to pay more attention to Georgia and the South in an important presidential election year.

February 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Medical bills can add up fast if you have no insurance

Early in December, I had to miss work and visit the doctor. Winter has never been kind to me, and, as I grow older, my body becomes more susceptible to the changing of the seasons. I was diagnosed with a touch of bronchitis and given two shots and two prescriptions, a simple diagnosis with a simple cure. Except that the latter turned out not to be the case. When my symptoms persisted, I went back two weeks later and received three more prescriptions.

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


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Dick Yarbrough: Answer Man solves all of today's vexing puzzles

Hey, boys and girls! What time is it? It's time for Answer Man! The show where we delve into inquiring minds and show you ...

July 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Church service for racial healing was long overdue

I was so pleased to read the story on racial unity featured in The Times on July 17 (Traditionally white, black churches' joint service shows ...

July 23, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Effort to end violence, learning to live together begins with empathy

Have you ever heard the old saying if you took all the money in the world and divided it up equally in less than 10 ...

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


Tom Crawford: The political parties’ big parties are worth skipping

You can understand why people were reluctant to attend the Republican national convention in Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena this week, or for that matter ...

July 20, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: There’s no cause to celebrate this failed president

I greatly disagree with Dick Meyer's "give thanks for Obama" tribute and suspect at least 60 percent or more of Americans do. I feel ...

July 20, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Johnny Vardeman: Old fire maps provide peek into city’s past

David A. Sanborn, a civil engineer and surveyor, began mapping urban areas as early as 1866 for fire insurance purposes.

July 17, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: A hard road to unity

Could it happen here?

July 17, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: It’s time to lower rhetoric, start healing in world gone mad

Have we gone totally, completely insane?

July 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Franklin offered valuable lesson on open-minded rhetoric

Even a casual observation of current events would confirm that American citizens have become more polarized in thought and rhetoric than we could have imagined ...

July 14, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Quest for tourism money is ruining Chattahoochee River habitat

The love of money destroys the beauty and peace of our rivers. It is such a sad commentary to the people of Helen, Robertstown and ...

July 14, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Nation must join in love to end violence

Once again, I find myself unable to remain silent amid the violence perpetrating itself upon innocent people. The massacre of the Emmanuel Nine in church ...

July 13, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Metro Atlanta town going down a grassy slope

When Mayor Ted Terry talks about the recent decision by him and the Clarkston City Council to dramatically reduce the penalty for the possession of ...

July 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Clinton has her flaws, but GOP’s obsession with her is pointless

You would think that Sunday's columnists Jonah Goldberg and Ron Martz might reflect on the tragic events last week in Minneapolis, Baton Rouge and ...

July 13, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Third parties try to pick the ballot lock

In two weeks, the Republican Party will gather in Cleveland to officially nominate its presidential nominee for the November ballot. A week later in Philadelphia ...

July 10, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: A case of separate justice

Donald Trump has never said much with which I agree, especially since he became a presidential candidate. Much of that has to do with the ...

July 10, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


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