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Editorial: Make effort to drive, boat sober this Fourth

A long holiday weekend, hot summer weather, cheap gas and a world of distractions are the perfect formula for danger on Georgia highways.

June 30, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: UNG students, please leave your guns at home

To University of North Georgia students, faculty, staff, parents, and visitors with a concealed weapons permit: Please don't bring your guns to campus. You have this right now. Don't exercise it.

June 30, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Join Wisconsin town in honoring law officers with blue lights

I recently visited by daughter and family in Wasau, located in north central Wisconsin and similar in size to Gainesville. Upon arriving at my daughter's home, I noticed a blue light bulb in the front porch fixture. After dinner, I saw blue lights on virtually every house on the street. At first, I thought they were bug lights. They were not.

June 30, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Elections, legislative process are steered by media corporations

If you have watched the news in the last year, much has been said by commentators on the subject of media bias. In this case, bias means to control the beliefs of the people to drive their actions. The media has become a propaganda machine for an agenda many know little about.

June 28, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Veterans’ health care needs can lead to long drives, iffy insurance bills

I have seen many articles about the Veterans Choice Program, but for me and many other veterans, the program is a joke. Many of my medical services require me to travel to the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur, and some services require a more than 30-day wait. But because there is a VA clinic in Oakwood, I and many other veterans do not qualify for the Choice Program.

June 28, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: House duel was long, costly and didn't follow the script

"Our long national nightmare is over."

June 28, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: PC epidemic is rampant; the only real cure is truth

We're all familiar with the destructive and fatal PC (aka pernicious counterfeit) virus and some of its strains. The "don't profile and ignore" terrorist activity strain led to 13 murdered and many wounded at Fort Hood in Texas, several years ago.

June 26, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Hall residents feel the drill of tax increase

Tax increases are a bit like having a root canal at the dentist. Sometimes they're necessary, though always painful. And if the dentist doesn't work carefully, the agony is even greater.

June 25, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Some people prove ‘you can’t fix stupid’

So what possessed comedian Kathy Griffin to post a picture of herself holding the decapitated and bloody head of the president?

June 24, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Grizzard and other writers were Southern voices who are missed

I recently read Ronda Rich's column about Lewis Grizzard which I enjoyed very much. It seems every time I have lunch at the Collegiate Grill, we sit in the booth under his picture. I miss his columns and those of Celestine Sibley.

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


Letter: Supreme Court’s hate speech ruling goes against idea in Constitution

In The Times on Thursday's page 2A, a Today in History item read "In 1992, the U. S. Supreme Court, ruled unanimously that 'hate crime laws' that banned cross burnings and similar expressions of racial bias violated free speech rights."

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


Editorial: Congressional elections become menu-driven politics

North Georgians were so inundated with ads about the special 6th District House race in metro Atlanta that a number of people in Hall County even tried to vote, apparently thinking such a high-profile race must be for statewide office.

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


Tom Crawford: Lawmaker is fighting an old war he can’t win

It was not a good week for state Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson.

June 21, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Climate deal won’t work with China, India on honor system

Re: Monday's letter from Bette Holland about the Paris climate accords. If Ms. Holland really believes the Paris accord will have any appreciable effect on climate change, then I have some oceanfront Kansas property I'd like to sell her.

June 21, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Shooter wasn’t really ‘evil,’ just targeting who he saw as an enemy

On Thursday, The Times featured on the front page a comment by Rep. Doug Collins. In response to the shooting of his colleague Steve Scalise, he said, "I don't know any specifics on what drove this person to do this ... All I do know is that it's not normal; it's not rational. It's just pure evil."

June 21, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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Editorial: Ballot safety is at risk

If it wasn't bad enough America's politics and government are lumbering the highway on four bald tires, the act of voting itself is ...

July 23, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Bullies on both sides should let the Civil War end

My son, a learned philosopher, says of an impending competition between two football teams he particularly dislikes: "May they play a zero-zero tie in the ...

July 22, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: City workers deserve our appreciation

Give thanks for the people in the yellow and orange-striped pullovers and vests.

July 22, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State leaders need to address the epidemic of highway deaths

Imagine briefly that a group of Georgians who have frequently had uncomfortable encounters with dogs decided to confront the problem by initiating a campaign in ...

July 22, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: President’s triumphs over first 6 months are impressive

There are some things I dislike about President Donald Trump, but isn't that true of most anyone you've ever known or observed? Over ...

July 21, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Declaration put God as creator at the founding of our country

Soon after World War II, an assault against our Foundation Papers began. Our Constitution states "Congress shall pass no laws establishing religion or prohibiting the ...

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


Letter: State crackdown on speeders should include those who text

We read the Saturday article regarding the Operation Southern Shield prevention and enforcement initiative in the Southeast that will focus on speed limit enforcement for ...

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


Letter: Ideal health care for all is only possible if we make it universal

Once again, the Republican health care plan will not come up for a vote as promised. This time it's because Sen. John McCain had ...

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


Tom Crawford: Candidate for governor is Georgia’s own mini-Trump

For those Georgia voters who couldn't get enough of Donald Trump in last year's election, fear not. We have a local version of ...

July 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Georgia’s legal community mourns loss of Judge O’Kelley

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Senior U.S ...

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


Editorial: No more offseasons for political circus

There was a time when every pastime had its assigned season: Baseball in spring and summer, football in fall, basketball and hockey in winter. Then ...

July 16, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Lowering the boom on an ISIS recruit

KNOCK! KNOCK! "Sir, you wanted to see me?"

July 15, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: No lazy summers for these kids

Back in the day, summertime for area kids was not only longer by several weeks, it was full of gleefully idle hours spent barefoot in ...

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


Letter: National media bias evident in AP stories from G-20 Summit

The G-20 Summit report in the Sunday paper by Associated Press reporters David McHugh and Geir Moulson provides two great examples of how the media ...

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


Letter: Freedom of faith includes those who are not Christian

Gary Gambrell recently asked in a letter to The Times, "Since when have you heard big government will not tell us where, when or to ...

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


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