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Letter: Nation falls shy of attaining its democratic ideal in 3 key measures

In 1971, Howard Zinn measured our government against the harshest of all standards, the ideal of democracy. Against this, man's achievements in 1971 or 2016, although worthy of praise, fall short of ideal. Zinn measured our shortages against 10 categories. As we close Election Day 2016, at least three of those deserve another measurement: ballot access, freedom of individuality and the opportunity to protest.

November 05, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Stewardship, education are the keys to survival for hemlocks

Gratitude is much on our minds as we approach the Thanksgiving season and reflect on our blessings: families, friends, the beautiful part of the country we live in and its bountiful natural resources, our freedom to enjoy them and, yes, our responsibility and privilege to protect these treasures. But part of this picture is in grave danger.

November 05, 2016 | Times staff reports | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Skeeter has his own unique take on election

One of the dangers of providing you with my opinions each week - besides not having a clue where to put commas - is that it is easy to lose touch with reality and start acting like all the media pundits who think they are so smart that their IQs should be measured with a yardstick. My momma didn't raise me like that.

November 05, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: A slanted perspective on campaign

No matter whether Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump wins the presidency on Tuesday, the biggest loser in this bizarre election cycle will be the American media.

November 05, 2016 | Ron Martz | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Still worth your vote

Election Days when Americans gather to elect a new president have always been a joyous tribute to our constitutional democracy and the will of the people.

November 05, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Nonprofit transit program helps seniors maintain lives of mobility

It is time to think about our older adults and what they need to stay active, healthy and independent. It is time to think about our grandparents, older parents, older neighbors and friends. It is time to make them a priority. It is time to adopt and embrace a senior transportation program that keeps them from being isolated.

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


Letter: Forget Clinton’s emails; Trump’s flip-flops, policy ideas are far worse

RE: Hillary Clinton's emails. This seeming rehash of this subject resulted from the recent untimely action of FBI Director James Comey reopening his initial statement that the matter was closed.

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


Letter: Voters shouldn’t pick candidates merely on looks, race or gender

In 1962, when I was a lad of 10, I went with my mother to visit one of her friends. Upon arrival, the governor's race was discussed, and my mother said, "I'm going to vote for Carl Sanders because he is so handsome." My mother's friend agreed that ol' Carl was a very handsome man and she was going to vote for him for the same reason.

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


Letter: There is hope for nation if we vote with our true conscience

Is there still hope for America? It is my hope voters will look to the real issues facing our country and the necessity for a change in our direction, and not vote based solely on popularity. Let's face it; the two people running for president are flawed.

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


Tom Crawford: Isakson’s health is a valid issue in Senate race

There's not much suspense about who will win Georgia's U.S. Senate race. Republican incumbent Johnny Isakson has been ahead of his Democratic challenger, Jim Barksdale, by 10 points or more in most recent polls.

November 02, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Hall commission gave in to money interests over its Mincey decision

Something stinks more than styrene in Hall County. Look no further than the Hall commissioners' office to find the source. There is absolutely no logical explanation for the approval of the rezoning of Mincey Marble's property other than money and power prevails over the will of the majority of the people, again!

November 02, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Democrats never discuss hard work, freedom, independence

As you listen to any candidate from the Democratic Party in either a speech or in a written article, there are words and phrases you will never find simply because they do not believe in them. They are as follows: freedom, independence, self-reliance, individual rights, property rights, hard work, accountability, illegal aliens (not "undocumented workers") radical Islamic jihadists and in God we trust.

November 02, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: We still should be grateful to vote despite nature of election

The length and tenor of the current election cycle has wearied all of us, but I think that we have actually gained something in this election. Because Donald Trump does not seem to be the kind of candidate who can hide his flaws, and because advances in technology have made it possible to see the work of the Democrats behind the scenes, for the first time in my voting life - which began in 1964 - I feel that I truly know who it is I am voting for. For me, this is preferable to voting for some tricked-out imposter all gussied-up ...

November 02, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Editorial views should shine a light on Clintons’ immoral behavior

The Times does a good job of selecting opposing opinions presented by local non-professional writers on the Opinion page. The professional journalists dealing specifically with Georgia politics are also generally objective and do a good job of representing opposing factions.

October 31, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Georgia may have a dry future looming

Here we go again: The tri-state water wars, Round ... whatever this one is.

October 30, 2016 | Times staff reports | All viewpoint stories


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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


Letter: True Christians should support ministry to help sex trade victims

I suggest that the Hall County Commissioners do not reject the Straight Street Ministry's proposal to build a gated home for young women (18 ...

November 25, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: The Times' time to say grace

As we sit down to our annual Thanksgiving feast, we here at The Times would like to go around the table and offer a few ...

November 24, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Even amid changes, Georgia remains a red state

Now that the final election totals are in, let's look at a couple of Georgia's voting trends.

November 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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