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Letter: Americans should have same health care as elected leaders

In my opinion, U.S. taxpayers should have the same health care system as their officials or vice versa. We need to get everything on the table to help ensure that the right things get done.

March 29, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: One state lawmaker has a fresh idea worth considering

One of the most frustrating aspects of covering Georgia's legislature is that you find yourself writing the same stories about the same set of issues, year after year.

March 29, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Hall County is still moving forward

Inside today's print edition of The Times is the annual special section which we call Progress. In it, we attempt to capture just a few examples of the incredible things that have gone on in our community over the past year which add to the exceptional quality of life we have come to associate with living and working in Hall County and the surrounding area.

March 26, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Gainesville should better enforce rules to clean up Midtown

In reading the article in The Times on Sunday regarding the new apartment complex Enclave being built off MLK Boulevard, as a resident of the southside of Gainesville, I am glad you are noticing the perils Midtown faces. I was born on Bradford Street almost 68 years ago in the house that I am living in now. The house has been in my family since 1936.

March 25, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Story falsely summarized FBI director’s wiretap stance

From the Times Tuesday, March 21, Page 3A: "Director Comey also says Trump wiretap claims false." I listened to much of Director Comey's comments. At no time did he claim the wiretap complaints by then president-elect Trump were false. Mr. Comey said that he had no knowledge of any wiretaps by the FBI. Big difference.

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


Editorial: Ted Oglesby, a Renaissance public servant, steady voice of reason in journalism, politics

It would be hard to find too many Gainesville residents who had his fingers in more pies than Ted Oglesby.

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


Letter: Americans deserve better health option than GOP bill

Health care really is a complex topic. One reason health care is tricky is because my health is not solely determined by my choices, but by my neighbors, my co-workers and even people I have never met. Diseases arise seemingly out of nowhere to spread among us. Accidents happen when we least expect them. That is why we all need some sort of insurance.

March 23, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Tobacco no worse than alcohol, should remain a legal choice

In response to the letter in The Times on March 10 ("Young people are best hope to end 'targeting' by Big Tobacco"), I must say with all due respect that the anti-tobacco campaign is the very definition of hypocrisy.

March 23, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: Georgia should approve expansion of eye care services

Georgia lawmakers have the opportunity this session to increase consumer access to needed eye care services and enable highly skilled medical professionals to use the patient care techniques they were trained to provide.

March 22, 2017 | By Dr. Benjamin Casella Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia wise not to follow North Carolina off a cliff

We are now in that period called March Madness, when basketball teams fight their way through a three-week tournament to determine an NCAA national champion.

March 22, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Collins needs to address all the problems with GOP health bill

On March 6, Ken Akins, Marissa Pyle and myself met with Rep. Doug Collins at his Gainesville office to talk about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). We were joined outside his office by over 100 friends from all over the 9th District. Since Rep. Collins refuses to hold in person town halls, we went to him!

March 20, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: State should put students before politics

Georgia voters rejected a proposed amendment to the constitution last fall that would have allowed the state to assume control of struggling schools. So lawmakers literally went back to school, and the drawing board, to craft a Plan B this year.

March 19, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: Move to approve injections by optometrists is a dangerous idea

We, as Americans, aspire to be great. It's why we lead the world in creativity, innovation, and economic growth. Yet, occasionally, our efforts have unintended and potentially dangerous consequences.

March 17, 2017 | By Steven Walsh Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State tax dollars should not fund private toll roads

One of the most egregious bills I have ever read is making its way through the Georgia General Assembly, another "Governor's bill" which, as usual, passed the Georgia Senate unanimously. As I write, this bill sits waiting for a vote in the House Transportation Committee to send it to the House floor, and then onto the governor's desk.

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


Letter: Teacher-athlete pay gap is a case of distorted values

Please note first: I'm a lifelong, avid football fan. Note secondly that I greatly admire those who dedicate their lives to teaching, as my wife Sandra did so ardently and devotedly for 26 years.

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


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Editorial: New face, fresh start for Gainesville schools

When an organization has a chance at a do-over, the key questions to ask are: What did we do right last time and how can ...

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


Editorial: A Golden home venue for the Tigers

Atlanta media has been in a frenzy hyping the city's new sports venues - the Braves' new stadium opened to great acclaim, even if getting ...

April 20, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: What Hall spends on bilingual ballots is a wise investment for county’s future

The recent decision by the Hall County Board of Elections to begin making bilingual ballots accessible to the public has attracted some attention. Several letters ...

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


Tom Crawford: Public Service Commission facing reality over nuclear cost overruns

On St. Patrick's Day in 2009, the Public Service Commission decided one of its most important cases ever.

April 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Bilingual ballots are a vote for what’s right

We've all experienced this moment: You're in the voting booth, poring over your choices. After selecting your candidates, you scroll to the bottom ...

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


Letter: Hall embraces diversity with bilingual ballots

Recent Hall County events have reminded many of us that our county is a warm and welcoming place to live, a reputation we can be ...

April 15, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: A true love of learning is lost during schools’ testing frenzy

This week, most children begin to endure standardized testing. It will linger through the remainder of the year. Few teachers avoid the notion of or ...

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


Letter: To participate fully in elections, all voters should learn English

I agree bilingual ballots could give Latino legal residents a voice in the Hall County election process. However, if they wish to participate fully, as ...

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


Letter: Bilingual ballots will give Latino residents a voice in Hall elections

Enthusiasm for bilingual ballots in Hall County has not gone unnoticed. The news has spread throughout many forums in Hall County for our Latino citizens ...

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


Tom Crawford: All eyes, lots of campaign dollars focused on 6th District House race

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed U ...

April 12, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Impact of CO2 in atmosphere on our weather is overblown

We have enjoyed a mild winter in North Georgia. Once again some are worried about CO2 released in the atmosphere. First off, those who fear ...

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


Letter: Cartoon got it wrong over who the ‘crybabies’ are in Congress

Andy Marlette's political cartoons are usually fair, criticizing both sides. But his Friday cartoon completely missed the mark. It showed a father donkey with ...

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


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