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Letter: Accused Scoutmaster, others have violated community’s trust

My heart is sickened by allegations of sexual abuse by Fleming Weaver, my former Scoutmaster. I earned my Eagle Scout in 1979 and admired Mr. Weaver, considered him a shaping influence in my life. Likewise, Dr. Steve Brown was my pastor and I respected and liked him. And I know at least one of the victims.

March 24, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Hell hath no fury like an incumbent politician facing a re-election challenge

You'd think an incumbent running for re-election would broadcast his or her accomplishments from past term. Things like district-popular bills voted for (YEA), district-disliked bills voted against (NAY), sponsored bills to cut spending and reduce our national debt, and specific actions and votes intended to slow or stop the unconstitutional rampage by the socialist-leaning White House.

March 24, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia's ‘religious liberty’ bill is up to Deal

As Gov. Nathan Deal ponders the "religious liberty" bill that the General Assembly has adopted, he can look to recent examples of how two other Republican governors handled this particular issue.

March 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Center provides therapy, support for sexual abuse victims of all ages

Due to recent events here in Gainesville, the Children's Center for Hope and Healing would like to remind residents of Hall County and Northeast Georgia of our mission and the services we offer. CCHH is dedicated to breaking the cycle of sexual abuse.

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


Editorial: Legislature obsessed with prayers and pistols

God, guns and marijuana.

March 20, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Reliving a special radio memory from years ago

Long before I was a columnist, a part of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games and a corporate suit, I was in broadcasting.

March 19, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Scouts abuse case a sad event, would have been handled differently today

Today at First Baptist Church, we are in a state of deep regret and sadness. In recent days, we learned beyond any doubt that several decades ago some acts of harm against several of our youth occurred through our scouting program.

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


Letter: Crawford left out key details in his column on Collins, Broun

Tom Crawford's column Wednesday left out some very critical information. In his rush to tell everyone how "conservative" Rep. Doug Collins is, citing his conservative rating with National Journal and Heritage Foundation, he completely forgot to mention Paul Broun's ratings.

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


Letter: McDonald’s defies image of greed with worker wage hikes

I love it when conventional wisdom is proved wrong. I refer to Wednesday's op-ed page and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch piece about a well-known fast food restaurant, "Better-paid employees: McDonald's is lovin' it."

March 17, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Incumbents are on the defensive this election year

U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Gainesville, is the kind of politician who would seem to be very conservative.

March 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Holy Trinity’s clothing store aims to build on last year’s success

Father Bill Humble, the vestry and parishioners of Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Flowery Branch would like to issue a heartfelt thank you to all the people who donated clothing for distribution at the Holy Trinity Free Clothing Store last year.

March 16, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Columnist should realize this year’s presidential race is a new Revolution

Doesn't columnist Ann McFeatters realize that she and her ilk are responsible for Roger Ailes' and Rush Limbaugh's alternative to the Democratic media?

March 16, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: State’s construction detour needs caution

The Georgia General Assembly is much like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get.

March 13, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Conservatism, states' rights don't always serve common good

"Conservatism" has become a euphemism akin to "dog whistles" of bigotry, elitism and cronyism. Some hear conservative values as a call to favor the will of the majority and denouncement of the minority and those living at the margins of life. Too often, they are told to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Unfortunately, that reason presupposes all have equality, and all have boots.

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


Dick Yarbrough: Parents have a stake in teacher evaluations

To my friends in the state legislature (and, yes, you are my friends; without you, I wouldn't have a job.):

March 12, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


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Letter: As a society, we can’t do enough to thank our military veterans

The following is submitted for everyone's approval. I hope at least the medical services and benefits can be given to all our vets. They ...

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


Letter: Students need learning option a garden offers

As a former Enota Elementary teacher and Gainesville resident having taught young children for 42 years, I know the value of hands-on, real life activities ...

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


Editorial: Stamping out support to those in need

While Hall County's jobless rate lingers below 5 percent and many prosper from a growing economy, we see reminders that it's never easy ...

May 01, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Retired Atlanta banker dreams of peace through art

I believe each of us has an obligation to leave this a better world than we found it.

April 30, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Forget fighting over bathrooms; focus on real victims of abuse

I'm writing in response to the glut of Facebook posts calling for parents to eschew Target bathrooms and praising North Carolina's HB2, which ...

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


Letter: Educational value of garden at Enota should factor into plans

Recent research in the field of education emphasizes the importance of the "softer side" of our schools. Students behave better, focus better and remember more ...

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


Letter: I-985 exit plans need changing

Don't waste needed money to have the Exit 14 intersection of Interstate 985 come out on Martin Road. Please consider a more cost-efficient way ...

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


Letter: Columnist tells only part of story on nuclear power

In his Wednesday column about the Public Service Commission and Georgia Power, Tom Crawford has done what most journalist do today - tell part of the ...

April 29, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Cleaning up after your dogs shows consideration for others

I love my dogs. I take good care of them.

April 29, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: School system should preserve Enota garden, not just pictures of it

Regarding The Times article Sunday, "Enota move grows concern over garden's placement:" With the full approval of the Gainesville Board of Education, an extensive ...

April 28, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: School garden is a cherished resource for learning, tranquility

I write following your articles in The Times about the impending destruction of the Smartville garden at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy. What a gem this ...

April 28, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Choosing love, peace that faith offers is path to happiness

Recently I got inebriated and I had a hangover the next morning, but instead of feeling bad, I felt renewed. And recently, I hugged many ...

April 28, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Enota garden and its impact are worth saving

I am writing to object to the destruction of the Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy Smartville garden to build a parking lot. This garden is unlike ...

April 27, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State senator off base in saying Christianity is under attack

I'm glad columnist Dick Yarbrough saw that state Sen. Joshua McKoon had an opportunity to make his case for "religious freedom," but I wonder ...

April 27, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: It's time the PSC finally said 'no' to Georgia Power

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

April 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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