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Dick Yarbrough: Public school teachers — keep up the good work

Dear public school teachers:

August 13, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Health insurance tax would put a heavy burden on small business

Health care is consistently ranked as a top concern by Americans , as confirmed by polling conducted earlier this year by the AP and National Opinion Research Center. That's why American small business and families have been so outraged by the health insurance tax, which went into effect in 2014. The HIT is a more than a $150 billion burden on small businesses and any family or individual who buys their own health insurance.

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


Letter: New school building is needed to bring Enota up to date

Let me clarify a point that seems to have been overlooked in the saga that has become known as the "Enota Garden." We need a new building. The 800-plus children and adults that actually use the building everyday deserve to be brought into the 21st century. Bottom line: A new building is necessary.

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


Share your opinions as part of our editorial board

The Times wants community members to be a part of its editorial board.

August 11, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Letter: When it comes to dishonesty in DC, both parties are the same

In his recent letter, Gary B. Hulsey suggests Americans have lost their way and no longer stand for truth and justice. Referring to the Benghazi incident, he infers Hillary Clinton thinks the lives of U.S. personnel are expendable. He ignores the infinitely larger cost of the Iraq war in terms of lives, and fails to attribute appropriate responsibility to political leadership. Were those lives expendable also? Is this selective application of righteous indignation?

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


Letter: Seniors should be willing to support schools, a need for educated workers

I read your Sunday front page article on tax revenue loss for schools with a sense of great disappointment in my fellow senior citizens. Certainly at age 70 or possibly earlier, individuals with limited income, less than $35,000 or possibly $50,000 should be able to be exempt from school taxes. For the rest of us more fortunate seniors, I believe it our responsibility and civic duty to continue to pay school taxes.

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


Letter: Government schools will always want more of our tax dollars

I read with interest the moanings of the school board regarding senior tax exemptions. How sad; these socialists just can't get enough of our money. A much fairer and better way to handle exemptions would be to exempt anyone who has never had a child in government schools. Though I have never been wealthy I raised my children in Christian school, K through college degrees. It was a good decision. It is legal larceny to tax me for the schools that other people choose.

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


Letter: GOP should back Trump as a better choice than lawless Democratic candidate

When I see law and order attacked and the lawless emboldened by the leadership in our country, I find it extremely troubling. Then we see a person who has been proven to be a habitual liar and grossly incompetent nominated for the highest office in the land. Assuming this is the future norm, how can we survive as a nation our founders envisioned and spelled out in our Constitution?

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


Tom Crawford: Isakson may be hurt by Trump's tumble in Georgia

One year ago, the political experts were sure of two things about Georgia voters.

August 10, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Parties sail off on voyages from reality

The political parties have concluded their respective four-day infomercials and the fall presidential race is on. Two New Yorkers earned their party nominations after brutally long and tough primary races and contentious, divided conventions, many of the opposing factions still stewing with hurt feelings over their final defeats.

August 07, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: A broken way to pick a president

The ascendance of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump to the head of their respective parties as presidential candidates is proof positive that our present system of picking the leader of the free world is, if not irrevocably broken, at least in need of a major overhaul.

August 07, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Putin is one Vlad actor, but is he a hacker?

Ring! Ring! Ring!

August 06, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Governor didn’t fully explain school amendment issue

While speaking to employees new to the Hall County school district about education reform and the Opportunity School District constitutional amendment proposal, Gov. Nathan Deal missed the opportunity to explain his real education goals to those new employees. He had the opportunity to tell the new teachers in the audience that 4 of every 10 of them will be gone by 2021. A document issued by the Georgia DOE in December, 2015 provides statewide statistics supporting that fact.

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


Letter: Americans should stop being PC, support their traditional values

Jim Croce warned, "You don't tug on Superman's cape." Back then, men mimicked the Man of Steel by standing for truth, justice and the "American way." Today, many men, especially today's middle-aged and younger segment of our population, have been devitalized and relegated to the passivity of only spectating.

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


Letter: Presidential race requires voters to pay attention and participate

I've seen little, if any, coverage of the presidential election in my local papers and other sources. It's as if White County and Georgia have little interest in the most important election, not just in my lifetime but in the history of our country. I'm asking you to put aside your distractions for a few minutes and think about what we are facing.

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


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Editorial: A short-lived, high-octane panic

If dinosaurs had never roamed the earth, how in the world would we get around today?

September 25, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Georgia's drought again may require a divine solution

Uh oh. Here we go again. I have been told that we are beginning to experience drought conditions in the state. Somebody needs to alert ...

September 24, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: ‘Popular,’ ‘charismatic’ are traits not only tied to Hitler

I am one of Donald Trump's backers and it is not true that I "don't listen or don't care," as Joan King ...

September 23, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Letter: A candidate who speaks straight truth deserves voters’ support

Change makes one feel insecure and uncomfortable. This should not give someone a pass to insult young and older voters who will vote for Donald ...

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


Times editorial board adds community members

Three community members from varying backgrounds have been chosen to The Times editorial board. Each will serve a three-month term helping to inform opinions published ...

September 22, 2016 | Times staff reports | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Trump’s backers need to check facts, remember history

Thanks to The Times for the fact checking it has been doing recently. Unfortunately, it's too late. Donald Trump's supporters either won't ...

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


Tom Crawford: Be glad Georgia dodged North Carolina's fate

If you want to see how badly politicians can mess up a state, look no farther than our neighbor North Carolina.

September 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Helping the poor connect the dots

Most of us can't fully imagine what it's like to be poor - not just in debt or behind on your bills, but really ...

September 18, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: ‘Miss Beth’ at Parks and Rec one of Gainesville’s greatest jewels

As a lifetime resident of Gainesville-Hall County, I am especially aware of, and grateful for, all of the "pluses" that make our community an unbelievably ...

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


Letter: Letter deriding global warming misses key point

On Thursday, W.T. "Ted" Hinds made a great point in regard to climate change discussions, that we should "Be careful." It's ironic really ...

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


Dick Yarbrough: Bucket head has the freedom to be disrespectful

The freedom to be disrepectful

September 17, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: County should protect health of its residents, deny Mincey

Moving to Gainesville wasn't a difficult choice. Our grandchildren live near Gainesville. We were charmed by Lake Lanier, nearby mountains, green parks, recreational options ...

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


Letter: ‘Deplorables’ in Clinton’s basket are proud of their sacred values

I would like to present a somewhat different version of life in the "basket" as opposed to some who have revulsion at rubbing elbows with ...

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


Letter: Don’t buy claim of ‘consensus’ on warming, or that CO2 is bad

Vernon Dixon made an interesting observation in his letter Sept. 9 pointing to what he claimed is a 97 percent consensus among climatologists about "man-made ...

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


Tom Crawford: Boards resist state school takeover plan

Gov. Nathan Deal very much wants to do away with local boards of education that run Georgia's public school systems.

September 14, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


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