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Letter: FBI’s failure to prosecute Clinton violates America’s rule of law

With the punt by FBI Director James Comey, I believe we have witnessed the most devastating blow to the rule of law that I have seen in my lifetime of 91 years. This whole episode stinks so much it would burn your nostrils if you were standing on Mars.

July 08, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Declaration’s meaning is lost when we recycle same Congress

I applaud the Times for publishing the Declaration of Independence each July 4. It is a time of refreshing to remember the power of our original document of freedom.

July 07, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: School board members should be parents of children in system

No one should be on the city or county school boards unless they have a child or children in the school system. When they have a child in the school system, board members would, or should, have a better feeling for what is going on compared to members who do not have a child in the city or county systems.

July 07, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Abortions aren't going anywhere despite legislative efforts

More than four decades have passed since the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade decision that made abortions legal, but the pro-life movement is still trying to find some way of reversing that.

July 06, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Pentagon shouldn’t put transgender troops ahead of veterans’ care

The Pentagon has announced transgenders can now serve openly in our military. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter stated that transgenders before his announcement had to pay for an operation out of their own pockets. He then stated this is "inconsistent with our promise to all our troops that we will take care of them."

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


Guest column, Rep. Doug Collins: Our fight for freedom still goes on

Two hundred and 40 years ago, citizens fed up with a distant, authoritarian government risked their livelihoods and lives to formally break away from the most powerful nation in the world.

July 04, 2016 | By U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Guest column, Butch Miller: Carl Rogers served his hometown well

Rep. Carl Rogers has served the people of Gainesville-Hall County for more than 20 years. He has been a key leader in our local delegation, the state legislature and the Georgia Republican Party for many years. He has been an extraordinary public servant over his years of service in the House of Representatives.

July 03, 2016 | By State Sen. Butch Miller Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: An Rx is overdue for Georgia health care crisis

Those of us with health insurance take for granted that we can seek a doctor's care when hit by illness or injury. But for those without a job, insurance or, in some cases, easy access to medical care, that peace of mind is elusive.

July 03, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Letter attacking intellectuals also confuses US debt, deficit

A letter writer Thursday echos the late George Wallace in blaming the federal government's budget imbalance on Ivy League-educated U.S. presidents who appointed "blue-blooded elitists" to run the national economy.

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


Letter: Summitt was a giant who never lost touch with her loyal fans

I was saddened to learn Pat Summitt, retired women's basketball coach at Tennessee, passed away. I had the privilege of crossing paths in little ways with Coach Summitt over the years. Each time, my respect for the great lady increased.

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


Dick Yarbrough: 2 state leaders set an example for public service

This is a bit weird. I find myself in the position of having to defend politicians. Well, not all of them, just the good ones.

July 02, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Editorial stated well how simple solutions don’t solve problems

I am on vacation in the Gainesville area, and my compliments to your staff for the excellent editorial, "Divided, misguided" of June 19. Many of our discussion points are spot on, making particular note of "knee-jerk approaches that don't get to the root of the issue" and "unrealistic solutions designed to inflame emotions and earn votes."

July 01, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Flood maps hurt homeowners but help insurance providers

I was reading a Times article about redrawn flood plain maps and I couldn't help but respond to it. How fortunate for the insurance and lending companies. I feel bad for those who already live in these areas that do not know they have properties in a flood plain.

July 01, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Community needs a chance to say goodbye to Enota school

Members of the Gainesville City School Board: I respectfully request you reconsider the decision to raze Enota elementary school and gardens without gaining more public input.

July 01, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Gainesville’s school board has ignored wishes of community

My frustration with Superintendent Wanda Creel and the Gainesville City School Board has grown since the June 6 meeting.

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


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Editorial: Health law is ailing, in need of a booster shot

There's no free lunch. Not in life, not in business, and certainly not in government policy.

August 28, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Fall ballot choice: Democrats offer fresh faces, ideas that affect lives of local residents

Democrats are working for freedom, opportunity and security for all Americans. These three core values are shared by all our national, state and local Democratic ...

August 28, 2016 | By Sheila Nicholas Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Fall ballot choice: GOP leaders provide clear choice to protect freedoms, tax dollars

In politics, as in most times throughout our lives, we have choices. The choices of the people of the GOP candidates for president and vice ...

August 28, 2016 | By Debra Pilgrim Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Lawyer knows her sea turtles, and other random thoughts

Lawyers, like kids, can say the darnedest things.

August 27, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: The silent killer heroin requires treatment over punishment

Imagine coming home and seeing your loved one on the floor. They are not moving. Blue lips. You look around. A needle. Powder. Heroin.

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


Tom Crawford: Cobb election result offers a lesson for voters

It's generally considered impolite to take pleasure in other people's misfortunes, but sometimes you have to make an exception.

August 24, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Mincey Marble taking steps to be good neighbors during expansion

As president of Mincey Marble, a woman-owned family business, I am proud of our 40-year history of doing the right thing in our company and ...

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


Letter: Evangelical Christians’ support for Trump defies logic, true faith

Donald Trump has alienated Hispanics, Asians, Muslims, blacks, women, the disabled and the media. Is there any group left? Apparently he is good with white ...

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


Editorial: Enota inaction is building frustration

Whether in business or in government, it's often best to make a decision and live with the result rather than dither over it forever ...

August 21, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Johnny Vardeman: Old Cake Box was a hangout site and a tasty baking spot

Practically every community, small and large, has those "hangouts," places where people gather to discuss politics, sports or just gossip. They are usually must-stops for ...

August 21, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: A former Georgia first lady worth celebrating

Class, like beauty, is in the eyes of the beholder. In my long years on this planet, I never met a man with more class ...

August 20, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Local resources offer vital support to help victims of domestic violence

In 1982, one of my clients was killed by her husband immediately after a temporary divorce hearing required him to stay away from her and ...

August 19, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Battles actually brewing in some legislative races

If you write about legislative races in Georgia, the last few elections have been downright boring in their predictability.

August 16, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Sharing a public need for education

For years, Social Security has been considered the "third rail" of American politics, the metaphor referring to an electric train track: Touch it and you ...

August 14, 2016 | Times staff reports | 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 ...

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


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