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Letter: Democrats deny voters' rights in their own party delegate process

When Republicans want to require photo IDs to ensure voters are who they say they are, Democrats say Republicans are trying to disenfranchise voters. Yet, around 30 percent of the delegates who determine the nominee for president on the Democratic ticket are super delegates who are not even selected by us voters. They are appointed by the Democratic establishment.

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


Letter: Voters should be able to choose ideas, not just individual candidates

As the political debates drag on and we watch with growing unease as candidates beat each other up with charges and smears we've heard over and over, I'd like to suggest we shouldn't be casting votes for individual candidates at all. Instead, the public should be hearing local debates over issues, policies and ideas, and casting their votes for planks in party platforms.

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


Letter: Deal backed religious freedom before, now changes his tune

While he was in Congress, Gov. Nathan Deal supported wholeheartedly the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The federal RFRA law contains the same wording included in the Georgia RFRA bill. I understand that the governor pledged to sign a bill containing the language of the federal law. Gov. Deal is now unwilling to support this bill.

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


Letter: Hall County should turn Glades Reservoir project over to private sector

It was certainly good news for the taxpayers of Hall County when it was decided that Glades Reservoir was not needed for future water supply. We have already spent nearly $20 million on this project with nothing to show for it. (I am embarrassed that as a Hall Commissioner in the 1990s, I had a part in the beginning of this boondoggle!)

March 09, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Community has united to keep Hall’s Vision 2030 moving ahead

During the last two years I have been a volunteer leader and participant in the Vision 2030 Wisdom Project. Yes, there is a Vision 2030 for Hall County and they have a website. Its worth a visit to see what is going on with this 2005 initiative.

March 09, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Why qualifying week should matter to Georgians

Qualifying week, when candidates fill out the paperwork to be on the election ballot, is something I call "put up or shut up" time.

March 09, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Don't let lawmakers shade the sunshine

If there's one message shining through in this year's presidential race, it is a general distrust of giving government too much influence in our lives. Candidates from both parties are railing on how the unholy alliance between the public and private sectors works against middle-class Americans while lining the pockets of the rich and powerful.

March 06, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: Allowing firearms on campus a recipe for disaster

Georgia's so-called "Campus Carry" bill is a potential disaster in the making.

March 06, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Welfare drug testing could lead to savings

I am a student from Georgia Cyber Academy working on a project in government class concerning government policies and how they affect citizens. I have read a recent article from The Times pertaining to the new push for drug testing as a requirement for welfare recipients in Georgia.

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


Letter: WDUN’s Gunn will be missed for his professionalism, good humor

I was truly saddened by The Times death announcement of WDUN's Jerry Gunn. He had a following that was akin to none, a funny man with a dry sense of humor. I dearly enjoyed his company.

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


Dick Yarbrough: Broccoli aside, here's some positive news to share

I had intended to provide you with an in-depth analysis of the SEC primary this week, but that will have to wait.

March 05, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Bill to limit board members is a Capitol contradiction

Talk to any member of the General Assembly, and most of them will tell you one of their biggest goals is to bring business to the state and create more jobs.

March 02, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Doug Collins: More transparency in needed in US prescription drug marketplace

Local pharmacists play a vital role in America's neighborhoods and communities, particularly in more rural areas in Northeast Georgia. They provide unparalleled guidance, assistance and resources for families, including my own.

March 01, 2016 | By U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Guest commentary | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Primary gale roars into Georgia

Hold on to your hats: March is coming in like a lion this year.

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


Dick Yarbrough: Public school advocates should organize for ideological war

I had the privilege to speak to several hundred educators in Atlanta last week. I was there to talk about my experiences as a member of the Education Reform Commission but, as is my wont, I soon deviated off the purpose for which I had been invited to speak and into uncharted waters.

February 27, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


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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


Letter: Donating cord blood can help a mother give life to others

This Mother's Day, we celebrate the life-giving power of mothers and are reminded of the joyous event of giving birth, an event that is ...

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


Editorial: Making a worthy change for a 20

So far, 2016 has not been a great year for political normalcy, musical icons or, of late, old presidents whose attitudes for their times don ...

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


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