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Guest column: Casinos in state could harm arts venues

When gamblers lay down their chips, they're hoping to strike it rich by beating the odds. But the math is clear: There are more losers than winners; the industry couldn't function otherwise.

February 18, 2017 | By Mary Pat Matheson Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Casey Cagle: State leaders seek legislation to ‘back the badge’

Protect and serve - Georgia's law enforcement officers uphold this noble call to action every day when they leave the comfort of their homes and families. Honorable men and women of the badge all across our state willingly put themselves in harm's way to protect their fellow citizens.

February 18, 2017 | Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Georgia and all states should celebrate their individual histories

I congratulate The Times for having a small article about "Georgia celebrates 284th birthday, in the Feb. 13 paper, page 4A, located in the lower left corner. I live in Savannah for 20 years and attending this birthday celebration event each year, I thought that this birthday celebration of Georgia's history was observed through the state. However, I learned that this was not really true.

February 18, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Class of 1967 at Gainesville High marked true end to segregation

We are in February and I received an invitation the other day. Because of the invitation, the number 50 holds particular significance for me, especially this month. The invitation was for the 50-year reunion of the Gainesville High School Class of 1967 to be held this May.

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


Letter: Georgia needs to provide full funding for schools, health care

I want to thank Rep. Kevin Tanner for meeting every Saturday during the legislative session with his constituents. We appreciate your time and dedication!

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


Letter: GOP leaders join effort on climate change

Several well-respected senior leaders in the Republican party have taken a giant step forward in an effort to both strengthen our economy and to help the Republican party take leadership in combating climate change.

February 16, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Don’t downplay impact protests can have on our nation’s leaders

Your editorial Feb. 5, "Trump's foes pay the high price of losing" isn't being considerate of the rights of his "foes." The sub heading read, "Those opposing president should focus less on protest marches, more on winning votes."

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


Letter: Community has pitched in with comfort, aid to grieving families

RE: Fundraiser to support family of toddler killed in collision. Thank you just seems so inadequate for everything that has been done for us in our time of grief. We are so grateful for this community that we live in, and the many surrounding communities, that have been so loving and kind to our families. We are truly thankful for all the food, cards, your thoughts, prayers, your loving support and for the money that has been given and/or raised by our White County and surrounding counties.

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


Tom Crawford: 2 bills that would put people first in Georgia

What should be the priority for state legislators: helping their poorest constituents avoid pain and suffering or protecting the financial status of their most affluent constituents?

February 15, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Checking in at Capitol, where they've been busy

While we've been distracted these last several weeks by the Falcons' run to the Super Bowl and the daily reality show "Celebrity Presidential Apprentice" unfolding in Washington, the Georgia legislature has been humming along in the background like your refrigerator.

February 12, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Casinos lead to crime, addiction, would change state’s character

As baseball great Yogi Berra was fond of saying, "it's deja vu all over again!" The lure of so-called easy tax revenue from legalizing non-Indian gambling casinos into Georgia continues to percolate in the state legislature.

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


Letter: True patriots believe in compassion, but not in importing terrorism

Recently I had lunch with 10 men about my age. The question was asked, How many of you served in the military? Six of those men had served in various branches and for varying periods of time. These were men who served post World War II. I believe that is a higher percentage than any subsequent generation.

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


Letter: Violent protesters ignore fair election, free speech

I would like to comment on the protests taking place across this nation. I must say I have never seen such childish, petty and stupid behavior. These people do not believe in our Constitution nor in American liberty. Donald Trump was legally elected, fair and square, yet the extreme socialist left will not accept that fact. The real hardworking, patriotic American people have spoken and the protesters need to just get over it.

February 10, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Writers forget lessons from attacks of 9-11

It will be comforting to me, if possible, to know readers share my sense of humor concerning comments about two contributing articles to the Jan. 28 Opinion page.

February 10, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Problems shouldn’t discourage you but should help develop you

I have been on the Lula City Council for more than 16 years, and we and other city officials face problems every day on how to improve our cities to benefit our residents. I consider this union as a marriage that can cost you something, because self love is always what you can do for me.

February 09, 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


Letter: All voters deserve a part in our democracy

Recently, walking through the Oakwood Wal-Mart, I ran into former state Rep. Carl Rogers. Like always, we talked politics. We shared a concern common to ...

April 10, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: A healthy dose of reality needed on Medicaid

The domino effect of Congress' failure to revise, rework or reject the Affordable Care Act last month has tossed the ball back to the states ...

April 09, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: US can’t justify entering another Mideast conflict

Reacting to alleged use of chemical weapons against opposition forces in Syria, President Donald Trump has ordered a U.S. military strike on the Syrian ...

April 08, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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