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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 calls for people to use the bathroom that corresponds with the anatomical sex they were born with.

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 if they are relaxed and have chances during the day to enjoy music, art and, yes, recess.

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 to add this exit than into the homes of Martin Road.

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 story. I do not disagree with anything he says about the large cost overruns on Georgia Power's nuclear plants. However, his limited knowledge of the utility industry does not allow him to tell the whole story, only to berate the PSC and Georgia Power for what he feels is poor management.

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, beautiful and educational garden has been built over the last eight years at Enota school. Now plans presented by the school administration propose the complete destruction of this garden.

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 garden is! What other school in Gainesville, Hall County or Georgia has a garden so well designed for the needs of the school, the pupils, the staff and the environment?

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 nice ladies, and even hugged some men. And recently at times, I laughed so hard tears ran down my cheeks.

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 any school garden that I have seen because of the unusual plant materials and the masterful incorporation of environmental ideas into the design.

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 what world the senator inhabits. It certainly isn't the one I know.

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 celebrated by friends and family, and an event that can give hope to many other people through the donation of umbilical cord blood.

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't fit well with current mainstream ideals.

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


Dick Yarbrough: State senator makes his case for religious freedom bill

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of State Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus. The senator did a smart thing: He reached out and asked for the opportunity to explain his position directly to you.

April 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


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Letter: Free speech isn’t under attack by those who prefer polite diplomacy

After reading Dick Biggs' recent letter, I'd say it looks like conservatives are going all out to get their party's traditional talking points ...

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


Letter: Ethanol fuel subsidies show why nation needs better leadership

I read this headline,"FEMA contractor predicts 'social unrest' caused by 395 percent food price spikes." I then remembered we use over a third of ...

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


Tom Crawford: Some politicians in Georgia have outraised Trump

As Republicans and Democrats prepare for their national nominating conventions next month, it's clear that this has become one of the strangest - and most ...

June 29, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Family’s roadside help is an example of everyday kindness

We read of bad events every day, but so many good deeds are done in our area. I found this out when I had a ...

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


Guest column, Rep. Doug Collins: IRS abuse is a violation of public’s trust

Who do you trust with your private information - the affiliations that reveal your religious or political beliefs?

June 27, 2016 | By U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: Gun limits for whom?

The Obama administration's response to the mass murder of 49 people in an Orlando nightclub on June 12 is depressingly predictable and woefully inadequate.

June 26, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: A dry spell looming over water worries

Even as we enjoy the cool waters of Lake Lanier amid the summer heat, there are dark clouds looming on the horizon that could affect ...

June 26, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Will we listen to the message nature sends us?

All around us, we are seeing the ravages of climate change. Mother nature is giving us warnings of the dangers to come if we do ...

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


Dick Yarbrough: Here's a Sebastian who is the real deal

I don't know how school teachers manage to do what they do and do it as well as they do, given the obstacles tossed ...

June 25, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: It’s time to abandon our political correctness, speak out boldly

"Retaking America" is a fascinating book about how political correctness is destroying our nation. Author Nick Adams, a young Australian who now resides in America ...

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


Letter: School garden is of great benefit to entire community

My husband and I moved to Gainesville in the early 1990s so he could take a position teaching at Brenau University. While our daughter did ...

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


Letter: Eco-friendly school movement is reflected in Enota’s garden

Surely, Gainesville City School administrators and board members are unaware of the National Wildlife Federation's campaign to increase eco-school programs and develop schoolyard habitats ...

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


Letter: Conservatives’ aim to ‘interfere’ less doesn’t make nation better

The opinion piece in Monday's paper by John Stossel ("Clinton is eager to interfere in our lives") was typical of the conservative claim that ...

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


Tom Crawford: Georgia should follow Louisiana's lead, bend on Medicaid

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 22, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Green spaces are more prized than buildings to a city

Regarding the Enota Elementary School Garden controversy, I would hope that the powers that be consider the arguments made by Gainesville citizens in favor of ...

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


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