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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 the lake's long-term health.

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 not act. Coral reefs are dying; this last year had record flooding; oil spills are doing irreparable damage to ecosystems; sea levels are rising with increases in flooding of coastal cities; record temperatures with resultant severe heat waves and deaths are increasing; and animals and plants are moving their habitat northward to adapt to warmer climates.

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 in their way by politicians, bureaucrats, special interest groups, ideologues, social experimenters and assorted other navel-gazers - none of whom could carry their book bag.

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 and loves the founding principles of our republic, states: "Political correctness is one of the major reasons why Europe today is lifeless. I believe America is about 10 years behind the U.K. in the political correctness stakes. I came to America for the American dream - and to escape political correctness."

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 not move here with us, we have always been interested in the educational community in Gainesville. Of particular interest are the opportunities available here, which are considerable considering the fact Gainesville is not a major metropolis but still a vibrant and exciting town in which to live. Neither of us is a Southerner by birth but here is where we intend to stay as "damn Yankees."

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 throughout the United States. Enota school's Smartville Garden models these innovative programs to educate children in nature.

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 no government is good government. What Stossel and his loudmouth associates are not seeing is that their standard bearer, Donald Trump, is leading the conservative nation into oblivion.

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 redesigning the proposed building to conserve the garden as is.

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


Editorial: Nation still is divided, misguided on terrorism

Headline: Another senseless mass killing in (add city). Some (add number) people lose their lives and (add another number) are wounded by a crazed, unstable killer, (insert name), driven by hatred and radicalized from afar to become an Islamist extremist.

June 19, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Banning guns, as with anything, can lead to illegal profits

Recent talk of gun control only makes sense if you ask one question. Who will profit?

June 18, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Politicians and bugs, they’re all pests to Junior Lee

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed to talk first with Junior E. Lee, general manager of the Yarbrough Worldwide Media and Pest Control Company in Garfield, Ga.

June 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: School leaders were too quick to dismiss alternate plans for Enota

To Gainesville Public School Board Chair Delores Diaz: I am writing to express my concerns over the proposed plans for the new Enota school. While I do not have children who would be affected by the plans, I am an alumnae of the school, a resident of the neighborhood and a taxpayer in Gainesville.

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


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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


Letter: Hall County’s seniors have paid fair share of school taxes

For some reason the new idea that our illustrious board of education has come up with to bilk the taxpayers once again does not surprise ...

August 13, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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 ...

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 ...

August 12, 2016 | Letter to the editor | 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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