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Dave Casper: Ides of March sometimes are a bad omen

Legend has it that March 15 carries a bad omen, especially for Roman emperor Julius Caesar.

March 16, 2017 | By Dave Casper Columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Young people should get involved to make their world better

We need to help the youth get on board, whether over religion, drug usage or radical political views. The youth of this city need to take a stand. We as citizens are not just solely responsible for healing your community, but are required to do so. We have the right to have opinions and the ability to preach said opinions freely.

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


Letter: Trump video reveals a double standard over what racism is

So it's OK for Snoop Dogg to paint a black man's face like Donald Trump and then show him being assassinated on one of his videos, but someone can claim racial insensitivity over a Mardis Gras blackface and demand an apology.

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


Guest column: Congressional bills would improve effort to preserve North Georgia forests

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is home to some of our state's most scenic natural areas: the Cohutta Mountains, Brasstown Bald, Lake Rabun and the Appalachian Trail, to name a few. Thousands of miles of clear-running streams and rivers protected by many thousands of acres of forest help provide clean drinking water to the people of North Georgia. And with more than 10 million visitors each year, the National Forest is the outdoor recreation playground for Georgia's largest and ever-growing metropolitan area.

March 15, 2017 | By Deron Davis Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Speaker may seek to shift his power to governor's post

David Ralston is now being mentioned as a possible candidate for governor in 2018, which leads to an obvious question: Why would someone want to run for governor when he's already speaker of the Georgia House?

March 15, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Let the light shine in to keep government transparent

"Sunshine is the best disinfectant," attributed to Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in 1913, doesn't refer to keeping your kitchen germ-free. It's the idea that only through transparency and application of the First Amendment can Americans monitor what their governments are doing.

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


Letter: Leaders should take sensible steps to lower US health costs

Our country is going the way of Greece and nobody seems willing to let our political leaders curb how much they spend. Hopefully someone, especially our federal and state political leaders, will consider the following and suggest ways to actually reduce the cost of health care.

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


Letter: Motorists should stick to posted speed limits during bridge work

My concern is with the traffic on Ga. 53 at the meeting of Hall and Forsyth counties. There is a bridge construction in progress and the posted speed limits are 45, 35, 45 mph. Even if the crews are not working, is still a posted speed. That does not mean people should be right on your bumper, flashing their high beams or leaving them on and harassing you. This happens mainly going from the bridge towards Gainesville in the mornings.

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


Dick Yarbrough: State has a better plan to fix struggling schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.

March 11, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Young people are best hope to end ‘targeting’ by Big Tobacco

Did you know tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer? While tobacco use in America has declined, its health effects continue to negatively impact certain communities more than others.

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


Letter: Recent stories seem to indicate Hall resisting any real progress

Looking at the headlines in Tuesday's issue of The Times, I saw the following two stories: "South Hall winery proposal rejected" and "Hall commissioners consider law restricting local Hollywood filming."

March 10, 2017 | Times staff reports | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Immigration rules now lead to deportation for traffic cases

Thanks for your editorial on Sunday regarding immigration issues. I think there is one fact you may have gotten wrong and that is that under the new administration, every noncitizen is equally prioritized for deportation when they go before the immigration court.

March 09, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Lawmakers say goodbye to casinos, hello to yachts

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment. It's been a session more noteworthy for what wasn't done rather than what was, as illustrated by the casino gambling bills.

March 08, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Money for local bus service could go to support private taxis

Every time I see one of those buses, I know it is costing us money. Why not subsidise the local taxi services? Let them handle all of the maintenance, employee expenses, etc.? That way a local business makes the money and some driver supports his or her family and pays taxes. Local businesses have enough to be concerned with.

March 06, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: We need to have healthy and respectful conversations

I am very proud to live in a country where citizens are free to express their varied opinions in a variety of ways.

March 06, 2017 | By Cathy Drerup Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


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Doug Collins: What our fallen heroes teach us this Memorial Day

For more than 200 years, the truths that we hold to be self-evident have compelled Americans to fight and even to fall in military service ...

May 27, 2017 | By. U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Gainesville law firm rose to occasion for Food Bank

On behalf of the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to congratulate the attorneys and staff of Whelchel, Dunlap ...

May 25, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Americans deserve to know truth about Trump, Comey

I want you to stop this. I hope you can stop this. I hope we can get past this.

May 24, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Collins, GOP still won’t give full answers on health care bill

Last week, I joined Rep. Doug Collins' telephone town hall meeting. My purpose was to ask him why he voted for the Trump-Ryan health care ...

May 24, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Deal joins resistance against feds’ justice policy

Ever since Donald Trump was inaugurated as president, he has been confronted with a countermovement called "the resistance."

May 24, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Rehab, redemption best outcomes for drug war

In retrospect, the nation's "War on Drugs" from decades past turned out in some ways to be like the earlier conflict in Vietnam: A ...

May 21, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: Resist intolerance, preserve nation’s history and heroes despite flaws

Since the statue of Confederate President, U.S. Senator and U.S. Secretary of War Jefferson Davis has now been removed in New Orleans by ...

May 20, 2017 | By Dr. Douglas Young Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Trump fails to take responsibility for his own problems, actions

In the short time Donald Trump has been our president, he and his administration have been mired in continual controversy, most of it due to ...

May 20, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State must help school districts more to meet increased costs

At the May 15 meeting of the Hall County Schools Board of Education, Superintendent Will Schofield expressed the need for a policy debate on school ...

May 20, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: No fake news, broccoli nor opera arias here

According to our tweeter-in-chief, there is a lot of fake news running around these days. I think he is talking about the national television networks ...

May 20, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: School budgets feel the squeeze

Hall County taxpayers got good news from their school district this week, but it comes with a big asterisk moving forward: Don't count on ...

May 19, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: HELP Court guides victims of mental illnesses past the stigma

May is National Mental Health Month. Laura Masterson, a certified lay chaplain through The Community of Hope, International, and I would like to share one ...

May 18, 2017 | By Kathy Gosselin with Laura Masterson Guest columnists | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Governor's race is off to an early start

The dance card is filling up quickly for next year's race for governor.

May 17, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Don’t include Perdue among Washington’s political class

Regarding Jim Threlkeld's letter of Monday, "Globalist career politicians all oppose Trump's nationalist ideas," I don't have a problem with what he ...

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


Letter: Career politicians are globalists who oppose Trump’s nationalist views

Let's face it, President Donald Trump does not fit the mold of a career politician and that is why he was elected. And, since ...

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


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