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Letter: Female pioneers led freedom’s march for us all by speaking up

The preamble to the U.S. Constitution reads: We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

March 29, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Americans should have same health care as elected leaders

In my opinion, U.S. taxpayers should have the same health care system as their officials or vice versa. We need to get everything on the table to help ensure that the right things get done.

March 29, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: One state lawmaker has a fresh idea worth considering

One of the most frustrating aspects of covering Georgia's legislature is that you find yourself writing the same stories about the same set of issues, year after year.

March 29, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Hall County is still moving forward

Inside today's print edition of The Times is the annual special section which we call Progress. In it, we attempt to capture just a few examples of the incredible things that have gone on in our community over the past year which add to the exceptional quality of life we have come to associate with living and working in Hall County and the surrounding area.

March 26, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Gainesville should better enforce rules to clean up Midtown

In reading the article in The Times on Sunday regarding the new apartment complex Enclave being built off MLK Boulevard, as a resident of the southside of Gainesville, I am glad you are noticing the perils Midtown faces. I was born on Bradford Street almost 68 years ago in the house that I am living in now. The house has been in my family since 1936.

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


Letter: Story falsely summarized FBI director’s wiretap stance

From the Times Tuesday, March 21, Page 3A: "Director Comey also says Trump wiretap claims false." I listened to much of Director Comey's comments. At no time did he claim the wiretap complaints by then president-elect Trump were false. Mr. Comey said that he had no knowledge of any wiretaps by the FBI. Big difference.

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


Editorial: Ted Oglesby, a Renaissance public servant, steady voice of reason in journalism, politics

It would be hard to find too many Gainesville residents who had his fingers in more pies than Ted Oglesby.

March 24, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Americans deserve better health option than GOP bill

Health care really is a complex topic. One reason health care is tricky is because my health is not solely determined by my choices, but by my neighbors, my co-workers and even people I have never met. Diseases arise seemingly out of nowhere to spread among us. Accidents happen when we least expect them. That is why we all need some sort of insurance.

March 23, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Tobacco no worse than alcohol, should remain a legal choice

In response to the letter in The Times on March 10 ("Young people are best hope to end 'targeting' by Big Tobacco"), I must say with all due respect that the anti-tobacco campaign is the very definition of hypocrisy.

March 23, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: Georgia should approve expansion of eye care services

Georgia lawmakers have the opportunity this session to increase consumer access to needed eye care services and enable highly skilled medical professionals to use the patient care techniques they were trained to provide.

March 22, 2017 | By Dr. Benjamin Casella Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia wise not to follow North Carolina off a cliff

We are now in that period called March Madness, when basketball teams fight their way through a three-week tournament to determine an NCAA national champion.

March 22, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Collins needs to address all the problems with GOP health bill

On March 6, Ken Akins, Marissa Pyle and myself met with Rep. Doug Collins at his Gainesville office to talk about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). We were joined outside his office by over 100 friends from all over the 9th District. Since Rep. Collins refuses to hold in person town halls, we went to him!

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


Editorial: State should put students before politics

Georgia voters rejected a proposed amendment to the constitution last fall that would have allowed the state to assume control of struggling schools. So lawmakers literally went back to school, and the drawing board, to craft a Plan B this year.

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


Guest column: Move to approve injections by optometrists is a dangerous idea

We, as Americans, aspire to be great. It's why we lead the world in creativity, innovation, and economic growth. Yet, occasionally, our efforts have unintended and potentially dangerous consequences.

March 17, 2017 | By Steven Walsh Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State tax dollars should not fund private toll roads

One of the most egregious bills I have ever read is making its way through the Georgia General Assembly, another "Governor's bill" which, as usual, passed the Georgia Senate unanimously. As I write, this bill sits waiting for a vote in the House Transportation Committee to send it to the House floor, and then onto the governor's desk.

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


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Tom Crawford: House duel was long, costly and didn't follow the script

"Our long national nightmare is over."

June 28, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Veterans’ health care needs can lead to long drives, iffy insurance bills

I have seen many articles about the Veterans Choice Program, but for me and many other veterans, the program is a joke. Many of my ...

June 28, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Elections, legislative process are steered by media corporations

If you have watched the news in the last year, much has been said by commentators on the subject of media bias. In this case ...

June 28, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: PC epidemic is rampant; the only real cure is truth

We're all familiar with the destructive and fatal PC (aka pernicious counterfeit) virus and some of its strains. The "don't profile and ignore ...

June 26, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Hall residents feel the drill of tax increase

Tax increases are a bit like having a root canal at the dentist. Sometimes they're necessary, though always painful. And if the dentist doesn ...

June 25, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Congressional elections become menu-driven politics

North Georgians were so inundated with ads about the special 6th District House race in metro Atlanta that a number of people in Hall County ...

June 24, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Supreme Court’s hate speech ruling goes against idea in Constitution

In The Times on Thursday's page 2A, a Today in History item read "In 1992, the U. S. Supreme Court, ruled unanimously that 'hate ...

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


Letter: Grizzard and other writers were Southern voices who are missed

I recently read Ronda Rich's column about Lewis Grizzard which I enjoyed very much. It seems every time I have lunch at the Collegiate ...

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


Dick Yarbrough: Some people prove ‘you can’t fix stupid’

So what possessed comedian Kathy Griffin to post a picture of herself holding the decapitated and bloody head of the president?

June 24, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Shooter wasn’t really ‘evil,’ just targeting who he saw as an enemy

On Thursday, The Times featured on the front page a comment by Rep. Doug Collins. In response to the shooting of his colleague Steve Scalise ...

June 21, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Climate deal won’t work with China, India on honor system

Re: Monday's letter from Bette Holland about the Paris climate accords. If Ms. Holland really believes the Paris accord will have any appreciable effect ...

June 21, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Lawmaker is fighting an old war he can’t win

It was not a good week for state Rep. Tommy Benton, R-Jefferson.

June 21, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Will US be left behind in climate efforts?

Earlier this month, President Donald Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change. While his action may score political points ...

June 19, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Congressional members are elected to represent all constituents

Earlier this week, my representative, Doug Collins, removed my comments - which did not contain any profanity, nor any personal attacks - and blocked me from commenting ...

June 19, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Nation's leaders must stay united against hatred

Wednesday's shooting of a U.S. congressman and others at a baseball practice in suburban Washington should serve as a reminder, if we still ...

June 18, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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