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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


Editorial: Creating a legal path to 'breathe free'

In a TV interview last week, former President George W. Bush was asked what direction the country's immigration policy should take.

March 05, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: Trump is battling barrels of ink

President Donald Trump's constant bickering with the media is a lose-lose-lose situation for all involved.

March 05, 2017 | Ron Martz | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Hall community is more united than ever to tackle poverty

As relative newcomers to this community, over and over we realize what a blessing it is to have landed here for our final, permanent home. Never have we had that feeling as much as experiencing the United Way gathering last Friday at First Baptist Banquet Hall, connecting providers of services toward a thorough, long-range process to break the cycle of poverty in Hall County. Former Gainesville schools Superintendent Merrianne Dyer, now Scholastic Cooperation national staff person, did a superb job facilitating the process.

March 02, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Reservoirs would create jobs, save water for the next drought

Mr. President: When I last wrote you on Nov. 4, we were four days prior to the election and six months into a devastating drought. We and millions of others were praying for you and your family and your election. Congratulations on your, as pundits say, "stunning and improbable victory." Thank you for choosing people of strong character for your Cabinet and administration. The task is long and daunting. Much prayer, humility and backbone will be needed in the face of loud opposition.

March 02, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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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


Letter: An old farmer’s lesson about listening still is not forgotten

My unforgettable lesson about listening happened on a very hot August day in south Mississippi, where I was working in a seed, feed and fertilizer ...

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


Letter: Love and the word of God can heal us from hatred

Once again, we are plagued by the pain of injury and a facture in society brought to the forefront by frustration and self-haters. A wise ...

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


Editorial: Respect for our heroes in blue is well-earned

It's easy at times for jokers to take humorous shots at police officers meant in jest. The jokes and stereotypes are mostly the same ...

June 15, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: To manage world climate change, we need common goals, shared decisions

Imagine you are lord of the manor in feudal times, and you have provided a large pasture (the commons) for your serfs to run their ...

June 14, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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