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Letter: Vengeance is no reason to punish some who pose no threat to us

A few years ago, a friend committed a crime. He deserved punishment, but there were extenuating circumstances: He was weathering three personal tragedies, continuous pain from severe scoliosis, drank alcohol to relieve some of the pain and overreacted to a perceived threat to his children.

February 02, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: A new year, but the same old Corps of Engineers

It's not unusual for a new year to usher in new rules, regulations, and laws that can impact the way we live our lives. What's unusual, and upsetting, is when these changes are made with no public input or little advance notice.

February 01, 2016 | By U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Bringing it on home

If you're reading this on a sunny Sunday from your comfortable home, you may wonder why the struggle to find affordable housing has become a serious problem.

January 31, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Johnny Vardeman: Tunnels still cross beneath the streets of Gainesville

Underground Gainesville?

January 31, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: State senator wants a helping hand for disabled

Republican state Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician.

January 30, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Income equality’s ‘free lunch’ would kill all incentive to strive, succeed

In days gone by farmers would use a long stick with a carrot hanging on a string to entice their mule to pull their cart to market. They would dangle the carrot a few inches in front of the mule, just out of reach, and the mule would keep walking toward it attempting to taste success in reaching the goal.

January 28, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Georgia’s legal community mourns loss of attorney Summer

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime Gainesville attorney Daniel A. Summer on his recent and very untimely passing.

January 28, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Real education reform should address overpaid administrators

I keep reading about the governor's education reform committee. It would appear there is no reform, only an increase in teacher's pay. I am reminded that the largest single block of voters in Georgia is that group of people employed by state and local education systems.

January 27, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Story on nuclear mistakes is evidence of the dangers we face

I was pleased to see the Associated Press account of the Air Force's most recent nuclear screwup Sunday in The Times. The same report appeared in the Atlanta papers, so I imagine it appeared in all the major newspapers around the nation.

January 27, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Who will win fight for ‘freedom' under Gold Dome?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be a fight they are destined to have.

January 27, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Shuttle disaster is what happens when politics overrules science

In 1986, a plan was made to launch a rocket to the space station with a young female school teacher among the crew. The crew was on board, ready to go, when a scientist objected to the launch because of freezing weather. But the politicians said, "Go for it."

January 27, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Teachers don’t need an arbitrary way to judge job performances

Dear Dick Yarbrough: From week to week, I look forward to your column. It is usually refreshing and on point. After reading your article on Jan. 16, regarding your service on the Education Reform Commission, I am afraid I have to take issue with a comment you made that reads: "The idea is to give local school systems more say in how to reward teachers based on their performance and not solely on years on the job or advanced degrees. Not a bad concept. It is one that I lived with in the corporate world for four decades."

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


Editorial: A few heroes put a rosy glow on winter’s gloom

Winter ... bleh. Like war, unngh, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

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


Ron Martz: The silliest campaign season yet

In the context of politics "The Silly Season" is generally considered to be that period of presidential campaigns from early summer until October of the election year when news is at a premium and journalists are looking for anything to titillate readers and viewers.

January 23, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Governor responds quickly to reader’s road plan concerns

Gov. Nathan Deal called me. He tracked me down and kept calling back until I was off work and headed home around 7:30 p.m. He responded to my unhappy letter regarding the spending of our Georgia tax dollars and my discontent with toll lane creations.

January 23, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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Dick Yarbrough: Will Deal’s vetoes stall state education reform plans?

A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of the Campus Carry bill and ...

May 14, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Bathroom spat won’t end soon, but there are ways to solve it

The last time I was in a lady's bathroom was about 1937. I was 5. I have never seen ladies walk in a male ...

May 14, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Nation losing its moral compass with Christianity under attack

Never in my wildest imagination, when I was young, would I believe that I'd see conditions in America digress to the level we now ...

May 14, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Wouldn’t Beckstein still reach out to help any couple in need?

As I read the two stories side-by-side, one about the wonderful Mr. Gene Beckstein and the other about members of the board of Family Promise ...

May 14, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Playing stats, details out of place in story of coach’s ouster

I read with great sadness, but not much surprise, at the mitigation provided to former West Hall High School boys basketball coach Zac Swansey in ...

May 12, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Stamping out support to those in need

While Hall County's jobless rate lingers below 5 percent and many prosper from a growing economy, we see reminders that it's never easy ...

May 01, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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