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Tom Crawford: Here’s a salute to the accomplishments of 2015

When it comes to politicians, there was a lot to criticize this year. It would be wrong, however, to end the year without noting some people who deserve commendations for what they accomplished in 2015.

December 30, 2015 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Sen. David Perdue: My first year in Senate shows why Washington isn’t working

Dear friends,

December 28, 2015 | By Sen. David Perdue Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: State may join cityhood clash

The collection of lawmakers who gather under the Gold Dome of the Georgia Capitol for the state's annual legislative session seldom are lacking for topics of discussion, and 2016 isn't likely to be an exception to the rule.

December 27, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Filibusters have hijacked budget process in US Senate

The method our Founding Fathers developed to effectuate a representative government was brilliant. This is done with an overall budget resolution stating what amounts are to be allocated to each appropriations subcommittee. There are 12 subcommittees and each will deliver an appropriations bill.

December 26, 2015 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: I wish I had been in Bethlehem long ago

This column has become a Christmas tradition, and I share it with you once again this year. It is dedicated to all who believe.

December 25, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Frank Reddy: Santa is real; he delivered a 2-wheeled Christmas miracle

Santa Claus is real.

December 24, 2015 | Frank Reddy | All viewpoint stories


Dave Casper: Christmas during the Depression was a hard road to travel

Some Christmases are not so merry and bright. It was Christmas Eve during the Great Depression, 1939 or 1940. Jobs were very hard to find, and it was hard to even put food on the table.

December 24, 2015 | By Dave Casper Community columnist | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Here are 2 guys who really need some Christmas cheer

It's a tradition for newspapers to make a seasonal request of their readers: "This Christmas, remember the needy."

December 23, 2015 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Climate change hoax has been years in making

Having read Vernon Dixon's letter, I could almost visualize him drooling over this foolish "climate change" summit. He demonstrates all too well how too many people are willing to be led by the nose rather than do their own thinking.

December 23, 2015 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Leaders in Congress vote against smaller government, deficits

Recently on a local radio station, I listened to Rep. Doug Collins attempt to explain why he supported a spending bill which adds an estimated $57 billion to the national debt. This a debt that our children and our grandchild will be facing. It is totally unfair to burden them with this massive debt.

December 23, 2015 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: GOP leaders again sell out conservatives

The new GOP leader of the House, Paul Ryan, worked with Democratic leadership as conservative Americans' leanings took a back seat to an omnibus bill of tax, spending and regulatory legislation of nearly $2 trillion, done late at night with no time to read and debate.

December 22, 2015 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: A stocking full of hope for a world in turmoil

"And so this is Christmas

December 20, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Immigrants who are here legally play a positive role in community

After reading the article on immigration Thursday ("Report says immigrants boost state's economic fortunes") featuring Jerry Gonzalez and Debra Pilgrim, I felt the need to talk to all the immigrants in our community.

December 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Columnist is correct; PSC is out to silence protests of Plant Vogtle

Tom Crawford's scathing column on the Public Service Commission's role in the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Georgia's Power's Plant Vogtle was encouraging. Maybe people are finally waking up.

December 19, 2015 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Sometimes, being on the naughty list can be nice

Ring! Ring! Ring!

December 19, 2015 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


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Letter: Donating cord blood can help a mother give life to others

This Mother's Day, we celebrate the life-giving power of mothers and are reminded of the joyous event of giving birth, an event that is ...

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


Editorial: Making a worthy change for a 20

So far, 2016 has not been a great year for political normalcy, musical icons or, of late, old presidents whose attitudes for their times don ...

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


Dick Yarbrough: State senator makes his case for religious freedom bill

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of State Sen ...

April 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Students show resiliency amid a flurry of tests

I've been thinking about resiliency. It can be found in successful Fortune 500 companies and exists throughout our community. What is resiliency?

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


Letter: Alter signs to make drivers stop

Here's a thought for Gainesville and Hall County: Since nearly 99 percent of the drivers don't stop for stop signs, maybe they could ...

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


Letter: Take action now to save planet for future Earth Days

Today is Earth Day. It is a great time to reassess where we are, as a nation and as a world, in taking proper care ...

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


Letter: Times should have reported effort to rename courthouse

As a subscriber of this "newspaper" for some 60 years, I am accustomed to you guys reporting some mundane local events while missing some real ...

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


Tom Crawford: It's a bad time for state lawmaker to get DUI

It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad to get pulled ...

April 20, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: If socialism were installed in US, whose type would it resemble?

A recent headline read, "In Venezuela, no toilet paper and now lousy phone service." A couple of days before, Yahoo news had "Venezuela to ration ...

April 19, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Voters’ voices are being ignored in primary process

In early January, our country was still trying to decide who should be our rightful president. Al Gore had won the popular vote, and George ...

April 19, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: Our freedoms in peril from presidential trio

One thing that has become increasingly clear in this increasingly muddled 2016 presidential campaign is that if either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump - and you ...

April 10, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Safer bridges ahead, and overdue

We've all had this feeling: You're driving along on your commute to work and what was a smooth highway now gives way to ...

April 10, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Deal’s difficult veto was necessary

Political courage is so rare these days the very phrase clangs on the ear as a contradiction, an oxymoron like "jumbo shrimp." This is an ...

April 03, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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