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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


Letter: Confederate flag wavers did so to back Charleston church shooter

Last August, the Roswell Police Department fired an officer for flying the Confederate flag. On Monday, a Georgia judge sentenced two other flag-wavers to more than a decade of prison time each. Neither incident is related to protections under the First Amendment. But both incidents are related to the guns owned by Dylan Roof.

March 01, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: GOP congressmen GOP leaders duck angry town halls

Town meetings are part of a long tradition in America. Since the 1600s, residents of some New England communities have been gathering to vote directly on what their local government will do and how much will be spent in the annual budget.

March 01, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Even a small risk of nuclear disaster is too much to chance

I've been a "nuke watcher" for over 40 years. This means I've attended numerous conferences and workshops, met with government officials and talked with experts in the field. Some try to reassure me. Everything, they say, contains a degree of risk, but nuclear power is safer and more sustainable than most. Our nuclear arsenal is the most secure in the world

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


Letter: No one is illegal; all deserve a chance here

I was one of the protesters holding a sign that stated, "We are ALL immigrants," and I will be one of them this weekend as well. I have done my research on American immigration. I learned in my primary schooling years about the many "founders" of this country - the ones who entered it illegally and decimated nearly the entire indigenous population.

February 27, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Ga. lawmakers take 2 steps forward, 2 back

As the Georgia General Assembly session begins its turn toward the home stretch this week, we're seeing the usual mix of good bills but also some bad ideas popping back up like mushrooms after a rainstorm.

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


Letter: No one is illegal; all deserve a chance to succeed in US

I was one of the protesters holding a sign that stated, "We are ALL immigrants," and I will be one of them this weekend as well. I have done my research on American immigration. I learned in my primary schooling years about the many "founders" of this country - the ones who entered it illegally and decimated nearly the entire indigenous population. There is no denying a war on immigrants and immigration (terms that we will all do well to remember is not bound by legality) in recent times.

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


Letter: Be it a stolen bike or more, Gainesville’s cops are tops

God bless the Gainesville Police!

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


Letter: To measure schools fairly, we need to use reliable data

The Times published two essays last week, one by a national columnist, the other by a local writer, both to inform the public of reasons for school shortcomings. However, each author is just a few facts shy of a complete picture. Let's compare and contrast our sources of information for a balanced view.

February 22, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Protesters should recognize U.S. law supports legal immigration

Those immigrants that were so busy protesting and holding up signs saying "America is made up of immigrants" need to do a little research on American immigration. America is made up of law-abiding "legal" immigrants.

February 22, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Neither side of debate should tolerate violence from protesters

In America, anyone may peacefully assemble, protest lawfully, and make their feelings known, so long as it is done lawfully, no damage is done,and other people's rights are respected. Unfortunately, for as long as I can remember (over 50 years), left-wing protestors rarely respect the rights and property of others.

February 22, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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Ron Martz: Should news outlets seek to erase history?

The late Ed Koch, the irascible and highly entertaining former mayor of New York City, once asked this question: "Should we be rewriting history just ...

July 09, 2017 | Ron Martz | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Skeeter Skates is a man ahead of his time

I don't need Caller ID to know when Skeeter Skates is calling. The phone has a different kind of sound to it, like very ...

July 08, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Education focus should be what’s best for student, not for schools

With the recent selection of Betsy De Vos as secretary of education, there was much weeping and gnashing of teeth about the effects on public ...

July 07, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: July 4 ad reaffirms America’s status as a nation under God

The willingness to run the "God Bless America" ad on page 6 of The Times on July 4 gives me a new appreciation for this ...

July 07, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Column brings ‘Europe-think’ back into American politics

Re: Opinion column by Doyle McManus on Thursday, "US politics baffle Europeans."

July 07, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: The label we can all share is USA

When the nation pauses for a few days to celebrate the 241st anniversary of our independence, it goes without saying all the fireworks these days ...

July 02, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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