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Dick Yarbrough: Can the school amendment’s plan really fix failing schools?

In Georgia, it is a political fact of life that whatever the governor wants - no matter who occupies the seat - the governor usually gets. That is because the office controls a lot of money and patronage and can dispense or withhold either, depending on whether or not you support or oppose the governor.

October 29, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories

Letter: We all should light the way to help homeless

In May, I had sensed the call of God to go minister to the homeless. At the time, I didn't know where I was going to minister. I had been diligently seeking a closer walk with the Lord since the summer of 2015. I had also desired to experience more of God's great love in my own life. As a result of my personal quest to obtain a closer relationship with the Lord, I accepted the challenge and surrendered to go minister.

October 29, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Columnist’s logic is flawed; a vote against Trump helps Clinton

I have followed Charles Krauthammer's writings for a number of years, and have found he seems to have a unique insight into complex situations and events. His recent article is a rather glaring example seemingly lacking in wisdom and sound reasoning. I refer to his closing remarks in which he stated he could never vote for Donald Trump. Since we only have two viable choices, a write-in has zero chance of being elected, and would serve as a "no" vote, and thus a vote for Hillary Clinton, whom he acknowledged as "deeply flawed."

October 29, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Vote to keep our nation out of Democrats’ bloodied hands

Folks, it's crunch time!

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

Letter: ‘Critical thinking’ should offer solutions, not just criticize ideas

I am appalled by the letter from Eugene Elander from Dahlonega that appeared in Wednesday's Times stating that the governor's Amendment No. 1 is "wrongheaded."

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

Letter: Residents deserve answers from DOT on traffic impact of Mincey expansion

In its successful bid to rezone the 11.68-acre site on the north side of Browns Bridge Road, Mincey Marble has submitted an application to the Georgia Department of Transportaton to add two center turning lanes for trucks to cross Browns Bridge in order to enter the existing and proposed new plant.

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

Tom Crawford: Voters will settle 2 unknowns on Georgia ballot

As Georgians ponder how they will cast their ballots in this general election, there are only two issues that really have any suspense to them.

October 26, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Letter on Georgia school amendment, column on ‘the left’ both wrongheaded

It is not often a local newspaper carries a doubleheader of wrongheadness on its Opinion page on the exact same day, but such was the case in last Wednesday's Times. I am referring to the letter from Mary Worley and the column by Thomas Sowell. Neither piece passes the test of critical-thinking logic, a subject which I have taught for many years, nor do these items even pass the infamous "sniff test" often applied to such political articles.

October 26, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Retired educators invited to take part in celebration, meetings

Gov. Nathan Deal has designated Nov. 6 as Retired Educator Day in Georgia. Georgia has more than 118,000 retired educators. They contribute countless volunteer hours each year which enrich the lives of many of our residents. We hope our area churches will join in announcing this day of appreciation for this group that has given so much of themselves to the young people in our state.

October 26, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: State should not allow KSU president who isn’t qualified

I am not only surprised, but really disappointed to read about the most unreasonable decision by the Board of Regents of the University Systems of Georgia to appoint Attorney General Sam Olens as the new President of the Kennesaw State University. He does not have any experience or educational background even to become the department head of any community college, unless somebody bypasses all the usual procedures to select a president of any state or private university as stated by columnist Tom Crawford's column "Politics all about connections" published Oct. 19.

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

Editorial: 'Rigged' election plot a far-fetched notion

Amid America's gradual descent into cynicism, we accept certain things as gospel: Death and taxes, the star-spangled banner waving forever, the good guys always win, and, either way, the rules of the game are fair. And in elections, our vote will be counted.

October 23, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Gainesville, Hall should unite for homeless solution

I would like to let myself be heard concerning this homeless situation in Gainesville and Hall County.

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

Letter: Georgians should rise up against paying for nuclear boondoggle

Once again Tom Crawford has warned Times readers about the uncontrolled power the Public Service Commission holds over their pocketbooks. (Oct. 12 column).

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

Dick Yarbrough: Cagle lays out his education vision for Georgia

Once upon a time, there was a lieutenant governor in Georgia who later became governor. He had a vision for improving public education in the state. His name was Zell Miller.

October 22, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories

Letter: It’s time to put a third party choice in place

I believe there is almost universal agreement this election cycle that we are only going to get to choose which candidate will do the least harm. It is without a doubt; the lesser of two evils, and when that is the only choice you have, the result is not going to be good for anyone.

October 21, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

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Guest column: Congressional bills would improve effort to preserve North Georgia forests

The Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest is home to some of our state's most scenic natural areas: the Cohutta Mountains, Brasstown Bald, Lake Rabun and the ...

March 15, 2017 | By Deron Davis Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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

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