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Editorial: A development worthy of a green light

There are great benefits to living in a county with a robust economy and quality of life that lures more people to move here, but also a price to pay at times. That push and pull of progress in our area now is playing out on Dawsonville Highway and plans for an 860-home active-adult community.

June 11, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories

Ron Martz: US has too many secrets, too many with access to them

The arrest last Monday in Augusta of 25-year-old Reality Leigh Winner for allegedly passing top-secret government documents to an online news site says as much about the government's ineptitude in handing out security clearances as it does her stupidity in thinking she could get away with it.

June 11, 2017 | Ron Martz | All viewpoint stories

Letter: 2 recent stories showed very different contributions to society

As an observer of how people act, react and think, it is usually something radical that gets to me. I think of an old saying from my parents: "Fools' names, like fools' faces, are always seen in public places." The saying never really became clear until I read the recent reports of foolish people doing foolish things in public places.

June 10, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: There’s no way to wipe clean all sins of our Founding Fathers

In his recent letter, Jeff Casper appears to forget slavery was legal and condoned under the government of the United States for almost 100 years. In spite of this, no one has demanded removal of the flag of the United States or statues of founders who also happened to be slave owners.

June 10, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Dick Yarbrough: Teachers have earned break from cut-and-run crowd

Dear Georgia's Public Schoolteachers:

June 10, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories

Editorial: Show biz puts stars in Georgia’s eyes

Georgia's economy is best known for some of its tastiest exports, namely peaches, peanuts, chicken and Coca-Cola.

June 09, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories

Tom Crawford: Utility leaders reward failure over nuclear boondoggles

The executives of Southern Company, the utility holding company headquartered in Atlanta, have been involved in two of the biggest boondoggles in U.S. industrial history.

June 07, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories

Guest column: GOP health plan would eliminate coverage for many with disabilities

Last month, the American Health Care Act, or "TrumpCare" passed the House of Representatives by only four votes. The bill, written as is, would eliminate insurance for millions of low-income Americans, but there is one aspect of the bill that no one is talking about - how the AHCA will impact Medicaid's programs for people with disabilities.

June 07, 2017 | By Justin Pressley Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Veterans get little help after their sacrifices in other countries’ wars

I am so disgusted with Veterans Affairs. It does not assist veterans who wasted their lives for no reason. America seems to be at war all the time with no purpose. If two foreign countries are fighting each other, that's their problem, but we make it ours. That's why our country is not what it once was. We are playing referee to those countries, so why must we interrupt their little wars? We are playing hero at great expense.

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

Letter: Trump endangers Earth by ignoring plea for science

President Donald Trump knows just enough science to be dangerous. Given the opportunity, he has demonstrated that he is more than dangerous. By withdrawing from the Paris climate accord, he endangers the future of our planet, and in doing so, jeopardizes the future of my children and grandchildren, and yours.

June 06, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Pulling out of climate deal is another blow to big government

The withdrawal of the United States from the Paris Climate Accord ordered by President Donald Trump has caused his enemies great concern. Their attitude demonstrates their ignorance of the Accord and the climate.

June 06, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Paris agreement move a big mistake for nation's future

President Donald Trump's withdrawal of the U.S. from the Paris Climate Agreement is a national and international tragedy. History will look back upon this as one of the gravest errors that the U.S. has ever committed. We now join Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries not in the Paris Climate agreement - really great company!

June 06, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Dawsonville Highway needs more than just cosmetic fixes

Dawsonville Highway traffic is nearing critical mass as a result of increasing development in the corridor between Lake Lanier and the McEver Road intersection. And now the city is proposing to add a projected 6,700 daily vehicle trips to the corridor, from a 900-residence development by Oak Hall Companies and development of seven commercial parcels along the highway itself.

June 05, 2017 | | All viewpoint stories

Editorial: With growth in a school system comes difficult job of redrawing district lines

If you live in a growing, vibrant suburban or exurban area, there are certain things you learn to expect; niggling, predictable worries that are part and parcel of an envious quality of life.

June 04, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories

Viewpoint: Why Trump’s climate decision was the right one

President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement has unleashed a predictable firestorm of criticism. But it was the right move.

June 04, 2017 | By Nicolas Loris and Katie Tubb The Heritage Foundation/Tribune News Service | All viewpoint stories

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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

Letter: Idea of endogeneity explains how scientists sometimes can get it wrong

Seth Godin writes a daily blog. If you are not familiar with it, I recommend subscribing at

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

Tom Crawford: Georgia can learn a lesson from Kansas’ mistake

One of the most compelling political stories of the past week happened not in Washington, D.C., but out to the west in Kansas.

June 14, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories

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