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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 impatient. That's to be expected. Skeeter Skates, owner of Skeeter Skates Plow Repair and Stump Removal in Ryo, Ga., is an impatient man. I guess it goes with the business.

July 08, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | 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


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 paper's management. The quotes in the ad leave little doubt that this country was created to be a Christian nation, and it has only been in the last 55 years that courts and elected officials have tried to erase that notion.

July 07, 2017 | Letter to the editor | 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 education. As a staunch advocate of private and charter schools, Ms. De Vos frightened many people who believed that she would promote those sorts of choices to the detriment of public schools.

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


Letter: Letters on target over campus guns, term limits for politicians

The two letters in Monday's paper hit the nail on the head for me.

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


Letter: It’s nice to have a president who supports our freedom of faith

After reflecting on what President Donald Trump said at last month's evangelical gathering, I was aware I had seen a miracle: a politician, newly dubbed, striving to keep his campaign promises. I felt for the first time in eight years we had someone in the swamp who had our best interest on his agenda. He has our backs and not our throats.

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


Letter: Trump’s threats to Syria mirror Bush's deception over Iraq WMD

In his recent letter, Gary Hulsey said we need truth to cure a viral epidemic of political correctness. I wonder if he feels the same way about President George W. Bush's pernicious lies about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq used to counterfeit a pretext for invasion and removal of Saddam Hussein? Where were Hulsey's principles for truth when the lives of half a million people in Iraq were at stake?

July 05, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: GOP health care bill would be damaging to Georgia

It's not quite there yet, but it's getting closer.

July 05, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: If guns keep us safe, why are they OK on campuses but not Capitol?

Saturday, campus carry became law in the state of Georgia. This bill, which was opposed by the university system of Georgia and by most students and voters, will lead to protests all around our state. Alas, we do not live in a democracy, so the law stands.

July 03, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Weak congressional leaders make a strong case for term limits

This is probably the most difficult analysis I have attempted because it involves very sick politicians.

July 03, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Don’t remove Trump from office before full truth is found

"With Malice towards none, with Charity towards all."

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


Letter: VA health rules make it harder to get needed care

I agree with R. Gary Humphries in his letter to the editor on Wednesday regarding Veterans Affairs health care. I have experienced this firsthand with my brother, Ronnie, who is a veteran. He suffered a stroke in February 2016 and is still paralyzed on his left side. He goes to the Oakwood Clinic for regular doctor visits, where they can only prescribe medication. Anything else has to go through the Atlanta office via a "consult appointment."

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


Dick Yarbrough: 'Opportunity' school group earns an ‘F’ on education

Oh, barf. The Georgia Center for Opportunity - whatever that is - has come out with a report card, giving As and A-pluses to cut-and-run legislators who want to promote private school scholarships with public money rather than deal with the societal problems our schools face.

July 01, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Make effort to drive, boat sober this Fourth

A long holiday weekend, hot summer weather, cheap gas and a world of distractions are the perfect formula for danger on Georgia highways.

June 30, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: UNG students, please leave your guns at home

To University of North Georgia students, faculty, staff, parents, and visitors with a concealed weapons permit: Please don't bring your guns to campus. You have this right now. Don't exercise it.

June 30, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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Tom Crawford: Some early gaffes by Kemp mark 2018 governor’s race

When you look over the Republican field of candidates for the governor's race, two names stand out as front-runners: Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and ...

July 12, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Putting students ahead of schools dismisses idea their fates are linked

In defending Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a recent letter writer informs us he has read a book concluding that focusing on what is good for ...

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


Letter: Company’s ties to administration, EPA should come under close scrutiny

Recently, the Times published an Associated Press report on an Environmental Protection Agency decision to deny a petition to ban chlorpyrifos, a pesticide produced by ...

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


Editorial: A temporary holiday of minimal value

One of the rites of late summer here in Georgia, where school starts amid the dog days of the season, is back-to-school shopping. Though a ...

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


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


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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