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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 that grinding, sandpaper feeling beneath your wheels, like you're driving across a waffle iron. It sets your teeth on edge, the rattle and roar vibrating in your ears and interrupting the radio program you're listening to.

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


Dick Yarbrough: Political pressure can get results

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom" bill vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal. My personal opinions are irrelevant to this discussion. Rather, this is a refresher course in Politics 101.

April 09, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Browns Bridge continues to deteriorate, remains dangerous

Browns Bridge across the Chattahoochee River between Hall and Forsyth counties is unsafe due to its very rough and rapidly deteriorating surface.

April 08, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Faith leaders who disagree disrespectfully turn away many from churches

Sunday's Viewpoint page presented a contrast in how support or opposition to Gov. Nathan Deal's recent veto of the religious liberty bill is expressed by local religious leaders.

April 08, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Is plan to reroute Gainesville’s downtown traffic working?

Several years ago there were discussions on how to deter traffic from going through the middle of Gainesville on Green Street. I'm not sure which departments were involved, but South Enota Drive was widened from Park Hill Drive to the now Jesse Jewell Parkway. The idea was that into Gainesville traffic on U.S. 129 would be diverted or directed away from going through to the south side of Gainesville.

April 08, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: ‘Campus carry’ law would only divide us further

As a professor at our local university campus, I have been part of the fight to stop House Bill 859, the "campus carry" act now on Gov. Nathan Deal's desk. I have written an op-ed, appeared at a Capitol rally, become a subject of a news story in this paper, been interviewed on the radio, and of course had my picture splashed across the Internet.

April 07, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Carl Rogers served his district and its residents well in House

How do you go about electing a state official that will serve your district for 22 years and, 1. never be accused of any wrongdoing; 2. represent his constituents at the highest standards; 3. always put the people first; and 4. never get embroiled in a bitter controversy that might cast him in a bad light?

April 07, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Times, pastors offered balanced views on religious freedom bill

I am writing to express my appreciation for the balanced presentation The Times presented of the opposing viewpoints involved on this topic.

April 07, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Adding I-985 exit will create more problems than it solves

We are opposed to the new diamond interchange Exit 14 off of Interstate 985. It would be the only exit on I-985 that does not exit onto a main highway; it will exit into a residential area and create a need for an additional $42 million to widen Martin Road, a residential area.

April 06, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Everyone’s effort is needed to help prevent child abuse in Georgia

We all play a role in the lives of children and their families, and their healthy development is crucial to the future health of our state.

April 06, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: State legislators willing to defy Deal in recent session

This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 06, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Religious freedom veto: Governor missed his moment to stand up for our state’s values

I will never forget the conversation.

April 03, 2016 | By DR. TOM SMILEY Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Religious freedom veto: Gov. Deal provided voice of reason amid our mood of anger, fear

It would have been my preference that Gov. Nathan Deal had not been afforded the controversial decision of vetoing the "Religious Freedom Bill." I would have preferred that it had not been passed by our Georgia House of Representatives and our state Senate.

April 03, 2016 | By DR. TERRY WALTON Guest columnist | 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 era when winning elections seems the sole quest and governing is focused on the next trip to the polls, not facing tough problems head-on regardless of the fallout.

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


Letter: Deal applauded for not giving in to bias rooted in House bill

House Bill 757, the religious liberty bill, is vetoed and I applaud Gov. Nathan Deal for his position not to sign into law a bill riddled with hidden bias and hatred.

April 02, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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Dick Yarbrough: Will Deal’s vetoes stall state education reform plans?

A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of the Campus Carry bill and ...

May 14, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Bathroom spat won’t end soon, but there are ways to solve it

The last time I was in a lady's bathroom was about 1937. I was 5. I have never seen ladies walk in a male ...

May 14, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Nation losing its moral compass with Christianity under attack

Never in my wildest imagination, when I was young, would I believe that I'd see conditions in America digress to the level we now ...

May 14, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Wouldn’t Beckstein still reach out to help any couple in need?

As I read the two stories side-by-side, one about the wonderful Mr. Gene Beckstein and the other about members of the board of Family Promise ...

May 14, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Playing stats, details out of place in story of coach’s ouster

I read with great sadness, but not much surprise, at the mitigation provided to former West Hall High School boys basketball coach Zac Swansey in ...

May 12, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Stamping out support to those in need

While Hall County's jobless rate lingers below 5 percent and many prosper from a growing economy, we see reminders that it's never easy ...

May 01, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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