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Letter: Story on nuclear mistakes is evidence of the dangers we face

I was pleased to see the Associated Press account of the Air Force's most recent nuclear screwup Sunday in The Times. The same report appeared in the Atlanta papers, so I imagine it appeared in all the major newspapers around the nation.

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


Tom Crawford: Who will win fight for ‘freedom' under Gold Dome?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be a fight they are destined to have.

January 27, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Shuttle disaster is what happens when politics overrules science

In 1986, a plan was made to launch a rocket to the space station with a young female school teacher among the crew. The crew was on board, ready to go, when a scientist objected to the launch because of freezing weather. But the politicians said, "Go for it."

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


Letter: Teachers don’t need an arbitrary way to judge job performances

Dear Dick Yarbrough: From week to week, I look forward to your column. It is usually refreshing and on point. After reading your article on Jan. 16, regarding your service on the Education Reform Commission, I am afraid I have to take issue with a comment you made that reads: "The idea is to give local school systems more say in how to reward teachers based on their performance and not solely on years on the job or advanced degrees. Not a bad concept. It is one that I lived with in the corporate world for four decades."

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


Editorial: A few heroes put a rosy glow on winter’s gloom

Winter ... bleh. Like war, unngh, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

January 24, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: The silliest campaign season yet

In the context of politics "The Silly Season" is generally considered to be that period of presidential campaigns from early summer until October of the election year when news is at a premium and journalists are looking for anything to titillate readers and viewers.

January 23, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Governor responds quickly to reader’s road plan concerns

Gov. Nathan Deal called me. He tracked me down and kept calling back until I was off work and headed home around 7:30 p.m. He responded to my unhappy letter regarding the spending of our Georgia tax dollars and my discontent with toll lane creations.

January 23, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: State of my column — Strong and broccoli-free

My fellow Georgians: Now that President Barack Obama has delivered his final soppy State of the Union address (Yay! Hooray!) and Gov. Nathan Deal has given us a nautically themed State of the State address that would have made Moby Dick proud (Ha! Ha! Ha!), I come today to submit to you my annual State of the Column address, better known to many of you as the State of Confusion. (Yay! Clap! Clap! Clap!)

January 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Presidential race hard to call with shaky candidates leading in both parties

I've been involved in politics for a long time as a Republican, and have been able to name the winner fairly early, missing my call only a few times over the years. not this year. I think I do know what's happening and I don't like it.

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


Letter: Politicians are feeding us a lot of bunk over climate change

I believe in global warming and climate change, but not the misinformation and garbage, people such as President Barack Obama and Al Gore dump on us.

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


Letter: Climate change is a greater threat to our long-term future than is ISIS

ISIS or climate change: Which is the greater danger?

January 20, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Only those who break our laws should worry about deportation

I read in Sunday's Times that it seems the legal as well as the illegal Latinos in Gainesville and around the state are worried they will be deported and families split. That is their fault not the fault of the United States.

January 20, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Hall County should be more proactive on trash by roadways

On Jan. 13, after the sickening sight of trash buildup on Old Oakwood Road near SAPA got to me, I picked up nine large bags of litter. It seems our litter problem in Hall County is only getting worse. It looks like some kind of action could be taken to catch and make an example of the littering pigs.

January 20, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Deal backs off on merit pay plan for teachers

Last year, Gov. Nathan Deal had everyone thinking he would make major changes in the state's public education system when the 2016 legislative session rolled around.

January 20, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Is it time to roll the dice on casinos?

Are Georgians ready to gamble on allowing casinos to take root here?

January 17, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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Letter: School garden is a cherished resource for learning, tranquility

I write following your articles in The Times about the impending destruction of the Smartville garden at Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy. What a gem this ...

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


Letter: Choosing love, peace that faith offers is path to happiness

Recently I got inebriated and I had a hangover the next morning, but instead of feeling bad, I felt renewed. And recently, I hugged many ...

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


Letter: Enota garden and its impact are worth saving

I am writing to object to the destruction of the Enota Multiple Intelligences Academy Smartville garden to build a parking lot. This garden is unlike ...

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


Letter: State senator off base in saying Christianity is under attack

I'm glad columnist Dick Yarbrough saw that state Sen. Joshua McKoon had an opportunity to make his case for "religious freedom," but I wonder ...

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


Tom Crawford: It's time the PSC finally said 'no' to Georgia Power

Imagine that you are the loan officer at the local community bank.

April 27, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Donating cord blood can help a mother give life to others

This Mother's Day, we celebrate the life-giving power of mothers and are reminded of the joyous event of giving birth, an event that is ...

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


Editorial: Making a worthy change for a 20

So far, 2016 has not been a great year for political normalcy, musical icons or, of late, old presidents whose attitudes for their times don ...

April 24, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: State senator makes his case for religious freedom bill

A couple of weeks ago, I was highly critical of the efforts of proponents of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and particularly of State Sen ...

April 23, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Students show resiliency amid a flurry of tests

I've been thinking about resiliency. It can be found in successful Fortune 500 companies and exists throughout our community. What is resiliency?

April 23, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Alter signs to make drivers stop

Here's a thought for Gainesville and Hall County: Since nearly 99 percent of the drivers don't stop for stop signs, maybe they could ...

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


Letter: Take action now to save planet for future Earth Days

Today is Earth Day. It is a great time to reassess where we are, as a nation and as a world, in taking proper care ...

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


Letter: Times should have reported effort to rename courthouse

As a subscriber of this "newspaper" for some 60 years, I am accustomed to you guys reporting some mundane local events while missing some real ...

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


Ron Martz: Our freedoms in peril from presidential trio

One thing that has become increasingly clear in this increasingly muddled 2016 presidential campaign is that if either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump - and you ...

April 10, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


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 ...

April 10, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | 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 ...

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


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