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Editorial: Schools race to keep pace with growth

Sorry kids, it's already time to say goodbye to summer. The calendar may say July, but it's time to head back to school over the next week for Gainesville and Hall County students.

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


Dick Yarbrough: Inspired by Dr. Cook, a true lover of words

If you are a regular observer of this space, you are no doubt familiar with the story I am about to share. I have told it several times over the years. With your indulgence, I would like to tell it again. It is about seeking out a college professor to thank him for turning my life around.

July 29, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Seats are only for the elite at Falcons' new home

The Atlanta Falcons opened training camp this week in Flowery Branch, eager for a fresh start and a chance to wash away the bad taste left from February in Houston.

July 28, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia's pile of tax breaks are out of whack

Is Georgia doling out too many tax breaks? You could certainly make that argument.

July 25, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Ballot safety is at risk

If it wasn't bad enough America's politics and government are lumbering the highway on four bald tires, the act of voting itself is now under fresh scrutiny.

July 23, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State leaders need to address the epidemic of highway deaths

Imagine briefly that a group of Georgians who have frequently had uncomfortable encounters with dogs decided to confront the problem by initiating a campaign in Georgia to eliminate 100 dogs a month. The group is financially supported by a billionaire who, in her youth, was disfigured by a dog.

July 22, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: City workers deserve our appreciation

Give thanks for the people in the yellow and orange-striped pullovers and vests.

July 22, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Bullies on both sides should let the Civil War end

My son, a learned philosopher, says of an impending competition between two football teams he particularly dislikes: "May they play a zero-zero tie in the mud."

July 22, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: President’s triumphs over first 6 months are impressive

There are some things I dislike about President Donald Trump, but isn't that true of most anyone you've ever known or observed? Over the years, I've learned to value a person's results more than their idiosyncrasies. By that measure, he is doing extremely well in his first six months at the Oval Office.

July 21, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Candidate for governor is Georgia’s own mini-Trump

For those Georgia voters who couldn't get enough of Donald Trump in last year's election, fear not. We have a local version of The Donald who is now running for governor: state Sen. Michael Williams, R-Cumming, who hasn't served quite two terms in the legislature but has his eye on the state's top job.

July 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Ideal health care for all is only possible if we make it universal

Once again, the Republican health care plan will not come up for a vote as promised. This time it's because Sen. John McCain had surgery.

July 19, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State crackdown on speeders should include those who text

We read the Saturday article regarding the Operation Southern Shield prevention and enforcement initiative in the Southeast that will focus on speed limit enforcement for the next week.

July 19, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Declaration put God as creator at the founding of our country

Soon after World War II, an assault against our Foundation Papers began. Our Constitution states "Congress shall pass no laws establishing religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Unelected judges have ruled that no Christian prayers may be offered in public school classrooms. More restrictive rulings have since been passed. Our right to free speech is now further limited not by Congress but by judges.

July 19, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Georgia’s legal community mourns loss of Judge O’Kelley

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of Senior U.S. District Judge William C. O'Kelley of Murrayville on his recent passing.

July 17, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: No more offseasons for political circus

There was a time when every pastime had its assigned season: Baseball in spring and summer, football in fall, basketball and hockey in winter. Then along came daily gabfests on cable TV and talk radio, along with offseason workouts, drafts, free agent signings and trades. Now the gaps between seasons have faded, though more of it talk than action.

July 16, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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Letter: Sea levels aren’t rising because of CO2; there are seismic causes

A recent two-column article in the Times pictured dead trees along the shoreline in New Jersey. The first line read something like this, "Dead trees ...

August 16, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Trump followers aren’t listening to trusted sources of conservative ideas

In this era of Trump, I often ask myself: What or whom do the president's supporters read for educated opinions, wisdom and guidance? No ...

August 16, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia Democrats may be headed for an ugly split in 2018 race

Georgia's Democratic voters will have their choice of two Staceys in next year's primary for governor: state Rep. Stacey Abrams of Atlanta or ...

August 16, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Dissent should have a purpose

Put yourself in the shoes of a member of Congress for a moment. Yeah, it may feel icky, but play along.

August 13, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Pro: Will plan to limit legal immigration boost the US economy?

President Donald Trump got big applause last week during a speech in Ohio when he called for fixing our immigration system. Instead of a "terrible ...

August 13, 2017 | By Sens. Tom Cotton and David Perdue Guest columnists | All viewpoint stories


Con: Will plan to limit legal immigration boost the US economy?

Last week, Sen. David Perdue sponsored the RAISE act, a bill to reduce the number of immigrants into the United States by half over the ...

August 13, 2017 | By Noah Weinrich Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Letter: GOP tax plan offers sketchy details, false promises

I attended U.S. Rep. Doug Collins' town hall last Wednesday night and was thankful he answered many questions from a mostly Democratic audience. His ...

August 12, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Congressman was dismissive to those who oppose his views

Thursday's Times report of U.S. Rep. Doug Collins' town hall includes quotations by the congressman that are dismissive of and insulting to the ...

August 12, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Planning board doesn’t allow honest input from residents

The meeting of elected officials who compose the Policy Committee of the Gainesville Hall Metropolitan Planning Commission showed their true colors at their meeting on ...

August 11, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Lanier paddlers leave foes in their wake

One by one, the last monuments to Atlanta's 1996 Olympics have come down.

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


Letter: True affordable, decent housing is out of reach for many in Gainesville

For the past couple of years, Gainesville citizens have watched already limited affordable housing options dwindle in the midtown area and beyond. With no rent ...

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


Tom Crawford: Plant Vogtle news gets worse for Ga. Power, and its customers

When it comes to the nuclear reactors Georgia Power has been trying to build at Plant Vogtle, there never seems to be any good news ...

August 09, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Civil forfeiture often punishes the innocent

If there were any truth to political labeling, a self-proclaimed conservative would be someone you would expect to favor limited government power and to uphold ...

August 06, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Senate health care vote has tails in knots

The biggest political story in the nation, the defeat of Obamacare repeal legislation, featured an unlikely appearance by a person you would never expect to ...

August 02, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: US should act even if chance of climate effect still is uncertain

Depending on the study, the expert scientific consensus that climate change is real and caused by humans varies between 93 percent to 99.9 percent.

August 02, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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