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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


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


Dick Yarbrough: Wife is again in pain, but we're counting blessings

She is not going to be pleased that I have told you this, but we are all family here, even if some of you consider me the illegitimate stepson of the weird cousin that talks with his mouth full.

April 02, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Churches protect our values, fabric of our community

The first thing that impressed me about the Gainesville area when I moved here from Savannah in 1972 were the wonderful churches in the city, the suburbs and in the county area serving every portion of the community.

April 01, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Deal allowed business interests to bully him into vetoing bill

Concerning the veto of the "religious freedom" bill: I am very disappointed with Gov. Nathan Deal. His statement, "I do not respond very well to insults or threats," is not true because that is exactly what he has done. He has allowed Angie's List, NFL, Disney, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Apple, Porsche and others to bully him.

April 01, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: County should direct traffic at busy intersection

In Friday's edition of The Times, I saw the report by Jeff Gill about our Hall County commissioners discussing a million-dollar long-range solution to the backups at the Sardis and Ledan roads intersection. This is an intersection I have to pass through several times a week.

March 31, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: State lawmakers don’t follow clock

Georgia legislators have some problems when it comes to telling time.

March 30, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Honor Vietnam vets on Tuesday anniversary

Thank you, Vietnam Veterans! Tuesday is a special day of recognition for Vietnam Veterans. March 29, 1966, is the day U.S. troops were first on the ground in Vietnam. This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of that day.

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


Editorial: No remedy from Capitol for ailing kids

As we assess what the Georgia General Assembly accomplished in its now-concluded 40-day session, one key bill that didn't get passed was a missed opportunity to help many in our state: The push to expand availability of a cannabis oil derivative for those who endure seizure disorders.

March 27, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Governor should sign bill securing religious liberty

Georgia House Bill 757 is sitting on Gov. Nathan Deal's desk to either be signed or vetoed. The bill provides that "religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies, perform rites, or administer sacraments in violation of their legal right to free exercise of religion."

March 26, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Columnist spews vitriol, resents anyone resisting leftist positions

I picked up the March 12 edition of The Times and was appalled at the vitriol spewed by editorial writer Ann McFeatters, caterwauling about our "slide into madness." She has tunnel vision and resorts to calling people names.

March 26, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: What Easter is really all about

Editor's Note: Continuing a long-standing Easter Week tradition in this space.

March 26, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State legislation could end statute of limitations for sexual predators

Thank you for your coverage of First Baptist Church in Gainesville and its cover-up of child sexual abuse in the Boy Scout troop the church sponsored. As your report indicates, Scoutmaster Fleming Weaver had admitted to abusing at least five boys in Troop 56. And the church leadership did nothing.

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


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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


Tom Crawford: It's a bad time for state lawmaker to get DUI

It's never a good time for a politician to get arrested for driving under the influence, but it's especially bad to get pulled ...

April 20, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: If socialism were installed in US, whose type would it resemble?

A recent headline read, "In Venezuela, no toilet paper and now lousy phone service." A couple of days before, Yahoo news had "Venezuela to ration ...

April 19, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Voters’ voices are being ignored in primary process

In early January, our country was still trying to decide who should be our rightful president. Al Gore had won the popular vote, and George ...

April 19, 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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