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Letter: What Hall spends on bilingual ballots is a wise investment for county’s future

The recent decision by the Hall County Board of Elections to begin making bilingual ballots accessible to the public has attracted some attention. Several letters to the editor have been written from people who are in favor of and people opposed to adding Spanish to our local ballots.

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


Tom Crawford: Public Service Commission facing reality over nuclear cost overruns

On St. Patrick's Day in 2009, the Public Service Commission decided one of its most important cases ever.

April 19, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Bilingual ballots are a vote for what’s right

We've all experienced this moment: You're in the voting booth, poring over your choices. After selecting your candidates, you scroll to the bottom of the ballot, where you're greeted by a list of constitutional amendments and referendums, some quite lengthy.

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


Letter: Hall embraces diversity with bilingual ballots

Recent Hall County events have reminded many of us that our county is a warm and welcoming place to live, a reputation we can be proud of.

April 15, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: A true love of learning is lost during schools’ testing frenzy

This week, most children begin to endure standardized testing. It will linger through the remainder of the year. Few teachers avoid the notion of or argue about testing and accountability. Rather, it is how we measure it, how children are to show it, how results are used, and how much we do it.

April 14, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: To participate fully in elections, all voters should learn English

I agree bilingual ballots could give Latino legal residents a voice in the Hall County election process. However, if they wish to participate fully, as a legal citizen, I suggest they have enough interest in our culture and election process to learn our language, which is English.

April 14, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Bilingual ballots will give Latino residents a voice in Hall elections

Enthusiasm for bilingual ballots in Hall County has not gone unnoticed. The news has spread throughout many forums in Hall County for our Latino citizens. Excitement has resonated from not only the Latino community, but also from people who wish to have a more inclusive society here in Hall County. The bilingual ballot decision has been validation to our citizens who are not entirely fluent in reading and speaking English that their voice matters.

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


Tom Crawford: All eyes, lots of campaign dollars focused on 6th District House race

There's never been an off-year election like the one happening in the 6th Congressional District, where voters will pick a replacement for departed U.S. Rep. Tom Price on Tuesday.

April 12, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Impact of CO2 in atmosphere on our weather is overblown

We have enjoyed a mild winter in North Georgia. Once again some are worried about CO2 released in the atmosphere. First off, those who fear CO2 (aka greenhouse gas) have discovered global average temperature have risen only about 1 degree Fahrenheit since 1860. So they went from global warming to climate change. Historically, climate change has referred to geographical areas and not worldwide. We have experienced a wide variety of different climates in Northeast Georgia over the last 20 years. Winter in Europe was much more severe than in the U.S. this past year.

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


Letter: Cartoon got it wrong over who the ‘crybabies’ are in Congress

Andy Marlette's political cartoons are usually fair, criticizing both sides. But his Friday cartoon completely missed the mark. It showed a father donkey with his crying child saying, "Son, you're a Democrat ... we don't cry when we lose; we filibuster."

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


Letter: All voters deserve a part in our democracy

Recently, walking through the Oakwood Wal-Mart, I ran into former state Rep. Carl Rogers. Like always, we talked politics. We shared a concern common to candidates and elected officials, voter participation.

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


Editorial: A healthy dose of reality needed on Medicaid

The domino effect of Congress' failure to revise, rework or reject the Affordable Care Act last month has tossed the ball back to the states to figure out how best to deal with their indigent, uninsured residents. And this time, Georgia may have to pick that ball up and run with it.

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


Letter: US can’t justify entering another Mideast conflict

Reacting to alleged use of chemical weapons against opposition forces in Syria, President Donald Trump has ordered a U.S. military strike on the Syrian government. A number of cruise missiles were launched from ships against Syrian targets Thursday night. I can't believe the American public is about to fall for another neocon plan to do in Syria what we did to Iraq and Libya. We should be chastened by the horrific results of those wars.

April 08, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Opposition to bilingual ballots isn’t really fiscally responsible

The Times reports that incoming Board of Elections member and former county commissioner Craig Lutz objects to the board's decision to provide bilingual ballots for upcoming elections. Lutz calls the measure fiscally irresponsible and cites costs to taxpayers. This is only one of several shifting arguments against bilingual voting materials that don't withstand scrutiny and are even contradictory. If the question really is only a fiscal one, Lutz should be relieved that by adopting bilingual ballots, the county will avoid costly court cases that have already been threatened under the Voting Rights Act.

April 08, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Guns on campuses will create problems, not solve them

Gov. Deal: I hope you follow your former wisdom and again veto the bill to permit gun carry on campus.

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


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Guest commentary: A tale of 2 cultures connected by tragedy

"We're going to make a determination on the people that you're talking about who are terrific people, they're terrific people ..." - President-elect Donald ...

May 14, 2017 | By Sidney O. Smith III Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Moms, it’s time to let them go

You let go of her hands when she took her first steps.

May 14, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Let’s all keep our cellphone conversations to ourselves

Picture yourself riding in the van that is transporting you from the airport to the parking lot. Pretty tight space, huh?

May 13, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: You get to help choose Hall's future

Growth is a word that creeps its way onto the front page of this paper nearly every day in some form or fashion, and one ...

May 12, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgians get 2 punches to gut from bills on guns, health care

Within the space of 24 hours, Georgians suffered two devastating blows from their governor and their congressional delegation. I wonder if the state will ever ...

May 11, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Author of recent letter should realize the real plight immigrants face

I read with interest the letter from Teena Welch on undocumented immigrants. She stated "I notice a lot of Latinos who are being deported have ...

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


Letter: Retirees and empty-nesters also can appreciate in-town living

City life is not just for professionals and millennials. Anyone can appreciate the ease of accessibility that in-town living offers. Within walking distance of the ...

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


Letter: Congratulations to French voters for making the right choice

Congratulations go out to the French people on the election of Emmanuel Macron as the next president of France.

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


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