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Editorial: Let the light shine in to keep government transparent

"Sunshine is the best disinfectant," attributed to Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis in 1913, doesn't refer to keeping your kitchen germ-free. It's the idea that only through transparency and application of the First Amendment can Americans monitor what their governments are doing.

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


Letter: Leaders should take sensible steps to lower US health costs

Our country is going the way of Greece and nobody seems willing to let our political leaders curb how much they spend. Hopefully someone, especially our federal and state political leaders, will consider the following and suggest ways to actually reduce the cost of health care.

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


Letter: Motorists should stick to posted speed limits during bridge work

My concern is with the traffic on Ga. 53 at the meeting of Hall and Forsyth counties. There is a bridge construction in progress and the posted speed limits are 45, 35, 45 mph. Even if the crews are not working, is still a posted speed. That does not mean people should be right on your bumper, flashing their high beams or leaving them on and harassing you. This happens mainly going from the bridge towards Gainesville in the mornings.

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


Dick Yarbrough: State has a better plan to fix struggling schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.

March 11, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Young people are best hope to end ‘targeting’ by Big Tobacco

Did you know tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer? While tobacco use in America has declined, its health effects continue to negatively impact certain communities more than others.

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


Letter: Recent stories seem to indicate Hall resisting any real progress

Looking at the headlines in Tuesday's issue of The Times, I saw the following two stories: "South Hall winery proposal rejected" and "Hall commissioners consider law restricting local Hollywood filming."

March 10, 2017 | Times staff reports | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Immigration rules now lead to deportation for traffic cases

Thanks for your editorial on Sunday regarding immigration issues. I think there is one fact you may have gotten wrong and that is that under the new administration, every noncitizen is equally prioritized for deportation when they go before the immigration court.

March 09, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Lawmakers say goodbye to casinos, hello to yachts

The General Assembly session is more than two-thirds done and on track to adjournment. It's been a session more noteworthy for what wasn't done rather than what was, as illustrated by the casino gambling bills.

March 08, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Money for local bus service could go to support private taxis

Every time I see one of those buses, I know it is costing us money. Why not subsidise the local taxi services? Let them handle all of the maintenance, employee expenses, etc.? That way a local business makes the money and some driver supports his or her family and pays taxes. Local businesses have enough to be concerned with.

March 06, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: We need to have healthy and respectful conversations

I am very proud to live in a country where citizens are free to express their varied opinions in a variety of ways.

March 06, 2017 | By Cathy Drerup Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Creating a legal path to 'breathe free'

In a TV interview last week, former President George W. Bush was asked what direction the country's immigration policy should take.

March 05, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: Trump is battling barrels of ink

President Donald Trump's constant bickering with the media is a lose-lose-lose situation for all involved.

March 05, 2017 | Ron Martz | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Hall community is more united than ever to tackle poverty

As relative newcomers to this community, over and over we realize what a blessing it is to have landed here for our final, permanent home. Never have we had that feeling as much as experiencing the United Way gathering last Friday at First Baptist Banquet Hall, connecting providers of services toward a thorough, long-range process to break the cycle of poverty in Hall County. Former Gainesville schools Superintendent Merrianne Dyer, now Scholastic Cooperation national staff person, did a superb job facilitating the process.

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


Letter: Reservoirs would create jobs, save water for the next drought

Mr. President: When I last wrote you on Nov. 4, we were four days prior to the election and six months into a devastating drought. We and millions of others were praying for you and your family and your election. Congratulations on your, as pundits say, "stunning and improbable victory." Thank you for choosing people of strong character for your Cabinet and administration. The task is long and daunting. Much prayer, humility and backbone will be needed in the face of loud opposition.

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


Letter: Confederate flag wavers did so to back Charleston church shooter

Last August, the Roswell Police Department fired an officer for flying the Confederate flag. On Monday, a Georgia judge sentenced two other flag-wavers to more than a decade of prison time each. Neither incident is related to protections under the First Amendment. But both incidents are related to the guns owned by Dylan Roof.

March 01, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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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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