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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 celebrated by friends and family, and an event that can give hope to many other people through the donation of umbilical cord blood.

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't fit well with current mainstream ideals.

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. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus. The senator did a smart thing: He reached out and asked for the opportunity to explain his position directly to you.

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 paint them black with the word "Go" on them. Just maybe someone would honor it.

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 of our Earth. There is no Planet B!

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 news, but not reporting Doug Collins' efforts to name the local federal courthouse after Judge Sidney O Smith is inexcusable. This happens to be news to a lot of people that knew and loved Judge Smith, who was born and lived here most of his life.

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 in by law enforcement when the next election is less than six weeks away.

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 malls, change clocks, to save power."

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 W. Bush had won the electoral college. I, like so many other Americans, had decided our system was seriously flawed.

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


Editorial: Salutes to service for Carl Rogers, Jackie Wallace

Two Hall County leaders with very different jobs are stepping away from them this year. Thus, it's an appropriate time to offer a salute to both Carl Rogers and Jackie Wallace for the work each has done to make Hall County a better place.

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


Letter: Rogers’ service to community and colleagues will be missed

There comes a time when we all go home and Carl Rogers has chosen this to be his time to leave the Georgia legislature. He is looking forward to spending more time with Linda, his wife and high school sweetheart, and his children and grandchildren.

April 16, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: State school district No. 181 impacts lives

Even the most casual reader of this space knows that I am bullish on public education. But there is one school system in Georgia that I haven't talked about much even though it is near and dear to my heart.

April 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia leaders aim to keep us in the dark

Whenever you hear an elected official say they support the concept of "transparency" in government, you really shouldn't take them seriously. They usually don't mean what they're saying.

April 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Masters loss offers business lessons for us all

You don't have to be a rabid golf fan to know that Jordan Spieth lost the Masters golf tournament after leading by five shots with only nine holes remaining. Unpredictably, Danny Willett of England shot a final round 67, while Spieth scored a title-surrendering 73 after dunking two balls into the water on the famed 12th hole. So Willet won the championship by three shots.

April 13, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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Tom Crawford: Georgia should follow Louisiana's lead, bend on Medicaid

This may be the first time I've ever written these words, but here goes: Georgia could learn a lesson from Louisiana.

June 22, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Green spaces are more prized than buildings to a city

Regarding the Enota Elementary School Garden controversy, I would hope that the powers that be consider the arguments made by Gainesville citizens in favor of ...

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


Editorial: Nation still is divided, misguided on terrorism

Headline: Another senseless mass killing in (add city). Some (add number) people lose their lives and (add another number) are wounded by a crazed, unstable ...

June 19, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Banning guns, as with anything, can lead to illegal profits

Recent talk of gun control only makes sense if you ask one question. Who will profit?

June 18, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Politicians and bugs, they’re all pests to Junior Lee

I had hoped to catch you up on the current status of the presidential race before now but in order to do so, I needed ...

June 18, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: School leaders were too quick to dismiss alternate plans for Enota

To Gainesville Public School Board Chair Delores Diaz: I am writing to express my concerns over the proposed plans for the new Enota school. While ...

June 17, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: New building for Enota school should include a unique design

What does a community (or business, school, or church) do when a person in leadership makes a decision that is clearly, obviously, glaringly wrong for ...

June 17, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Letter on growing up in public housing was heart-warming

I want to commend Gwendolyn Johnson for her beautiful letter to The Times on June 8 about growing up in public housing. She expressed, in ...

June 17, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Dangerous highway a scene of too many deadly car wrecks

I wish someone could please do something about the speeding on my road, Talmo Road in Hall County. There was another accident June 11. Since ...

June 16, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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