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Tom Crawford: Deal made some smart moves; voters rejected his school plan

The year 2016 is over, but I want to start 2017 by looking back at some of the positive things from last year.

January 04, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories

Guest column: Reflections on 2016, resolutions for the new year

In 2016, the American people voted to change the direction of our country. They elected a new president and vice president. They returned Republican majorities to Congress with a two-year probation period to show we can deliver results.

January 02, 2017 | By Sen. David Perdue Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories

Editorial: Mercifully, a fresh start in 2017

When midnight chimed in the new year, the baby with the 2017 sash and top hat strolled past one beat-up old man of a year.

January 01, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Columnist chose to ignore Israel’s illegal land grab along West Bank

I'm responding to Star Parker's article on the United Nations vote to condemn the Israeli strategy of building settlements in both East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

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

Letter: Hall tax office doesn’t collect personal data

Many residents have contacted me regarding collection, use and ultimate security of confidential personal information in the Tax Commissioner Office. Specifically, the inquiry is on the collection of Social Security numbers to conduct business in our office, which has been brought to awareness by press coverage of the recent unintentional release of such by another county in Georgia. Rest assured, we do not collect Social Security numbers to fulfill our responsibilities.

December 30, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Tom Crawford: Georgians got an unwanted gift in their stockings

The sign outside the Public Service Commission hearing room on Dec. 20 said this: "Merry Christmas from the Georgia Public Service Commission."

December 28, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories

Editorial: Christmas is a light in the darkness

Joy to the world.

December 25, 2016 | Times staff reports | All viewpoint stories

Guest column: Forget stress of holiday and focus on love, family

"And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest and on earth, peace good will toward men!" - Luke 2:13-14 KJV

December 25, 2016 | R. Garry Glenn Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories

Joshua Silavent: Lessons from the homeless camps

In some Buddhist traditions, monks in training are required to panhandle for their food. It's an act meant to teach humility.

December 25, 2016 | Joshua Silavent | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Web list aiming to expose ‘radical’ professors raises familiar red flags

Recently, the conservative student organization movement Turning Point USA launched the website Professor Watchlist. By searching online news outlets and soliciting anonymous tips, Professor Watchlist provides pictures and brief bios of professors who run against the ideology of Turning Point USA.

December 24, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: This election mimics future Orwell foresaw many years ago

Now that the electors have spoken, a version of the world depicted in George Orwell's "1984" is coming to pass. In "1984," published in 1949 in England, Orwell describes a society dominated by Big Brother, a dictator who controls the tiniest details of all citizens' lives while demanding virtual worship of their "beloved" ultimate leader. Orwell was far ahead of his time in many ways, including the dating of his dystopia: "1984" arrived 32 years late, in 2016, with Donald Trump in the role of Big Brother.

December 23, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Public Service commissioner well-versed on nuclear power

Times reader Bruce Vandiver criticized Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols in his Dec. 16 letter, "Member of PSC didn't factor real human cost of nuclear power." He cited nuclear power plant accidents of 1986 Chernobyl in Russian, 2011 Fukushima in Japan and 1979 Three Mile Island as reasons for his assessment.

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

Letter: Proportional vote by electors would preserve aim of US Constitution

I agree with many we need to review and probably reform the way we elect a president ("A vote for a new way," Sunday editorial).

December 21, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Tom Crawford: Georgia's neighbors set an example for common sense

There have been some interesting political stories to tell this year, but two of the most interesting happened last week in Georgia's neighboring states to the south and east.

December 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Electors should vote right away, face stiff penalties for switching

If we had a pure democracy, national laws and presidential elections would be dominated by a few mega cities. Rural areas would have almost no influence. We have a Senate and Electoral College to give at least a little influence to smaller states and rural areas. A concern is that people may be able to steal the election by intimidating the electors as the Democrats tried to do.

December 21, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

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Letter: State tax dollars should not fund private toll roads

One of the most egregious bills I have ever read is making its way through the Georgia General Assembly, another "Governor's bill" which, as ...

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

Letter: Teacher-athlete pay gap is a case of distorted values

Please note first: I'm a lifelong, avid football fan. Note secondly that I greatly admire those who dedicate their lives to teaching, as my ...

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

Dave Casper: Ides of March sometimes are a bad omen

Legend has it that March 15 carries a bad omen, especially for Roman emperor Julius Caesar.

March 16, 2017 | By Dave Casper Columnist | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Young people should get involved to make their world better

We need to help the youth get on board, whether over religion, drug usage or radical political views. The youth of this city need to ...

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

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 ...

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

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