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Letter: If housing, income are your problem, vote for the right solutions

If you are over 40 you should already know what I'm about to say. If you are under 40, hopefully this will help you stop worrying about what you read in The Times over the past week about people having a real problem finding a place to live that they can afford.

February 03, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Vengeance is no reason to punish some who pose no threat to us

A few years ago, a friend committed a crime. He deserved punishment, but there were extenuating circumstances: He was weathering three personal tragedies, continuous pain from severe scoliosis, drank alcohol to relieve some of the pain and overreacted to a perceived threat to his children.

February 02, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: A new year, but the same old Corps of Engineers

It's not unusual for a new year to usher in new rules, regulations, and laws that can impact the way we live our lives. What's unusual, and upsetting, is when these changes are made with no public input or little advance notice.

February 01, 2016 | By U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Bringing it on home

If you're reading this on a sunny Sunday from your comfortable home, you may wonder why the struggle to find affordable housing has become a serious problem.

January 31, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Johnny Vardeman: Tunnels still cross beneath the streets of Gainesville

Underground Gainesville?

January 31, 2016 | Johnny Vardeman | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: State senator wants a helping hand for disabled

Republican state Sen. Fran Millar represents Georgia's 40th District in the north Atlanta suburbs and is not your typical glad-handing, hail-fellow-well-met kind of politician.

January 30, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Income equality’s ‘free lunch’ would kill all incentive to strive, succeed

In days gone by farmers would use a long stick with a carrot hanging on a string to entice their mule to pull their cart to market. They would dangle the carrot a few inches in front of the mule, just out of reach, and the mule would keep walking toward it attempting to taste success in reaching the goal.

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


Letter: Georgia’s legal community mourns loss of attorney Summer

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to express condolences to the family, colleagues and many friends of longtime Gainesville attorney Daniel A. Summer on his recent and very untimely passing.

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


Letter: Real education reform should address overpaid administrators

I keep reading about the governor's education reform committee. It would appear there is no reform, only an increase in teacher's pay. I am reminded that the largest single block of voters in Georgia is that group of people employed by state and local education systems.

January 27, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Story on nuclear mistakes is evidence of the dangers we face

I was pleased to see the Associated Press account of the Air Force's most recent nuclear screwup Sunday in The Times. The same report appeared in the Atlanta papers, so I imagine it appeared in all the major newspapers around the nation.

January 27, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Who will win fight for ‘freedom' under Gold Dome?

This is a fight over "freedom" that legislators don't really need. It's a fight they could have avoided. But it seems to be a fight they are destined to have.

January 27, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Shuttle disaster is what happens when politics overrules science

In 1986, a plan was made to launch a rocket to the space station with a young female school teacher among the crew. The crew was on board, ready to go, when a scientist objected to the launch because of freezing weather. But the politicians said, "Go for it."

January 27, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Teachers don’t need an arbitrary way to judge job performances

Dear Dick Yarbrough: From week to week, I look forward to your column. It is usually refreshing and on point. After reading your article on Jan. 16, regarding your service on the Education Reform Commission, I am afraid I have to take issue with a comment you made that reads: "The idea is to give local school systems more say in how to reward teachers based on their performance and not solely on years on the job or advanced degrees. Not a bad concept. It is one that I lived with in the corporate world for four decades."

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


Editorial: A few heroes put a rosy glow on winter’s gloom

Winter ... bleh. Like war, unngh, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing.

January 24, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: The silliest campaign season yet

In the context of politics "The Silly Season" is generally considered to be that period of presidential campaigns from early summer until October of the election year when news is at a premium and journalists are looking for anything to titillate readers and viewers.

January 23, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


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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


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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

April 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | 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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