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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

Tom Crawford: GOP congressmen GOP leaders duck angry town halls

Town meetings are part of a long tradition in America. Since the 1600s, residents of some New England communities have been gathering to vote directly on what their local government will do and how much will be spent in the annual budget.

March 01, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Even a small risk of nuclear disaster is too much to chance

I've been a "nuke watcher" for over 40 years. This means I've attended numerous conferences and workshops, met with government officials and talked with experts in the field. Some try to reassure me. Everything, they say, contains a degree of risk, but nuclear power is safer and more sustainable than most. Our nuclear arsenal is the most secure in the world

February 28, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: No one is illegal; all deserve a chance here

I was one of the protesters holding a sign that stated, "We are ALL immigrants," and I will be one of them this weekend as well. I have done my research on American immigration. I learned in my primary schooling years about the many "founders" of this country - the ones who entered it illegally and decimated nearly the entire indigenous population.

February 27, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

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Letter: There’s no way to wipe clean all sins of our Founding Fathers

In his recent letter, Jeff Casper appears to forget slavery was legal and condoned under the government of the United States for almost 100 years ...

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

Letter: 2 recent stories showed very different contributions to society

As an observer of how people act, react and think, it is usually something radical that gets to me. I think of an old saying ...

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

Editorial: Show biz puts stars in Georgia’s eyes

Georgia's economy is best known for some of its tastiest exports, namely peaches, peanuts, chicken and Coca-Cola.

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

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