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Dick Yarbrough: Wife is again in pain, but we're counting blessings

She is not going to be pleased that I have told you this, but we are all family here, even if some of you consider me the illegitimate stepson of the weird cousin that talks with his mouth full.

April 02, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Churches protect our values, fabric of our community

The first thing that impressed me about the Gainesville area when I moved here from Savannah in 1972 were the wonderful churches in the city, the suburbs and in the county area serving every portion of the community.

April 01, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Deal allowed business interests to bully him into vetoing bill

Concerning the veto of the "religious freedom" bill: I am very disappointed with Gov. Nathan Deal. His statement, "I do not respond very well to insults or threats," is not true because that is exactly what he has done. He has allowed Angie's List, NFL, Disney, Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Apple, Porsche and others to bully him.

April 01, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: County should direct traffic at busy intersection

In Friday's edition of The Times, I saw the report by Jeff Gill about our Hall County commissioners discussing a million-dollar long-range solution to the backups at the Sardis and Ledan roads intersection. This is an intersection I have to pass through several times a week.

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


Tom Crawford: State lawmakers don’t follow clock

Georgia legislators have some problems when it comes to telling time.

March 30, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Honor Vietnam vets on Tuesday anniversary

Thank you, Vietnam Veterans! Tuesday is a special day of recognition for Vietnam Veterans. March 29, 1966, is the day U.S. troops were first on the ground in Vietnam. This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of that day.

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


Editorial: No remedy from Capitol for ailing kids

As we assess what the Georgia General Assembly accomplished in its now-concluded 40-day session, one key bill that didn't get passed was a missed opportunity to help many in our state: The push to expand availability of a cannabis oil derivative for those who endure seizure disorders.

March 27, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Governor should sign bill securing religious liberty

Georgia House Bill 757 is sitting on Gov. Nathan Deal's desk to either be signed or vetoed. The bill provides that "religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies, perform rites, or administer sacraments in violation of their legal right to free exercise of religion."

March 26, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Columnist spews vitriol, resents anyone resisting leftist positions

I picked up the March 12 edition of The Times and was appalled at the vitriol spewed by editorial writer Ann McFeatters, caterwauling about our "slide into madness." She has tunnel vision and resorts to calling people names.

March 26, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: What Easter is really all about

Editor's Note: Continuing a long-standing Easter Week tradition in this space.

March 26, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: State legislation could end statute of limitations for sexual predators

Thank you for your coverage of First Baptist Church in Gainesville and its cover-up of child sexual abuse in the Boy Scout troop the church sponsored. As your report indicates, Scoutmaster Fleming Weaver had admitted to abusing at least five boys in Troop 56. And the church leadership did nothing.

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


Letter: Accused Scoutmaster, others have violated community’s trust

My heart is sickened by allegations of sexual abuse by Fleming Weaver, my former Scoutmaster. I earned my Eagle Scout in 1979 and admired Mr. Weaver, considered him a shaping influence in my life. Likewise, Dr. Steve Brown was my pastor and I respected and liked him. And I know at least one of the victims.

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


Letter: Hell hath no fury like an incumbent politician facing a re-election challenge

You'd think an incumbent running for re-election would broadcast his or her accomplishments from past term. Things like district-popular bills voted for (YEA), district-disliked bills voted against (NAY), sponsored bills to cut spending and reduce our national debt, and specific actions and votes intended to slow or stop the unconstitutional rampage by the socialist-leaning White House.

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


Tom Crawford: Georgia's ‘religious liberty’ bill is up to Deal

As Gov. Nathan Deal ponders the "religious liberty" bill that the General Assembly has adopted, he can look to recent examples of how two other Republican governors handled this particular issue.

March 23, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Center provides therapy, support for sexual abuse victims of all ages

Due to recent events here in Gainesville, the Children's Center for Hope and Healing would like to remind residents of Hall County and Northeast Georgia of our mission and the services we offer. CCHH is dedicated to breaking the cycle of sexual abuse.

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


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Editorial: Mr. B. was Gainesville's own ‘Mother Teresa’

Most of us want to do right by those in need around us, but those intentions don't always lead to actions. We might see ...

May 15, 2016 | | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Will Deal’s vetoes stall state education reform plans?

A governor's got to do what a governor's got to do, but Gov. Nathan Deal's veto of the Campus Carry bill and ...

May 14, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Bathroom spat won’t end soon, but there are ways to solve it

The last time I was in a lady's bathroom was about 1937. I was 5. I have never seen ladies walk in a male ...

May 14, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Nation losing its moral compass with Christianity under attack

Never in my wildest imagination, when I was young, would I believe that I'd see conditions in America digress to the level we now ...

May 14, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Wouldn’t Beckstein still reach out to help any couple in need?

As I read the two stories side-by-side, one about the wonderful Mr. Gene Beckstein and the other about members of the board of Family Promise ...

May 14, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Playing stats, details out of place in story of coach’s ouster

I read with great sadness, but not much surprise, at the mitigation provided to former West Hall High School boys basketball coach Zac Swansey in ...

May 12, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Stamping out support to those in need

While Hall County's jobless rate lingers below 5 percent and many prosper from a growing economy, we see reminders that it's never easy ...

May 01, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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