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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 can throw Bernie Sanders into that mix - actually take out a mortgage on the White House for the next four years civil liberties will be on life support.

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 that grinding, sandpaper feeling beneath your wheels, like you're driving across a waffle iron. It sets your teeth on edge, the rattle and roar vibrating in your ears and interrupting the radio program you're listening to.

April 10, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Political pressure can get results

Before you get your shorts in a wad, the following observations in no way indicate my preference for or opposition to the recent "religious freedom" bill vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal. My personal opinions are irrelevant to this discussion. Rather, this is a refresher course in Politics 101.

April 09, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Browns Bridge continues to deteriorate, remains dangerous

Browns Bridge across the Chattahoochee River between Hall and Forsyth counties is unsafe due to its very rough and rapidly deteriorating surface.

April 08, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Faith leaders who disagree disrespectfully turn away many from churches

Sunday's Viewpoint page presented a contrast in how support or opposition to Gov. Nathan Deal's recent veto of the religious liberty bill is expressed by local religious leaders.

April 08, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Is plan to reroute Gainesville’s downtown traffic working?

Several years ago there were discussions on how to deter traffic from going through the middle of Gainesville on Green Street. I'm not sure which departments were involved, but South Enota Drive was widened from Park Hill Drive to the now Jesse Jewell Parkway. The idea was that into Gainesville traffic on U.S. 129 would be diverted or directed away from going through to the south side of Gainesville.

April 08, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: ‘Campus carry’ law would only divide us further

As a professor at our local university campus, I have been part of the fight to stop House Bill 859, the "campus carry" act now on Gov. Nathan Deal's desk. I have written an op-ed, appeared at a Capitol rally, become a subject of a news story in this paper, been interviewed on the radio, and of course had my picture splashed across the Internet.

April 07, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Carl Rogers served his district and its residents well in House

How do you go about electing a state official that will serve your district for 22 years and, 1. never be accused of any wrongdoing; 2. represent his constituents at the highest standards; 3. always put the people first; and 4. never get embroiled in a bitter controversy that might cast him in a bad light?

April 07, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Times, pastors offered balanced views on religious freedom bill

I am writing to express my appreciation for the balanced presentation The Times presented of the opposing viewpoints involved on this topic.

April 07, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Adding I-985 exit will create more problems than it solves

We are opposed to the new diamond interchange Exit 14 off of Interstate 985. It would be the only exit on I-985 that does not exit onto a main highway; it will exit into a residential area and create a need for an additional $42 million to widen Martin Road, a residential area.

April 06, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Everyone’s effort is needed to help prevent child abuse in Georgia

We all play a role in the lives of children and their families, and their healthy development is crucial to the future health of our state.

April 06, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: State legislators willing to defy Deal in recent session

This year's General Assembly session could be described as the one where legislators started to declare their independence from Gov. Nathan Deal.

April 06, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Religious freedom veto: Governor missed his moment to stand up for our state’s values

I will never forget the conversation.

April 03, 2016 | By DR. TOM SMILEY Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Religious freedom veto: Gov. Deal provided voice of reason amid our mood of anger, fear

It would have been my preference that Gov. Nathan Deal had not been afforded the controversial decision of vetoing the "Religious Freedom Bill." I would have preferred that it had not been passed by our Georgia House of Representatives and our state Senate.

April 03, 2016 | By DR. TERRY WALTON Guest columnist | 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 era when winning elections seems the sole quest and governing is focused on the next trip to the polls, not facing tough problems head-on regardless of the fallout.

April 03, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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Editorial: An Rx is overdue for Georgia health care crisis

Those of us with health insurance take for granted that we can seek a doctor's care when hit by illness or injury. But for ...

July 03, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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