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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 news, but not reporting Doug Collins' efforts to name the local federal courthouse after Judge Sidney O Smith is inexcusable. This happens to be news to a lot of people that knew and loved Judge Smith, who was born and lived here most of his life.

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 in by law enforcement when the next election is less than six weeks away.

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 malls, change clocks, to save power."

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 W. Bush had won the electoral college. I, like so many other Americans, had decided our system was seriously flawed.

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 to both Carl Rogers and Jackie Wallace for the work each has done to make Hall County a better place.

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 is looking forward to spending more time with Linda, his wife and high school sweetheart, and his children and grandchildren.

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 I haven't talked about much even though it is near and dear to my heart.

April 16, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Georgia leaders aim to keep us in the dark

Whenever you hear an elected official say they support the concept of "transparency" in government, you really shouldn't take them seriously. They usually don't mean what they're saying.

April 13, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Masters loss offers business lessons for us all

You don't have to be a rabid golf fan to know that Jordan Spieth lost the Masters golf tournament after leading by five shots with only nine holes remaining. Unpredictably, Danny Willett of England shot a final round 67, while Spieth scored a title-surrendering 73 after dunking two balls into the water on the famed 12th hole. So Willet won the championship by three shots.

April 13, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Guest column: Take action, make a difference during Crime Victims’ Rights Week

Under criminal justice reforms passed by Gov. Nathan Deal and the General Assembly, Georgians are spending less money on corrections and getting better outcomes. We're reducing recidivism by reserving prison beds for violent criminals and helping nonviolent offenders get treatment for mental health and addiction issues.

April 11, 2016 | By Ann Casas Guest columnist | 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 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


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Letter: New building for Enota school should include a unique design

What does a community (or business, school, or church) do when a person in leadership makes a decision that is clearly, obviously, glaringly wrong for ...

June 17, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Letter on growing up in public housing was heart-warming

I want to commend Gwendolyn Johnson for her beautiful letter to The Times on June 8 about growing up in public housing. She expressed, in ...

June 17, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Dangerous highway a scene of too many deadly car wrecks

I wish someone could please do something about the speeding on my road, Talmo Road in Hall County. There was another accident June 11. Since ...

June 16, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Higher profile by law enforcement on deadly road might save lives

I have been witness to severe injury crashes. I have watched people die. I have found people already dead. I have been haunted by the ...

June 15, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Is David Perdue aiming for higher office?

During his first 18 months as a U.S. senator, David Perdue had not made much of a splash on the national scene. He was ...

June 15, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Enota solution doesn’t have to involve destroying its garden

Re: Sunday's editorial, "Enota school plan cultivates discontent; Gainesville school leaders too tin-eared, indifferent." I applaud the summation of the editorial: An honest give-and-take ...

June 15, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Georgia voters should defeat amendment on school takeover

In November, voters in Georgia will not only be voting for president and a U.S. senator, they will also be voting on a Georgia ...

June 13, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Guest column, Rep. Doug Collins: Separation of powers key to securing liberty

When I have the privilege of spending time with high school government students in Northeast Georgia, I'm always impressed by the high caliber of ...

June 13, 2016 | By U.S. Rep. Doug Collins Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Enota school plan cultivates discontent

In reviewing the dispute over construction of the new Enota elementary school and dismantling of its beloved Smartville Garden, let's start by acknowledging how ...

June 12, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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