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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


Editorial: Ga. lawmakers take 2 steps forward, 2 back

As the Georgia General Assembly session begins its turn toward the home stretch this week, we're seeing the usual mix of good bills but also some bad ideas popping back up like mushrooms after a rainstorm.

February 26, 2017 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: No one is illegal; all deserve a chance to succeed in US

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. There is no denying a war on immigrants and immigration (terms that we will all do well to remember is not bound by legality) in recent times.

February 25, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Be it a stolen bike or more, Gainesville’s cops are tops

God bless the Gainesville Police!

February 24, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: To measure schools fairly, we need to use reliable data

The Times published two essays last week, one by a national columnist, the other by a local writer, both to inform the public of reasons for school shortcomings. However, each author is just a few facts shy of a complete picture. Let's compare and contrast our sources of information for a balanced view.

February 22, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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Letter: Don’t include Perdue among Washington’s political class

Regarding Jim Threlkeld's letter of Monday, "Globalist career politicians all oppose Trump's nationalist ideas," I don't have a problem with what he ...

May 17, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Career politicians are globalists who oppose Trump’s nationalist views

Let's face it, President Donald Trump does not fit the mold of a career politician and that is why he was elected. And, since ...

May 15, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Allowing ‘campus carry’ of guns could increase chaos, violence

I fully support Tom Crawford's column in the May 5 edition of The Times. He contends Gov. Nathan Deal is not justified in signing ...

May 15, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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