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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


Letter: Deal applauded for not giving in to bias rooted in House bill

House Bill 757, the religious liberty bill, is vetoed and I applaud Gov. Nathan Deal for his position not to sign into law a bill riddled with hidden bias and hatred.

April 02, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


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


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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


Letter: Let Gainesville school leaders know thoughts on Enota plan

RE: Times article of June 7: "Gainesville going with original Enota school plan, which includes destroying garden." Over the last several weeks, a lively discussion ...

June 11, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Many tubing on Chattahoochee are violating the beauty of river

I have read a comment made on the Times' webpage about the tubing on the Chattahoochee River and it says exactly what I have been ...

June 11, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Georgia athletic director owns up to Ludacris concert debacle

I haven't met UGA Athletic Director Greg McGarity, but I give him high marks for the way in which he has handled the blowback ...

June 11, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: School board didn’t listen to feedback on Enota project

I was most disturbed to read the June 7 headline that our Gainesville Board of Education "returns to (the) original Enota plan." As a city ...

June 10, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: They fought real wars, not pretend ones

Americans will launch the summer season with their annual celebration of Memorial Day this weekend, most taking a bit of time from our barbecues, beach ...

May 29, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


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