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Letter: This election mimics future Orwell foresaw many years ago

Now that the electors have spoken, a version of the world depicted in George Orwell's "1984" is coming to pass. In "1984," published in 1949 in England, Orwell describes a society dominated by Big Brother, a dictator who controls the tiniest details of all citizens' lives while demanding virtual worship of their "beloved" ultimate leader. Orwell was far ahead of his time in many ways, including the dating of his dystopia: "1984" arrived 32 years late, in 2016, with Donald Trump in the role of Big Brother.

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

Letter: Public Service commissioner well-versed on nuclear power

Times reader Bruce Vandiver criticized Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols in his Dec. 16 letter, "Member of PSC didn't factor real human cost of nuclear power." He cited nuclear power plant accidents of 1986 Chernobyl in Russian, 2011 Fukushima in Japan and 1979 Three Mile Island as reasons for his assessment.

December 22, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Proportional vote by electors would preserve aim of US Constitution

I agree with many we need to review and probably reform the way we elect a president ("A vote for a new way," Sunday editorial).

December 21, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Tom Crawford: Georgia's neighbors set an example for common sense

There have been some interesting political stories to tell this year, but two of the most interesting happened last week in Georgia's neighboring states to the south and east.

December 21, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Electors should vote right away, face stiff penalties for switching

If we had a pure democracy, national laws and presidential elections would be dominated by a few mega cities. Rural areas would have almost no influence. We have a Senate and Electoral College to give at least a little influence to smaller states and rural areas. A concern is that people may be able to steal the election by intimidating the electors as the Democrats tried to do.

December 21, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Don’t tell me to ‘move on’ from Trump family’s ideas

There are so many things wrong with a Trump family presidency, I don't know where to begin. I'll never get over hearing a president say the things he said on the "Bush" tape or brag about his right to skulk around backstage at a beauty contest or use the "f" word at a rally. I won't move on from that, and neither should you.

December 19, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Little Georgia Tech’s win over mighty UGA is hard to fathom

David v. Goliath, and David wins again. How can it happen?

December 19, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Editorial: A vote for a new way to pick a president

The nation's 45th president will be elected Monday.

December 17, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories

Guest column: Thanks to PSC, utility keeps its sticky fingers in public’s pockets

"I'm an individual citizen asking the commission to please represent the public and get this rich, highly profitable, private corporation's sticky fingers out of my pockets!" pleaded public witness Robert Searfoss.

December 17, 2016 | By Glenn Carroll Guest columnist | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Facts on climate change refute letter denying reality of science

Wednesday's edition had a long letter from George C. Kaulbach of Cornelia attempting to show climate change is a hoax. I realize you editors need to fill space on the editorial page with something, but must you do it with letters that leave the reading public with the impression that all folks in North Georgia just came in from the turnip patch, or get their data from a recollection of the drought of 1999 in Cornelia?

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

Letter: Member of PSC didn’t factor in real human cost of nuclear power

The recent commentary by Public Service Commissioner Tim Echols defending conduct of the PSC against criticism from left-leaning critics who have been quote "loud and proud" against nuclear energy is misleading. Commissioner Echols suggests electric rates in Georgia, which include the cost of nuclear power projects ,are about 14 percent below the national average. This does not represent the true cost of nuclear power. The true cost is reflected only when you include catastrophic incidents like the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi meltdown event in Japan, the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown in Ukraine, and the 1979 Three Mile Island meltdown at Harrisburg, Pa ...

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

Letter: Gus Whalen taught how courage, optimism can achieve any goal

Ever since I moved to Gainesville in 1988, I have remained impressed with the astounding number of prominent local citizens who excel in many ways.

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

Letter: John Glenn’s vision, courage showed us the true greatness of America

On Sept. 11, 2001, the world changed and I began telling people that the American space program, and many other things American, had been set back by 50 years. On Nov. 9, I changed my prediction again. A person advocating Make America Great Again had become president-elect, and that person has a distorted version of what a great America looks like and represents.

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

Letter: Price understands health care law’s problems better than anyone in DC

Tom Crawford misleads on health care. When Obamacare was passed with the famous quote by Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi that "we need to pass it to find out what is in it," few if any in Congress actually took the time and effort to review it. Certainly no Democrats, certainly not the president and very few Republicans. However, one person who did was Rep. Tom Price, a very respected and intelligent doctor who also happens to be a congressman.

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

Letter: By any name, it’s hard to make a strong case for climate change

Those who push global warming changed the designation to "climate change." The reason being that in the last 150 years, earth temperature has increased just a little above 1 degree Fahrenheit. One degree warmer isn't significant.

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

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Dick Yarbrough: State has a better plan to fix struggling schools

Don't look now, but the initiative to deal with low-performing schools in Georgia has taken a big step toward becoming law.

March 11, 2017 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Young people are best hope to end ‘targeting’ by Big Tobacco

Did you know tobacco is not an equal opportunity killer? While tobacco use in America has declined, its health effects continue to negatively impact certain ...

March 10, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Recent stories seem to indicate Hall resisting any real progress

Looking at the headlines in Tuesday's issue of The Times, I saw the following two stories: "South Hall winery proposal rejected" and "Hall commissioners ...

March 10, 2017 | Times staff reports | All viewpoint stories

Letter: Immigration rules now lead to deportation for traffic cases

Thanks for your editorial on Sunday regarding immigration issues. I think there is one fact you may have gotten wrong and that is that under ...

March 09, 2017 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories

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 ...

March 08, 2017 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories

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