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Editorial: State’s construction detour needs caution

The Georgia General Assembly is much like Forrest Gump's box of chocolates; you never know what you're going to get.

March 13, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Conservatism, states' rights don't always serve common good

"Conservatism" has become a euphemism akin to "dog whistles" of bigotry, elitism and cronyism. Some hear conservative values as a call to favor the will of the majority and denouncement of the minority and those living at the margins of life. Too often, they are told to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Unfortunately, that reason presupposes all have equality, and all have boots.

March 12, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Parents have a stake in teacher evaluations

To my friends in the state legislature (and, yes, you are my friends; without you, I wouldn't have a job.):

March 12, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Gun law should go farther; how about firearms in preschool?

Now that the mad dog gun advocates in our legislature have drafted another gun rights bill promoting and encouraging college students to carry their six shooters on campus, tell me: Where are these life-saving, constitutionally inalienable right to own, pearl-handled killing devices to be stored once the student arrives at the Dawgs game?

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


Letter: Democrats deny voters' rights in their own party delegate process

When Republicans want to require photo IDs to ensure voters are who they say they are, Democrats say Republicans are trying to disenfranchise voters. Yet, around 30 percent of the delegates who determine the nominee for president on the Democratic ticket are super delegates who are not even selected by us voters. They are appointed by the Democratic establishment.

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


Letter: Voters should be able to choose ideas, not just individual candidates

As the political debates drag on and we watch with growing unease as candidates beat each other up with charges and smears we've heard over and over, I'd like to suggest we shouldn't be casting votes for individual candidates at all. Instead, the public should be hearing local debates over issues, policies and ideas, and casting their votes for planks in party platforms.

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


Letter: Deal backed religious freedom before, now changes his tune

While he was in Congress, Gov. Nathan Deal supported wholeheartedly the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The federal RFRA law contains the same wording included in the Georgia RFRA bill. I understand that the governor pledged to sign a bill containing the language of the federal law. Gov. Deal is now unwilling to support this bill.

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


Letter: Hall County should turn Glades Reservoir project over to private sector

It was certainly good news for the taxpayers of Hall County when it was decided that Glades Reservoir was not needed for future water supply. We have already spent nearly $20 million on this project with nothing to show for it. (I am embarrassed that as a Hall Commissioner in the 1990s, I had a part in the beginning of this boondoggle!)

March 09, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Community has united to keep Hall’s Vision 2030 moving ahead

During the last two years I have been a volunteer leader and participant in the Vision 2030 Wisdom Project. Yes, there is a Vision 2030 for Hall County and they have a website. Its worth a visit to see what is going on with this 2005 initiative.

March 09, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Tom Crawford: Why qualifying week should matter to Georgians

Qualifying week, when candidates fill out the paperwork to be on the election ballot, is something I call "put up or shut up" time.

March 09, 2016 | Tom Crawford | All viewpoint stories


Editorial: Don't let lawmakers shade the sunshine

If there's one message shining through in this year's presidential race, it is a general distrust of giving government too much influence in our lives. Candidates from both parties are railing on how the unholy alliance between the public and private sectors works against middle-class Americans while lining the pockets of the rich and powerful.

March 06, 2016 | Times Editorial Board | All viewpoint stories


Ron Martz: Allowing firearms on campus a recipe for disaster

Georgia's so-called "Campus Carry" bill is a potential disaster in the making.

March 06, 2016 | By Ron Martz rlmartz@hotmail.com. | All viewpoint stories


Letter: Welfare drug testing could lead to savings

I am a student from Georgia Cyber Academy working on a project in government class concerning government policies and how they affect citizens. I have read a recent article from The Times pertaining to the new push for drug testing as a requirement for welfare recipients in Georgia.

March 05, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Letter: WDUN’s Gunn will be missed for his professionalism, good humor

I was truly saddened by The Times death announcement of WDUN's Jerry Gunn. He had a following that was akin to none, a funny man with a dry sense of humor. I dearly enjoyed his company.

March 05, 2016 | Letter to the editor | All viewpoint stories


Dick Yarbrough: Broccoli aside, here's some positive news to share

I had intended to provide you with an in-depth analysis of the SEC primary this week, but that will have to wait.

March 05, 2016 | Dick Yarbrough | All viewpoint stories


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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


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


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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