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Your Views: To fix Hall County's litter problem, go to the source

So Gainesville’s streets are choked with litter and garbage. The proposed solution is to have nonviolent prisoners walk along the highways and pick up after the pigs that caused the problem in the first place. What a concept.

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Your Views: Longstreet Society is a resource Gainesville community can use

Last week The Times ran articles concerning MLK Jr. Boulevard and tourism on the square. The Longstreet Society stands in a unique position relative to both of these community resources. We own one of Gainesville’s oldest and most historic buildings, Lt. Gen. Longstreet’s Piedmont Hotel at the corner of MLK and Maple.

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Your Views: Evidence shows earth was warmer 1,000 years ago than it is today

Well, the global warmers are at it again, with half-truths and distortions. A recent Associated Press article stated, “2014 considered the warmest year on record,” and ended with this: “‘Temperatures have risen by about 1.6 degrees Fahrenheit since the mid-19th century and pre-industrial times,’ said Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies.”

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Your Views: Many still don’t get it; only bad guys are to blame for their deaths

In regards to the article in the Jan. 16 paper “Coming together,” people still don’t get it. The death of Michael Brown was only preventable by Michael Brown. No one forced him to rob the store, assault the clerk, and then resist arrest by fighting with the police officer trying to get his gun.

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Your Views: Thieves took more than a ring; they stole a couple’s special moment

The gift certificate read “Coupon good for: A special date night, including dinner for two, a private flight for two. A romantic evening spent together!”

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Your Views: Use more nonviolent offenders to pick up litter along roadsides

I totally agree with Mike Coley’s and George J. Roshau’s views that were printed last Friday about the growing trash on the roadways. I sent the same concerns to my county commissioner last summer stating that there used to be a slogan — Keep Hall Beautiful — but it seems that Hall is getting dirtier everyday, so maybe it should be changed to “Hall Is Dirty,” and let’s see how long we can keep it that way.

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Your Views: Innocent people don’t riot, loot

I would like to add my 2 cents worth to Steven David Smith’s letter in Saturday’s paper, which was in reference to Eugene F. Elander’s letter in Thursday’s paper. Both letters were about the rioting and alleged police brutality in Ferguson, Mo. I would submit to Mr. Elander that innocent people don’t rob stores and burn and loot businesses which people have worked hard to get.

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Your Views: Live streaming opera showings one of city’s best kept secrets

For several years I have been attending the live stream productions of New York’s Metropolitan Opera at our local theater. To say it is one of the arts communities best kept secrets is an understatement.

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Your Views: Laws against littering are clear; let’s help enforce them

I’m glad to hear so many of our residents are bothered by the litter problem in Gainesville and Hall County. After reading the letters, I did some research on Georgia laws against dumping and littering.

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Your Views: Congratulations to Woodard on statewide appointment

On behalf of the State Bar of Georgia, I would like to offer congratulations to Hall County Solicitor-General Stephanie D. Woodard on her appointment by Gov. Nathan Deal as a new member of the State Commission on Family Violence.

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Your Views: Yes, all lives matter, but so does the law

Many times the opinions expressed in our local periodicals evoke the thoughtful consideration of the ideas presented, as well as constructive debate of these ideas. However, the letter by Eugene F. Elander on Thursday presents some statements that must be challenged; not based on political affiliation, or on racial bias, or any reason other than the fact that the United States is a nation based on the rule of law.

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Your Views: SPLOST oversight panel will help transparency, accountability

Recently the Hall County Board of Commissioners and local municipalities have created their wish lists for the upcoming SPLOST VII which comes to a countywide vote on March 17.

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Your Views: A growing county like Hall needs to address litter issue

Hall County needs to seriously address the severe litter problem on all our roadways and in our cities. Litter never gets picked up and continues to accumulate. What government agency would be responsible for Hall County going to the dogs? Why is prison labor not used consistently for this? Where are the police in enforcing the law? Where are the “No Littering” signs?

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Your Views: Have some pride in our home; let’s pick up trash along roads

At least once a week, I pick up trash along the roadside in front of my home along Mountain View Road and Dogwood Circle. A good part of the roadsides along Mountain View Road, Dogwood and Old Oakwood Road look like a trash dump.

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Your Views: Society suffers from mediocrity in collision of culture, character

The old axioms really are true: You reap what you sow. It’s time to pay the piper. You made your bed, now sleep in it.

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Your Views: King’s legacy still guides us 50 years later, but there is more work to do

As the French are fond of saying, The more things change, the more they stay the same. This year’s 30th anniversary of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. national observance is a good time to assess his legacy and progress (or lack thereof) toward his goals and aspirations for America. That legacy is rather mixed.

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Your Views: Hope and death are intertwined, all part of the mystery of life

Every time I speak at a funeral or visit someone in the hospital, I’m reminded how painful life is. I’ve spent countless hours with people who have lost loved ones, and with people who are dying. As you age, you begin to lose loved ones to heart disease, cancer and dementia.

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Your Views: Humankind is hardly perfect in its rebellion

I write this letter to pose further understanding after Tuesday’s column by Joan King. Ms. King is a thoughtful and generally cogent writer. I read her column faithfully and remain in strong respect for her consistent revelations concerning the ongoing corruption in our nuclear plant construction process.

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Your Views: Staff at assisted living facility responds well to frozen pipes

I am the director of nursing for Homestead Hospice of Athens and we have patients who are residents at Summers Landing Assisted living facility in Gainesville. It was a complete coincidence that I was visiting the facility at the exact moment that some frozen pipes in the ceiling burst Jan. 8. I wanted to write a letter to the editor in attempt to recognize the staff of Summers Landing. They happened to be having a staff meeting at the same time and that meant there were more employees in the building than usual.

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Your Views: Series on foster child care opened eyes to a serious issue

On more than one occasion, I have taken pen to paper to offer my criticism of your newspaper. It is expected that we subscribers will do that. When a newspaper does something that I feel is commendable, I will also offer my praise as well as extending my subscription another quarter.

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