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Budget daze: Next governor must rebuild state's economy

As gubernatorial candidates battle for the state's top job, the most important issue remains obvious - money.

A balanced budget could define the success of the candidate that gains office. But there are many needs to consider, including education, transportation, public safety and health care. As state tax revenue remains low, cuts seem the only option.

July 11, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Viewpoint


First-class schools a challenge for Georgia

Education systems, from pre-kindergarten through higher education, will face troubling times in the upcoming years.

July 04, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Viewpoint


Reach of the River: The rest of the story

Eight days of long-winded stories on the river and we haven't even begun to scratch the surface.

June 27, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint


Waterlogue: Lessons learned on a trip down the Chattahoochee

We traveled more than 1,300 miles, snapped more than 1,000 images and wrote countless pages of notes in order to bring you a story the river cannot tell on its own.

June 19, 2010 | By Ashley Fielding and Sara Guevara afielding@gainesvilletimes.com, sguevara@gainesvilletimes.com | Viewpoint


Money’s the issue when it comes to Georgia’s roads

Todd Long just traded in his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck for a Toyota Corolla.

June 13, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


America in decline? Not in today's world

Much nonsense has been written in recent years about the prospects of American decline and the inevitable rise of China. But it was not a declining power that I saw in recent weeks as I jetted from the Middle East to the Far East through two of America's pivotal geographic commands - Central Command and Pacific Command.

The very fact that the entire world is divided into American military commands is significant. There is no French, Indian or Brazilian equivalent - not yet even a Chinese counterpart. It is simply assumed without much comment that American soldiers will be central players ...

June 06, 2010 | By Max Boot | Viewpoint


Censorship temptation: Let let government control speech

There's never a shortage of temptations to ignore our First Amendment right of free expression and pervert the law into a billy club to banish disturbing speech.

Now many demand we outlaw mean folks shouting vile epithets about homosexuals at funerals, ads for "unhealthy" food targeted at children and "inappropriate" Internet content.

May 30, 2010 | By Douglas Young For The Times | Viewpoint


Jones Elementary: Decisions are difficult when options are few

I've often heard that, although money doesn't make you happy, it does provide you with a greater number of options. Unfortunately, the number of options available for funding our educational systems have become fewer as our economy has faltered.

Even as late as 2007, when I began with the Hall County Board of Education, the options were more plentiful as was the amount of revenue. With the rate of growth at that time, I wouldn't have envisioned the need to close a school.

May 23, 2010 | By Brian Sloan Guest columnist | Viewpoint


Cuba today: Communism is a failure

Today the people of Cuba are living under a form of the Stockholm Syndrome: Smiling contentedly, living day to day on the government babble and the food dole.

May 16, 2010 | By Frank Norton Jr. For The Times | Viewpoint


Life lessons: Brenau student learns from Gainesville woman

"The weekend that man tried to murder me, was what you would call ... a long weekend."

May 09, 2010 | By Christina Jundt | Viewpoint


Survivor stories: Previewing Relay for Life

In just more than a month, thousands will gather at Road Atlanta in Braselton for a tribute to all those who have been affected by cancer and to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The event goes all night, with at least one member from each team walking around the track at all times.

May 02, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Viewpoint


Not in a party mood

When a customer patronizes McDonald's and orders a Big Mac, he or she knows exactly what that burger is going to taste like. The recipe is not going to change from one week to the next. If it did, customers would never return.

In Georgia, however, voters who patronize the Republican Party are getting a little confused with the "brand" elected to govern at the state Capitol. From the governor to the GOP majority running the state legislature, leaders are putting forth an agenda that looks quite different from the Republican "menu" that has been sold to voters for ...

April 25, 2010 | By Virginia Galloway and J.D. Van Brink Commentary | Viewpoint


It's time to rethink the world that we want to have

Back in 1776, Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations" pointed out that a competitive market economy would lead to increased wealth due to its great efficiency. But, what is it efficient at doing?

For the most part, modern economics views the environment - when it considers it at all - as a source of raw materials and as a place to put our waste. However, more and more economists and ecologists recognize that the environment serves other critical roles.

April 18, 2010 | By Robin Gottfried Guest columnist | Viewpoint


Changing perspectives: A trip to Pakistan

Cheryl Burke has been working in Pakistan for about six years, now serving as a professor and dean of students at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan. For parents Charles and Sharon Burke of Gainesville, the benefits far outweigh the concerns of having their daughter serve in a volatile and far away country.

She's making a difference there, fostering tolerance between students of different backgrounds and helping to provide an education to Pakistani young people.

April 11, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Viewpoint


PHOTO ESSAY: Stations of The Cross

On Good Friday, members of Saint Michael Catholic Church performed a Stations of the Cross service at Laurel Park. Stations of the Cross is a Roman Catholic ceremony in which the final hours of Jesus' life are depicted.

April 04, 2010 | | Viewpoint


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