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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

Corso: Like MLK’s march, health care victory overcomes old lies

Forty five years ago this week, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. made it across the Edmund Pettus bridge in Selma, Ala., and arrived in Montgomery to deliver a powerful prediction regarding the waiting time for racial equality: "How long? Not long!"

It was his third attempt. Twice before that same week, peaceful civil rights marchers had been beaten back with bricks and clubs and hate. Facing down those who said racial and ethnic minorities are inferior, he said calmly, "No lie can live forever."

March 28, 2010 | By Arturo Corso Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Pilgrim: Americans wanted limited reform, not a radical overhaul

Without a doubt, for the past few years, Americans clearly wanted reform in health care. Something had to be done.

But in fact, most Americans have basically been satisfied with the health care they get,including the doctors they choose, the quality of treatments, the effectiveness of procedures they undergo and any surgery they might have. The care they get is generally excellent and second to none anywhere in the world.

March 28, 2010 | By Jim Pilgrim Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Dunlap: Where will we get our water?

Like the shot heard round the world, Judge Paul Magnuson's federal court decision last summer sent huge waves through Lake Lanier and Gainesville-Hall County, forcing us to push our plans for future water needs into fast forward.

March 21, 2010 | By Kit Dunlap Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Emanuel: Where will we get our water?

The latest plans advanced by Hall County leaders involving the proposed Glades Reservoir - to increase the size of the reservoir and connect it with the Cedar Creek Reservoir in East Hall - don't do much to improve the project from the perspective of environmental sustainability and taxpayer liability.

March 21, 2010 | By Ben Emanuel Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Graduating to equality

The jousting in the General Assembly of Georgia this year over state appropriations as a byproduct focused attention on the issue of tuition equalization grants to students who attend private colleges and universities. The program that has been around in Georgia since the early 1970s currently carries a price tag of about $30 million as it helps some 34,000 students pay for higher education.

In a budget-cutting initiative, the governor proposed eliminating funding for the program. The legislature restored the funding in the supplemental appropriations bill for the current fiscal year. Lawmakers have yet to take final action on ...

March 14, 2010 | By Ed L. Schrader | Viewpoint

How well do you know your neighbors?

How dangerous is the registered sex offender living in your neighborhood?

Local anecdotal evidence and national studies indicate that the risk may not be as great as some believe.

March 07, 2010 | Stephen Gurr | Viewpoint

Service and sacrifice

After a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, it's time to welcome back the Georgia National Guard's 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team. Its mission has been to organize, train and prepare Afghanistan's security forces to manage their own nation's security operations. Taking on this daunting task in the middle of a renewed Taliban insurgency has been quite a challenge. However, 10 months after the 48th Brigade's entrance into the country, Afghanistan's security forces have seen tangible progress.

In an address to Congress in December, the commander of U.S. and international forces in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley ...

February 28, 2010 | By Maj. Gen. William T. Nesbitt For The Times | Viewpoint

Chicken pies for progress

In 1925, Brookton Elementary School raised $63 selling homemade chicken pies that they carted to the school in washtubs and sold in order to build a much-needed road.

Eighty-five years and thousands of pies later, the Chicken Pie Supper is still held at Wauka Mountain Elementary, the school's successor, and has become the largest and most anticipated fundraiser of the year.

February 21, 2010 | Amanda Woodruff | Viewpoint

A once-in-a-lifetime Endeavour

It is awe inspiring to be part of an elite group of media that is allowed exclusive access to the intricate details of a tightly secured historic event.

February 14, 2010 | By Katie Darby For The Times | Viewpoint

Preparing for adventure: Boy Scouts celebrate 100 years

American as apple pie and baseball? Well, almost.

February 07, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint

A man and his guitar travel to Africa

"Wherever He leads I'll go, I'll follow my Christ who loves me so."

That's the old hymn I used to sing not even considering that one day God would call me to go to Africa. But just 10 months ago that is exactly what happened. When my good friend Doug Hanson returned from Uganda, he immediately came to me with the idea of returning with him.

January 31, 2010 | By Bruce Fields For The Times | Viewpoint

Haiti: 'I felt God's hand was around me'

FLOWERY BRANCH - The group had just finished building the new church, putting away tools and gathering with villagers in the building for a prayer of dedication.

January 24, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint

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