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On closer inspection: New rules will change the way restaurants are rated

If you routinely read the food-service inspection reports in The Times, you may have wondered why health inspectors are so picky about things such as the temperature of foods and how often employees wash their hands.

But when a Fulton County woman died last month after eating bacteria-contaminated oysters at a restaurant in Hapeville, it was a reminder that proper food handling can mean the difference between life and death.

January 04, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


Are we leaving students behind?

The federal No Child Left Behind Act is set for a face-lift, but whether it's a tweaking here and there or a major overhaul remains to be seen.

The law, which has influenced state and local education thinking and policy the past five years, is up for reauthorization, with elected officials and education groups issuing proposals and insights.

January 04, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


Building Buford Dam

On March 1, 1950, a ceremonial groundbreaking drew thousands to the site of what is now Buford Dam.

Talk of a dam and reservoir had begun in earnest following the end of World War II.

January 04, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Viewpoint


The higher cost of living

GAINESVILLE - Financial analysts say the economy is still chugging along at a healthy pace. But charitable organizations that work with the needy are telling a different story.

"We've been inundated since about August," said Mike Walston, who runs Good Samaritan Food Ministries for the Chattahoochee Baptist Association in Gainesville. "The number of people we're helping has about doubled. We're really getting kind of worried, because it seems like there's no end to it at this point."

January 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


Six years after Sept. 11: Are we growing too complacent?

Tuesday marks six years since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

But for most Americans, the threat of terrorism seems to have become little more than background noise. Just last week, a major terrorist plot was reportedly foiled in Germany, but the average person in the United States probably didn't even hear about it.

January 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


Madame President: Nesbitt stands at center of 'dynamic' college

Much has changed at Gainesville State College in the 10 years Martha Nesbitt has been at the helm.

The enrollment has more than doubled, a new academic building has been added, four-year degrees are being offered. Even the roads into the school have changed.

January 03, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


On the air with North Georgia Productions

Long before Friday night's lights are on local football fields, it's time for cameras and action for the film crew at North Georgia Productions.

January 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint


Cathy Drerup: Meeting the challenge

After nearly two decades as executive director of Challenged Child and Friends, Cathy Drerup officially steps down on Sept. 28.

January 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


Water for wildlife: The mussels debate

Man versus mussels. That's the way the fight over sharing Lake Lanier's water has been characterized. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it has to release a certain amount of water from Buford Dam in order to support endangered species at the southern end of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint river basin.

January 03, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


Water Woes: Industry hurt if water is restricted

GAINESVILLE - As Gainesville officials are looking for ways to scrimp and save the water supply, their eyes are becoming fixed on local industries that use millions of gallons of it every month.

But for many local industries, water means money.

January 03, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint


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Fostering first: Extended family rides along bumpy road of foster care

When my husband and I decided to become foster parents, we considered how it would affect our daily life, what saying goodbye to these children would feel like and whether we would ever adopt.

December 13, 2014 | Shannon Casas | Viewpoint


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