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Commentary: Government needs input from its citizens to operate properly

In our Democratic Republic, we elect representatives to represent our political views. How do they know what our views are? Do they take the time and put forth the effort required to know what we think and feel about our government?

February 27, 2011 | By George Wangemann Guest columnist | Viewpoint

State debt pro: Feds must help troubled states now or face worse problems

In the best of times, the federal government shouldn't ever consider bailing out profligate state governments whose unwise spending has pushed them into an economic black hole.

February 20, 2011 | By Bogdan Kipling Guest columnist | Viewpoint

State debt con: States must fix soaring budget deficits without Uncle Sam

Several years of huge and persistent state budget deficits have led some politicians to argue that the federal government should either continue or even increase aid to states as it has done since 2009 through stimulus funds. Others suggest that the matter could be solved simply by granting states the right to file for bankruptcy.

February 20, 2011 | By Lynndee Kemmet Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Commentary: Hundreds of foster kids need place to call home

Did you know there are hundreds of orphans in Georgia?

February 13, 2011 | By Randy Evans Guest Columnist | Viewpoint

Graves: 'We have blazed our own trail'

U.S. Rep. Tom Graves has wasted no time carving out a name for himself in Washington.

February 06, 2011 | Melissa Weinman | Viewpoint

Commentary: How much government can we afford?

Over the last 10 years, the cities and counties across North Georgia, like across the nation, without really understanding the full dynamics or unintended consequences, have been building "holographic" infrastructure on the backs of the local taxpayers (individual and business).

January 29, 2011 | By Frank Norton Jr. Guest Columnist | Viewpoint

Layers of History: Israel's rich past offers unique experience

It was in Tzfat that it really sank in.

January 22, 2011 | Melissa Weinman | Viewpoint

Reporting from the home front

FLOWERY BRANCH - I packed up my desk Sunday night, fearing the worst was coming.

January 16, 2011 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint

Commentary: Georgia DOT’s efforts to make roads safer paying off


January 09, 2011 | By Keith Golden Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Commentary: Lawmakers would be wise to serve 'not for self, but others'

I have been asked by The Times to write an article in which I give advice to the new faces going to the Capitol this year. Webster's dictionary defines advice as, "opinion given as what to do or how to do something." Giving advice to a new legislator is like teaching someone how to dribble a football. I believe the best advice that I received, on any subject, was that which was based on knowledge and experience.

January 02, 2011 | By Lee Hawkins For The Times | Viewpoint

Commentary: Use wise investments to bring our economy back to health

As a movie lover and a father of two teenagers, our family recently ventured out to the midnight showing of the new Harry Potter movie. I came away with several thoughts that night.

December 26, 2010 | By Doug Carter Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Commentary: Officials need to convince voters to approve amendment to fund road projects

Hopefully, the November election sent a ripple through the transportation community and provided a wake-up call to leadership in Georgia that our current solution to transportation funding is in jeopardy.

December 18, 2010 | | Viewpoint

Commentary: State should focus on real goals to improve education

Recent legislative sessions have provided ample opportunities for those of us charged with the duty of educating the next generation to develop a high tolerance for ambiguity. Given Georgia's current political and economic climate, I expect no less during the upcoming session.

December 12, 2010 | By Will Schofield Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Commentary: Truce needed in water wars

As Gov.-elect Nathan Deal prepares to assume his responsibilities for Georgia, he faces many challenges. Unemployment, the budget and economic growth clearly head the list.

December 05, 2010 | By Val Perry Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Commentary: Georgia should change budget philosophy to deal with financial shortfall

Georgia's incoming General Assembly faces a projected budget shortfall of more than $1 billion for Fiscal Year 2012. This is a daunting challenge, and after several years of budget cuts the pressure will grow to use tax hikes to fill some of the gap. A comparison of Georgia's taxes to those of neighboring states, however, suggests that legislators should increase taxes only as a last resort.

November 28, 2010 | By E. Frank Stephenson Guest columnist | Viewpoint

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