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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


GOP candidates spar in first debate

As most of the Republicans vying for their party's nomination in Georgia's race for governor sounded off on some of the state's most important issues Tuesday, state Rep. Austin Scott took the opportunity to criticize U.S. Rep. Nathan Deal.

January 20, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint


Remodeling history: Flowery Branch restoring downtown buildings

FLOWERY BRANCH - Flowery Branch is taking steps to revive at least one part of downtown by fixing up a pair of century-old Main Street buildings.

At one time a tenant in one of the buildings, the city has spent more than $11,000 remodeling them the past few months, after buying them two years ago.

January 17, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


Mr. Speaker: Ralston vows to seek solutions

Days before the state legislative session is set to convene, the office of the state House of Representatives' Judiciary Committee - the committee for which David Ralston is vice chairman - is teeming with state troopers, lawyers and legislators.

January 10, 2010 | 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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