Over a week after adjournment of the 2008 session of the Georgia General Assembly, political observers are still talking about the session that long will be remembered for the deep rift that developed between Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle and House Speaker Glenn Richardson. Left undone was any compromise on tax relief from differing ideas floated by Cagle and Richardson. Also undone was any long-term solution for trauma care and transportation.
One million dollars. It was once the plateau that was as far away as the moon. A generation ago, a worker might work an entire career and never earn a million dollars.
Gainesville's loan review committee now has the authority to lend more money to those needing assistance with housing rehabilitation. But the authority to lend more does not necessarily mean that there is more money to offer.
GAINESVILLE - Seventy-five minutes before the final bell rings, the first cars start showing up in the student pick-up lane at the entrance to Davis Middle School in South Hall.
When a tornado or other disaster strikes, it's too late to ponder the amount of insurance coverage you have on your home. But insurance executives and state officials alike say that all too often customers who have not updated their insurance policies may find they have inadequate coverage to rebuild their home or replace its contents.
The Flint River is an oddity in Georgia. The river begins as a spring or groundwater seep underneath the runways of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. The flow is channeled off the airport by large drainage pipes. From there it meanders 350 miles in a basin that is only 212 miles in length. It has 220 miles of unimpeded flow, making it one of only 40 rivers in the U.S. with open ...
From the state Capitol in Atlanta to the U.S. Capitol in Washington, the mailbag is much lighter than it was a few years ago. The amount of correspondence hasn't changed. Its delivery method has.
An estimated 1.7 million Georgians don't have health insurance. State officials say that's unacceptable, and they're taking steps to change the situation. Gov. Sonny Perdue and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle are both promoting various pieces of recently introduced legislation that they hope will reform health care in Georgia.
One cannot have the best of both worlds. For example, Daniel Webster had to sacrifice his stubborn views on slavery for the betterment of the American Union when he chose to advocate Henry Clay's Compromise of 1850. But is that not what choices are all about: making sacrifices? Did Oscar Wilde's Dorian Gray not have to sacrifice morality for aestheticism and inevitably face the consequences? A choice can not be made without a sacrifice evident ...
Today's choices affect my future because all of my actions have consequences. Every choice made has consequences, either good or bad. The path less taken may create a better outcome for me in my future, but my choices made today help me to get on the path for success. Today's choices affect more than my future; they also affect my character and how I appear toward other people. If I make a good choice, I ...
Today's choices affect my future because I may not be here tomorrow. Before I move along, I assure everyone that I am not suicidal and am not medicated with anti-depressants or any other drugs regarding the end of a person's life. I'm simply stating a fact. A person's anatomy is incredibly fragile, and day-to-day life has various risks. I prefer to risk it all. One of my greatest achievements in life has been my tennis. ...
A person makes thousands of decisions a day. These decisions are based on the benefits and consequences of the future. Our decisions will affect our futures, whether we like it or not. Many people make decisions without considering the consequences; these decisions affect many lives. Decisions are most crucial in living a healthy and beneficial life. The choices I make today affect my future jobs, my voice in the environment around me, and my health.
In a practical sense, the definition of the word "choice," a decision made from a range of options, falls blatantly short of what the word implies. A choice is a decision made from a range of options, but the definition does not entail what, if anything, occurs afterward. In reality, a choice, no matter how small, always has consequences. Therefore, it is logical to assume the choices that one makes today have a direct impact ...
Today's choices shape my future because the way we handle foreign affairs affects us domestically, which unfortunately most people, including politicians, don't seem to realize. By making enemies around the world with our pushy, power-hungry policies, we alienate ourselves as a nation, making us vulnerable. We should seek alliances and build channels of communication, otherwise we may be losing innocent lives that we would never even imagine would be put in harm's way.
In my dream, my life was a hallway. It stretched ahead with doors on either side. Some doors were wide open with bright lights that beckoned me to enter. Some were barely ajar and some were firmly shut and locked. It did not take much poking around to realize that the locked doors were options for my life that I would never dream of exploring, such as the door with "Petty Thief" scratched across the ...
The most important fact of life is death. Yet, we spend our whole lives busily running away from that fact to create an ever-more complex world of endless trivial tasks and diversions. But the ultimate reality is that our time here is so limited and ever closer to the end.
WASHINGTON - The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a very special trade agreement. It is so special that our government officials who are negotiating it want to keep it completely secret from us.
WASHINGTON - Those who think we can protect U.S. jobs by turning inward have got it exactly backward.
In the aftermath of the Boston bombings, many are asking how someone who came to America at the age of 9, attended some of our best schools, captained the wrestling team, went to the prom and became a citizen could have inflicted such a devastating attack on our society.
Earlier this month, 35 public school teachers and administrators indicted for allegedly cheating to raise test scores in an Atlanta school district began turning themselves in to authorities. They may be the tip of the iceberg; a state investigation implicates 178 educators in the scandal.
America's economy is poised to roar ahead if only Washington would stop holding it back.
With Tax Day upon us, American families and employers are keenly aware of the deep cut the government is taking out of their household incomes and hard-earned profits - especially during the slowest economic recovery since the Great Depression.
America's economy is in the midst of a Great Stagnation that almost rivals the Great Depression of the 1930s, and the nation is fighting a costly and prolonged worldwide war against relentless Islamic terrorism.
In January, the Georgia Economic Developers Association hosted more than 50 state legislators at a luncheon to celebrate economic development accomplishments over the past 12 months. We also launched a year of celebration complete with a proclamation from Gov. Nathan Deal, as 2013 marks GEDA's 50th Anniversary.
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