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Georgia Special Needs Scholarship is changing lives

Election-year politics can make cynics out of just about anyone, so every once in awhile it's worth pausing to look at the remarkable good that elected officials can achieve, particularly when they rise above both partisan and special interests.

August 01, 2010 | By Randy Hicks Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Anatomy of an election: How Deal made the runoff

Nathan Deal wasn't ever guaranteed a spot in the runoff election.

July 25, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint

Capitol turnover: Lots of new faces, few incumbents for voters

On the national scale, incumbents may suffer dramatically in the 2010 midterm elections, potentially resulting in the Republicans gaining control of the House of Representatives (or maybe even the Senate).

This anti-incumbent sentiment has permeated to the state and local level as people continue to look for fresh ideas to serious economic and fiscal problems. It seems as though anti-incumbency has become the primary voter motivation; even stronger than partisanship.

July 18, 2010 | By Ross Alexander Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Budget daze: Next governor must rebuild state's economy

As gubernatorial candidates battle for the state's top job, the most important issue remains obvious - money.

A balanced budget could define the success of the candidate that gains office. But there are many needs to consider, including education, transportation, public safety and health care. As state tax revenue remains low, cuts seem the only option.

July 11, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Viewpoint

First-class schools a challenge for Georgia

Education systems, from pre-kindergarten through higher education, will face troubling times in the upcoming years.

July 04, 2010 | Carolyn Crist | Viewpoint

Reach of the River: The rest of the story

Eight days of long-winded stories on the river and we haven't even begun to scratch the surface.

June 27, 2010 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint

Waterlogue: Lessons learned on a trip down the Chattahoochee

We traveled more than 1,300 miles, snapped more than 1,000 images and wrote countless pages of notes in order to bring you a story the river cannot tell on its own.

June 19, 2010 | By Ashley Fielding and Sara Guevara, | Viewpoint

Money’s the issue when it comes to Georgia’s roads

Todd Long just traded in his Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck for a Toyota Corolla.

June 13, 2010 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint

America in decline? Not in today's world

Much nonsense has been written in recent years about the prospects of American decline and the inevitable rise of China. But it was not a declining power that I saw in recent weeks as I jetted from the Middle East to the Far East through two of America's pivotal geographic commands - Central Command and Pacific Command.

The very fact that the entire world is divided into American military commands is significant. There is no French, Indian or Brazilian equivalent - not yet even a Chinese counterpart. It is simply assumed without much comment that American soldiers will be central players ...

June 06, 2010 | By Max Boot | Viewpoint

Censorship temptation: Let let government control speech

There's never a shortage of temptations to ignore our First Amendment right of free expression and pervert the law into a billy club to banish disturbing speech.

Now many demand we outlaw mean folks shouting vile epithets about homosexuals at funerals, ads for "unhealthy" food targeted at children and "inappropriate" Internet content.

May 30, 2010 | By Douglas Young For The Times | Viewpoint

Jones Elementary: Decisions are difficult when options are few

I've often heard that, although money doesn't make you happy, it does provide you with a greater number of options. Unfortunately, the number of options available for funding our educational systems have become fewer as our economy has faltered.

Even as late as 2007, when I began with the Hall County Board of Education, the options were more plentiful as was the amount of revenue. With the rate of growth at that time, I wouldn't have envisioned the need to close a school.

May 23, 2010 | By Brian Sloan Guest columnist | Viewpoint

Cuba today: Communism is a failure

Today the people of Cuba are living under a form of the Stockholm Syndrome: Smiling contentedly, living day to day on the government babble and the food dole.

May 16, 2010 | By Frank Norton Jr. For The Times | Viewpoint

Life lessons: Brenau student learns from Gainesville woman

"The weekend that man tried to murder me, was what you would call ... a long weekend."

May 09, 2010 | By Christina Jundt | Viewpoint

Survivor stories: Previewing Relay for Life

In just more than a month, thousands will gather at Road Atlanta in Braselton for a tribute to all those who have been affected by cancer and to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The event goes all night, with at least one member from each team walking around the track at all times.

May 02, 2010 | Shannon Casas | Viewpoint

Not in a party mood

When a customer patronizes McDonald's and orders a Big Mac, he or she knows exactly what that burger is going to taste like. The recipe is not going to change from one week to the next. If it did, customers would never return.

In Georgia, however, voters who patronize the Republican Party are getting a little confused with the "brand" elected to govern at the state Capitol. From the governor to the GOP majority running the state legislature, leaders are putting forth an agenda that looks quite different from the Republican "menu" that has been sold to voters for ...

April 25, 2010 | By Virginia Galloway and J.D. Van Brink Commentary | Viewpoint

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