Joe Lane Cox remembers the rough times of the late 1970s and early 1980s - high jobless and interest rates among them. Even as Dawson County's then-sole commissioner, he and his wife each worked two jobs (his as a night watchman) to keep paying the bills.
Brendann Jordan happily watches her favorite shows - "Grey's Anatomy," "American Idol" and "Lost"- on an old analog set, and she concedes she's not yet ready for the conversion to digital TV. "I just kind of don't know what to do," said Jordan, a Gillsville resident who feels the transition is an unnecessary hassle. "I don't think it's fair."
"Yours of the 25th suggesting the names of Col. Fremont, and Messrs. Hunt, Raynor, and Gilmer for places in the Cabinet is received. I had thought of all of them before, but not very definitely of any except Mr. Gilmer ... If you will ascertain his feelings, and write me, I shall be obliged. Our German friends might not be quite satisfied with his appointment, but I think we could appease them."
When Linda Brock watched her son, Dylan, graduate from Flowery Branch High School last May, her eyes brimmed with tears as her son strolled confidently in his cap and gown to pick up his diploma. The 19-year-old had big dreams. He wanted to be a television broadcaster.
BY JESSICA JORDAN firstname.lastname@example.org Regardless of your political affiliation, you probably heaved a sigh of relief Tuesday as inaugural events came to a peaceful conclusion. There were no bombs, as some had feared. No credible threats against the nation's first African-American president surfaced. And few, if any, Inauguration Day arrests were reported. Instead of newsreels somberly reporting terrorist attacks, political commentators gushed ...
As students of Fair Street International Baccalaureate World School tuned into the first presidential election their young minds will remember, they marveled at the notion that President-elect Barack Obama will be "the boss" of our nation Tuesday. For whatever reason, the man strikes a chord with kids.
A year ago, when the global economy was still booming, anything that could be recycled was a hot commodity.
If you hear a governor talking about the most challenging state budget in history, you can take your pick of any of 41 chief executives who face budget gaps of a combined $42 billion on their fiscal year 2009 spending plans.
IMMIGRATION McCAIN: Let undocumented immigrants enroll in a program to become legal. Require them to learn English, pay back taxes and pass a citizenship course. Target "bad-actor" employers with targeted audits. Beef up border security with physical and virtual high-tech barriers and more funding and training of border forces. OBAMA: Let undocumented immigrants who are in the country illegally pay a fine, learn English and get at the end of the line to become ...
It's been interesting watching the evolution of animal welfare in Hall County over the years. Bessie Vickers began our humane society, spent her money and time caring for the homeless animals of the region, and later donated the family land she had used to start her mission. After stringent interview sessions, "Miss Bessie" placed many dogs and cats with prospective adopters. Due to space limitations, many had to be euthanized. Later, ...
As the seemingly endless presidential campaign season winds down, attention has focused on bread-and-butter issues: the economy, jobs, taxes, health care. No one is uttering a word about clean air, water, land conservation, global warming, endangered species. But when a new president takes office in January, his involvement will be pivotal in shaping the nation's environmental policies.
On the south side of Gainesville sits a network of neighborhoods that some call the twilight zone.
During this presidential election season, the candidates have been talking a lot about the best ways to fuel our cars and power our homes. "I don't recall an election where energy policy was discussed this much," said John Duffield, a professor of political science at Georgia State University.
With the state mired in a budget shortfall that has been estimated at $2 billion, the governor has ordered up a fiscal diet.
It is the topic that everybody is talking about. There is no doubt that the current state of the economy and the $700 billion bailout have recently become the main issues of this year's presidential election.
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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