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.
We teach children not to talk to strangers. And we don't let them watch R-rated movies when they're in third grade.
The Rio Grande river innocently snakes its way between Mexico and the United States, creating a border that has become much more than just a border.
Lake Lanier is approaching a historic moment, but it's not a cause for celebration. On Dec. 26 last year, Lanier hit 1,050.79 feet above sea level, the lowest point since the reservoir was completed in the late 1950s. Normal full pool is 1,071 feet.
Much of the foreign policy talk between the presidential candidates boils down to one primary issue: the war in Iraq.
As most area food banks can attest, need knows no season.
For a time during the presidential primary season, it looked as if health care was going to be the dominant issue of the campaign. Over the past few months, however, the topic has seemed to drop off the radar screen. "We all did think health care was going to be at least the No. 2 issue (after the Iraq war)," said Mimi Collins, chief executive officer of the Longstreet Clinic in Gainesville. "Now everyone's talking about the economy.
When he entered office in 2003, Gov. Sonny Perdue faced a budget shortfall. While there was a time of improvement, the current economic downturn has been evident in declining state revenues. But Perdue, who is about to begin his final two years in office, rejects the notion of being a lame duck and is upbeat about the remaining term.
They're well-versed in the sonnets of Shakespeare. They can explain Quantum physics to a room full of surly teenagers. And they stay after school to tutor struggling calculus students.
Perhaps no nation has navigated such massive change in so short a time as China has since the late 1970s. My most recent trip there reconfirmed what an endlessly fascinating blend of opposites the country encompasses: East meets West, ancient meets modern, Third World meets First World, and political communism meets economic capitalism. Yet China has skillfully integrated these contradictions to create its most successful society in 5,000 years.
WASHINGTON - How can "comprehensive immigration reform" benefit our American children and grandchildren, who will prosper from or suffer the consequences of our decisions?
WASHINGTON - Throughout our nation's history, the world's biggest risk takers, boldest thinkers and hardest workers have flocked to America's shores in pursuit of greater freedom and opportunity.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. - Virtually all Americans will be required to have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act starting in 2014, and President Obama especially wants young, healthy people to sign up.
WASHINGTON - What's generally termed ObamaCare wasn't the brainstorm of President Obama, but an Alice in Wonderland "witches brew" concocted in 2010 by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi with generous advice from Big Pharma, Big Insurance and the AARP.
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.
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.
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