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.
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.
"The weekend that man tried to murder me, was what you would call ... a long weekend."
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.
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 ...
Back in 1776, Adam Smith's "The Wealth of Nations" pointed out that a competitive market economy would lead to increased wealth due to its great efficiency. But, what is it efficient at doing?
For the most part, modern economics views the environment - when it considers it at all - as a source of raw materials and as a place to put our waste. However, more and more economists and ecologists recognize that the environment serves other critical roles.
Cheryl Burke has been working in Pakistan for about six years, now serving as a professor and dean of students at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan. For parents Charles and Sharon Burke of Gainesville, the benefits far outweigh the concerns of having their daughter serve in a volatile and far away country.
She's making a difference there, fostering tolerance between students of different backgrounds and helping to provide an education to Pakistani young people.
On Good Friday, members of Saint Michael Catholic Church performed a Stations of the Cross service at Laurel Park. Stations of the Cross is a Roman Catholic ceremony in which the final hours of Jesus' life are depicted.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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 ...
FLINT, Mich. - At a time when many people have put off buying a new car until the economy improves, the last thing we need is a stringent government regulation on fuel efficiency that will raise the cost of vehicles and make matters even more difficult for consumers.
GREEN BAY, Wis. - The idea that Congress should scrap the EPA's vehicle mileage standards to promote consumer choice in the marketplace is not just wrongheaded, it poses a false dichotomy. There is no incompatibility between having high mileage standards and giving buyers plenty of choice.
OAKLAND, Calif. - A portrait of stagnation! That's how U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan summarized the performance of American 15-year-old students, who slipped in the latest international rankings in reading, math and science.
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Yes, we have failing schools in the United States. And yes, there are schools that any American with an ounce of patriotic blood should be ashamed of sending a fellow citizen to.
WASHINGTON - Wherever we were born and however we got here, workers need certain basic protections and opportunities in order to provide for our families and fully contribute to the American economy.
WASHINGTON - In a global economy, investment follows talent. When we draw top talent to our shores, investment dollars follow because companies want to be near the best workers.
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