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.
Nowadays, clocks flash instead of tick. Phones sing instead of ring. And it's only a matter of time before the TV crosses over to join its electronic brethren in the digital realm.
Scoreboards glowing above stadiums nationwide this fall will tell cheering fans if their team is winning. In the education arena, it's No Child Left Behind, the federal mandate President George W. Bush signed into law in early 2002, that keeps America's score on education.
For an hour this week, a group of seven high school students from public and private schools in Hall County spent an hour with the president of the University of Georgia in a dialogue that covered a variety of subject from how to get into UGA to "How 'bout them Dawgs?"
It used to be fairly straightforward. To improve your health, you went to the doctor. To improve your appearance, you went to the beauty parlor.
Brochures in hand, Carol and John Eggerding had imagined life in a close-knit community by Lake Lanier, staring at mountain vistas and rubbing elbows at the clubhouse. Little did they know they would wake up to a nightmare in their cul-de-sac dream home at Seasons on Lanier.
In Georgia courts, seeking the death penalty is a costly proposition. From jury selection to attorney pay, from hours upon hours of pretrial preparation to added costs for juror lodging and transportation, capital trials are by far the most expensive criminal proceedings undertaken in local superior courts.
Drive around Northeast Georgia Medical Center these days, and you can't help but notice that the landscape is changing. Exterior work is basically finished on two major construction projects, the Women & Children's Pavilion and the North Patient Tower. And down the road, a new three-story addition looms over the Imaging Center.
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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