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Stay tuned: The digital TV conversion

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."

February 15, 2009 | Melissa Weinman | Viewpoint


Lincoln: 'Let us strive on to finish the work we are in...'

"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."

February 08, 2009 | For The Times | Viewpoint


Access to a diploma

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.

February 01, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Viewpoint


Ms. Jordan goes to Washington

BY JESSICA JORDAN

January 25, 2009 | Jessica Jordan | Viewpoint


Dear Mr. President

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.

January 18, 2009 | | Viewpoint


Does it still pay to recycle?

A year ago, when the global economy was still booming, anything that could be recycled was a hot commodity.

January 11, 2009 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


Stretching the state's budget

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.

January 04, 2009 | Harris Blackwood | Viewpoint


On the Issues: Where they stand

IMMIGRATION

December 28, 2008 | | Viewpoint


Protecting a pet project

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.

December 28, 2008 | BY John C. Sundstrom For The Times | Viewpoint


On the Issues: Protecting the planet

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.

December 21, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


Building a neighborhood

On the south side of Gainesville sits a network of neighborhoods that some call the twilight zone.

December 21, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Viewpoint


On the Issues: Powered forward

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.

December 14, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


Hall's wish lists for the General Assembly

With the state mired in a budget shortfall that has been estimated at $2 billion, the governor has ordered up a fiscal diet.

December 14, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Viewpoint


On the Issues: What does it all mean?

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.

December 07, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Viewpoint


Safe surfing for students

We teach children not to talk to strangers. And we don't let them watch R-rated movies when they're in third grade.

December 07, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Viewpoint


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