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On the Issues: Hands off an untouchable issue

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.

November 30, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Viewpoint


Lanier: How low will it go?

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.

November 30, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


On the Issues: A world apart

Much of the foreign policy talk between the presidential candidates boils down to one primary issue: the war in Iraq.

November 23, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Viewpoint


Food banks face higher demand at holiday time

As most area food banks can attest, need knows no season.

November 23, 2008 | BY MELISSA WEINMAN and BRANDEE A. THOMAS mweinman@gainesvilletimes.com; bthomas@gainesvilletimes.com | Viewpoint


On the Issues: Seeking treatment for health care

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.

November 16, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


Sonny Perdue: Legacy building or lame duck?

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.

November 16, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Viewpoint


Teachers concerned about state cuts

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.

November 13, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Viewpoint


Feeling fuzzy about digital TV?

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.

November 09, 2008 | Melissa Weinman | Viewpoint


Are we leaving any students behind?

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.

November 02, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Viewpoint


Questions for the Top Dog

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?"

October 26, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Viewpoint


The quest to keep our good looks

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.

October 19, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


Living in seclusion

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.

October 12, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Viewpoint


The high cost of death

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.

October 05, 2008 | Stephen Gurr | Viewpoint


Med center: Growing for the future

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.

September 28, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Viewpoint


A park for Don Carter

Don Carter and Jimmy Carter, who are not related, became friends before Jimmy was elected governor and later president.

One day, walking on a beach along the Georgia coast, Don told the future governor that he would like to serve on the Game and Fish Commission, the forerunner to the Department of Natural Resources.

September 21, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Viewpoint


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