March 11 was the one-year anniversary of the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan following the earthquake and tsunami.
Those who wrote the First Freedom into the First Amendment did not limit that freedom to worship: They protected the free exercise of religion, which, along with worship, includes religious ministries and practices.
Seventy-five years ago, Theodor Geisel wrote the first of his 44 popular books for children under the pen name Dr. Seuss. Included among such fanciful classics as "The Cat in the Hat" and "Green Eggs and Ham" is one of my family's all-time favorites, "The Lorax." My wife and I can hardly wait to take our children to see the new film adaptation - not only for fun but because it explains so well what I do.
Can major new investments in American oil, gas and coal production send our economy soaring? President Obama seems to think so. He forecasts sunny job growth in the natural gas sector, in particular. Natural gas jobs could number as many as 600,000 by decade's end, the president proclaimed in his 2012 State of the Union. That news may come as a surprise to shale drillers in parts of Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Several companies plan ...
The economic windfall we need to put Americans to work is sitting right off our coasts, under our rocks and in the air and sun.
A free economy is an engine for higher living standards - better health, transportation, housing, food, and the like.
I've got some good news and some bad news. I guess I'll go ahead and start with the bad news. One in four women in Hall County will experience domestic violence. Domestic violence thrives in secrecy and silence. It is a problem that affects families throughout our community from all walks of life. Odds are, whether you realize it or not, you probably know someone who has been impacted by abuse at home. Gateway Domestic ...
The vast majority of Americans take democracy for granted. Despite ever present political disputes among people as to the political party in charge, the distribution of wealth, health care benefits and continuing involvement in Afghanistan, the United States has maintained its political system for over two hundred years and consistently broadened and deepened the civil and political rights it provides to all its peoples regardless of race, gender, or ethnicity.
Two weeks ago, 40 community members joined Hall County School District personnel for a "Bus Tour of 21st Century Education" at six of our local schools. Organized by our district team, participants visited numerous classrooms and were encouraged to look at all that we do with a critical eye.
The U.S. economy has been doing poorly for so long now that it's easy to get dispirited. But there are several reasons to think 2012 might be a good one for American economic performance.
The U.S. recession officially ended in June 2009, but most Americans don't feel like we are in a recovery. That's because it's been a weak recovery, with the size of the economy barely bigger today than it was four years ago, when the recession started.
Rick Santorum's near-miss in Iowa provides a reminder that, for many Republican voters (and not a few candidates), religion and politics overlap. If you need another reminder, though, consider this: recently, the Smithsonian has restored and put on display a weird and fantastic 19th-century book known as "The Jefferson Bible." That's Jefferson as in Thomas, and this private, personal document offers a useful case study in how politics and Christianity have mixed it up in ...
We lost Ed Jenkins a week ago. But in a larger sense, we will never lose Ed. For his legacy - his exemplary record of accomplishments and legislative successes in the U.S. House as North Georgia's 9th District representative - will remain with us and those who will come after us for a long, long time.
The United States has a terribly dysfunctional health care system, unique among the rich countries in the word in its waste and abuse of its citizens.
There may never have been a law more misnamed than the Affordable Care Act. President Obama's health overhaul law already is driving up health insurance costs for businesses and consumers and will inflict even higher costs on American taxpayers in the years ahead. Obama repeatedly promised the American people he would cut a typical family's premium $2,500 a year before the end of his first term. But costs are rising now even faster than before ...
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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