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 ...
Christmas tree or "holiday tree"? Manger scenes on public property or a "naked public square"? These are long-standing American arguments, historically associated with the desire of religious communities to receive visible public acceptance and respect.
The latest scare tactic by right-wing opponents of the Affordable Care Act aims at convincing Americans that reasonable trims in Medicare spending will make it very difficult for seniors to find a good doctor in coming years.
No matter how you slice it, the Medicare program as it stands today is financially unworkable.
The writer is addressing the question: Should a Democrat challenge President Obama in the 2012 primaries?
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The interim deal struck with Iran by the "5 plus 1" powers shows promise for achieving the end that Iran will not wind up with a nuclear program. Whether it is the deal that will be responsible for that end depends, of course, on whether Iran was building nuclear weapons at all. If Iran does not develop nuclear weapons, we may never know whether it was the deal that brought that about.
WASHINGTON - The six-month deal between U.S.-led negotiators and Iran will make an Iranian atomic bomb more likely, not less, because it significantly strengthens the very regime in Tehran that so desperately wants nuclear weaponry.
WASHINGTON - Dan Snyder remains adamant that he will not change the nickname of his beloved football team.
LOGAN, Utah - Members of the Oneida Indian Nation are demanding that the National Football League's Washington Redskins change the team's name to something less offensive to American Indians. Sportscaster Bob Costas calls the current nickname "an insult, a slur."
The Gettysburg Address was a long time "a-birthing," almost nine decades, or, as Lincoln said in one of the best-known phrases in American politics: "Four score and seven years ago"- 87 years being the time between the adoption of the Declaration of Independence and when Lincoln delivered his address at Gettysburg.
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