In 1981, I was a door-to-door canvasser for the Citizen Labor Energy Coalition. It was a memorable year for other reasons, too. Charles and Diana were wed. MTV was born. Muhammad Ali fought, and lost, his final fight. President Reagan survived an assassination attempt, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat did not. Sandra Day O'Connor became the first woman on the Supreme Court. The first space shuttle shot spectacularly into space. Ah, those were the days. I ...
Every time the price of gasoline shoots up, the U.S. finds itself in the same plight, yet we never learn from it.
Whether you are in line at the grocery store or have just filled your gas tank, as soon as you reach for that piece of plastic in your wallet the credit-card companies and big banks have got you right where they want you. They have been raking in billions of dollars off the backs of consumers and small merchants for years in the form of hidden "swipe" fees.
The 92 million Americans who are members of the nation's 7,600 credit unions have a train wreck in front of them - and the next two months are going to prove critical as they face an all-out lobbying steamroller to transfer billions of dollars from their pockets into the coffers of some of the largest corporations on Earth.
Do we need programs to encourage women to become leaders in public service (politics, non-profits, the judicial system, and in the community), or do programs that target a specific group of people create tension in society by dividing people into different categories?
When I began as a student at Fair Street in 1971, students from Enota, Miller Park, Main Street, Candler Street and Fair Street were joined together as sixth-graders (Fair Street was then sixth and seventh grades), and integration was new to our town.
Georgia's citizens and virtually all government entities from the state house to the local city or county administration understand and accept the need to conserve Georgia's water resources. Georgia's economy - in fact, the entire Southeast economy - depends on a reliable supply of fresh water for water supply, recreation, business, industry and environmental protection.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Maybe there's hope after all. It seemed unfathomable, winding through the mangled wreckage left in the wake of a monstrous tornado that ripped through Tuscaloosa last week. The tornado, an EF4, carved a swath of destruction that stretched almost six miles long and at least a mile wide through the bustling city, home to 93,000 residents and the University of Alabama. The storm system that spawned the Tuscaloosa twister began in Mississippi ...
Anniversaries are important to us: They enable and encourage us to preserve in memory the things we consider important from our past.
In the past couple of weeks, we have heard elaborate diatribes from politicians on both sides of the aisle about the costs, benefits, and potential perils of the U.S. engagement in Libya. For the common folk like you and me, the question boils down to the basics - how is this going to impact me? Is it in the United States' interest to get bogged down in the Libyan civil war?
Words simply cannot describe the emotions that swept over me as I watched 46 of the Hall County Schools' Honors Mentorship Program students, future teachers, statesmen, nurses, doctors, ministers, engineers and more entering the Georgia governor's mansion being warmly greeted by first lady Sandra Deal.
While the economy has negatively impacted our business world and personal lives in some ways in recent years, other trends have continued to grow and positively affect how we live, work and play.
One penny. Yes, just one cent of each retail dollar spent in Gainesville/Hall County is all it takes to make a huge difference in the future education of our children. The Education SPLOST, a 1 percent sales tax to benefit both our city and county schools, is up for renewal. It is the only item on the ballot March 15. We need to go to the polls and vote for it.
In our Democratic Republic, we elect representatives to represent our political views. How do they know what our views are? Do they take the time and put forth the effort required to know what we think and feel about our government?
In the best of times, the federal government shouldn't ever consider bailing out profligate state governments whose unwise spending has pushed them into an economic black hole.
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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