Yet another act of random violence has left us gasping for air in shock and horror. We have been through this so many times in such a short period. Mass shootings at Columbine, Fort Hood, Aurora, Tucson, Virginia Tech and Newtown. Bombings in Oklahoma City and the Atlanta Olympics. And of course, the Sept. 11 attacks that changed the world. Our short lull from such horror since the December school massacre in Connecticut was shattered ...
Phone numbers. The Hall County government doesn't need a lobbyist, which is an option being discussed as a means of getting more support from state government. It needs phone numbers. The governor of Georgia is from Hall County, as are key members of his staff and some of his appointed department heads and board members. The lieutenant governor is from Hall County. The speaker of the House is a fellow North Georgian who once worked ...
Well, it's better than nothing. Barely. Those looking forward to stronger ethics legislation from the recently completed General Assembly session were left with less than a half loaf and wanting more. To be fair, the bill limiting gifts from lobbyists is better than the void it filled. Before, lawmakers needed only to report their treasure trove of gifts, listed on a website for all to see. Except, of course, most voters don't bother to check ...
Easter Sunday has dawned, with many planning to attend church services today, or have just returned from them, with a day of egg hunts, baskets of candy and family dinners ahead.
Each year, the Georgia legislature gathers in Atlanta to attend to the state's business in its 40-day session. And each year, observers, pundits and editorialists ponder on whether lawmakers accomplish much in the Gold Dome.
Dr. John Pemberton could never have imagined it coming to this. Working in his Atlanta pharmacy in 1886, the inventor of Coca-Cola surely could never have foreseen that, nearly 150 years later, the question of how big a cup of soda could be sold to the general public would be fodder for the courts. Yet that's exactly the case, as the courtroom war over whether the city of New York can ban the size of ...
Lawmakers in the General Assembly worked a busy day Thursday to keep their proposals alive on Crossover Day, the deadline when a bill must pass one chamber to make it into law.
No doubt, we live in a disposable era when appliances, electronics and vehicles all seem to become obsolete soon after they come out of the box. But of the items considered temporary, it's hard to imagine a football stadium making that list.
Whatever may be our individual backgrounds, educational levels or career aspirations, we all have one experience in common: At some point in our lives, we were guided by an influential teacher.
So much for "the era of big government is over." The nation's last Democratic president declared such in his 1996 State of the Union address, though many at the time questioned his sincerity in the midst of a re-election campaign. Yet he joined Republican leaders in Congress to balance the federal budget and create years of economic growth, until that was derailed by the 2001 terrorist attacks. So who would have thought conservatives today would ...
Since 1985, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes have provided Georgia communities with a viable option for financing infrastructure and major capital projects. Throughout the state, cities and counties have used SPLOST collections to build courthouses, jails, libraries, roads, parks and other specific projects that could be clearly defined for voter approval.
As more Americans decry the lack of cooperation among leaders in Washington, D.C., that job gets more impossible by the day.
Inaugural speeches are known for sweeping rhetoric and big ideas, the president's goal upon taking office to offer a vision for his term rather than two dozen bullet points on the legislation he wants passed (that's what the State of the Union is for ... can't wait).
Sometimes, political leaders succeed not by performing great feats, but by knowing their limitations and working within them.
Economic and job growth. That issue was the centerpiece of last year's presidential campaign and remains the focus of all governments as we stagger from the uppercut of a five-year recession.
Dogs and small children, when taught properly, will learn lessons quickly. Punish them with a slap on the behind or reward them with a treat and you'll get the behavior you want.
What a perfect mesh of milestones: Mothers Day and graduation, when a parent's pride intersects with a young person's ascent into the world as an independent adult.
It's hard to ignore the world around us with so many ways of communication available to people of all ages and parts of the globe. As more of us connect with each other through mobile devices of every kind, we find ourselves less isolated and more integrated, albeit often from a distance linked by satellite.
Gov. Nathan Deal's signing pen had a busy week, and as a result, some important new laws are on Georgia's books.
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