Though there are faint, flickering hints of light at the end, the nation remains deep inside a very dark tunnel of financial distress.
In a time when local governments continue to operate under tight budgets, with little relief in sight, it's not surprising the issue of consolidation has again made its way to the front burner.
So does anyone still think we don't need to keep close tabs on ethical behavior by government officials? If so, take a look at recent scandals in the nation's capital involving members of the General Service Administration and Secret Service.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
This being an election year, we all knew the 2012 session of the General Assembly would produce its fair share of "hey, look at me" bills designed more to impress voters than to solve their problems.
Judging our yearly progress was easier at one time.
The high cost of war again has been brought into clear focus.
People of a certain age remember a time when children felt safe in their homes, their neighborhoods and their schools.
Georgia voters and those in nine other states are next in line Tuesday to join this year's game of Whac-A-Mole in the Republican campaign for president.
If ever there were a piece of legislation you'd think should be a no-brainer, it is the idea to cap how much lobbyists can spend to woo state lawmakers, a practice that totals some $1.6 million annually
On Jan. 29, The Times published an editorial entitled, "A bitter harvest." This editorial argued that the Georgia immigration bill sent immigrants, and revenues, fleeing Georgia farms and as a result guest worker reform was needed.
The news that the Georgia General Assembly is considering a major updating of the state's open records and open meetings laws is both welcome and frightening.
The No Child Left Behind law is one 10-year-old many are happy to leave in the dust.
We make every effort to cover the news objectively, but once in awhile, we encounter a story we can't wait to tell.
Last year when Georgia passed a tough new law cracking down on illegal immigrants, it was feared crops would be left rotting in the fields at harvest time.
If there's a word that can sum up our national leadership these days, it is "lame" - a lame-duck session of Congress, a lame-duck president, all yielding results that are totally lame.
Hall County's business community took a well-earned opportunity last week to celebrate a full November cornucopia of blessings and pat itself on the back a bit.
This election year, we've endured the usual avalanche of broadcast ads and watched candidates sling arrows at each other endlessly during televised debates.
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