So much for thinking the federal government was going to butt out of Georgia's election process. Just a few weeks after a Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act freed our state from one restriction, along comes another.
For a brief shining moment, there appeared a glimmer of hope that our courageous and wise leaders in Washington, D.C., would muster the will to patch up our cracked immigration system.
Freedom is the embodiment of all we hold dear as Americans, yet is something we all tend to define differently.
In a busy week at the Supreme Court, justices narrowly voted to change the very nature of how elections are conducted in Georgia and 14 other states.
The fight over voter identification just won't go away. Last week, the Supreme Court ruled in a 7-2 vote that states can't demand proof of citizenship from people registering to vote in federal elections without federal or court approval. The ruling says prospective voters may continue to use a federal form affirming their U.S. citizenship that does not demand proof in the form of other documents. The law in question was Arizona's, but it impacts ...
Georgia ranks among the states with the highest percentage of its population currently behind bars, which is good news or bad news, depending on your perspective.
As the loggerhead battle of partisan squabbling continues unabated in Washington, D.C., it might behoove our national leaders to look to Georgia for an example of how leaders can come together to solve problems.
It's official: Lake Lanier is a fresh-water boating paradise. That's why Gainesville recently was featured as one of the top 10 most boat-friendly towns in America in the June-July issue of Boat U.S. Magazine. As the summer season gets underway on Lanier, now at full pool after last year's drought, it's certainly a status to celebrate. Yet we do so soberly. Because just as the season had begun, a reminder of the dangers of boating ...
Memorial Day to most Americans has two sides. One is the holiday's original intent: An occasion to honor our nation's service members who fell in battle, celebrate their memories and cherish the freedoms they sacrificed to preserve.
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.
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 ...
Lake Lanier is up, unemployment is down. The world has circled the sun another time and we're still in one piece.
Americans marked a pivotal day in history last week with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On this day in 1963, two days after he was slain in Dallas, the fallen president was transferred from the White House to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state as the nation mourned.
Fifty years ago today, a dizzying whirl of events began flying past Americans over a four-day period the likes of which no one had never witnessed.
Atlanta is long known for favoring the new to the old, a fast-moving, profit-focused city that has traditionally bulldozed historic buildings for those more shiny and modern.
A nice tradition has emerged in recent years for Veterans Day. Monday, U.S. service members will be treated to free meals from restaurants, shopping discounts at retailers and similar perks from other businesses aimed to show them the appreciation they have earned so well.
A year ago, the nation was focused on a bitterly contested presidential campaign between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Closer to home, voters in Northeast Georgia filled a new U.S. House seat while voting for state legislators, county commissioners and various other offices. With interest high, 70 percent of registered voters turned out in Hall County to cast ballots.
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