Legislators at the annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast last week made it clear they hope jobs are on the menu when lawmakers gather for next year's session of the state's General Assembly.
In the minds of some, Georgia may be succumbing to sinful temptation.
Hard to believe, but even as our 2011 election ends with a runoff a week from Tuesday, the 2012 presidential race is in full swing. The first contests in Iowa and New Hampshire are but weeks away, and Georgia's March 6 primary will be on us in no time.
Again this year, we enter Thanksgiving Day seeing the glass as half full.
Nearly four years ago, Lake Lanier fell to its all-time low of 1,050.79 feet above sea level after a two-year drought. That was a low point in the tri-state water wars, two decades of battles among Georgia, Florida and Alabama over how to use water that flows from Lanier through the Chattahoochee River to the Gulf of Mexico.
Americans marked Veterans Day on Friday, a celebration that continues through the three-day weekend with events around Gainesville and Northeast Georgia.
Seems a lot of folks out there want to change our government.
"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial ... and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense." - U.S. Constitution, Sixth Amendment.
Warm up your voting fingers, Northeast Georgians: It's almost time to go to the polls again.
When it comes to transportation solutions in North Georgia, there are more than a few cooks wanting to season the soup.
The yin and yang of U.S. politics is at it again. Only in America does the market provide a protest movement for everyone's preference. If there isn't one for you yet, just wait; someone will create it soon enough.
Georgia voters will get their first say on the next White House occupant March 6, the day known as Super Tuesday for its mass of scheduled primaries.
Some may roll their eyes at the discussion of open government and open records laws, believing them to be the concerns of only the media and advocacy groups.
Area residents have been hearing a lot about the special purpose local option sales tax for transportation in recent weeks. In the months to come, they are going to be hearing a whole lot more.
As our nation marks a solemn Sunday to mark the 10th anniversary of the nation's deadliest terrorist attacks, the question we ask today on our front page is, "Are we safer?"
In the last two weeks, we've seen two different "state of" speeches, from leaders with widely disparate views. Both offered a list of priorities amid a recovering economy, setting goals to better the lives of those they serve. Each was greeted with applause from supporters, grim faces and still hands from foes.
The idea of free speech embedded into the U.S. Constitution 225 years ago remains an elusive goal ever under attack and in need of a diligent defense. Even as we Americans often don't fully grasp its scope and meaning, what we hold as a fundamental right isn't always acknowledged everywhere.
Second terms can be a dicey thing for executive officeholders. Though much desired - when was the last time we recall a president or governor who didn't seek one? - they often slip into the dreaded "lame duck" limbo as heads start turning toward who's next in line.
Now that the holiday leftovers in the fridge are dwindling and many have put away the decorations, we prepare for the first work week of 2015 with high expectations.
Broken families. Neglectful parents racked by poverty, addiction or poor personal decisions. Abused children denied a normal upbringing. Government agencies short on resources and personnel scrambling desperately to keep a bad situation from getting worse.
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