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.
As pundits spend the day assessing results of Saturday's South Carolina Republican primary, Georgia voters await their turn in line to select the nominee.
Airlines do it. Phone companies do it. Even grocery stores do it. Mergers are nothing new.
Little has changed in Georgia's economy since last spring when the gavel ended the 2011 General Assembly session.
As we ring out a 2011 that was memorable in some ways, forgettable in others, we flip the calendar to a new year that we already can christen.
It's Christmas Day, finally the time when families can gather and enjoy the blessings of the holiday minus all the heavy lifting that comes in the weeks before.
As we brush the dust off one election and prepare to dive into the next, one Georgia lawmaker has a plan worth considering to streamline our election process.
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.
Schools may be nearing a tipping point over standardized tests.
Is there hope that Georgia's Ethics Commission can overcome its shady past and actually, you know, enforce ethics?
The Georgia General Assembly wrapped up its annual frenzy of bills, votes, debates and occasional nonsense earlier this month, and, as is usually the case, it will take a while for us to fully realize the impact of what was, and was not, done during that session.
Putting a dramatic and fitting end to the prosecution of professional educators accused of repeatedly changing student test scores in the Atlanta school system, 10 defendants were handcuffed and taken from the courtroom to jail last week. Another, pregnant and on the verge of delivering a child, soon will join them there.
Spring brings its annual renewal of life and hope, symbolized by the warm sunshine, green sprouts on the trees and the miracle of Easter.
What if they held an election and nobody voted?
As an employer, what would you do if one of your hired workers, someone you pay out of your own pocket, decided to hide information from you that affected your livelihood, perhaps even your safety, your kids' schools and your community?
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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