It doesn't take long for the smoke to clear from the latest shooting incident before politicians, pundits and amateur sociologists get out their magnifying glasses to determine why such horrible acts occur.
Tuesday's primary vote rejecting the transportation sales tax in the Georgia Mountains Region and eight of the 12 other areas in the state begs many questions.
Tuesday's Georgia primary ballot offers many interesting races to lure voters, and early voting figures indicate they are responding.
Nothing casts a pall over summer like the tragedies we've seen on Lake Lanier. Though the number of serious accidents isn't yet that great, a few high profile events have caused a great deal of pain, and pointed out the need for greater safety.
When it comes to cities and counties, there is no perfect system of government, largely because there are no perfect elected officials.
When it comes to government intrusion, many of us nowadays throw our hands up in the air and ask, "Now what?"
There was some good news this week about Lake Lanier.
One way you can tell it's an election year is not only by the campaign ads and signs that litter the airways and roadways. Another clear indicator is when a public official launches a new policy plan clearly aimed at voters, or a specific group of them.
This may seem like heresy to many (tea partyers, cover your eyes), but there are occasions when government needs more money. Shocking yes, but true.
When The Times launched an effort to find how timely political candidates were in paying their taxes, little did we know the result would be the revelation that you really can't trust those online tax records posted by the Hall County tax commissioner's office.
Amid candidates for Congress, state and local office and a controversial transportation sales tax, you'll find a late addition to the July 31 Republican primary ballot.
Every Memorial Day for the past decade or so, we have taken stock in where our country stands as we fight enemies abroad. For quite awhile now, the day set aside in tribute to the nation's war casualties has continued to see that toll mount in deserts of the Middle East.
With high school and college students out for the summer and vacation season upon us, our already-crowded highways will be clogged with even more travelers in the weeks to come.
In the days to come, high school and college graduates of the Class of 2012 will grip their diplomas with pride and flip their tassels, leaving the life they've known behind for uncertain waters. Then they will hear speeches warning them of the hard road ahead of them.
Though there are faint, flickering hints of light at the end, the nation remains deep inside a very dark tunnel of financial distress.
There is an old adage warning those who seek civil discourse to avoid the discussion of politics or religion in social situations.
Death and taxes are life's only certainties, Benjamin Franklin said, and one is about as popular as the other. They surely go together for most elected officials, and when they ask constituents for more, it's like a trip to the dentist for everyone.
"Safety first" was taught to a generation of children in eras past, and remains a top priority for parents, schools and society. Back in the day, children cowered under their desks to prepare for nuclear attack; today, they hunker down in hallways braced for tornadoes.
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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