No doubt, we live in a disposable era when appliances, electronics and vehicles all seem to become obsolete soon after they come out of the box. But of the items considered temporary, it's hard to imagine a football stadium making that list.
Whatever may be our individual backgrounds, educational levels or career aspirations, we all have one experience in common: At some point in our lives, we were guided by an influential teacher.
So much for "the era of big government is over."
Since 1985, Special Purpose Local Option Sales Taxes have provided Georgia communities with a viable option for financing infrastructure and major capital projects. Throughout the state, cities and counties have used SPLOST collections to build courthouses, jails, libraries, roads, parks and other specific projects that could be clearly defined for voter approval.
As more Americans decry the lack of cooperation among leaders in Washington, D.C., that job gets more impossible by the day.
Inaugural speeches are known for sweeping rhetoric and big ideas, the president's goal upon taking office to offer a vision for his term rather than two dozen bullet points on the legislation he wants passed (that's what the State of the Union is for ... can't wait).
Sometimes, political leaders succeed not by performing great feats, but by knowing their limitations and working within them.
Economic and job growth. That issue was the centerpiece of last year's presidential campaign and remains the focus of all governments as we stagger from the uppercut of a five-year recession.
With the new session of Congress begun and Georgia legislators preparing to bang their gavel a week from Monday, it's a good time to examine what we expect from our elected employees.
With the new year comes the promise of change, and personal resolutions to do so are a traditional part of the turning of the calendar page.
Barring an unforeseen emergency before year's end or a political comeback at some future time, Tom Oliver has presided over his final Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting as chairman. He leaves behind a legacy of progressive leadership and accomplishment that future chairmen will find difficult to equal.
During election season, Georgia is referred to as a "red" state in reference to its reliable Republican loyalties.
No matter how you feel about the result of the Nov. 6 election, one promising result may be that the federal government finally is moving toward a practical policy on illegal immigration. After years of debate over how best to deal with the nearly 12 million undocumented foreign workers in the United States, a push toward a solution may be sparked by politics.
No matter how it's computed, Georgia's graduation rate is abysmal.
This year's Christmas season began last week with a more recent tradition that goes beyond tree lightings and turkey leftovers.
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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