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Our Views: Black, white and blue

"The policeman is our friend."

December 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Editorials


Our Views: In search of that star

Peace on earth? Where, exactly?

December 21, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our views: Nonprofits need donations of time, money to make difference

The holidays are traditionally a season of giving, where many with kind hearts buy for families in need, Angel Tree kids or Toys for Tots, feed the hungry or follow the sound of the summoning jingle of bells to drop a few bucks in the Salvation Army's red kettles. And as the calendar year wanes, those in the mood for goodwill and tax deductions pull out their checkbooks to make end-of-year donations.

December 14, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: For medicinal use only

Most Americans of Baby Boomer age and younger were exposed to marijuana at some point in early adulthood, whether they partook or not on their own. For many, it was a rite of passage encountered at a rock concert or someone's dark basement. For others, it was a substance and a crowd of users best avoided.

December 07, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: How we get 2 views of 1 death

In the great American novel "To Kill A Mockingbird," attorney Atticus Finch is explaining to his daughter Scout how to deal with other people amid conflicts at school: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

November 30, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Life is good, so we give thanks

When you think about it, it's somewhat odd to choose one particular day of the year to express thankfulness.

November 27, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: No checks, no balance

If there's a word that can sum up our national leadership these days, it is "lame" - a lame-duck session of Congress, a lame-duck president, all yielding results that are totally lame.

November 23, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Hall rides a rising tide

Hall County's business community took a well-earned opportunity last week to celebrate a full November cornucopia of blessings and pat itself on the back a bit.

November 16, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Hall rides a rising tide

Hall County's business community took a well-earned opportunity last week to celebrate a full November cornucopia of blessings and pat itself on the back a bit.

November 16, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: America’s call of duty

Last Tuesday, Americans trudged dutifully to the polls to vote, proudly plastering "I'm A Voter" stickers on their chests for the rest of the day.

November 09, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: On the morning after

This election year, we've endured the usual avalanche of broadcast ads and watched candidates sling arrows at each other endlessly during televised debates.

November 02, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Where there’s smoke

Debating the role of government is common election year fodder, with each side weighing in on how much influence federal, state and local leaders should have over our lives and tax dollars.

October 26, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Are you better off? Empty pockets mean votes

If this year's political ads sound like you've tapped into Nick at Nite reruns of old campaigns, you're not imagining it. That's because there's little new in politics; it only seems that way sometimes when candidates repackage old ideas.

October 12, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: In the line of farce

There's a famous quote by Hall of Fame baseball manager Casey Stengel that describes what's going on today in our federal government. As his expansion New York Mets were going through a historically bad season, Casey lamented: "Can't anybody here play this game?"

October 05, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Wish lists aren’t free

Wanted: Magic money tree. Must produce massive quantities of legal tender to help pay for state's most pressing needs and fulfill all campaign promises. Please deliver to state Capitol by January 2015.

September 28, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


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Our Views: Two contrasting 'states' to recovery

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.

January 25, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Freedom carries a cost

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.

January 18, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Second term solutions for Gov. Deal

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.

January 11, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: New year, fresh goals

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.

January 03, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Time to plug the foster gap

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.

October 19, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


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