There was a time when the biggest school safety worries were someone falling off the playground equipment or a high schooler injured in shop or home economics classes.
With the holiday shopping season upon us, it's a good time to be reminded that the season of conspicuous consumption should mean a little bit more.
Lake Lanier is up, unemployment is down. The world has circled the sun another time and we're still in one piece.
Americans marked a pivotal day in history last week with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On this day in 1963, two days after he was slain in Dallas, the fallen president was transferred from the White House to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state as the nation mourned.
Fifty years ago today, a dizzying whirl of events began flying past Americans over a four-day period the likes of which no one had never witnessed.
Atlanta is long known for favoring the new to the old, a fast-moving, profit-focused city that has traditionally bulldozed historic buildings for those more shiny and modern.
A nice tradition has emerged in recent years for Veterans Day. Monday, U.S. service members will be treated to free meals from restaurants, shopping discounts at retailers and similar perks from other businesses aimed to show them the appreciation they have earned so well.
A year ago, the nation was focused on a bitterly contested presidential campaign between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Closer to home, voters in Northeast Georgia filled a new U.S. House seat while voting for state legislators, county commissioners and various other offices. With interest high, 70 percent of registered voters turned out in Hall County to cast ballots.
Thursday's feeble effort by county commissioners to defend voting on issues not listed on meeting agendas would be funny if the matter weren't so serious.
Excuses; we all make them, and we all hate them. Whether they come from a spouse, child, co-worker or the person across the counter, we want what we want when we want it, and hold the alibis.
An American original passed away last week, a man who was a household name for a generation raised in an era when outer space was brought closer to earth and anything seemed possible.
"Closed due to government shutdown." Those signs are seen outside many federal buildings, agencies and monuments today, the result of an impasse shining a bright light on the ongoing dysfunction in Washington.
The incessant political chatter over education policy - charters, Common Core, more money, less government intrusion - sometimes drowns out some of the success that is occurring in our local schools.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
We've all experienced this: You're heading down the highway and the car in front of or beside you is driving erratically, changing speeds, maybe drifting into the other lane.
Polls are, at best, a snapshot of how the public thinks at any given time and we can take or leave them at times. Yet a couple of recent studies by the Pew Research Center show an interesting peek into the American psyche.
The Lone Ranger rides again.
Last week's Supreme Court ruling that family-owned corporations cannot be required by the government to provide insurance coverage that includes contraceptives, if doing so violates the owners' religious beliefs, came at an ironically fortuitous time.
It's summer, glorious summer, that season when school is out and the lazy days are spent sunning on the beach, cruising the lake, hiking the mountains or taking in a ballgame.
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