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.
Twelve years ago this Wednesday, we were suddenly and stunningly jolted from our naive notion that the world was a much safer place than we had led ourselves to believe.
Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, in our case a cool, wet season. With clearer skies finally here, we can dodge the storms and enjoy delayed fireworks, cookouts, football games and time at the lake before fall arrives.
Fifty years ago this week, a seminal moment in history was off many Americans' radar.
At one time, the biggest competition between Georgia and Florida came each fall in Jacksonville over cocktails and a football game. Now when our two states clash, it nearly always involves water and courtrooms.
Students, welcome to your last day of summer.
You can understand if officials in Hall County's various cities are a little reluctant to enter into business deals with the county government.
During the 1988 presidential race, candidates went back and forth over who was more sincere about reciting the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. flag, which even then seemed a silly issue in the midst of the more serious matters of the time.
At the end of the year, the United States will mark the end of its longest war when the last troops are scheduled to return from Afghanistan. If that occurs, the U.S. will be at peace for the first time since 2001.
It's time to put away the snow shovels and the sleds for now, and get ready for some March Madness. Not basketball, in this case, but a sport with even harsher rivalries and more contact: Election season.
When it comes to nailing down weather forecasts, the big loser this month isn't the National Weather Service, the TV weather experts or the Farmers' Almanac. It's Gen. Beauregard Lee, the state's official furry Groundhog Dog prognosticator, who saw no shadow and foresaw an early spring two Sundays ago.
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