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Our Views: A misguided promise

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.

March 09, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: A final cost of war

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.

March 02, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Let the races begin

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.

February 23, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Taking winter’s blow

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.

February 16, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: A flickering flame

Though we're all likely sick of snow and ice in this part of the world, now we have a chance now to enjoy some frozen stuff from a comfortable distance by watching talented athletes slide around on it with skill and purpose.

February 09, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Blizzard of criticism

Anyone ready for spring?

February 02, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Some hits and misses under Gold Dome

When the Georgia General Assembly was gaveled into action earlier this month, hope was that a lightning-quick session would focus on high-priority legislation and fewer of the usual "hey look at me" proposals that often clog progress under the Gold Dome.

January 26, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Blame game politics

If there's one thing politicians like better than free food, golf junkets and seeing their name in bright lights, it is pointing fingers.

January 19, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: The 40-day sprint begins

For those whose trust in government has dropped as low as recent temperatures, the arrival of this year's session of the Georgia General Assembly is welcome as an annual trip to the dentist.

January 12, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: An election year wish list

Our new year 2014 ends in an even number, which in modern-day America means two things: Olympics and elections.

January 05, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: School progress a good start for 2014

With a new year bringing both a fresh session of the state legislature and statewide elections, look for education to be a prominent recurring topic in state politics in 2014.

December 29, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: A Yuletide cease-fire

Other than references to Bob Hope's touring shows for the troops, the words "war" and "Christmas" shouldn't go together any more than "Thanksgiving" and "triceratops."

December 22, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Move to change legal organ a way to keep public in dark

Hall County Commission Chairman Richard Mecum on Thursday asked county legislators to consider changing state law to allow local websites to be county legal organs. Mecum pitched the idea as a way for the county to save money, though he didn't explain how it was he expected money to be saved.

December 15, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Spare no effort to keep schools safe

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.

December 08, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Filling local stockings this season

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.

December 01, 2013 | 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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