When it comes to government intrusion, many of us nowadays throw our hands up in the air and ask, "Now what?"
There was some good news this week about Lake Lanier. The Supreme Court, in the midst of one of its busiest weeks in memory, brought us closer to a solution in the tri-state water wars without actually producing a decision. The court chose not to hear the case brought by Alabama and Florida to challenge a ruling by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals almost a full year ago. That decision overturned the harsh edict ...
One way you can tell it's an election year is not only by the campaign ads and signs that litter the airways and roadways. Another clear indicator is when a public official launches a new policy plan clearly aimed at voters, or a specific group of them.
This may seem like heresy to many (tea partyers, cover your eyes), but there are occasions when government needs more money. Shocking yes, but true.
When The Times launched an effort to find how timely political candidates were in paying their taxes, little did we know the result would be the revelation that you really can't trust those online tax records posted by the Hall County tax commissioner's office.
Amid candidates for Congress, state and local office and a controversial transportation sales tax, you'll find a late addition to the July 31 Republican primary ballot.
Every Memorial Day for the past decade or so, we have taken stock in where our country stands as we fight enemies abroad. For quite awhile now, the day set aside in tribute to the nation's war casualties has continued to see that toll mount in deserts of the Middle East.
With high school and college students out for the summer and vacation season upon us, our already-crowded highways will be clogged with even more travelers in the weeks to come.
In the days to come, high school and college graduates of the Class of 2012 will grip their diplomas with pride and flip their tassels, leaving the life they've known behind for uncertain waters. Then they will hear speeches warning them of the hard road ahead of them.
Though there are faint, flickering hints of light at the end, the nation remains deep inside a very dark tunnel of financial distress.
In a time when local governments continue to operate under tight budgets, with little relief in sight, it's not surprising the issue of consolidation has again made its way to the front burner.
So does anyone still think we don't need to keep close tabs on ethical behavior by government officials? If so, take a look at recent scandals in the nation's capital involving members of the General Service Administration and Secret Service.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
This being an election year, we all knew the 2012 session of the General Assembly would produce its fair share of "hey, look at me" bills designed more to impress voters than to solve their problems.
Judging our yearly progress was easier at one time. As Hall County and other communities in Northeast Georgia were growing through the 1990s and early 2000s, the rise in residential population was matched by a expanding commercial base, leading to more schools, more recreational options, more everything. Then the recession hit in late 2008. Since then, our progress nearly became "regress." Jobs were lost, businesses shuttered and commerce stymied. The housing market collapsed, hitting both ...
Georgia ranks among the states with the highest percentage of its population currently behind bars, which is good news or bad news, depending on your perspective.
As the loggerhead battle of partisan squabbling continues unabated in Washington, D.C., it might behoove our national leaders to look to Georgia for an example of how leaders can come together to solve problems.
It's official: Lake Lanier is a fresh-water boating paradise.
Memorial Day to most Americans has two sides. One is the holiday's original intent: An occasion to honor our nation's service members who fell in battle, celebrate their memories and cherish the freedoms they sacrificed to preserve.
Dogs and small children, when taught properly, will learn lessons quickly. Punish them with a slap on the behind or reward them with a treat and you'll get the behavior you want.
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