Any city's strength and achievements can be best measured by the talents of the leaders selected to guide the way. Without talented, forward-thinking people in key positions, local governments can become bloated, bickering obstacles to progress that stifle effective growth.
"Progress has never been a bargain. You have to pay for it. Sometimes I think there's a man who sits behind a counter and says, 'All right, you can have a telephone but you lose privacy and the charm of distance. ... Mister, you may conquer the air but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline.'" - Spencer Tracy, as Henry Drummond in "Inherit the Wind"
Water is a resource we often take for granted. Where our pioneer ancestors had to settle by a waterway and haul it by the bucket for their daily needs, all we need do is open a faucet for our morning coffee, hot shower or to water the garden. It's always there, cheap and available.
America's lengthy roster of war dead began with 25,000 lost establishing our nation in the Revolutionary War, the first believed to be Crispus Attucks in the Boston Massacre of 1770. That was followed by 20,000 in the War of 1812 and 13,000 in the Mexican War in the 19th century.
It's that time of year when proud young men and women don the odd yet traditional attire of colored robes and a square hat with a dangly tail, walk across a crowded stage to much fanfare and clutch a piece of rolled-up paper that says, in essence, "You have reached the next level. Move ahead one giant step."
The Georgia General Assembly wrapped up its annual frenzy of bills, votes, debates and occasional nonsense earlier this month, and, as is usually the case, it will take a while for us to fully realize the impact of what was, and was not, done during that session.
Putting a dramatic and fitting end to the prosecution of professional educators accused of repeatedly changing student test scores in the Atlanta school system, 10 defendants were handcuffed and taken from the courtroom to jail last week. Another, pregnant and on the verge of delivering a child, soon will join them there.
While there certainly are some in the community who were looking forward to a state vs. religion showdown in the courtroom, the Hall County School system's decision to settle the lawsuit over prayer in the athletic program at Chestatee High School was the right choice to make.
To most people so far, the 2016 race for president resembles one of those myriad reality shows, where a baker's dozen or more drama queens and kings take turns stabbing each other in the back until all but one are voted off the island.
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