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Our Views: A red cent that makes sense

Death and taxes are life's only certainties, Benjamin Franklin said, and one is about as popular as the other. They surely go together for most elected officials, and when they ask constituents for more, it's like a trip to the dentist for everyone.

February 22, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Should more clout be flowing to Capitol?

For decades, conservative leaders in Washington and Atlanta have preached the goal of decentralizing government by returning power from federal to state and state to local, giving average citizens more direct control of their daily lives.

February 15, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Taking the best shot at safety

"Safety first" was taught to a generation of children in eras past, and remains a top priority for parents, schools and society. Back in the day, children cowered under their desks to prepare for nuclear attack; today, they hunker down in hallways braced for tornadoes.

February 08, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Road tax detour ahead

Georgia's ongoing transportation problems are a long and winding road, often clogged with ice, potholes, orange barrels and the nagging sense that it's an issue that may never be fully resolved.

January 31, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


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: Black, white and blue

"The policeman is our friend."

December 28, 2014 | Times staff reports | Editorials


Our Views: In search of that star

Peace on earth? Where, exactly?

December 21, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our views: Nonprofits need donations of time, money to make difference

The holidays are traditionally a season of giving, where many with kind hearts buy for families in need, Angel Tree kids or Toys for Tots, feed the hungry or follow the sound of the summoning jingle of bells to drop a few bucks in the Salvation Army's red kettles. And as the calendar year wanes, those in the mood for goodwill and tax deductions pull out their checkbooks to make end-of-year donations.

December 14, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: For medicinal use only

Most Americans of Baby Boomer age and younger were exposed to marijuana at some point in early adulthood, whether they partook or not on their own. For many, it was a rite of passage encountered at a rock concert or someone's dark basement. For others, it was a substance and a crowd of users best avoided.

December 07, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: How we get 2 views of 1 death

In the great American novel "To Kill A Mockingbird," attorney Atticus Finch is explaining to his daughter Scout how to deal with other people amid conflicts at school: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

November 30, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Life is good, so we give thanks

When you think about it, it's somewhat odd to choose one particular day of the year to express thankfulness.

November 27, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: No checks, no balance

If there's a word that can sum up our national leadership these days, it is "lame" - a lame-duck session of Congress, a lame-duck president, all yielding results that are totally lame.

November 23, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


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Waving flags of fury in a summer of discord

America celebrated another birthday Saturday, blowing out the Roman candles on its cake with the usual mix of barbecue and pyrotechnics.

July 05, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


True service to city from two departing leaders

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.

June 28, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Faith conquers fear, ‘so hate won’t win’

The Lord tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence. (Psalm 11.5)

June 21, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Is anybody listening?

"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"

June 07, 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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