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Our Views: Georgia's watchdog needs some teeth

Is there hope that Georgia's Ethics Commission can overcome its shady past and actually, you know, enforce ethics?

April 19, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Bill gets passing grade

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.

April 11, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Cheaters fail again

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.

April 05, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Celebrating a season of progress

Spring brings its annual renewal of life and hope, symbolized by the warm sunshine, green sprouts on the trees and the miracle of Easter.

March 29, 2015 | | Editorials


Our Views: Apathy on the ballot

What if they held an election and nobody voted?

March 22, 2015 | | Editorials


Our Views: Bring public records out of the shadows

As an employer, what would you do if one of your hired workers, someone you pay out of your own pocket, decided to hide information from you that affected your livelihood, perhaps even your safety, your kids' schools and your community?

March 15, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Legislators out to shade the sunshine

A group acting on behalf of county commissioners is again trying to get the state's General Assembly to make it harder for Georgia residents to keep up with what is going on in the governments they support.

March 08, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Putting faith in the law

There is an old adage warning those who seek civil discourse to avoid the discussion of politics or religion in social situations.

March 01, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


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


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Our Views: They were ordinary yet heroic

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.

May 24, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Taking on life's next stage

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."

May 17, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Free speech still means free

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me."

May 10, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Planting a new seed

The purple "River of Phlox" flows down the hillside alongside the rocky stream, a centerpiece in the woodland oasis that is the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Gainesville - A Smithgall Woodland Legacy.

May 03, 2015 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Exams have some feeling testy

Schools may be nearing a tipping point over standardized tests.

April 26, 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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