If there's one thing politicians like better than free food, golf junkets and seeing their name in bright lights, it is pointing fingers.
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.
Our new year 2014 ends in an even number, which in modern-day America means two things: Olympics and elections.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Lake Lanier is up, unemployment is down. The world has circled the sun another time and we're still in one piece.
Americans marked a pivotal day in history last week with the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. On this day in 1963, two days after he was slain in Dallas, the fallen president was transferred from the White House to the U.S. Capitol to lie in state as the nation mourned.
Fifty years ago today, a dizzying whirl of events began flying past Americans over a four-day period the likes of which no one had never witnessed.
Atlanta is long known for favoring the new to the old, a fast-moving, profit-focused city that has traditionally bulldozed historic buildings for those more shiny and modern.
A nice tradition has emerged in recent years for Veterans Day. Monday, U.S. service members will be treated to free meals from restaurants, shopping discounts at retailers and similar perks from other businesses aimed to show them the appreciation they have earned so well.
A year ago, the nation was focused on a bitterly contested presidential campaign between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Closer to home, voters in Northeast Georgia filled a new U.S. House seat while voting for state legislators, county commissioners and various other offices. With interest high, 70 percent of registered voters turned out in Hall County to cast ballots.
Thursday's feeble effort by county commissioners to defend voting on issues not listed on meeting agendas would be funny if the matter weren't so serious.
Peace on earth? Where, exactly?
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.
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.
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."
When you think about it, it's somewhat odd to choose one particular day of the year to express thankfulness.
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.
Hall County's business community took a well-earned opportunity last week to celebrate a full November cornucopia of blessings and pat itself on the back a bit.
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