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.
Excuses; we all make them, and we all hate them. Whether they come from a spouse, child, co-worker or the person across the counter, we want what we want when we want it, and hold the alibis.
An American original passed away last week, a man who was a household name for a generation raised in an era when outer space was brought closer to earth and anything seemed possible.
"Closed due to government shutdown." Those signs are seen outside many federal buildings, agencies and monuments today, the result of an impasse shining a bright light on the ongoing dysfunction in Washington.
The incessant political chatter over education policy - charters, Common Core, more money, less government intrusion - sometimes drowns out some of the success that is occurring in our local schools.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
We've all experienced this: You're heading down the highway and the car in front of or beside you is driving erratically, changing speeds, maybe drifting into the other lane.
Twelve years ago this Wednesday, we were suddenly and stunningly jolted from our naive notion that the world was a much safer place than we had led ourselves to believe.
Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, in our case a cool, wet season. With clearer skies finally here, we can dodge the storms and enjoy delayed fireworks, cookouts, football games and time at the lake before fall arrives.
Fifty years ago this week, a seminal moment in history was off many Americans' radar.
At one time, the biggest competition between Georgia and Florida came each fall in Jacksonville over cocktails and a football game. Now when our two states clash, it nearly always involves water and courtrooms.
Students, welcome to your last day of summer.
You can understand if officials in Hall County's various cities are a little reluctant to enter into business deals with the county government.
In coming days, parents will be hitting the stores for shoes, notebooks and glue pens, chiseling dried gum off last year's backpacks and preparing for another school year.
Schools may be nearing a tipping point over standardized tests.
Is there hope that Georgia's Ethics Commission can overcome its shady past and actually, you know, enforce ethics?
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.
Spring brings its annual renewal of life and hope, symbolized by the warm sunshine, green sprouts on the trees and the miracle of Easter.
What if they held an election and nobody voted?
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?
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.
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