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Our Views: Where there’s smoke

Debating the role of government is common election year fodder, with each side weighing in on how much influence federal, state and local leaders should have over our lives and tax dollars.

October 26, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Are you better off? Empty pockets mean votes

If this year's political ads sound like you've tapped into Nick at Nite reruns of old campaigns, you're not imagining it. That's because there's little new in politics; it only seems that way sometimes when candidates repackage old ideas.

October 12, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: In the line of farce

There's a famous quote by Hall of Fame baseball manager Casey Stengel that describes what's going on today in our federal government. As his expansion New York Mets were going through a historically bad season, Casey lamented: "Can't anybody here play this game?"

October 05, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Wish lists aren’t free

Wanted: Magic money tree. Must produce massive quantities of legal tender to help pay for state's most pressing needs and fulfill all campaign promises. Please deliver to state Capitol by January 2015.

September 28, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Politics hijack the polls

This may seem a naive and silly question, but bear with us as we ask: When did voting itself become such a partisan issue?

September 21, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Watching state's wayward watchdogs

It is both telling and troubling that the state agency assigned to police ethical behavior in government hasn't been able to mind its own store.

September 14, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Terrorism’s new face

Each Sept. 11 for the past dozen years since the fateful day of 2001, we ask ourselves the same question: Are we safer now than we were then?

September 07, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: It's autumn for old jobs

Labor Day weekend provides us an annual three-day break before summer fades into fall. School and football are back, and though it's still plenty hot, the days are growing shorter and the leaves are crisping up for seasonal changes to come.

August 31, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Georgia icon is still giving ’em Zell

Nostalgia is popular these days: Retro fashions, disco and '80s pop, "Throwback Thursdays" on social media. What's old is new again, what used to be hip turned square and then back to cool.

August 24, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Free to bow our heads

On any given fall Friday night, you'd be hard-pressed to find a football field in the South without a bowed head or a bent knee.

August 17, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Money for asphalt drying up

Of all the modern conveniences we take for granted - a light goes on at the flip of a switch, water comes out at the turn of a tap - our roads and highways rank high on the list.

August 10, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Private lives go public

Personal privacy these days almost seems like an antiquated notion from a bygone era, like AM radio, whitewall tires and wide lapels.

August 03, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Obamacare due for a booster shot

Even good intentions can go awry when proper thought and planning are not factored in. This is the lesson of Obamacare.

July 27, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Too many are tuned out, turned off

Polls are, at best, a snapshot of how the public thinks at any given time and we can take or leave them at times. Yet a couple of recent studies by the Pew Research Center show an interesting peek into the American psyche.

July 20, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Riding solo in DC, as usual

The Lone Ranger rides again.

July 13, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


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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: 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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