At the end of the year, the United States will mark the end of its longest war when the last troops are scheduled to return from Afghanistan. If that occurs, the U.S. will be at peace for the first time since 2001.
It's time to put away the snow shovels and the sleds for now, and get ready for some March Madness. Not basketball, in this case, but a sport with even harsher rivalries and more contact: Election season.
When it comes to nailing down weather forecasts, the big loser this month isn't the National Weather Service, the TV weather experts or the Farmers' Almanac. It's Gen. Beauregard Lee, the state's official furry Groundhog Dog prognosticator, who saw no shadow and foresaw an early spring two Sundays ago.
Though we're all likely sick of snow and ice in this part of the world, now we have a chance now to enjoy some frozen stuff from a comfortable distance by watching talented athletes slide around on it with skill and purpose.
Anyone ready for spring?
When the Georgia General Assembly was gaveled into action earlier this month, hope was that a lightning-quick session would focus on high-priority legislation and fewer of the usual "hey look at me" proposals that often clog progress under the Gold Dome.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
This may seem a naive and silly question, but bear with us as we ask: When did voting itself become such a partisan issue?
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