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Our Views: Some hits and misses under Gold Dome

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.

January 26, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Blame game politics

If there's one thing politicians like better than free food, golf junkets and seeing their name in bright lights, it is pointing fingers.

January 19, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: The 40-day sprint begins

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.

January 12, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: An election year wish list

Our new year 2014 ends in an even number, which in modern-day America means two things: Olympics and elections.

January 05, 2014 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: School progress a good start for 2014

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.

December 29, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: A Yuletide cease-fire

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."

December 22, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Move to change legal organ a way to keep public in dark

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.

December 15, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Spare no effort to keep schools safe

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.

December 08, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Filling local stockings this season

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.

December 01, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Dishing up a bounty of gratitude

Lake Lanier is up, unemployment is down. The world has circled the sun another time and we're still in one piece.

November 28, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Linking to history’s teachable moments

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.

November 24, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: The day history unfolded before our eyes

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.

November 22, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Atlanta's ballpark boondoggle

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.

November 17, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Vets' benefits already paid in full

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.

November 10, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


Our Views: Off-year votes count

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.

November 03, 2013 | Times Editorial Board | Editorials


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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: 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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