Barring an unforeseen emergency before year's end or a political comeback at some future time, Tom Oliver has presided over his final Hall County Board of Commissioners meeting as chairman. He leaves behind a legacy of progressive leadership and accomplishment that future chairmen will find difficult to equal.
During election season, Georgia is referred to as a "red" state in reference to its reliable Republican loyalties.
No matter how you feel about the result of the Nov. 6 election, one promising result may be that the federal government finally is moving toward a practical policy on illegal immigration. After years of debate over how best to deal with the nearly 12 million undocumented foreign workers in the United States, a push toward a solution may be sparked by politics.
No matter how it's computed, Georgia's graduation rate is abysmal.
This year's Christmas season began last week with a more recent tradition that goes beyond tree lightings and turkey leftovers.
On Thanksgiving Day, we gather today with family and friends to share the blessings of a big meal, the warmth of our loved ones and a gravy boat full of gratitude.
The most expensive, contentious presidential campaign in U.S. history is behind us now - until the next one begins in about two years. As a second-term president, Barack Obama becomes a lame duck as soon as he palms the Bible and takes the oath anew on the Capitol steps in January. He will face a Congress still divided - Republicans in control of the House, Democrats the Senate.
In an election year with only a few contested state and local races, in addition to president, Georgia's charter school amendment has sparked more passion and interest than any other item on the Nov. 6 ballot.
Few rights in our republic are more cherished than the right to select our governmental leaders at the ballot box.
Sharpen the swords, polish the shields and oil up the body armor: It's debate season! Thus, we had the Donneybrook in Denver, followed by the Long Island Town Hall Tug O' War, and now it's on to the rubber match, the Battle in Boca.
It's one of our favorite editorial topics: The law of unintended consequences. And most often here, we are speaking of actual laws, not theoretical ones.
Another era of success is closing at Lanier Technical College, but its future remains brighter than ever thanks to decades of ambitious leadership.
As Election Day nears, along with the voter registration deadline (Oct. 8, a week from Monday), the process of voting is again in the spotlight.
This election year already is being known as the battle of the viral videos, bringing us deeper into an era when we judge candidates more for what they "meant" to say than what their words clearly tell us.
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.
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.
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