As the loggerhead battle of partisan squabbling continues unabated in Washington, D.C., it might behoove our national leaders to look to Georgia for an example of how leaders can come together to solve problems.
Memorial Day to most Americans has two sides. One is the holiday's original intent: An occasion to honor our nation's service members who fell in battle, celebrate their memories and cherish the freedoms they sacrificed to preserve.
It's hard to ignore the world around us with so many ways of communication available to people of all ages and parts of the globe. As more of us connect with each other through mobile devices of every kind, we find ourselves less isolated and more integrated, albeit often from a distance linked by satellite.
Each year, the Georgia legislature gathers in Atlanta to attend to the state's business in its 40-day session. And each year, observers, pundits and editorialists ponder on whether lawmakers accomplish much in the Gold Dome.
Any city's strength and achievements can be best measured by the talents of the leaders selected to guide the way. Without talented, forward-thinking people in key positions, local governments can become bloated, bickering obstacles to progress that stifle effective growth.
"Progress has never been a bargain. You have to pay for it. Sometimes I think there's a man who sits behind a counter and says, 'All right, you can have a telephone but you lose privacy and the charm of distance. ... Mister, you may conquer the air but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline.'" - Spencer Tracy, as Henry Drummond in "Inherit the Wind"
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