The incessant political chatter over education policy - charters, Common Core, more money, less government intrusion - sometimes drowns out some of the success that is occurring in our local schools.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
We've all experienced this: You're heading down the highway and the car in front of or beside you is driving erratically, changing speeds, maybe drifting into the other lane.
Twelve years ago this Wednesday, we were suddenly and stunningly jolted from our naive notion that the world was a much safer place than we had led ourselves to believe.
Labor Day weekend marks the unofficial end of summer, in our case a cool, wet season. With clearer skies finally here, we can dodge the storms and enjoy delayed fireworks, cookouts, football games and time at the lake before fall arrives.
Fifty years ago this week, a seminal moment in history was off many Americans' radar.
At one time, the biggest competition between Georgia and Florida came each fall in Jacksonville over cocktails and a football game. Now when our two states clash, it nearly always involves water and courtrooms.
Students, welcome to your last day of summer.
You can understand if officials in Hall County's various cities are a little reluctant to enter into business deals with the county government.
In coming days, parents will be hitting the stores for shoes, notebooks and glue pens, chiseling dried gum off last year's backpacks and preparing for another school year.
So much for thinking the federal government was going to butt out of Georgia's election process. Just a few weeks after a Supreme Court ruling on the Voting Rights Act freed our state from one restriction, along comes another.
For a brief shining moment, there appeared a glimmer of hope that our courageous and wise leaders in Washington, D.C., would muster the will to patch up our cracked immigration system.
Freedom is the embodiment of all we hold dear as Americans, yet is something we all tend to define differently.
In a busy week at the Supreme Court, justices narrowly voted to change the very nature of how elections are conducted in Georgia and 14 other states.
The fight over voter identification just won't go away.
If there's a word that can sum up our national leadership these days, it is "lame" - a lame-duck session of Congress, a lame-duck president, all yielding results that are totally lame.
Hall County's business community took a well-earned opportunity last week to celebrate a full November cornucopia of blessings and pat itself on the back a bit.
Last Tuesday, Americans trudged dutifully to the polls to vote, proudly plastering "I'm A Voter" stickers on their chests for the rest of the day.
This election year, we've endured the usual avalanche of broadcast ads and watched candidates sling arrows at each other endlessly during televised debates.
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