Three years ago this summer, Gainesville's school system was in a state of chaos. The controversy that dogged the district all summer revolved around a $6.5 million budget deficit that seemingly showed up overnight, though it was actually many months in the making. It only came to light when school officials sought a property tax hike of some 14.4 percent to plug the gap. Though the worldwide economic recession was still several months in the ...
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"Read my lips ... no new taxes!" George H.W. Bush uttered that phrase at the Republican convention that nominated him for president in 1988, and it became his battle cry in that fall's election. But two years later as president, Bush faced the harsh reality of a rising budget deficit that required him to vacate pledge and agree to raise taxes. For that transgression, many conservatives all but abandoned him, and he lost his bid ...
Now that the smoke has cleared from all the last-minute wheeling and dealing that resulted in a county budget for the coming year, a couple of things seem obvious.
Two federal court rulings last week have had a major effect on Georgia's future, and our area's, on two key issues: immigration and water.
Here's the question for the gang of three that is in control of the Hall County Board of Commissioners: What's the plan for adopting a budget that makes sense for the county before Thursday's deadline?
The General Assembly is about to embark on a task undertaken every 10 years that is the political equivalent of cleaning the garage: messy, but important.
A treasured summer tradition is in limbo these days: the annual July trek of football fans to watch the Atlanta Falcons' preseason camp.
We have reached a critical juncture in determining the future of Hall County, and local residents have to speak up now if they want a role in deciding what the county will become over the next few years.
The bands will play, the veterans will bask in the applause and visitors to Monday's Memorial Day parades in Gainesville and elsewhere will wave their flags with patriotic fervor. A few then may visit loved ones at local cemeteries and pay respects to those who were lost in battle.
Waiting. That's where state and local governments are left concerning the future of water intake from Lake Lanier. The decision on if and when a moratorium on the reservoir's water use may take effect is up to the courts, and such rulings often tend to move at glacial speed. It's been nearly two years since U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson issued his ruling that Georgia must reach an agreement to equitably share water in the ...
High school seniors across the region soon will be walking across a stage, grabbing a piece of paper and throwing a cap in the air.
It's a look we see in the faces of others, likely reflected back to them by our own. An expression of shock, dismay and disbelief as we peek up at the gas pump to see the total damage after we fill out cars. "That much?" we say to ourselves as we put the pump nozzle back. Yes, that much. Again. And for Georgians, it just got a little worse. Two years ago, Americans endured gasoline ...
When you are a candidate for public office, caught up in the often heated rhetoric of the campaign trail, it's easy to promise sweeping changes. From the outside looking in, problems seem obvious, solutions are crystal clear and strategies for action easily formulated.
As legislative sessions go, this year's General Assembly gathering ranks as useful and effective compared to past years, when too much time was spent on hot-button topics with little real impact, at the expense of more serious issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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