In the days to come, high school and college graduates of the Class of 2012 will grip their diplomas with pride and flip their tassels, leaving the life they've known behind for uncertain waters. Then they will hear speeches warning them of the hard road ahead of them.
Though there are faint, flickering hints of light at the end, the nation remains deep inside a very dark tunnel of financial distress.
In a time when local governments continue to operate under tight budgets, with little relief in sight, it's not surprising the issue of consolidation has again made its way to the front burner.
So does anyone still think we don't need to keep close tabs on ethical behavior by government officials? If so, take a look at recent scandals in the nation's capital involving members of the General Service Administration and Secret Service.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
This being an election year, we all knew the 2012 session of the General Assembly would produce its fair share of "hey, look at me" bills designed more to impress voters than to solve their problems.
Judging our yearly progress was easier at one time.
The high cost of war again has been brought into clear focus.
People of a certain age remember a time when children felt safe in their homes, their neighborhoods and their schools.
Georgia voters and those in nine other states are next in line Tuesday to join this year's game of Whac-A-Mole in the Republican campaign for president.
If ever there were a piece of legislation you'd think should be a no-brainer, it is the idea to cap how much lobbyists can spend to woo state lawmakers, a practice that totals some $1.6 million annually
On Jan. 29, The Times published an editorial entitled, "A bitter harvest." This editorial argued that the Georgia immigration bill sent immigrants, and revenues, fleeing Georgia farms and as a result guest worker reform was needed.
The news that the Georgia General Assembly is considering a major updating of the state's open records and open meetings laws is both welcome and frightening.
The No Child Left Behind law is one 10-year-old many are happy to leave in the dust.
We make every effort to cover the news objectively, but once in awhile, we encounter a story we can't wait to tell.
The holidays are traditionally a season of giving, where many with kind hearts buy for families in need, Angel Tree kids or Toys for Tots, feed the hungry or follow the sound of the summoning jingle of bells to drop a few bucks in the Salvation Army's red kettles. And as the calendar year wanes, those in the mood for goodwill and tax deductions pull out their checkbooks to make end-of-year donations.
Most Americans of Baby Boomer age and younger were exposed to marijuana at some point in early adulthood, whether they partook or not on their own. For many, it was a rite of passage encountered at a rock concert or someone's dark basement. For others, it was a substance and a crowd of users best avoided.
In the great American novel "To Kill A Mockingbird," attorney Atticus Finch is explaining to his daughter Scout how to deal with other people amid conflicts at school: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
When you think about it, it's somewhat odd to choose one particular day of the year to express thankfulness.
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.
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