Last year when Georgia passed a tough new law cracking down on illegal immigrants, it was feared crops would be left rotting in the fields at harvest time.
As pundits spend the day assessing results of Saturday's South Carolina Republican primary, Georgia voters await their turn in line to select the nominee.
Airlines do it. Phone companies do it. Even grocery stores do it. Mergers are nothing new.
Little has changed in Georgia's economy since last spring when the gavel ended the 2011 General Assembly session.
As we ring out a 2011 that was memorable in some ways, forgettable in others, we flip the calendar to a new year that we already can christen.
It's Christmas Day, finally the time when families can gather and enjoy the blessings of the holiday minus all the heavy lifting that comes in the weeks before.
As we brush the dust off one election and prepare to dive into the next, one Georgia lawmaker has a plan worth considering to streamline our election process.
Legislators at the annual Eggs and Issues Breakfast last week made it clear they hope jobs are on the menu when lawmakers gather for next year's session of the state's General Assembly.
In the minds of some, Georgia may be succumbing to sinful temptation.
Hard to believe, but even as our 2011 election ends with a runoff a week from Tuesday, the 2012 presidential race is in full swing. The first contests in Iowa and New Hampshire are but weeks away, and Georgia's March 6 primary will be on us in no time.
Again this year, we enter Thanksgiving Day seeing the glass as half full.
Nearly four years ago, Lake Lanier fell to its all-time low of 1,050.79 feet above sea level after a two-year drought. That was a low point in the tri-state water wars, two decades of battles among Georgia, Florida and Alabama over how to use water that flows from Lanier through the Chattahoochee River to the Gulf of Mexico.
Americans marked Veterans Day on Friday, a celebration that continues through the three-day weekend with events around Gainesville and Northeast Georgia.
Seems a lot of folks out there want to change our government.
"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial ... and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense." - U.S. Constitution, Sixth Amendment.
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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