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.
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.
At the end of the year, the United States will mark the end of its longest war when the last troops are scheduled to return from Afghanistan. If that occurs, the U.S. will be at peace for the first time since 2001.
It's time to put away the snow shovels and the sleds for now, and get ready for some March Madness. Not basketball, in this case, but a sport with even harsher rivalries and more contact: Election season.
When it comes to nailing down weather forecasts, the big loser this month isn't the National Weather Service, the TV weather experts or the Farmers' Almanac. It's Gen. Beauregard Lee, the state's official furry Groundhog Dog prognosticator, who saw no shadow and foresaw an early spring two Sundays ago.
For those whose trust in government has dropped as low as recent temperatures, the arrival of this year's session of the Georgia General Assembly is welcome as an annual trip to the dentist.
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