A little less than a year ago, about this time of year, adult education classes at technical colleges across the state were facing a terrible dilemma. Because of political clashes in Atlanta, adult education teachers were to be furloughed for May and June because there was no money designated in the state budget to pay their salaries for those months.
Nothing hurts parents as deeply as news of the violent death of a child. Over time, the grief subsides slightly but it never goes away, not after a year or a decade or even a quarter of a century.
I have been so wrong so often on these presidential primaries that I don't know where to start cleaning up and trying to explain my record.
A recent column on HB 905, legislation proposed by Rep. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, that would establish a technical education track in Georgia high schools, got a huge response. Readers across the state expressed strong approval of his efforts. Several sent me copies of notes they had written him in support.
Gainesville has a hometown treasure in the person of J.H. Holcomb. He taught Industrial Arts, better known as "shop" when I made my way through Gainesville Junior High in the late 1960s.
We have a diverse selection of candidates this year.
Senior Judge Hilton Fuller probably deserves an award after abruptly resigning as presiding judge over the Brian Nichols multiple-murders case. Perhaps the judge ought to be considered for an honorary degree in journalism ethics. He has certainly completed the requisite course while overseeing preparations for the Nichols trial.
The big political talk today in Northeast Georgia and the entire nation is about change. Change from what to what? In other words, what specifically are we really talking about and why?
Golly, Johnny, are you serious?
Depending on who you talk to, Jekyll Island is about to be taken over by greedy real estate developers and turned into a fancy vacation resort with prices out of reach to ordinary Georgians, or it is a seedy, financially-strapped rundown shell of its former self.
According to news reports, one of the biggest issues in the current merger talks between Atlanta-based Delta Air Lines and Northwest is who would run the new company: the Delta guy or the nabob from Northwest.
An era is coming to an end. After 17 years, "The Montel Williams show" is not going to be renewed.
Can this be true? A movement is afoot in the Capitol to change the title of House Speaker Glenn Richardson's sweeping tax reform measure. Overnight, Romeo's GREAT Tax Plan would become known as the DEAD Tax Plan.
An anonymous reader writes: "In your column (Feb. 17) you state, 'The total Republican (presidential primary) vote was down nearly 25 percent from Gov. Sonny Perdue's 2006 high-water mark.' You seem to hold that as a hopeful sign that the Democrat Party is somehow making a comeback in Georgia.
Is change really in the air? Perhaps, but people are fickle. The public may call for change, but individually people keep electing the same candidates, supporting the same party and reciting the same political rhetoric they did before.
For the past few months, I have heard the same question nearly everywhere I go.
Last week, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jason Carter shared via this column his vision for public education in Georgia.
With all of the attack ads running on TV this election season, Georgians have no doubt had their fill of pessimism and negativity.
Human nature has changed little over time, but human behavior has. We no longer burn heretics at the stake or torture animals for sport ... well, not the way we did in the past. At least today we pay lip service to social justice and the rule of law.
As a father and a school superintendent, I have an extremely personal interest in the state of our schools. I also have a great respect for the democratic process: the opportunity for vigorous debate and the potential created by new and innovative ideas.
I have asked the two major gubernatorial candidates to talk to Georgia public school teachers about their respective education platforms.
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