Our Northwest Georgia region has an alarming distinction as the worst in the state for food insecurity among senior citizens. No less than five counties in this region rank in the top 10 among all 159 counties.
House Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on much. But they did come together on Sept. 9 to back legislation that would allow the families of people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the U.S. to sue Saudi Arabia for whatever role, if any, Saudi officials might have had in the plot.
Come November, the grim trudge across the increasingly barren Obamacare landscape begins anew. … Insurers fled because they didn’t want to lose more money on a government-run market that is so far out of whack — a market they think likely will never be profitable for them.
Fifteen years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, the day’s images remain vivid, and Americans are still vigilant about the threat of terrorism. But in the larger national security picture, there are other areas where U.S. vigilance is just as necessary. The most obvious example is our cyberspace cold war with Russia.
Our court system depends upon the legal knowledge and wisdom of the judges whose sacred duty is to ensure there is, in the words of the Pledge of Allegiance, “justice for all.” But knowledge and wisdom must be informed by integrity, strong moral values and strength of character.
How crazy is this? The European Commission has ruled that Apple received unfair tax breaks from Ireland, and so must pay billions in back taxes — even though some top Irish officials insist that they don’t want the money.
Rome has been blessed with exemplary leaders over the years, and Joseph Chilton Gittings epitomized that kind of leadership. He left a rich legacy of service to others and to his community when he passed away recently at the age of 89.
Are voters warming to Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton? They are not. A look at a national poll from Quinnipiac University provides a snapshot of the race and the dour narrative fueling it: A majority of voters don’t like either candidate. Respondents think Clinton is smart (87 percent) and has the right experience to be president (71 percent), but she’s dishonest (66 percent). And Trump? He’s not level-headed (71 percent) and lacks appropriate experience (65 percent).
Most of the $4.1 million Wells Fargo is going to pay in relief and penalties to the federal government for illegal fees and others practices connected to the handling of private student loans is going to the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, with just over $400,000 going in relief to borrowers. But that’s fine. The penalties are designed to get the attention of big banks whose practices, intentional or careless, hurt average consumers.
It’s no secret that private prisons are more poorly run and more dangerous than government-run correctional facilities. This month, the federal government acknowledged that its two-decade experiment with private prisons has run its course.
Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump and three-fourths of their fellow Americans say prescription drugs cost too much. They’re right, and the two candidates even agree on a couple of good strategies to try to keep prices down: Allow Medicare to negotiate on behalf of its 40 million beneficiaries, and let Americans buy drugs from countries where quality is well monitored.
It is almost inconceivable that five county commissioners learned almost four months ago that Chemours was about to apply for a permit to mine in Wayne County, and not a single one of them saw the need to tell the public about it.
A federal appeals court gave medical marijuana advocates what seemed like a big win this week with a unanimous ruling that the federal government may not prosecute people who grow and distribute medicinal cannabis if they comply with state laws.
From the Chicago Tribune These Olympics are golden, aren’t they? We’ve tumbled for American gymnast Simone Biles and her coach Aimee Boorman. We’ve been awed by the U.S. women’s basketball team, players who’ve won their games by an average of 40.8 points and appear to be cruising toward gold.
Some 9,800 American troops and another 26,000 contractors are in Afghanistan, after having waged war there for 15 years. Given the state of the situation there, it is now up to President Barack Obama — and the two major party candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — to explain in specific terms what exactly the U.S. is doing there still, or agree that America should get out.
Libertarianism has long been treated as a fringe ideology obsessed with the gold standard, legalization of hard drugs and “Atlas Shrugged.” Ron Paul, who ran for president in the 2012 GOP primaries, was the archetype, calling for an end to Social Security and the Federal Reserve.
Two weeks before Labor Day, Donald Trump supporters might scoff at arguments that he’s running short of time to shift the national political narrative from his gaffe-tastic asides to his presidential bona fides.
It has been almost six months since Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly, and almost five months since President Obama nominated Merrick Garland, the widely respected and centrist chief judge of the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., to succeed him.
Of all the ugly incidents occasioned by the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, some of the most unsettling have unfolded invisibly — specifically, online. In June, for example, it became clear that the Democratic National Committee had been hacked. Hillary Clinton’s campaign was likely attacked, too, along with a key Democratic political outfit.
In his robust defense last week of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Barack Obama has reason on his side. But allaying anxiety, economic or otherwise, requires not so much reason as reassurance.
For decades, dentists have drummed the same advice into Americans: Brush regularly and floss nightly because doing so helps prevent cavities and gum disease. The flossing advice is so rote that everyone takes it for granted that someone somewhere actually studied this and can prove that flossing really works.
The images of police atop armored vehicles in American streets during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers in 2013 and during the Michael Brown riots in Ferguson, Missouri, two years ago, spawned calls to scale back police militarization. The White House took up the cause, but now it seems to be having second thoughts.
They don’t call summer the silly season for nothing. This often carefree time of year is prone to odd crazes that somehow don’t seem to pop up in the depths of winter. Right now it’s Pokemon Go. A few summers ago, it was Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop hit, “Call Me Maybe,” which inspired lip-synched videos by everyone from the Miami Dolphins cheerleaders to the Harvard baseball team.
Ninety-nine days from now, Americans will go to the polls to choose between two candidates who would have been inconceivable for almost all of the nation’s history, Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. The reason Clinton would have been inconceivable is a simple one: The former senator and secretary of state is a woman.
From ballooning national debt and spending on the Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid entitlement programs to the thousands of regulations imposed each year to efforts to strip Americans’ gun rights to enhanced spying on American citizens through the National Security Agency and others, government continues to grow and become more intrusive in our lives. So where are the pro-liberty legislators trying to protect us from these depredations?
The first overall rating of hospitals by Medicare has raised a lot of eyebrows and objections from those in the industry over the low to average marks assigned to many leading hospitals including those in Georgia.
Hillary Clinton has fortified a political center that’s been under steady assault. Just days after Republicans in Cleveland nominated a candidate claiming that everything everywhere is falling to pieces, Clinton made her choice for the Democratic vice presidential nominee.