Friday, January 30, 2009

Tex Pitfield

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Today's GONSO

The high price of cheap gasoline

by Tex Pitfield
Just a few months ago, you could not find gasoline at $4.25 a gallon. If lucky enough to find it, many of us driving larger vehicles were cut off at $100, the credit card limit at many stores, whether your tank was filled or not.

What joy to now buy the same amount for under $40.

But while it may appear to be a good thing, cheap gas is an onerous cloud hovering above us all.

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Plan for best use of Chattahoochee’s water is criticized

by Maggie Lee
As Lake Lanier's summer fringe of crusty red dirt displaces boats and swimmers as a symbol of summer, and metro Atlanta heads back to court to fight Florida and Alabama for a bigger gulp of shared water, it seems clear that the state would be wise to ratchet down Chattahoochee River water use.
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State parks have "great value" – but not to budget writers

by Wendy Parker
Georgia's budget crunch has brought to the forefront a debate about the state parks system that has been brewing quietly and runs far deeper than funding concerns.

Philosophical differences have arisen over how some of the state's 63 parks, recreational facilities and historic sites should be operated, as Appropriations committees in the General Assembly begin to dig into the details of the upcoming budget.

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Tomorrow's Budget
Peanut catastrophe makes clear one thing: Agriculture Commissioner Tommy Irvin's retirement is long overdue
by J. Randolph Evans
Pain Relief at the Capitol
by Hollis Gillespie
Bitter Tea In Richland: Town's water contamination highlights infrastructure problems statewide
by Bill Osinski
It may be the law – but is it just and do our judges care?
by E. Wycliff Orr

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