Saturday, May 4, 2013
Has math changed so much that your help is confusing your child more than helping him or her?
According to a recent story by The Daily Mail concerning parents’ ability, or more like inability, to help their middle school-age children in the UK, there is a problem. The Daily Mail reports that only one in 20 can do the math required to help their child with homework. It’s not that the parents aren’t smart, it’s just that methods have changed so much since they were in school that they can no longer explain it. They can still get to the same answer, the students just cannot understand how they got to it. According to the article, the government in the UK is considering reinstating tried and true techniques to tackle this problem. So what about here in the U.S.? Is the math homework your middle schooler brings home the math you did in …
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Former Atlanta Hawks player Jason Collins, most recently with the Washington Wizards, recently came out as gay. Tell us what impact, if any, you think his announcement will have.
"I'm a 34-year-old NBA center. I'm black. And I'm gay," says Jason Collins in a story set to be published in the May 6 issue of Sports Illustrated. The pro basketball veteran has been a member of six teams in 12 seasons in the league, including three in Atlanta—he last donned a Hawks jersey during the 2011-2012 season. But many are likely to deem his coming out as something bigger than his on-the-court career, as he has become the first male U.S. athlete in a major professional sport to declare that he is gay. "I didn't set out to be the first openly gay athlete playing in a major American team sport. But since I am, I'm happy to start the conversation,” Collins told Sports Illustrated. Collins’ announcement was lauded by several of his …
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Do we move ahead as if nothing has happened? Where to do we go from here? Tell us in the comments below.
In the days since the Boston Marathon bombing and the firefight that ensued to capture the men suspected of planting the bombs, the national conversation has once again turned to the horror of attacks like the bombing and 9-11 as we try to process the tragedy. While some are reminded that for all the darkness in times like these, there are those who shine a light by running toward destruction to help. Others, however, process the mayhem differently and tend to become somewhat anxious about recurrences and potential vulnerability.
Friday, April 26, 2013
Unaware he was already on air, A.J. Clemente muttered the infamous F-word before being introduced during his first day on the job with an NBC affiliate in North Dakota.
It was his first day on the job—and his last. According to ABC News, A.J. Clemente didn’t make it far past his awkward introduction on KFYR television when he was fired. The reason: Before uttering his first words as a rookie news anchor, Clemente dropped the “F-bomb,” apparently unaware his microphone was already on. All this happened Sunday evening. By Monday, the clip had hit YouTube [Editor's note: Graphic language in clip] and Clemente was looking for a new job. The television station quickly apologized for the mishap and promised it would never happen again. But viewers, ABC reports, were more forgiving of Clemente than his now former employer. The video clip went viral, as did support for Clemente's rookie mistake. After all, didn’t…
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
If so, you could be saving money, according to GoBanking Rates. Tell us your typical family dinner habits.
Wednesday, April 24
GoBankingrates.com put out an article recently noting that the monthly cost of feeding a family of four has risen from $601.50 in 2003 to $830 in 2013. That would be a 38 percent increase over the last decade. It doesn’t cost quite as much, however, to eat out, according to GoBanking rates. “When comparing the cost of a 10 oz. rib-eye dinner (with soup, salad and asparagus) from Outback Steakhouse with that of the homemade version, Outback was $2.53 cheaper,” GoBankingRates expert contributor Stacey Bumpus said. “And comparing seafood alfredo (with unlimited salad and breadsticks) at Olive Garden to making it at home, Olive Garden was $3.79 cheaper.” While it may be healthier to eat at home, it apparently is no longer cheaper. Share what’s…
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
A Local Voices blogger explains some of the technology behind the new lightbulbs and the future for lighting technology he would like to see.
Monday, April 22, 2013
Experts say FAA furloughs could delay some travelers by up to three hours. Tell us if you’re worried about a potential impact on your air travels.
Got plans to travel by air? You may need some more time on your hands. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Sunday reported that airline passengers could see delays of up to three hours due to furloughs to air traffic controllers. The furloughs, which took effect Sunday, could potentially delay when flights take off or land. A lawsuit has been filed to stop the furloughs, the newspaper reported, but the earliest a hearing could be held is sometime next week. Share what’s on your mind with us, and then return here to see what your neighbors in Paulding, Douglas and Cobb have said.
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Georgia Senate Bill 101, which would have allowed for guns on college campuses, didn't make it out of the last legislative session. It is expected to come back up next year.
Georgia Senator Frank Ginn (R-Danielsville) introduced Senate Bill 101 this past legislative session, which would have allowed guns on the University of Georgia campus, as well as other college campuses in the state. The bill was stalled in the final moments of the 2013 session. But it will likely return during the next session. At a recent meeting of the Athens Clarke County Commission, Ginn took some flack on the bill. Some in attendance suggested he concentrate his efforts on more pressing issues than guns. However, it is a particularly hot topic at the moment, especially in Washington. April 16, 2013, was the sixth anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings and a Georgia woman, whose niece was one of the 22 victims of the massacre, …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A nonprofit organization is taking Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to task for his neutral position on teens in Wilcox County organizing an integrated prom. Tell us what you think, if anything, Deal should do.
Better Georgia, a progressive nonprofit organization, is criticizing Gov. Nathan Deal for "not taking sides" on an effort by four teenage girls to organize its first integrated prom in Wilcox County, Ga. Gov. Nathan Deal was asked last week whether he'd supported the high school students' efforts, which he declined through a spokesman. "This is a leftist front group for the state Democratic party and we're not going to lend a hand to their silly publicity stunt," spokesman Brian Robinson said. Share what’s on your mind with us, and then return here to see what your neighbors in Paulding, Douglas and Cobb have said.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Depending on whom you ask, spring break just ended or happened weeks ago. Are the staggered spring breaks a good thing, or should schools aim to schedule their breaks at the same time?
It’s back to school today for students in Cobb, Douglas and Paulding counties. Spring break for the three county school districts was held last week, and pupils are returning to the classroom for the last remaining weeks of school. But students in these three districts didn’t get to enjoy their time off along with all their peers from other school systems. For instance, nearby Bartow County held its spring break the first week of April. Spring break also varies for students at local colleges. While those attending Chattahoochee Technical College got their break from classes last week, students at Kennesaw State University and Georgia Highlands College took their break the first week of March—no classes were held at KSU March 2-8 while …