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Obama and immigration

  • 2:00 pm Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The rhetoric has ramped up around illegal aliens and especially the undocumented children at our country’s southern border. Today, an Atlanta immigration lawyer writes about the steps President Obama can take to relieve the situation, while a conservative commentator, an appointee to the state immigration board, says executive orders could unlawful. Also, an Emory University professor, the daughter of a mother who came illegally to the U.S. before becoming a naturalized citizen, ponders the question of who really belongs.

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Obama can do much to help

By Charles Kuck

President Barack Obama has been timid, at best, in using [More]

Growing communities, healthier kids

  • 11:56 am Thursday, July 31st, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Countless residents and public servants contribute and volunteer time to make pockets of this city and region better places. Today, I write about an operation that teaches West End kids how to repair bikes while using cycling to create healthy, sustainable lifestyles. Also, an Atlanta city councilman writes about the “Year of Boulevard,” a neighborhood trust-building effort in the Old Fourth Ward that has continued to grow since its 2012 debut.

Children bicycling to better health

By Rick Badie

Some days, Holderness Street in Southwest Atlanta gets flooded with so many kids riding bikes that it reminds Shawn Deangelo Walton [More]

Homesafe Georgia: Helping families avert foreclosures

  • 12:54 pm Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Nationwide, states have been scrutinized for their use of money from the “Hardest Hit Fund,” established by the U.S. Treasury in 2010 to help 18 states tailor programs to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure. Results have been a mixed bag, which fueled eligibility changes here and elsewhere. Today, we’re given an update on Georgia’s $339 million allocation, coupled with an essay about millennials’ attitudes toward home ownership in general.

HomeSafe Georgia saving homes

By Gretchen Corbin

When Dwight and Keshunda Millbrook of College Park lost their jobs in 2011, they were scared they would lose their home to foreclosure. To [More]

EPA Hearings in Atlanta

  • 12:39 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

EPA owes Georgians time, answers

By Mike Duncan

Beginning today, Georgians will have their first and only opportunity to be heard in person about policies that would have a disastrous impact on the state’s economy. The EPA chose Atlanta as one of just four cities to host a public hearing on its proposal to regulate carbon emissions from America’s power plants.
EPA’s proposal represents one of the largest regulatory efforts in our nation’s history, fundamentally altering the way we power our homes and business. Georgia has traditionally relied on a diverse electricity portfolio drawing roughly one-third of its power each from coal, natural [More]

Atlanta Forward: EPA hearings in Atlanta

  • 11:52 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Today and Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting hearings in Atlanta on its controversial proposed rules aimed at reducing pollution from power plants. Today, an environmental advocate says the changes will create cleaner, healthier air for Georgians and create jobs in the process. Another writer says that, if enacted, the rules would cost Georgians heavily in terms of both power costs and economic growth, with the poorest Georgians being among the most affected. Read even more opinions about the proposed rules at MyAJC.com and ajc.com.

EPA owes Georgians time, answers

By Mike Duncan

Beginning today, Georgians will have their first and [More]

A necessary drive toward congestion relief

  • 12:52 pm Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

Andre Jackson, for the Editorial Board.

The dozen miles of U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway between the Kennesaw city limits and  I-285 is an unremarkable stretch of road.
Yet, what does — or doesn’t — happen in coming years along this hilly highway will speak to the future of both Cobb County and the greater Atlanta metro.
The broad, heavily used north-south corridor between Acworth and Fulton County is the latest arena for the popular Atlanta-style sport of squabbling over public transportation. At issue this time around is whether a Cobb County SPLOST approved for the November ballot should include money for road improvements that [More]

Georgia’s same-sex marriage ban

  • 4:00 pm Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

This week, Attorney General Sam Olens asked a judget to dismiss a federal lawsuit filed by a gay rights group challenging Georgia’s consititutional ban on same-sex marriages, established in 2004. Similar bans are being challenged with some success in other states. Same-sex marriage is legal in 19 states and the District of Columbia. Today, two local legal experts tackle the issue: one says the state ban cannot survive in the end; another writes that plaintiffs may be asking too much.

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Don’t defend Georgia’s ban

By Eric J. Segall

The United States Constitution prohibits states from denying any “person” [More]

Teaching life skills

  • 10:55 am Thursday, July 24th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, we highlight a local program that mirrors the purpose of President Barack Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative. It’s the Priority Male Institute, a 12-week program for young black men ages 18 to 28, sponsored by the nonprofit Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta. A volunteer writes about experiences of the Class of 2014, which recently took part in a “rite of passage” ceremony and graduation, while I talk to the founder of the nonprofit.

“The Institute changed my life”

By Rick Badie

Hartsfield-Jackson: Airport City?

  • 10:59 am Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Ever heard of an aerotropolis? Well, picture Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and its environs as a city, with hotels, businesses, entertainers and whatever any vibrant community might offer. An alliance has been formed to make it happen. Today, a Porsche executive explains the initiative, while a UNC professor who coined the term explains the significance of an airport city to the region. Finally, an Asian diplomat encourages stronger trade, investment and collaborative ties between Atlanta and Taiwan.

Hartsfield to be “airport city”

By Joseph Folz

Atlanta threatens Paulding lawsuit

  • 5:23 pm Monday, July 21st, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Atlanta city officials recently sent a letter warning Paulding County they might go to court to block plans for commercial airline operations at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport. Their argument: Part of the Paulding airport sits on land the county bought back from the city several years ago; the city says it understood that land would be used only for noncommercial aviation. Today, county and city leaders argue their cases for and against a second commercial airport.

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Mayor Reed’s threat is anti-regionalism

By David Austin

“We have a decision to make. Either we are going to be a region, [More]

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