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How to start fixing transportation

  • 2:00 pm Monday, September 1st, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

When will we finally get realistic about our transportation needs on the federal and state levels? Today, two local experts take a crack at putting the diminished Federal Highway Trust Fund and gas tax into perspective. The transit leader says its time to fix the balance between road and transit funding, while Libertarian policy analysts bang the drum for that old favorite — user fees charged to motorists: The more miles you drive, the more tax you pay.

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Put transit back in mix

By Lee Biola

America’s long detour away from walkable communities may soon end. The Federal [More]

Poverty threatens college pipeline

  • 2:00 pm Friday, August 29th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Our opinion columns today include a local college president examining the crushing influence of poverty on  students, and an English professor sharing insight on his syllabus and his students’ engagement.

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Sponsoring college students in need

By Beverly Daniel Tatum

When people ask me what my favorite moments have been as president of Spelman College, “graduation” is always my reply. It is a great feeling to watch young Spelman women graduate, knowing the obstacles they have surmounted and the talent they represent. They are the return on my investment as president, and I cannot think of a better way [More]

Happy Labor (Union?) Day

  • 2:30 pm Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Monday is Labor Day. What does that mean to you? Do you reflect on your job, give thanks for your employment and celebrate your output? Do you honor the American working men and women who helped build our country? Or are you too busy wondering when your next raise might come, and whether it will beat the pink slip to your inbox? Today we hear about the progress — and plight — of the American worker, from both sides of the political argument.

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Labor Day is not Union Day

By Mark Mix

Most Americans realize that Labor Day [More]

Stop militarization of local police

  • 11:16 am Thursday, August 28th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Armored vehicles. Sniper rifles. Combat gear. Such military-style equipment was mobilized to quell unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and, in the process, fueled debate about what some call the militarization of law enforcement agencies nationwide. Today, a Georgia congressman writes about the need to curb and audit free military surplus police obtain via the federal government, while a law enforcement advocate says the equipment is necessary to serve and protect.

When police behave like an army

By Hank Johnson

The overwhelming militarized response of St. Louis-area police forces to protests over the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager is an [More]

Who’s to say what’s fair pay for work?

  • 1:14 pm Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Recently, Atlanta was one of five cities U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez visited on a pre-Labor Day tour to promote collaboration between business and labor. Today, he reiterates that message and calls for a minimum wage increase that he says would benefit all aspects of the economy. The Georgia director of a small business advocacy group begs to differ, however, and calls a wage hike — as well as a recent ruling by the National Labor Relations Board — attempts to bolster unions. The third column deals with the importance of hiring and training young talent.

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Clayton’s march to MARTA

  • 2:01 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Clayton County’s chairman remains steadfast in his optimism that voters in November will approve a sales-tax increase to bring MARTA service south, in what would be a historic expansion for the transit agency. I talked with him about the opposition he still anticipates as we get closer to election day. In our second column, a conservative commentator writes about the “expensive and generally useless over-regulation of transit” that federal and state authorities apply.

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Chairman confident MARTA coming

By Tom Sabulis

Jeffrey Turner expects opposition to MARTA’s expansion into Clayton County to surface in the months before November’s sales-tax [More]

Sunday Issue: A tale of two cities

  • 12:28 pm Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

What Ferguson tells us

By Andre Jackson
My Opinion

In early 2008, I wrestled with whether to move 500 miles south. A journalistic mentor told me, simply: “Atlanta became the city that St. Louis once was.”
Her observation clinched the decision to leave my hometown and hire on at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
This month’s tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., reconfirms that I made the correct choice. Call me an Atlantan now. Here’s why.
I grew up barely six miles from Ferguson — on the same, sepia side of the bright line that’s historically divided white from black in St. Louis. I come from a family of [More]

Women’s Equality Day

  • 2:00 pm Friday, August 22nd, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Women fighting to keep pace

By Nan Orrock

Tuesday, Aug. 26, is Women’s Equality Day, when we celebrate the 94th anniversary of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote.

American women won this right in 1920 after a long struggle that began in 1848. This historic step toward gender equality was followed by decades of struggle to truly secure voting rights for women, and men, of color as well.

Even so, the numbers of women in elected office do not reflect the makeup of our population. A recent alarming study from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research projects that it will take [More]

Fighting Ebola

  • 2:00 pm Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Even with Ebola patients leaving Emory University Hospital on Thursday, the threat of the virus spreading remains real in vulnerable communities. Today, two global health experts to write about the larger implications of Ebola and other infectious diseases on world populations. Emory doctors urges education as an antidote to fear in the general population, and a doctor at Duke University warns against the rush to use experimental or unproven drugs to fight back.

Commenting is open.

Global health beyond Ebola

By Jeffrey Koplan and Carlos del Rio

Ebola virus news stories provide a jolting reminder of the power of infectious diseases. [More]

Weighing benefits of pot legalization

  • 9:04 am Thursday, August 21st, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, we present another conversation on whether to legalize the use of medical cannabis. A former DeKalb County district attorney presents a historical perspective on the prohibition of cannabis and implores the 2015 General Assembly to conduct a comprehensive cost/benefit analysis of legalization for medicinal and recreational use. Meanwhile, a conservative activist supports medicinal use of pot but opposes its use for recreational purposes.

Analyze costs, benefits of legal pot

By J. Tom Morgan

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