Pro/Con: Immigration

2:00 pm Nov. 23, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

President Obama has announced that he will use his executive power to act unilaterally on immigration, allowing some five million undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. and work without the threat of deportation. His executive order followed a congressional stalemate over a bipartisan bill that was passed in the Senate but stalled in the House. Today, a local immigration lawyer and a member of the state’s

Georgia loses two great leaders

12:12 pm Nov. 22, 2014

Leaders by example, and what they can teach us

“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them … .”
Old Testament book of Joshua.
In one weekend, Georgia and its capital city lost two great servants: former Gov. Carl E. Sanders Sr. and businessman Herman J. Russell.
Their joining of that incessant caravan traveling irrevocably away

Secret Ebola treatment centers

12:45 pm Nov. 20, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

AJC reporter Craig Schneider recently wrote that Georgia health officials have refused to name six hospitals that will join Emory University Hospital as the state’s primary Ebola treatment centers. They fear negative reactions from the public and vendors could slow the hospitals’ preparation. “We don’t want to slow down the process,” a Department of Public Health spokesman said. Today, a patients’ advocate responds to that decision. A

How to stop men from battering women

8:48 am Nov. 20, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

What can men do to combat domestic violence? Perhaps, rethink perceptions of manhood. An executive with a Decatur-based nonprofit explains how the program educates men to curb violence against women and girls, while a sociologist who has researched the issue offers suggestions to males interested in volunteering to stop such abuse.

Combat disturbing masculinity

By Dona Yarbrough

For 33 years, Men Stopping Violence has led efforts to end violence against

Future farmers look to the sky

12:52 pm Nov. 19, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Some day, Georgia farmers will use aerial drones as routinely as tractors and mechanical cotton harvesters. Likewise for other industries in our region. Today a state official outlines how Georgia is preparing itself to capitalize on drone use, a practice expected to add jobs and have an economic impact across multiple sectors. Another guest writer deals with an emerging investment concept: crowdfunding. And a third writer talks

Take back your streets

3:28 pm Nov. 17, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

No one knows our city streets like the people who live on them. So how do you want them to look in 10 years, or 20, in terms of walkability and traffic flow? Today, an expert pedestrian advocate writes about what it takes for a community to accomplish some of the basics. In our other columns, a downtown worker sings the praises of the Cobb County commuter

Street harassment in Atlanta

4:29 pm Nov. 13, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

A young woman was videotaped recently enduring catcalls and harassment as she walked through Manhattan. The video immediately went viral, prompting outrage, parodies, criticism and dialogue. The local director of the activist group that disseminated the video writes that sexual harassment is also prevalent in Atlanta. (MARTA and the city of Atlanta declined to write on the issue for this page.) Our second column comes from local

Re-imagine Memorial Drive

12:17 pm Nov. 12, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, an Atlanta city councilwoman writes about efforts to retool a state road that links downtown Atlanta with Stone Mountain. Georgia Tech students studying urban design are working with residents, business owners and others to “imagine a new Memorial Drive.” Another guest writer highlights an emerging sliver of southwest Gwinnett County as a new regional hub of the entertainment industry. Finally, a veterans advocate sees employment opportunities

The speed trap state?

1:34 pm Nov. 10, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

AJC reporter Andria Simmons recently documented how some local governments in Georgia are reaping huge rewards from traffic enforcement. Several metro Atlanta cities are collecting hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars per year — and many times more than the state average for per capita revenue. In today’s pro/con, the head of a police chiefs organization argues with the AJC’s methodology and focus, while a

Salute to Vietnam vets

2:00 pm Nov. 7, 2014

My heroes wore pajamas

By Alvin Townley

My boyhood heroes carried swords and rode white horses; they flew planes from aircraft carriers; they wore our country’s uniform. To me, the grace of Washington or the dash of Patton marked a leader. More recently, I’ve admired haggard special operators outfitted with equal parts training, technology and mettle.

Today, however, the warriors I respect most wore pajamas and flip-flops. They were captured at war and