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Redefine DeKalb

  • 9:39 pm Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

DeKalb County residents are sick of a government seemingly ripe with accusations of malfeasance and poor oversight. We turn today’s page over to two groups that want to spark change. Blueprint DeKalb leaders outline their suggestions for government transparency and reform that include creation of an internal auditor to watch over taxpayer money. Also, the founder of the South DeKalb Improvement Association explains an “Economic Bill of Standards” drafted for that part of the county. The third column continues last week’s discussion of our “do-nothing” Congress.

Redefine DeKalb

By Patricia Killingsworth and Gil Turman

New clean water rules: Clarity or hardship?

  • 10:04 am Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, we offer polar views of the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule the government says clarifies which streams and waterways are shielded from development under the Clean Water Act. A Georgia environmentalist says the rule defines what bodies of water already are under federal jurisdiction in the Clean Water Act without restricting farmers and others. Our state agriculture commissioner, meanwhile, worries about the potential impact to Georgia’s leading industry.

EPA rule key to quality of life

By David Kyler

Effective enforcement of environmental laws that protect the public depends on clear, well-understood rules. In the absence of coherent standards, legal controversies [More]

MARTA’s impending expansion

  • 4:00 pm Monday, October 20th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

My column today deals with the ramifications of a “yes” vote to increase the sales tax in Clayton County by one penny to join MARTA. At a recent meeting, Clayton and MARTA leaders predicted a big majority in favor of MARTA on election day, and what that could mean for metro Atlanta. In our second column, a former director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety writes about the new varying speed limits on the north end of I-285, which some motorists are criticizing.

Commenting is open.

Will others follow Clayton?

By Tom Sabulis

You could have loaded the optimism on [More]

Cobb County government missteps

  • 12:42 pm Saturday, October 18th, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

Open the blinds

The Editorial Board’s Opinion
When it comes to Cobb County’s tarnished governance machine, the plot continues to thicken. Unnecessarily so, in our opinion.
For about all it would take to begin dialing back the destructiveness, evasiveness, chicanery, squabbling and sleuthing about in Cobb would be for County Commission Chairman Tim Lee to begin acting like he actually respects the concept of elected, representative government. Act like he works for the people and their best interest, in other words.
That’s not what we’ve seen in recent months. And Cobb, once viewed as a model of competent, lean government, is the worse for [More]

Georgia hospitals and Ebola

  • 4:00 pm Thursday, October 16th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Another Ebola patient arrived for treatment this week at Emory University Hospital. Today, the Georgia Hospital Association writes about how other hospitals are preparing for any possible outbreaks. Local and National nurse organizations also weigh in with their concerns about treating the disease, and one urges the CDC to “fully share” the findings around the care of Thomas Eric Duncan, the patient who came from Liberia with Ebola and died in a Dallas hospital. Finally, an Atlanta nonprofit leader writes about the desperate need for medical supplies in West Africa where Ebola has killed thousands.

Commenting is open.

Preparing [More]

Will photo IDs for food stamps prevent fraud?

  • 5:10 pm Wednesday, October 15th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia officials say it will cost nearly $8 million to create food stamp cards that include recipients’ photographs. A state lawmaker who co-sponsored legislation to allow the IDs says it would be well spent money to curb the resell of benefits meant to help feed families. But a policy analyst contends such fraud is minuscule and calls food stamp photos an “untested hypothesis.”

IDs fight food stamp fraud

By Don Balfour

Union blasts MARTA

  • 2:35 pm Monday, October 13th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Amalgamated Transit Union workers at MARTA are protesting stalled contract negotiations with the transit agency and MARTA’s move to privatize certain operations such as paratransit. Today, the local union president says MARTA is following a faulty road map on its way to ourtsourcing jobs and its well-paid leaders are betraying thousands of middle-class workers who deserve better. In turn, MARTA’s board of directors lay out their plans to achieve financial solvency while insisting that they have no intention of leaving their workers behind.

Commenting is open.

MARTA betraying workers

By Curtis Howard

Early next month, Atlanta may wake up to shocking [More]

Same-sex marriage in Georgia

  • 2:00 pm Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The Supreme Court’s decision to not deliberate on same-sex marriage was a big victory for gay rights and should allow allow same-sex marriages to move forward in 30 states. But not in Georgia, where it remains legally banned. Today, we hear from an Emory University law professor who writes about the court’s surprising non-decision, and a Baptist pastor who criticizes it. Also, a Georgia State University professor tells why she believes the state’s ban harms children.

Commenting is open.

Court’s surprising no-decision

By Tim Holbrook

On Monday, the Supreme Court did something no one expected: It refused to hear any of [More]

Miracles at the homeless shelter

  • 8:22 am Thursday, October 9th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

On Sept. 26, the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless avoided having water shut off at its homeless shelter by paying a nearly $600,000 city debt. The money was raised through private donations, something the task force director likened to “a miracle.” Today, she invites the community to visit and see various miracles underway at the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter. In the other essay, a state lawmaker writes about the role of temporary welfare assistance.

Come see our shelter

By Anita Beaty

Full speed ahead, to the future

  • 1:50 pm Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia’s maritime leader says the Port of Savannah is poised to surpass New York as the busiest seaport on the East Coast. Today, our top port executive outlines what’s being done to ensure the port — which is experiencing record-setting growth in container movement — does just that in the coming years. In the other essays, read about a series of regional “Community Conversations” taking place to address the area’s growing older adult population; and society’s challenges of dealing with trash.

Savannah port can pass N.Y.

By Curtis Foltz

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