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Transportation trouble

  • 2:18 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Ranking near the bottom of per capita spending on transportation and overly dependent on federal handouts, Georgia is desperate to raise new revenue to fix its roads and bridges. Today, we hear about this crucial issue from a citizen member of the General Assembly’s Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding. In our second column, a former U.S. Transportation Department secretary writes that Congress needs to stop kicking the can down the road and take the lead to help states.

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Find a fix, or Georgia loses

By Edward Lindsey

Transportation has been at the heart of Atlanta’s [More]

Sunday Issue: Transportation Funding ‘Plan B’

  • 2:28 pm Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

Another journey toward open roads

The Editorial Board’s Opinion

The good news is that when you’re already at the bottom of a hole, the logic of where to go from there is pretty apparent. Or at least it should be.
That’s the situation facing Georgia’s malnourished transportation infrastructure. Recent events suggest this message is becoming increasingly clear to lawmakers who hold state purse strings in an era when federal transportation funding is shakier than ever.
And that leaves us cautiously hopeful that the oft-discussed, never-fleshed-out “Plan B” for paying for long-deferred transportation improvements won’t elude Georgians, unicorn-like, for too much longer. It’s indeed encouraging [More]

Medical marijuana in Georgia

  • 3:00 pm Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Many families with children suffering from seizures are desperate for Georgia to legalize the use of medical cannabis. The state representative leading the charge today updates his campaign to allow this relief for kids who could benefit from the drug. Sadly, some are dying while waiting for the state to act. In our second column, a faith-based activist writes that legislators and the FDA need to follow the process before approving something with possible aside effects and unwanted outcomes.

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Kids die as Georgia fiddles

By Allen Peake

As the clock approached midnight on March 20, the final night [More]

Working to better communities

  • 10:01 am Thursday, August 14th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Meet the Rev. Eric George Vickers, freshly minted senior pastor of Pilgrim Baptist Church, located in a gritty Atlanta neighborhood commonly referred to as “The Bluff.” Vickers writes about providing a holistic ministry for those who attend the historic church as well as those who never grace its sanctuary. Elsewhere, two essays deal with the formation of a South DeKalb improvement association and next Thursday’s crime and safety summit in Sandy Springs.

Good can come from The Bluff

By Eric George Vickers

Bright future in natural gas, woodlands

  • 1:06 pm Wednesday, August 13th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, an energy consultant suggests that cleaner, renewable energy might prove an economic boon for Georgia, a state with key factors in place to help it capitalize on a growing national movement to reduce pollution from power plants. The other writer looks at the valuable role our forests and woodlands can play in combating climate change.

Georgia’s promising energy future

By Win Porter

Georgia is on a path to more robust economic growth based on cleaner and more affordable energy. Natural gas and nuclear power will provide most of the muscle.

MARTA rail to North Fulton

  • 2:30 pm Monday, August 11th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

MARTA is having an interesting summer. Development around its rail stations looks to be gathering steam. Expansion south to Clayton County seems inevitable now that residents — most of them pro-transit — get to vote for a penny sales tax in November. And an expansion north along Georgia 400 also shows promise, as long as MARTA chooses the right route. Today, neighborhood leaders in Sandy Springs outline the best way for MARTA to win over North Fulton residents. And a MARTA executive writes that the agency is listening.

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MARTA should choose the right direction

By Chip Swearngan

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APS cheating trial begins

  • 11:23 am Sunday, August 10th, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

Stepping toward truth

The Editorial Board’s opinion

Great entities sometimes face hard tests. The kind that determine whether they rise to deep challenges. Or stumble into that slide called decline.
Metro Atlanta will enter such a moment Monday as the long-in-coming trial of 12 Atlanta Public Schools educators begins in a Fulton County courtroom.
A sworn jury will determine the legal outcome. No matter the verdict, a watching nation and world will judge Atlanta by what we do next.
Even as the names of defendants and schools quickly dart behind memory’s dark veil after the trial, the fundamental, stubborn issue will remain of just how [More]

Making health care affordable for all

  • 2:33 pm Friday, August 8th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

A Georgia home health care professional writes today about how Affordable Care Act-induced changes to Medicare are affecting the industry, and how new legislation sponsored by U.S. Rep. Tom Price, a Roswell Republican, can help. In our second column, former Health and Human Services Director Dr. Louis Sullivan, a member of President George H.W. Bush’s cabinet and founding dean of the Morehouse University School of Medicine, agrees that adjustments may need to be made, but stresses the importance of expanding Medicaid and what growing our health insurance numbers will do for citizens.

Home health care shouldn’t be cut

By Charlotte Weaver

Make a [More]

Georgia veterans deserve first-class care

  • 12:49 pm Thursday, August 7th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

A $17 billion plan to overhaul the Veteran Affairs Department awaits the signature of President Barack Obama. Today, two of our congressional representatives, a Democrat and a Republican, give partisan takes on the bill and pledge to fight for the health care of veterans.

VA culture needs bipartisan fix

By David A. Scott


Giving workers skills to succeed

  • 9:49 am Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Recently, President Barack Obama signed legislation that passed the House and Senate by wide margins — the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. The law, which garnered bipartisan support, ensures workers have access to job training and skills to meet the 21st century job market. Today, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden write that Georgia and other states should tailor jobs programs to close the skills gap. Two other essays deal with the importance of grooming young talent and public-private partnerships.

Restore opportunity for all

By Barack Obama, Joe Biden

Both of these steps will connect more ready-to-work Americans with [More]

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