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Poverty threatens college pipeline

2:00 pm Aug. 29, 2014

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

Happy Labor (Union?) Day

2:30 pm Aug. 28, 2014

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

Stop militarization of local police

11:16 am Aug. 28, 2014

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

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

1:14 pm Aug. 27, 2014

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 —

Clayton’s march to MARTA

2:01 pm Aug. 25, 2014

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”

Sunday Issue: A tale of two cities

12:28 pm Aug. 23, 2014

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

Women’s Equality Day

2:00 pm Aug. 22, 2014

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

Fighting Ebola

2:00 pm Aug. 21, 2014

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

Weighing benefits of pot legalization

9:04 am Aug. 21, 2014

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

Bright future for Georgia ports

12:03 pm Aug. 20, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia’s ports continue to set new highs as more containers, bulk goods and cars moved through state ports in the most recent fiscal year. Today, a state official writes about the increases in imports and exports, while a lumber executive credits the state’s overall business climate and terminal traffic for expanding his operation’s reach.

Port cargo increases are no accident

By Curtis Foltz