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Moving speed limits on I-285

2:00 pm Sep. 29, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

On Sunday, north side motorists will discover a higher base speed limit and new variable speed limits on 36 miles of I-285 north of its two interchanges with I-20. The Georgia Department of Transportation says the modifications will help moderate driving speeds in times of tie-ups — slowing everyone down to (hopefully) speed up traffic flow. In our second column, I talk with a Fayette County official

SUNDAY ISSUE: THE ATLANTA HAWKS AND RACE

2:07 pm Sep. 27, 2014

Watching like a Hawk

The rolling thunderstorm  over the unveiled racial sentiments expressed within the Atlanta Hawks’ ownership and management ranks provides an opportunity to break the national stalemate over discussing race.
The blowback against the Hawks over an email and a meeting conversation are but one recent event proving that we aren’t yet at the promised land foreseen by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. We’ve come an admirably long way.

How to keep a kid in school: Give him a job

11:42 am Sep. 24, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

We devote today’s discussion to a Carroll County cable manufacturer that has opened a factory for troubled teens. The youths spend eight hours a day in company classrooms and work four hours a day, earning above minimum wage. Read how this novel concept produces high school graduates with workforce skills, and how it’s spread statewide.

Help profits by helping others

By Stu Thorn

SUNDAY ISSUE: CIVIL WAR 150

2:06 pm Sep. 20, 2014

The Editorial Board’s Opinion

What Atlanta was versus what we became. And how that came to be?
Fully analyzing that journey requires consideration of the Civil War’s lingering impact today — 150 years after Union forces seized control of this city.
We suggest here that it’s important still to undertake the risky, painful journey of unpacking and reassessing history’s baggage in a contemporary light. Doing so can help make better sense of where

Georgian voted for progress

4:00 pm Sep. 19, 2014

When Weltner stood alone

By Nathaniel Meyersohn

In November 1860, Thomas R.R. Cobb, author of an influential legal defense of slavery, called for the immediate and unconditional secession of Georgia. Cobb would go on to serve in the Confederate Congress and later became a general for the Confederacy. He was killed in 1862 during the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Fifty years ago this summer, Cobb’s great-grandson, Charles L. Weltner, issued another decisive call on

Music Midtown and the neighbors

4:34 pm Sep. 18, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

I’ve covered and attended Music Midtown since it started at a site where the Federal Reserve Bank now sits on 10th Street. Midtown was a different place in 1994, with more open space and fewer residents for big rock concerts to disturb. Now a denser, more attractive residential neighborhood surrounds the festival’s new home, Piedmont Park, and some wonder whether such an event is even suitable here.

Time to talk race in Atlanta

10:28 am Sep. 18, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Can we talk? About race, that is. Given the Hawks’ controversy, now just might be a good time for racial dialogue. Today, a guest writer invites us to partake in “It’s Time to Talk: A Forum on Race,” an inaugural event Tuesday at the Delta Flight Museum. Two other essays also delve into racial matters; one suggests racial justice begins at the ballot box, while the other

DeKalb works through a rough spot

9:46 am Sep. 17, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Recent woes in DeKalb County government compel us to ask: What’s the business climate like in the state’s third-largest county? And where does it go from here as it relates to better governance and economic progress? Today’s guest writers dissect the issue.

Money plays central role in scandal

By William Perry

Is Georgia serious about rail?

2:36 pm Sep. 15, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The Georgia Department of Transportation has been updating citizens on the state rail plan, a federally mandated blueprint for passenger and freight. Though the state has little passenger rail service to speak of — two Amtrak lines — Georgia has to be current and prepared should opportunities arise, and to capitalize on federal dollars for projects. Today, a GDOT director outlines the strategy, while a transportation policy

Sunday Issue: DeKalb County government

2:58 pm Sep. 13, 2014

Working toward better governance

Even the wildest of free falls eventually stops, suddenly or otherwise. We hope that’s the case for the woes bedeviling DeKalb County government.
A county of DeKalb’s size and economic influence deserves better. What residents have gotten instead are too many leaders who could’ve landed starring roles in those bad ’70s fast-car-and-moonshine movies. The ones that lampooned the South and its public officials as being backward — and