Discussion on Atlanta's economy, schools, transportation, leadership, quality of life

Parental pleas for medical marijuana

3:00 pm Oct. 30, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Cannabis oil, or medical marijuana, is gaining traction around the country as a treatment for controlling seizures. Already, 23 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized it for medical use. After the Georgia General Assembly failed to act on medical marijuana last session, a legislative committee was formed to study the issue and make recommendations. At the second meeting, in Macon, I met the two parents who agreed

Georgians generous to world

11:14 am Oct. 30, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgians, apparently, know charity begins at home. How else to explain Atlanta’s ranking as the fourth most-generous among large metropolitan areas? Our guest writers focus on philanthropy at home and abroad: A Spelman College administrator writes about the school’s growing philanthropic endeavors, from students to alumni and beyond. A business executive and a nonprofit official note the importance of Georgia’s engagement in global matters. In the third

Domestic oil drilling: Time to open the spigot?

10:41 am Oct. 29, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today’s topic: domestic oil drilling. A policy analyst suggests that domestic drilling could lower consumer gasoline prices and advocates for its expansion. Meanwhile, a Georgia environmentalist says offshore development would endanger our coasts and sensitive protected areas. The third column deals with anonymous spending in political campaigns.

Protect nature, fill gas tanks

By Anastasia Swearingen

For decades, a key argument against the energy industry was that domestic drilling doesn’t affect

DeKalb corruption

4:50 pm Oct. 27, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis’ fate is still not known. A jury could not reach unanimous verdicts on any counts in Ellis’ recent corruption trial. The mistrial has spawned a fury of opinions. Today, an Emory University-based ethicist criticizes jury members for considering personal feelings about Ellis and condemns Georgia governments for their corrupt legacy. The jury’s forewoman writes about the difficulties of attaining unanimous verdicts,

Beltline as social engine

3:00 pm Oct. 23, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Still in its early stages, the Atlanta Beltline is already a success as a recreational destination. But its real power may be as a vehicle for social connection. Today, my column focuses on a lecture delivered by Beltline CEO Paul Morris at the Georgia State University School of Public Health, in which he detailed the impact of the Beltline on environmental rehabilitation, business and society. A GSU

Redefine DeKalb

9:39 pm Oct. 22, 2014

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

New clean water rules: Clarity or hardship?

10:04 am Oct. 22, 2014

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

MARTA’s impending expansion

4:00 pm Oct. 20, 2014

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

Cobb County government missteps

12:42 pm Oct. 18, 2014

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

Georgia hospitals and Ebola

4:00 pm Oct. 16, 2014

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