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

Kill Georgia’s death penalty?

3:07 pm May. 7, 2015

Capital punishment in Georgia has become too costly and inefficient and runs counter to conservative principles, writes an attorney and Republican Party leader. It is no longer worth the price, and the state should move to life sentences without parole as its toughest criminal penalty. But another expert argues we’d all be safer if the justice system applied the death sentence only to the worst of the worst —

MARTA’s panhandling problem

3:52 pm May. 5, 2015

By Tom Sabulis

After a weekend in New York, I caught an early plane home to Atlanta Monday morning. As I was coming up the escalator to the MARTA train platform, I saw a man standing in the doorway of my North Springs train. He was politely, if loudly, asking fellow travelers where they were going on the system, and then directing them to either the Doraville or North Springs trains,

MARTA to Gwinnett?

4:03 pm May. 4, 2015

A recent poll in Gwinnett County revealed that 63 percent of those questioned were in favor of expanding MARTA into the county, a figure that dropped to 50 percent when people were asked if they would pay a penny sales tax for it. Those results indicate Gwinnett may have turned the corner on transit, right? Not quite, writes County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, who says it’s not time for

Pharmacists’ moral judgments

2:15 pm Apr. 30, 2015

Should pharmacists be allowed to refuse to fill prescriptions based on moral grounds? A recent incident at a Milledgeville Wal-Mart raised that question when a pharmacist denied a woman medication ordered to treat her miscarriage. In media accounts, the pharmacist allegedly assumed the drug was needed for an abortion, and the woman had to go elsewhere for her medication. Today, an OB-GYN criticizes laws that allows pharmacists to make

MARTA trains to North Fulton?

12:15 pm Apr. 21, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

As discussed on today’s AJC Atlanta Forward page, planning is under way to build out MARTA rail through North Fulton, all the way to Windward Parkway. A half-penny sales tax increase, ostensibly to pay for the expansion, was shot down in the recent legislative session, but officials are looking for ways to raise funds to pay for the estimated $2 billion extension. State Senator Brandon Beach, R-Alpharetta,

Fayette voting discrimination?

3:34 pm Apr. 9, 2015

A divisive Fayette County voting battle continues today as an NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer writes about the alleged injustice of the county’s election system, and a local official argues that the civil rights organization is not interested in seeking a compromise. Opponents say Fayette’s at-large voting systematically keeps blacks from serving on the county commission and school board. A U.S. district judge agreed and cleared the way for district

Transportation bill “fixes”

4:43 pm Mar. 23, 2015

As the transportation bill undergoes changes in the General Assembly, we turn today’s Atlanta Forward opinion page over to industry representatives and observers who sound the alarm on how the legislation could hurt consumers and businesses. Delta Air Lines weighs in on a proposed tax hike on aviation fuel. The National Consumers League attacks the proposed $5 rental car fee. And, in our lead column, a policy analyst

Guns on college campuses

2:50 pm Mar. 19, 2015

Should Georgia legalize concealed carry of weapons on college campuses? Today, the mother of a rising college freshman writes about the dangers such a law would pose. No weapon, she says, can replace good judgment as a deterrent against sexual assault. In our second column, UGA students argue that properly licensed students 21 and over and university employees should be allowed to carry firearms and not denied their rights