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

Pro/Con: Atlanta’s infrastructure vote

9:05 pm Mar. 15, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Atlanta residents get to vote Tuesday on a bond referendum worth up to $250 million. If approved, the city says the money will address a nearly billion-dollar backlog of repairs to streets, bridges and municipal buildings. Mayor Kasim Reed encourages voters to cast a “yes” ballot to make Atlanta a more livable city. But an open-government advocate wonders if we can trust the city to be

Mississippi hurting

2:00 pm Feb. 20, 2015

Lynching, murder and the judge

By Jason Morgan Ward

Two important events in the unfinished history of southern racial violence occurred earlier this month. On Feb. 10, the Alabama-based Equal Justice Initiative released “Lynching in America,” an unflinching report that documents 3,959 black victims of mob violence in 12 southern states between 1877 and 1950. The same day, a U.S. District Court judge handed down sentences in the federal government’s first prosecution

Changes ahead for DFCS

11:37 am Feb. 19, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Bobby Cagle, Georgia’s new director of the Division of Family and Children Services, seems well-suited to the job. As a child of 10 months, he was adopted from the welfare system of North Carolina by “a loving family.” Today, Cagle outlines the changes he hopes will turn around the beleaguered DFCS. In our second column, also on the topic of children’s welfare, the commissioner of the state

Marijuana: how far should Georgia go?

3:09 pm Feb. 12, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

I met U.S. Army veteran Perry Parks, today’s lead columnist, at a joint legislative subcommittee hearing on medical cannabis last summer in Macon, where he spoke poignantly on the benefits of marijuana in the treatment of his service-related injuries. He supports the legalization of the plant in Georgia and his state, North Carolina, as a way to treat veterans. On the other side of the argument, two

A personal fight against litter

2:38 pm Feb. 4, 2015

Small effort, inspiring dividends

By Mary Norwood

At the Buckhead Coalition’s annual luncheon recently, CNN founder and philanthropist Ted Turner regaled us with his wonderful off-the-cuff comments. Always entertaining and poignant, his comment about picking up litter around his building — he lives downtown in the Bona Allen Building above his Ted’s Montana Grill restaurant — struck a chord with many of us in the audience.

Atlanta is a great city. We have

Hurting school bus drivers, children

2:29 pm Feb. 4, 2015

Stripping health benefits will jolt the system

By Garry Puetz

Gov. Nathan Deal says it’s not fair school bus drivers who work less than 30 hours a week receive State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) coverage, when other state employees who work less than 30 hours per week do not.

But overly simplistic comparisons of positions or groups, utilizing only one factor, can lead to a shortsighted assessment, neither accurate nor effective.

In our opinion,

Guarding patient info

4:00 pm Jan. 23, 2015

Protecting health data critical

By Annie Anton and Peter Swire

As our everyday lives become more connected – via smartphones, tablets and other devices – so will information about our health care. This will provide enormous benefits to patients and to the health care system, allowing innumerable breakthroughs on the way we track health and medical information and enhancing our well-being. Many of these breakthroughs will take place here in Georgia, where

Medical marijuana lives

2:00 pm Jan. 22, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Critics and sufferers lamented when Gov. Deal sent a portion of Georgia’s medical marijuana bill back to a study group to figure out how to cultivate the plant here for its cannabis oil. The stripping of HB 1, they say, means another year-long delay in getting medical marijuana to citizens suffering from an assortment of maladies (although this year’s legislation still calls for decriminalization). But the bill’s

Religious liberty law needed?

4:00 pm Jan. 15, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The so-called religious liberty law being pushed in the General Assembly has rallied opponents and defenders alike. Today, two faith leaders write that the potential for misuse of new religious freedom laws is already being realized around the country in dangerous and discriminatory ways. A supporter of House Bill 29, however, cites examples of why it’s needed, and why the sky will not fall if it becomes

Open letter to Tech president

2:00 pm Jan. 9, 2015

Take steps on crime, or lose my son

By Clark E. Blackwell

My son is in his third year at Georgia Tech. Until this week, I’ve been willing to turn a blind eye to, and to even place blame on, the students who were often victimized off-campus while returning from after-midnight carousing, or who had stupidly ventured into areas near campus that are commonly known to be unsafe.

During the past eight months,