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

Find solution to racist symbols

5:39 pm Oct. 28, 2015

By Vincent Fort

Things changed on June 17.

The Charleston massacre at Emmanuel AME Church changed forever how we as Americans consider racist symbolism in our country. Symbols matter. They were used to motivate and justify the

Carve new Stone Mountain legacy

5:33 pm Oct. 28, 2015

By Hank Johnson

“Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.” – The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Those hallowed words of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, uttered more than 50 years ago to more than

Atlanta’s Giving Kitchen

10:38 am Oct. 22, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Sometimes tragedy inspires long-term initiatives to help the broader community. Hence, The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit devoted to assisting Atlanta restaurant industry employees in their times of need. In our lead column, the organization’s executive director explains its origins and the growth of its mission to help hard-hit workers stay afloat. The other essay deals with food, travel and international volunteerism here and abroad via a nonprofit

Homeless, hungry too

5:24 pm Aug. 5, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

No plans for Saturday? The Fulton County sheriff invites you to attend and assist with an annual Homeless Initiative, a block party for a worthy cause that takes place this weekend on Central Avenue in downtown Atlanta. In the companion column, a volunteer for a Lawrenceville nonprofit tells us the shelves of many food pantries across metro Atlanta are running low. She explains how the situation puts

Marriage Equality

7:44 pm Jul. 21, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

We’ve debated the merits of same-sex marriage to no end. What about the potential economic impact of marriage equality? In our lead column, an economics professor offers a perspective based on a study of wedding expenses and related economic factors as compiled by the Williams Institute of UCLA. The other column questions the concept of same-sex marriage as “the new normal.”

Same-sex marriage will fuel economy

By M.V. Lee

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