Medical marijuana’s first big step

3:41 pm Feb. 26, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

In today’s column, State Rep. Allen Peake, the House sponsor of Georgia’s medical marijuana bill, pushes for its passage in the Senate and says he feels Gov. Nathan Deal will sign the bill into law. On Wednesday, the chamber voted 158-2 to decriminalize the possession of cannabis oil with no more than 5 percent of the chemical that produces the highs associated with pot. Today, Peake

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

Sunday Issue: Where does Atlanta stand?

2:26 pm Feb. 14, 2015

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The Editorial Board’s Opinion
The philosopher Socrates famously pronounced the unexamined life as not worth living. This saying has endured because many through the ages have intuitively gotten his profound point.
Contemplative questions arising around the unexamined life can be applied to the great agglomeration that is metro Atlanta. For cities and other geographic clusters are living organisms in their own way.
And some are far healthier than others.

Nursing home blues

11:00 am Feb. 6, 2015

Grandma’s care needs a new discussion

By Morgan Driskell

Being in a nursing home is considered a normal part of life: Grandmother is simply too old to be left home alone, and paying for her to receive care in a healthy environment with peers can only be beneficial.

But what is really happening in nursing homes?

With the recent introduction of House Bill 72 in Georgia, it is time for a conversation about how

A whites-only environment?

3:21 pm Jan. 30, 2015

Black, brown want green jobs, too

By Carlton E. Brown

The lack of racial and ethnic diversity in most mainstream environmental groups and government agencies is no revelation; for decades, it’s been a hushed issue that’s fractured the green movement and kept minorities out of the insider’s club. But we now have empirical evidence of the industry’s lingering racial divide.

Dorceta Taylor, professor of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the

Medical marijuana

2:15 pm Jan. 29, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Today, we offer the second of a two-part series on medical marijuana. A law professor specializing in forensic medicine writes about factors complicating the decriminalization of medical marijuana in Georgia, called for in HB 1 (a gutted version of the original bill that endorsed growing and regulating the plant in Georgia). A doctor outlines current research that can guide the state. And an advocate endorses the senate

Killing the electric car tax credit

4:52 pm Jan. 12, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Battle lines are being drawn over an attempt to eliminate Georgia’s $5,000 tax credit for electric vehicles. An Alpharetta Republican is re-introducing legislation this year to phase out the credit, one of the most generous in the country. Today, he explains the rationale for his bill in an exclusive column for the AJC. But EV supporters say removal of the credit, used primarily by buyers of the

On Charlie Hebdo and a Gold Dome To-Do list

11:36 am Jan. 10, 2015

Liberty’s precious price

A murderous rampage hurled the words Charlie Hebdo into common knowledge last week. The French journalists who paid with their lives for having irreverent ideas would likely appreciate that.
Armed fanatics can quickly cut down unarmed innocents. But they will wholly fail in their larger quest.
For an incessant clash of ideas and ideals is essential to the higher nature of humankind. The necessary clangor of disparate thoughts can, should

Ashes to ashes

4:59 pm Jan. 8, 2015

Cremation’s appeal to mobile populace

By James Gallant

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently published a piece on the growing popularity of cremation of the dead, as opposed to burial (“More Atlantans choose cremation,” Living, Jan. 5). Among the explanations mentioned for this trend were the lower cost of cremation, its environmental friendliness and the decline 0f organized religion.

The author of a book on American attitudes on this matter, interviewed on National Public Radio,

Expanded world trade benefits Georgia

6:27 pm Jan. 6, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

India, led by its prime minister, wants to chart a better path for the country’s economic growth, an initiative the Atlanta-based consul general of India says regional businesses and investors should embrace. In a related column on global commerce, an international trade executive explains the importance of “trade promotion authority” legislation to economic recovery in Georgia and the nation.

Invest in India

By Ajit Kumar

The outcome of a historic