Southern, gay, not leaving

4:00 pm Dec. 19, 2014

Change coming for gay rights

By Brian M. Basinger

It would be tempting for a gay Georgia resident to leave the South and head for California or the Northeast, where same-sex marriage and workplace non-discrimination policies are the law of the land. I can see my husband and I starting over in another state where we cannot be mistreated at work because of our sexual orientation, where we don’t pay additional state

DeKalb’s wannabe cities

4:26 pm Dec. 11, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Two DeKalb County communities are fighting a border war in order to get approval from the Legislature to proceed with incorporation. “If the people in this room want something to happen, they’d better get their act together and come up with a map that we can approve, ” Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming, said at a public hearing. If the General Assembly and Gov. Nathan Deal rule favorably

SUNDAY ISSUE: TRUST IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

11:57 pm Dec. 6, 2014

AP Photo

Narrowing our era’s Great Gulf

Andre Jackson, for the Editorial Board

“And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you

Fuel, Forsyth and our future

1:30 pm Dec. 1, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

As a committee of state legislators wraps up its report on transportation infrastructure funding, we hear from a trucking industry leader who breaks down what he calls the unfair local tax that hurts both freight haulers and the state’s coffers. Also, a Forsyth County commissioner writes how local voters approved a $200 millon transportation bond. Finally, a road builder urges Congress to fix the bleeding Highway Trust

Georgia’s tanking transportation

4:00 pm Nov. 24, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Planning a road trip for Thanksgiving this week? You might want to pay attention to the condition of the highways and bridges. Many are in a sad state of repair, their maintenance wanting for lack of funds. It’s gotten so bad, the state can’t afford to pay for even basic infrastructure fixes. Today, three important players write about our dwindling stream of transportation revenue and how other,

Pro/Con: Immigration

2:00 pm Nov. 23, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

President Obama has announced that he will use his executive power to act unilaterally on immigration, allowing some five million undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. and work without the threat of deportation. His executive order followed a congressional stalemate over a bipartisan bill that was passed in the Senate but stalled in the House. Today, a local immigration lawyer and a member of the state’s

Georgia loses two great leaders

12:12 pm Nov. 22, 2014

Leaders by example, and what they can teach us

“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them … .”
Old Testament book of Joshua.
In one weekend, Georgia and its capital city lost two great servants: former Gov. Carl E. Sanders Sr. and businessman Herman J. Russell.
Their joining of that incessant caravan traveling irrevocably away

Salute to Vietnam vets

2:00 pm Nov. 7, 2014

My heroes wore pajamas

By Alvin Townley

My boyhood heroes carried swords and rode white horses; they flew planes from aircraft carriers; they wore our country’s uniform. To me, the grace of Washington or the dash of Patton marked a leader. More recently, I’ve admired haggard special operators outfitted with equal parts training, technology and mettle.

Today, however, the warriors I respect most wore pajamas and flip-flops. They were captured at war and

Walking joy, traffic outrage

10:38 am Nov. 6, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

If you follow real estate news and urban development trends, you’ve probably heard about the popularity of “walkable communities,” the latest iteration on “live-work-play” communities. But walkable enclaves have always existed in our cities, be they Atlanta, Decatur or Marietta. Today, we hear from two different generations of Georgians who have managed to downsize (and improve) their lives by choosing a more pedestrian-oriented existence. In our third

Sunday Issue: Election 2014

12:08 pm Nov. 1, 2014

Learn, think, vote

The Editorial Board’s Opinion

After the months of amped-up noise, swirling lights and gyrations inside the inescapable disco that is modern-day election season, it will be a tranquil relief to step into the quiet serenity of polling places Tuesday.
There, with a ballot before us, important work silently beckons. There are important choices to be made on candidates and issues alike. Let us, in large numbers, make them, using clear-headed