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SUNDAY ISSUE: CIVIL WAR 150

  • 2:06 pm Saturday, September 20th, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

The Editorial Board’s Opinion

What Atlanta was versus what we became. And how that came to be?
Fully analyzing that journey requires consideration of the Civil War’s lingering impact today — 150 years after Union forces seized control of this city.
We suggest here that it’s important still to undertake the risky, painful journey of unpacking and reassessing history’s baggage in a contemporary light. Doing so can help make better sense of where we stand today. Most importantly, it can tease out who we really are — a people sharing a common heritage, whether we want to, or not. That commonality holds even [More]

Sunday Issue: DeKalb County government

  • 2:58 pm Saturday, September 13th, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

Working toward better governance

Even the wildest of free falls eventually stops, suddenly or otherwise. We hope that’s the case for the woes bedeviling DeKalb County government.
A county of DeKalb’s size and economic influence deserves better. What residents have gotten instead are too many leaders who could’ve landed starring roles in those bad ’70s fast-car-and-moonshine movies. The ones that lampooned the South and its public officials as being backward — and corrupt. That must change.
To be fair, DeKalb’s far from alone. The last decade’s unearthed a rogue’s gallery of corrupt public officials outside of DeKalb. Combined, their sorry behavior has shoved [More]

Clayton’s march to MARTA

  • 2:01 pm Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Clayton County’s chairman remains steadfast in his optimism that voters in November will approve a sales-tax increase to bring MARTA service south, in what would be a historic expansion for the transit agency. I talked with him about the opposition he still anticipates as we get closer to election day. In our second column, a conservative commentator writes about the “expensive and generally useless over-regulation of transit” that federal and state authorities apply.

Moderating is open.

Chairman confident MARTA coming

By Tom Sabulis

Jeffrey Turner expects opposition to MARTA’s expansion into Clayton County to surface in the months before November’s sales-tax [More]

Sunday Issue: A tale of two cities

  • 12:28 pm Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

What Ferguson tells us

By Andre Jackson
My Opinion

In early 2008, I wrestled with whether to move 500 miles south. A journalistic mentor told me, simply: “Atlanta became the city that St. Louis once was.”
Her observation clinched the decision to leave my hometown and hire on at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
This month’s tragic events in Ferguson, Mo., reconfirms that I made the correct choice. Call me an Atlantan now. Here’s why.
I grew up barely six miles from Ferguson — on the same, sepia side of the bright line that’s historically divided white from black in St. Louis. I come from a family of [More]

Transportation trouble

  • 2:18 pm Monday, August 18th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Ranking near the bottom of per capita spending on transportation and overly dependent on federal handouts, Georgia is desperate to raise new revenue to fix its roads and bridges. Today, we hear about this crucial issue from a citizen member of the General Assembly’s Joint Study Committee on Critical Transportation Infrastructure Funding. In our second column, a former U.S. Transportation Department secretary writes that Congress needs to stop kicking the can down the road and take the lead to help states.

Commenting is open

Find a fix, or Georgia loses

By Edward Lindsey

Transportation has been at the heart of Atlanta’s [More]

Sunday Issue: Transportation Funding ‘Plan B’

  • 2:28 pm Saturday, August 16th, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

Another journey toward open roads

The Editorial Board’s Opinion

The good news is that when you’re already at the bottom of a hole, the logic of where to go from there is pretty apparent. Or at least it should be.
That’s the situation facing Georgia’s malnourished transportation infrastructure. Recent events suggest this message is becoming increasingly clear to lawmakers who hold state purse strings in an era when federal transportation funding is shakier than ever.
And that leaves us cautiously hopeful that the oft-discussed, never-fleshed-out “Plan B” for paying for long-deferred transportation improvements won’t elude Georgians, unicorn-like, for too much longer. It’s indeed encouraging [More]

APS cheating trial begins

  • 11:23 am Sunday, August 10th, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

Stepping toward truth

The Editorial Board’s opinion

Great entities sometimes face hard tests. The kind that determine whether they rise to deep challenges. Or stumble into that slide called decline.
Metro Atlanta will enter such a moment Monday as the long-in-coming trial of 12 Atlanta Public Schools educators begins in a Fulton County courtroom.
A sworn jury will determine the legal outcome. No matter the verdict, a watching nation and world will judge Atlanta by what we do next.
Even as the names of defendants and schools quickly dart behind memory’s dark veil after the trial, the fundamental, stubborn issue will remain of just how [More]

EPA Hearings in Atlanta

  • 12:39 pm Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

EPA owes Georgians time, answers

By Mike Duncan

Beginning today, Georgians will have their first and only opportunity to be heard in person about policies that would have a disastrous impact on the state’s economy. The EPA chose Atlanta as one of just four cities to host a public hearing on its proposal to regulate carbon emissions from America’s power plants.
EPA’s proposal represents one of the largest regulatory efforts in our nation’s history, fundamentally altering the way we power our homes and business. Georgia has traditionally relied on a diverse electricity portfolio drawing roughly one-third of its power each from coal, natural [More]

Atlanta Forward: EPA hearings in Atlanta

  • 11:52 am Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Today and Wednesday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is hosting hearings in Atlanta on its controversial proposed rules aimed at reducing pollution from power plants. Today, an environmental advocate says the changes will create cleaner, healthier air for Georgians and create jobs in the process. Another writer says that, if enacted, the rules would cost Georgians heavily in terms of both power costs and economic growth, with the poorest Georgians being among the most affected. Read even more opinions about the proposed rules at MyAJC.com and ajc.com.

EPA owes Georgians time, answers

By Mike Duncan

Beginning today, Georgians will have their first and [More]

A necessary drive toward congestion relief

  • 12:52 pm Saturday, July 26th, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

Andre Jackson, for the Editorial Board.

The dozen miles of U.S. 41/Cobb Parkway between the Kennesaw city limits and  I-285 is an unremarkable stretch of road.
Yet, what does — or doesn’t — happen in coming years along this hilly highway will speak to the future of both Cobb County and the greater Atlanta metro.
The broad, heavily used north-south corridor between Acworth and Fulton County is the latest arena for the popular Atlanta-style sport of squabbling over public transportation. At issue this time around is whether a Cobb County SPLOST approved for the November ballot should include money for road improvements that [More]