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Homeless youth: A crisis we choose not to see

  • 8:08 pm Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

They hide in plain view, yet many of us don’t acknowledge their existence: homeless youth. On any given night, hundreds of teens — many turned away by their parents or guardians because they came out of the closet — sleep on Atlanta’s streets and alleys and bunk in abandoned buildings. Today’s guest writers explore a growing problem in the region and solicit your help to serve this sector of our community. (Photo: Tyler Perry visits Young People Matter, an emergency shelter in Atlanta for homeless young people.)

Homeless youth in plain view

By Simone Joye

Kids tweeted him non-stop for [More]

Improving community health, job opportunities

  • 10:29 am Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Too often, health and wellness issues fall below the radar as they relate to metro Atlanta’s burgeoning South Asian communities. One of today’s writers advocates for the creation of holistic health programs that can combat illnesses as well as treatment costs. Elsewhere, an official with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition previews a local economic summit to feature U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

South Asian health dialogue needed

By Nazeera Dawood

For example, the total estimated cost of diagnosed diabetes in 2012 was $245 billion, including $176 billion in direct medical costs and $69 billion in decreased productivity. There is [More]

Moving speed limits on I-285

  • 2:00 pm Monday, September 29th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

On Sunday, north side motorists will discover a higher base speed limit and new variable speed limits on 36 miles of I-285 north of its two interchanges with I-20. The Georgia Department of Transportation says the modifications will help moderate driving speeds in times of tie-ups — slowing everyone down to (hopefully) speed up traffic flow. In our second column, I talk with a Fayette County official about his county’s plans to help test driverless vehicles, a new technology being studied by a state House committee.

Commenting is open.

Adjusting speeds on top end Perimeter

By Russell McMurry

An important new [More]


  • 2:07 pm Saturday, September 27th, 2014 by andrejacksonajc

Watching like a Hawk

The rolling thunderstorm  over the unveiled racial sentiments expressed within the Atlanta Hawks’ ownership and management ranks provides an opportunity to break the national stalemate over discussing race.
The blowback against the Hawks over an email and a meeting conversation are but one recent event proving that we aren’t yet at the promised land foreseen by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. We’ve come an admirably long way. But the reality  that there are still two increasingly hardened, broadly divergent views on whether we’ve already crossed the finish line proves there’s work left to do. Cries of “race-baiting” [More]

How to keep a kid in school: Give him a job

  • 11:42 am Wednesday, September 24th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

We devote today’s discussion to a Carroll County cable manufacturer that has opened a factory for troubled teens. The youths spend eight hours a day in company classrooms and work four hours a day, earning above minimum wage. Read how this novel concept produces high school graduates with workforce skills, and how it’s spread statewide.

Help profits by helping others

By Stu Thorn


  • 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]

Georgian voted for progress

  • 4:00 pm Friday, September 19th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

When Weltner stood alone

By Nathaniel Meyersohn

In November 1860, Thomas R.R. Cobb, author of an influential legal defense of slavery, called for the immediate and unconditional secession of Georgia. Cobb would go on to serve in the Confederate Congress and later became a general for the Confederacy. He was killed in 1862 during the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Fifty years ago this summer, Cobb’s great-grandson, Charles L. Weltner, issued another decisive call on an equally pressing issue in the South: the 1964 civil rights bill. Weltner’s words would echo through the red hills of Georgia and beyond.

Weltner, a first-term congressman from Georgia’s Fifth [More]

Music Midtown and the neighbors

  • 4:34 pm Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by Tom Sabulis

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

I’ve covered and attended Music Midtown since it started at a site where the Federal Reserve Bank now sits on 10th Street. Midtown was a different place in 1994, with more open space and fewer residents for big rock concerts to disturb. Now a denser, more attractive residential neighborhood surrounds the festival’s new home, Piedmont Park, and some wonder whether such an event is even suitable here. As the festival kicks off today, a neighborhood group details its complaints. A city official responds.

Commenting is open.

Festival plan hurts the ‘hood

By Terry Bond

The Midtown Neighbors’ Association does not support [More]

Time to talk race in Atlanta

  • 10:28 am Thursday, September 18th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Can we talk? About race, that is. Given the Hawks’ controversy, now just might be a good time for racial dialogue. Today, a guest writer invites us to partake in “It’s Time to Talk: A Forum on Race,” an inaugural event Tuesday at the Delta Flight Museum. Two other essays also delve into racial matters; one suggests racial justice begins at the ballot box, while the other confronts an “attitude that kills young black men.”

Now’s time to have dialogue

By Laura Turner Sydel

Now is the time for Atlantans to come together to reflect on how we can enhance [More]

DeKalb works through a rough spot

  • 9:46 am Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 by rbadie

Moderated by Rick Badie

Recent woes in DeKalb County government compel us to ask: What’s the business climate like in the state’s third-largest county? And where does it go from here as it relates to better governance and economic progress? Today’s guest writers dissect the issue.

Money plays central role in scandal

By William Perry

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