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Why the lack of honesty about RFRA impact?

4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The strongest argument offered by advocates for a Georgia “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” is that Senate Bill 129 merely mimics legislation that Congress passed almost unanimously more than 20 years ago. They then ask a simple, disarming question:How could a Georgia version of that non-controversial federal law be as discriminatory ...
Millennials help shape our region

Updated: 3:25 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sometime during 2015, the number of Americans in the age group called Millennials will exceed Baby Boomers. Millennials will shape the culture, form and success of our communities in a profound way. They are the generation born from the late 1970s to the mid-1990s. The Pew Research Center declares them ...
Etiquette vs. annihilation at stake in Iran deal

3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Recent statements from United Nations officials, that Iran is already blocking their existing efforts to keep track of what is going on in their nuclear program, should tell anyone who does not already know it that any agreement with Iran will be utterly worthless in practice. It doesn’t matter what ...
READERS WRITE

3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Solar power may raise electric rates(“The rise of solar in Georgia,” Atlanta Forward, March 25) did not to take into account the inevitable rise in electric rates as the franchised electric companies lose base loads to solar power. I am a retired power plant worker and saw similar effects when ...
Earn rights to innovate

3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Atlanta has gained recognition as the technology hub of the South. In fact, according to the city of Atlanta, the metropolitan area ranks 12th in the nation for tech startups. Established global brands including the Coca-Cola Co., Microsoft and most recently WorldPay, are investing in Atlanta’s entrepreneurs by building “innovation ...
Globalize family businesses

Updated: 12:03 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Family businesses are the prevailing form of business around the world. No other business produces and employs more people than family businesses. They give more to their communities, hire more, lay off less, have progressive employment practices and they do so regardless of the generation of ownership. And while their ...
WEDNESDAY CONVERSATION: REGIONAL ECONOMY

3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Typically, the term “family business” connotes mom ‘n pop-type operations with a few employees, slim profit margins and an inherent desire to keep operations simple. Our lead column implores such businesses — of all sizes — to capitalize on traits that can help them enter the global market and claim ...
Coming to grips with the chaos we created in the Middle East

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sometimes it is the aggregate of the news, more than a particular story, that ushers in a shock, a realization that things are perhaps worse than they seem.The headlines in the fourth week of March reminded us we are a nation still at war. There were the grim reminders of ...
Obama policies favor illegal immigrants over American citizens

12:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015

We have immigration laws in this country for two basic reasons: to preserve American jobs and to protect national security. President Barack Obama’s unlawful executive actions to grant amnesty to at least 5 million illegal immigrants violate both of those principles. Any objective review must find that the president’s policies ...
READERS WRITE

5:33 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Deciding against Falcons PSLsTim Tucker’s expertly written article relating to Atlanta Falcons’ seat licenses, or PSLs, captures well the issues and related fan frustrations (“Fans put down $7.5 million,” News, March 29). Mr. Tucker’s article should serve as a warning to team owner Arthur Blank and his marketing lieutenants not ...
Missing: Safe crossings to bus stops

3:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Like many people, I’m thrilled that MARTA buses are now rolling in Clayton County. People use transit to get to work, schools, hospitals and shopping – so this is a big boost to the region’s economy and quality of life. Nearly three-fourths of transit trips in the Atlanta region begin ...
Doing nothing is not an option

3:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Within Atlanta’s Perimeter Community Improvement Districts (PCIDs), we realized some time ago the importance of transportation corridor flow, accessibility and, increasingly, alternative transportation for locating major employers. In addition to newer neighbors like Mercedes USA, and State Farm Insurance, we are also home for Cox Enterprises and its related subsidiaries, ...
Delta should pay fair share

3:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

We know there is lots of talk in Atlanta these days about fuel taxes. Given that Delta supports an increase in motorists’ gas taxes while nevertheless opposing an end to its tax break, we thought we might be able to provide some useful facts. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport will remain ...
TUESDAY CONVERSATION: TRANSPORTATION
 

3:00 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015

Many Clayton County residents and transit fans around metro Atlanta have applauded MARTA’s expansion into that county. But today’s lead column reflects on the considerable work needed around bus stops and street crossings in order to create safe connectivity. In other columns today, a North Fulton business leader backs the ...
Readers write: March 30

6:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015

Why are we still blaming victims?In a diatribe against legislation to allow guns on campus (“Good judgment, not guns, best defense,” Opinion, March 20), Susan Radulovacki took a maladroit, inept turn when she wrote that “sexual assaults often begin as consensual conduct, that alcohol abuse and drug use lower inhibitions ...
Opinion: Opportunity knocks?

2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015

In arguing last week for a constitutional amendment granting the governor sweeping new powers to take over failing schools, legislators said they could not stand by and let children languish in underperforming schools Yet lawmakers stood by for a decade while schools endured budget cuts so devastating that two-thirds of ...
Opinion: Stop bullying of minority students

Updated: 7:05 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 2015

The viral video of a Sikh boy being called a “terrorist” on a Gwinnett County school bus should be another wake-up call to school officials in across the nation. As a Sikh American, this issue is personal to me. Like the boy in the video, my younger brother wears a ...
Response to recent conversation

2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015

Commenters on the AJC Get Schooled blog disagreed over whether Gov. Nathan Deal violated his own ban on lobbyist gifts when he allowed StudentsFirst, the advocacy group founded by former Washington, D.C, schools chancellor Michelle Rhee, to pay $14,336 to underwrite a legislative fact-finding trip to New Orleans last month ...
Atlanta Forward: Education
 

Updated: 5:45 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015

Next year, Georgia voters will be asked to grant the state new and unprecedented powers to step in and take control of schools deemed to be failing. In a hard-fought battle, the governor won his Opportunity School District, but will it offer real opportunities to children? I take up that ...
Good intentions on race trip up on our ignorance

6:00 a.m. Sunday, March 29, 2015

Am I the only person in America not making fun of Howard Schultz?The Starbucks CEO bought himself a ton of ridicule recently when he attempted to jumpstart a national dialogue on race by having baristas write the words “Race Together” on customers’ cups of Cinnamon Dolce Light Frappuccino Grande or ...
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