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Readers Write: June 6

3:02 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Atlanta’s leaders would condemn DealLast Sunday’s opinion column by Kevin Riley (“A trait of leaders, then and now,” Opinion, May 29) examined the traits of great leaders of Georgia’s past to favorably compare them to the stand made by Georgia’s governor against the Religious Liberty Bill. However, the main difference ...
Symbols always evolve over time

12:00 a.m. Saturday, May 21, 2016

Despite many promises to myself, my thoughts drift again to 1996.Maybe it’s the impending end of an era: In a few months the Braves will vacate the stadium built for the Olympics, permanently altering an important emotional link to that amazing time.Or maybe it was hearing about the final harvest ...
Media takes well-deserved hit

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015

The big loser at Wednesday night’s GOP debate wasn’t on the stage. In my case, he was sitting on his couch at home wishing he was watching the World Series. Journalism and journalists — those of us who toil in the news vineyards — took a shellacking. Our shaky poll ...
Doctor who survived Ebola: Faith and science saved me
ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 21:  Dr. Kent Brantly speaks during a press conference announcing his release from Emory Hospital on August 21, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Dr. Brantly thanked the medical team, his family and Samaritan's purse for their help in his recovery.  Dr. Brantly and another patient, Nancy Writebol, were released from Emory Hospital after receiving treatment for Ebola that they both contracted while working as medical missionaries in Liberia.  (Photo by Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Updated: 1:56 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4, 2015

When Kent Brantly, in isolation at his home near the hospital where he was working in Liberia, learned that he had Ebola, he called his wife. She had returned with their children to the United States before he even started feeling ill, and now he had terrible news. “The test ...
Adding value for our subscribers

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, 2015

In all my years as a journalist, one of the toughest things for me as a writer has always been getting started.I hate the term writer’s block but I guess that’s what it is.So when I put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard to write this column late one ...
Rolling toward a better MARTA

Updated: 2:42 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, 2015

Let’s face it, MARTA gets no respect.There’s this, for instance, from the Huffington Post on the world’s most traffic-choked cities:“… it doesn’t get much worse than Atlanta (which is) hamstrung by the woefully inadequate MARTA system: a plus-shaped subway line whose much-needed expansion is perennially blocked by special interests.”Of course, ...
A story, an era and a young mind

Updated: 6:24 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, 2015

Sarah Lawn was shocked by what she had read in the newspaper.It was a hot summer day in a sleepy patch of southern Missouri called King, not far from the Arkansas line.A headline from Georgia had caught her attention. She’d followed the story over the summer, but its conclusion left ...
Tough decisions withstand time’s test

Updated: 1:20 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Governor of Georgia faced a difficult decision. It pitted his conscience and sense of duty against the popular sentiment in the state at an emotional time.He knew that if he did what he believed was right and used his unique power as the chief executive of the state, he’d ...
Falling in love one mile at a time

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015

“The Beltline should accomplish more than just an improved system of public transportation. It has the potential to change the way we look at Atlanta, how we understand our space within the city and within the region.”– From a 1999 master’s thesis by Georgia Tech student Ryan Gravel.So, I have ...
Getting to know the future

12:00 a.m. Saturday, June 6, 2015

I don’t know about you, but when I hear the word millennial or when I am interacting with a millennial, all I can think is, when did I get old? Like you, I try to make myself feel better with comments like: I’m only as young as I feel, or ...
Seeking to understand in our work

Updated: 6:07 p.m. Friday, May 29, 2015

The Al-Farooq Mosque of Atlanta stands out as you travel down 14th Street; its distinctive architecture, unlike any nearby building, gleams in the sun.And there was some enlightenment awaiting me inside when I recently visited.I joined several members of our staff on a visit to the mosque a couple of ...
Pedaling toward a great relationship

12:00 a.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015

When the second of our daughters was a preschooler, she was also an early riser. It was mostly convenient that she’d get up earlier than her siblings; she gave her parents a headstart each day on managing three little ones.Except on vacation. At those times, which to young parents represent ...
When home makes headlines

12:00 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015

I’ve been in Atlanta for about 10 years but still find it hard to call it “my home.” Whenever I’m asked where I’m from, I immediately refer to the place where nearly all of my family lives – Charlottesville, Va.It’s a beautiful college town in Central Virginia.It has about 45,000 ...
Seeing truth through to the end

12:00 a.m. Saturday, April 4, 2015

On Day 24 of the Atlanta Public Schools cheating trial, Bob Wilson took the stand.In all of the moments of the dramatic and gut-wrenching trial, which included sobbing witnesses, outbursts by lawyers and threats from the judge, his authoritative testimony that day may have had the biggest impact on the ...
Giving credit where it’s due

12:00 a.m. Saturday, March 7, 2015

Atlanta had visits from royalty last week, to honor one of our town’s icons.Basketball royalty, that is.At several events, including the final one where his statue was unveiled, former Atlanta Hawk Dominique Wilkins was feted by some of the biggest names in the sport.On the surface, “’Nique Week,” as Hawks ...
Helping you deal with winter

Updated: 6:15 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

In every newsroom I’ve worked in there’s always been a saying that when weather is the dominating news event “everyone is a reporter.”Over the course of my journalism career at various news organizations, coverage of weather has always been something that united not only the newsroom but other departments of ...
Notorious crimes, unacknowledged

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015

It is one of the most notorious crimes of its kind in our state’s history, standing apart even within the ignominious story of racial lynchings in Georgia.In July 1946, near Monroe in Walton County, a group of men stopped a car with a white man driving and four black passengers, ...
A secrecy deeper than a grave

Updated: 7:29 p.m. Friday, Jan. 30, 2015

Monday morning the only Georgia government officials with the power save Warren Lee Hill’s life met to consider whether to intervene.I’m not going to debate whether the government was right to execute Hill. If you believe in the death penalty, his record was damning. In 1986, Hill killed his girlfriend ...
State needs courageous leaders

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015

Georgia’s leaders have made the state’s transportation problems seemingly impossible to solve.Only recently have our leaders — namely the governor, lieutenant governor and the speaker of the house — actually emphatically stated that something needs to be done to solve our current and growing gridlock (a huge Atlanta issue); fix ...
Remembering the dream
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution celebrates King’s legacy of justice,  hope and peace in a special 16-page commemorative section that can be  found in the newspaper and on the AJCePaper.

Updated: 1:15 p.m. Friday, Jan. 16, 2015

On April 4, 1968, Celestine Sibley, a columnist with The Atlanta Constitution, was driving along a Mississippi road when she heard the terrible news: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. – “a kind man, an eloquent man,” Sibley recalled – was gone. That night, rain beat against the windshield of ...
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