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Opinion: Why HBCUs were worth exploring
 I didn’t attend an HBCU, but I grew up surrounded, impressed and humbled by their alumni, legacy and history. So I’ve followed with interest The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s recently concluded series on historically black colleges and universities. Given my life’s journey, I can see why this reporting was both important...

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I didn’t attend an HBCU, but I grew up surrounded, impressed and humbled by their alumni, legacy and history. So I’ve followed with interest The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s recently concluded series on historically black colleges and universities. Given my life’s journey, I can see why this reporting was both important...
Editorial: Voices on gun violence

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The passage of a little more than a week has not lessened the intensity of renewed national debate over gun violence that gained momentum after the killings of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. Some students at the school have gained worldwide attention for their continuing forcefulness in demanding change...
Opinion: How not to deliver Amazon
 Don’t screw this up. Consider that blunt shorthand for saying that pragmatism should trump election-year politics when it comes to Georgia’s run for Amazon’s second headquarters. The under-wraps bid by Georgia and metro Atlanta to win the retailer’s “HQ2” no doubt contains a sizable package of monetary...

Posted: 16 days ago

Don’t screw this up. Consider that blunt shorthand for saying that pragmatism should trump election-year politics when it comes to Georgia’s run for Amazon’s second headquarters. The under-wraps bid by Georgia and metro Atlanta to win the retailer’s “HQ2” no doubt contains a sizable package of monetary...
Opinion: Keep carrying this package
 We made the first, big cut. That is a big deal when the choice is where Amazon will ultimately build its second headquarters. Metro Atlanta is now on the short list of 20 possible locations for the so-called HQ2. That’s a much more exclusive patch of cotton than the 238 cities total that had pitched a relocation package toward the retailing...

Posted: 30 days ago

We made the first, big cut. That is a big deal when the choice is where Amazon will ultimately build its second headquarters. Metro Atlanta is now on the short list of 20 possible locations for the so-called HQ2. That’s a much more exclusive patch of cotton than the 238 cities total that had pitched a relocation package toward the retailing...
Opinion: Settling ‘Water Wars’ still best solution

5:00 PM Friday, Jan. 19, 2018

Two, and sometimes three, states have been here before. This newspaper’s essentially written this editorial before. Yet the water wars continue with a latest round of courtroom maneuvering in the decades-long battle over the water system that supplies Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Earlier this month, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments...
Opinion: Collaboration that fuels action

5:00 PM Friday, Jan. 12, 2018

Georgia’s motto of “Wisdom, Justice and Moderation” may make a big comeback in 2018. That would bode well for this state, its people and its economy. The reality of a sweeping election year across Georgia could not overwhelm a strong vibe of “git ‘er done” pragmatism from key speakers last week at an event...
Opinion: Powering greater reliability
 As inclement weather in recent years has made forcefully clear, if metro Atlanta truly wants to routinely perform on a global stage, it must have infrastructure worthy of a world-class metropolis. The spectacular December 17 electrical power meltdown at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dramatically suggested we’re not yet playing...

7:00 PM Friday, Jan. 05, 2018

As inclement weather in recent years has made forcefully clear, if metro Atlanta truly wants to routinely perform on a global stage, it must have infrastructure worthy of a world-class metropolis. The spectacular December 17 electrical power meltdown at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport dramatically suggested we’re not yet playing...
Opinion: Holiday seasons then and now

5:00 PM Friday, Dec. 22, 2017

The apex of another Christmas holiday season is almost upon us, proving that another year has quickly sped by. This weekend has been consumed with the usual frenzy of last-minute shopping, cooking and preparations for time-honored holiday festivities. Mail trucks and parcel delivery vehicles are zipping to and fro, helping Santa complete...
Opinion: Being proactive on sexual harassment

5:00 PM Friday, Dec. 15, 2017

Almost every day it seems, the nation convulses as another accusation surfaces of sexual harassment, or other inappropriate behavior by men in high places. Given that the allegations – at least up to now — have been concentrated in the media and political ecosystems, it is encouraging and altogether appropriate that the Georgia...
Opinion: Innovative thinking deserves our ear

5:00 PM Friday, Dec. 08, 2017

It’s a deceptively simple, not-uncommon thought: That the future’s likely to look relatively little like the past. As a concept, it can be hard to grip the totality of changes just over today’s horizon that are either inevitable or, alternately, are sorely needed but far from a sure thing. The future promises profound effects...
Opinion: Choosing Atlanta’s next mayor

5:00 PM Friday, Dec. 01, 2017

On Tuesday, voters in a runoff election will choose the city of Atlanta’s next mayor. That day’s choice is an important one, with an impact that will simultaneously encompass and stretch far beyond the city limits. With less than one-tenth of the metro area’s population within its borders, it’s indisputable that the...
Opinion: Challenges of holidays past still show way forward

5:00 AM Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017

The first rough drafts of history that are newspapers can offer valuable perspective during the year-end holidays. They prove that troubled times are nothing new to our country, and world. A Thanksgiving Day 1967 column by The Atlanta Constitution’s Ralph McGill, reprinted here today, included this paragraph that could have been written...
Opinion: Study and act on economy’s boosters

5:00 PM Friday, Nov. 17, 2017

With a catfight over federal tax reform now occupying much of the national mind-space given to dollars-and-sense matters, it’s refreshing to take a look at America’s numbers game from the standpoint of economists — not politicians. Economics is called the Dismal Science for good reason — it’s not light work....
Opinion: Ga. and hunt for Amazon’s HQ2
 It’s not hyperbole that the national competition to land Amazon’s second headquarters has been compared to a reality-TV show. We have little doubt that many, if not most, elected officials would readily don a tophat or ball gown and perform their hearts out for all to see if it would boost their jurisdiction’s chances of...

5:00 PM Friday, Nov. 10, 2017

It’s not hyperbole that the national competition to land Amazon’s second headquarters has been compared to a reality-TV show. We have little doubt that many, if not most, elected officials would readily don a tophat or ball gown and perform their hearts out for all to see if it would boost their jurisdiction’s chances of...
Opinion: Seeing all the parts as a whole
 In a day when people tend to clump together around like minds or identical zip codes, it’s a refreshing change to see the Georgia Forward forum back on the scene, bringing together a variety of people around the idea represented by the nonprofit group’s very name. Georgia Forward’s mission is broad, yet simple — to...

4:00 PM Friday, Nov. 03, 2017

In a day when people tend to clump together around like minds or identical zip codes, it’s a refreshing change to see the Georgia Forward forum back on the scene, bringing together a variety of people around the idea represented by the nonprofit group’s very name. Georgia Forward’s mission is broad, yet simple — to...
Opinion: Driving toward the future
 As fans of old science fiction know, humankind has a less-than-stellar record at pinpointing what tomorrow holds. Yet Shakespeare had it right, too: “What’s past is prologue.” The leap of wristwatch phones from comic strips to reality proves that. Which makes pondering the future of transportation intriguing — and...

4:00 PM Friday, Oct. 27, 2017

As fans of old science fiction know, humankind has a less-than-stellar record at pinpointing what tomorrow holds. Yet Shakespeare had it right, too: “What’s past is prologue.” The leap of wristwatch phones from comic strips to reality proves that. Which makes pondering the future of transportation intriguing — and...
Opinion: Where protest meets reverence

6:00 PM Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

Given the sadly viral popularity of an American pastime best described as hissing and spitting, figuratively or even literally, at anyone with whom we might disagree, it’s no surprise that “taking a knee” has rapidly entered our lexicon. In a nation deeply riven by differences over most anything you can name, it follows...
Opinion: Breach demands firm fixes
 It’s a pleasant surprise that the still-unfolding Equifax breach has drawn the ire of politicians on both sides of the aisle. That may be the only pleasing aspect of an epic security lapse that exposed financial and personal data of as many as 145 million Americans. The latest revelation this week indicates info from 10.9 million driver...

4:00 PM Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

It’s a pleasant surprise that the still-unfolding Equifax breach has drawn the ire of politicians on both sides of the aisle. That may be the only pleasing aspect of an epic security lapse that exposed financial and personal data of as many as 145 million Americans. The latest revelation this week indicates info from 10.9 million driver...
Opinion: Where to now on gun policy?

4:00 PM Friday, Oct. 06, 2017

The massacre of dozens of concert-goers in Las Vegas has reignited the uniquely American debate over what restrictions on firearms may be appropriate and warranted — or not — in considering the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms and its practical effects on society. As we’ve written here multiple...
Opinion: Finding fixes for opioid scourge

7:00 PM Friday, Sep. 29, 2017

The numbers are sobering: tens of thousands of Americans who die each year from abuse of the class of pain-relief drugs known as opioids. What’s much-lesser known is the human toll of suffering and death that opioid abuse wreaks on communities. It is a problem not confined to what many might believe are the usual suspects. Opioid abuse...
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