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Opinion: Heading toward better mobility
 The substantial heft of something whole can sometimes be hidden in and around its various parts. That’s an illuminating way to assess transit efforts at this point in metro Atlanta. It efficiently sweeps in public policy as well as pieces undertaken by local, county and state government to improve the speed and ease at which we can...

Posted: 4 days ago

The substantial heft of something whole can sometimes be hidden in and around its various parts. That’s an illuminating way to assess transit efforts at this point in metro Atlanta. It efficiently sweeps in public policy as well as pieces undertaken by local, county and state government to improve the speed and ease at which we can...
Opinion: The quest for Amazon’s HQ2 continues
 Metro Atlanta remains in the running as a finalist for Amazon’s second headquarters. The hubbub over potentially landing “HQ”2 and the up to 50,000 high-paying jobs it could bring here remains a super-tantalizing business prospect for this region. On today’s page, we offer a trio of commentary pieces (see links below)...

Posted: 11 days ago

Metro Atlanta remains in the running as a finalist for Amazon’s second headquarters. The hubbub over potentially landing “HQ”2 and the up to 50,000 high-paying jobs it could bring here remains a super-tantalizing business prospect for this region. On today’s page, we offer a trio of commentary pieces (see links below)...
Opinion: Freedom, liberty are an ever-evolving ideal

Posted: 18 days ago

The approach of July 4th naturally brings forth concepts of liberty and the struggle to give it form via a new nation representing that Spirit of ‘76. The precepts and history that gave birth to these United States of America are worth reflection this holiday week and beyond. One point sometimes obscured by everyday life is that strife...
Opinion: Public health challenges affect us all
 Even in an age when years seem to grow increasingly more eventful, public health issues still find a way to charge to the forefront of public opinion. That’s no surprise, given that their effect is felt far and wide, and even universally at times. >> Opinion: Opioids are public health crisis of our time It’s hard to...

Posted: 25 days ago

Even in an age when years seem to grow increasingly more eventful, public health issues still find a way to charge to the forefront of public opinion. That’s no surprise, given that their effect is felt far and wide, and even universally at times. >> Opinion: Opioids are public health crisis of our time It’s hard to...
Opinion: Times change, our mission does not
 The Book of Proverbs speaks to the estimable value of a good name. Seen in that light, there are sound reasons why Henry Grady and Ralph McGill are household names across metro Atlanta, Georgia and, really, the entire nation. Their work, and that of the newspaper they boldly represented – The Atlanta Constitution – has stood the...

3:00 PM Friday, Jun. 15, 2018

The Book of Proverbs speaks to the estimable value of a good name. Seen in that light, there are sound reasons why Henry Grady and Ralph McGill are household names across metro Atlanta, Georgia and, really, the entire nation. Their work, and that of the newspaper they boldly represented – The Atlanta Constitution – has stood the...
Opinion: A time when ties did bind

3:00 PM Friday, Jun. 08, 2018

Another sad remembrance of an eventful year occurred last week with the 50th anniversary of Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination. RFK’s murder was the third systemic-shock-by-murder delivered to the American way of democracy in less than five years, starting with President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. A half-century...
Opinion: Efforts to combat congestion must continue
 Commuting in Atlanta remains a test of both will and patience. That holds true even in summer, which traditionally sees the departure from our roads of both big yellow school buses and many commuters who motor off to vacation destinations. Both traffic heat maps and automobile taillights still glow red for too long each day, bearing witness...

3:00 PM Friday, Jun. 01, 2018

Commuting in Atlanta remains a test of both will and patience. That holds true even in summer, which traditionally sees the departure from our roads of both big yellow school buses and many commuters who motor off to vacation destinations. Both traffic heat maps and automobile taillights still glow red for too long each day, bearing witness...
Opinion: Remembering selfless sacrifice, service

3:00 PM Friday, May. 25, 2018

Another Memorial Day holiday weekend is in our midst now. It is a time for, yes, relaxation, fun or even plain old rest. As a people, Americans work more than hard enough to claim all of that. Our desire for recreation should not overshadow the true reason for the holiday — to remember and honor the long, continuing caravan of Americans...
Opinion: Political pothole slows infrastructure drive

4:00 PM Friday, May. 11, 2018

It’s a slogan whose pithiness is exceeded by its expressed truth: “The future won’t wait. Neither can we. It’s #TimeToBuild.” That’s a fitting message for National Infrastructure Week, and especially so given the precarious, if not dilapidated, state of too much of this nation’s public framework that...
Opinion: Seeking opportunity in discordaround Confederate monuments

3:00 PM Friday, May. 04, 2018

In an America where roiling anger is a new national pastime, it can seem that counterproductive confrontation has stomped into rubble old societal building blocks of civility, respect and collaboration. That’s certainly the case on a myriad of current issues that divide us into predictable camps that are often hostile to differing views...
Opinion: Insights on improving our mobility

3:00 PM Friday, Apr. 27, 2018

The Georgia General Assembly’s noteworthy passage this year of transit legislation has generated significant interest and discussion among metro Atlantans who’re either victimized regularly by our epic traffic congestion, are working to reduce it, or both. The reactions include a number of guest columns on transportation and transit...
Opinion: Enabling next-gen transportation fixes
 In an age when histrionics — and not action — too-often hog the public spotlight, it’s most encouraging that the Georgia General Assembly has recently made significant headway toward improving the state’s transportation systems. That is a great victory for pragmatism and politics as the art of the possible at a time...

2:00 PM Friday, Apr. 20, 2018

In an age when histrionics — and not action — too-often hog the public spotlight, it’s most encouraging that the Georgia General Assembly has recently made significant headway toward improving the state’s transportation systems. That is a great victory for pragmatism and politics as the art of the possible at a time...
Opinion: Finding lessons from a life well-lived

4:00 AM Saturday, Apr. 07, 2018

A man who changed the world was our own. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was a son of the South in general, and Atlanta in particular. Much of the nation and world observed, and even mourns still, his passing from this earth 50 years ago last week. Murdered by an assassin’s bullet, King’s death — and life — are well worth...
Opinion: Treating pain while discouraging addiction
 The nation, and Georgia, continue to struggle with a crisis of abuse of the class of painkillers known as opioids. It’s a sign of the severity of the problem that “opioids” is now a household name, even though many who’re aware of the moniker likely know little about them. Awareness, sadly, is likely increasing as...

4:00 PM Friday, Mar. 30, 2018

The nation, and Georgia, continue to struggle with a crisis of abuse of the class of painkillers known as opioids. It’s a sign of the severity of the problem that “opioids” is now a household name, even though many who’re aware of the moniker likely know little about them. Awareness, sadly, is likely increasing as...
Opinion: Varied viewpoints on immigration

3:00 PM Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

Forceful arguments continue to be made by both sides about U.S. immigration problems and the need for reform, even as lawmakers continue to punt on opportunities to act toward that goal. In the latest episodic twist, a federal spending bill passed Thursday by the U.S. House of Representatives lacked a fix for the Deferred Action for Childhood...
Opinion: Fixes that can’t be delayed in DeKalb
 There’s nothing like a spectacular water main break in the middle of an arterial roadway to drag widespread attention back to the ongoing mess that clings stubbornly to water and sewer operations in DeKalb County. The March 7 failure of a four-foot-diameter water main under Buford Highway provided dramatic visuals for news cameras and...

3:00 PM Friday, Mar. 16, 2018

There’s nothing like a spectacular water main break in the middle of an arterial roadway to drag widespread attention back to the ongoing mess that clings stubbornly to water and sewer operations in DeKalb County. The March 7 failure of a four-foot-diameter water main under Buford Highway provided dramatic visuals for news cameras and...
Opinion: Finish a path out of congestion

5:00 AM Saturday, Mar. 10, 2018

In an election year where news coming out of the Gold Dome has often centered on a hot-button shortlist of controversial topics, it’s refreshing and encouraging that a pair of transportation-related bills have each passed their respective chamber. Finding effective – and cost-effective — ways to help metro Atlantans better...
Opinion: How to fuel economic trouble
 Once upon a time, Georgia had politicians who were generally wise enough to not let election-season antics act against economic development. They understood that “wisdom” and “moderation” comprise two of three words in the state motto. That season of common sense is gone, it seems. Nothing proves this moreso than the...

3:00 PM Friday, Mar. 02, 2018

Once upon a time, Georgia had politicians who were generally wise enough to not let election-season antics act against economic development. They understood that “wisdom” and “moderation” comprise two of three words in the state motto. That season of common sense is gone, it seems. Nothing proves this moreso than the...
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...

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

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

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018

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...
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