Archive for February, 2012

2/7: Will Southwest appeal to business travelers?

Moderated by Tom Sabulis
The debate over Southwest Airlines’ appeal to business travelers heats up as Southwest gets ready to launch Atlanta service on Sunday and compete with Delta.

Today, a Southwest executive outlines what makes the airline, which took over AirTran, different and successful, while a business-travel expert talks about why many local fliers will choose to stick with hometown Delta.

What are your thoughts?

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2/5: Can’t shake off ethics issue

By the AJC Editorial Board

Benign neglect (noun) — “An attitude or policy of ignoring an often delicate 
or undesirable situation that one is held to be responsible 
for dealing with.”

That dictionary definition describes a favorite tactic used by politicians to quietly tamp down unpopular sentiments, perceived problems or other matters that they just wish would go away. Actions, or inaction, used to handle these matters include stonewalling, waiting out the storm, putting unwanted legislation on a slow path to a certain demise, and so on.

That should not happen with ethics reform in Georgia. The march toward more-stringent rules governing lobbyists’ interactions with lawmakers and state officials mustn’t stop.

Read what the editorial board has to say, along with commentary by Jon Sinton, Chair of Common Cause Georgia. Also, check out what  Georgia lawmakers had to say on the subject.

Tell us what you think.

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2/3: Are reservoirs a good option?

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The building of more reservoirs is part of Gov. Nathan Deal’s plan to address the state’s critical water shortage. It’s an approach that attracts scrutiny and criticism. Studies point out the burden reservoirs put on the environment and the taxpayer.

But reservoirs are only part of the plan, one expert writes, while an environmentalist says they should be the last option considered.

What do you think?

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2/2: Trying to curb diabetes

Moderated by Rick Badie

We live in the “diabetes belt,” an attribute that concerns. Worse, this disease can kill.

Today, Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health, discusses the agency’s role in trying to curb diabetes and the role we can play, individually, in its prevention.

Plus, Dr. Rene J. Harper, a diabetes specialist, offers a clinician’s insight into this epidemic.

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