Archive for March, 2012

3/9: Nuclear reactors project

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

A controversial project has two nuclear reactors being constructed at Georgia Power’s Plant Vogtle.

A watchdog group argues that complicit state officials enabled the cost to be borne on the backs of consumers, with little risk to the company or stockholders. He also says the new nukes allow the utility to sell excess power out of state.

Georgia Power refutes that, adding that the new plants and their construction financing will save consumers billions over time while creating up to 25,000 jobs.

What’s your opinion?

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3/8: Display Ten Commandments?

Moderated by Rick Badie

The Ten Commandments — display or not display?

A state legislator says this moral code should be in the public domain, including the Capitol, because of its profound impact on laws in Georgia and the United States.

An official for an organization that advocates the separation of church and state suggests otherwise.

What do you think?

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3/7: 1 + 1 = windfall for Georgia

Moderated by Rick Badie

Good jobs, apparently, don’t come cheap. Take Caterpillar Inc. It plans to build a plant that will employ 1,400 on property that straddles Oconee and Athens-Clarke counties. State and county incentives top $75 million.

Today, two North Georgia officials write about what enticed the earth-mover to locate here.

And a central Illinois economic development official whose state failed to snag the factory praises Georgia’s business-friendly climate.

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3/6: Tampa, Portland streetcar experience

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

With a streetcar line due to open in downtown Atlanta in fall 2013, we asked leaders in two cities, Portland and Tampa, where streetcars are part of the urban map, to write about their success stories and challenges.

In short, streetcars usually spawn economic development (some taxpayer-funded), but they are not immune to belt-tightening and service cuts.

Read what Sam Adams, the mayor of Portland, Ore., and  Michael English, an architect who serves on the Tampa Historic Streetcar board of directors, have to say and then comment below

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3/5: Internet harassment; rewriting history

Moderated by Maureen Downey

Bullying, harassment and pranks have moved from the playground to the Internet. But the authority of schools to police cyberplaygrounds is murky, and the Supreme Court just declined to step in and provide clarity in what has become a complex problem. I write about the challenges facing districts. Click here to comment on my Get Schooled blog or comment below.

In addition, a UGA professor says an attempt by the Legislature to rewrite U.S. history is a mistake. Click here to comment on on the history topic on the Get Schooled blog or comment below.

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3/4: Water MOST important

By the AJC Editorial Board

We can pay now. Or we can pay now. That’s no misprint; rather, it’s an accurate summation of the no-real-choice scenario facing Atlanta voters Tuesday on the penny sales tax for financing water and sewer system improvements that benefit 1.2 million people in this metro area.

In our view, city residents would best serve their interests by voting “yes” for the Municipal Option Sales Tax. Their affirmative vote will even benefit, indirectly, the best interests of the broader region and state, we’d argue.

No service is more essential to the modern common good than providing clean water and effective sewerage service to the populace at large. Read the rest of what the AJC Editorial Board has to say, along with commentaries by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and City Councilman Michael Julian Bond.

Then, tell us what you think.

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3/2: Legislation for better dog laws

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Children in Georgia continue to be mauled by dogs, many times by pets of neighbors who do not properly supervise and leash the animals.

The state’s inadequate dog laws don’t provide much guidance, officials say.

But a new bill being considered in the General Assembly could help fix this situation and even build community awareness about the problem.

Read what attorney who helped draft legislation has to say and then commentary by the president of the Georgia Canine Coalition and tell us your response.

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