Archive for June, 2012

Think big regionally

Moderated by Rick Badie

Egbert Perry, chairman of Central Atlanta Progress, writes that innovation and infrastructure improvements are key to building Atlanta’s, and Georgia’s, economy now and in the future. Increasing our mobility is a big part of that work, he says, and will help us create a more competitive region that draws investment and jobs. Meanwhile, Zillow economist Stan Humphries offers insights about the good — yes, good — and not-so-good factors affecting Atlanta’s residential real estate market.

Think big regionally

By Egbert Perry

Our economy is threatened, and we need an infusion of regional analysis and action.

We have daunting infrastructure challenges, notably a need for rapid, efficient transportation systems that connect regional transportation pipelines, integrate the flow of passengers and cargo among cities, and link neighborhoods with the economic spines of the area.

That isn’t visionary thinking; it is necessary thinking. The lack of such thinking …

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T-SPLOST’s undecided voters and public distrust

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Public distrust of elected officials is a big reason undecided voters are hesitant to vote “yes” on the Transportation Investment Act referendum on July 31. Many of those responding to a call-out on our transportation blog said they feared the 1-cent sales tax would be extended without voter approval, like the extension of tolls on Ga. 400. (In the T-SPLOST’s case, the law prohibits it.) We hear from some fence-sitters in my column. Also, an opponent and supporter of the T-SPLOST write.

Pointedly undecided

By Tom Sabulis

Opponents and supporters have had their say on metro Atlanta’s transportation special purpose local option sales tax (T-SPLOST). But a harder-to-read swath of the electorate — undecided voters — will have a loud voice in what happens July 31, when residents in a 10-county region vote on a 1-cent sales tax designed to raise $6.1 billion for transportation improvements.

According to the Metro Atlanta Chamber’s voter-identification …

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What do you think of new I-285 interchange?

By Tom Sabulis

Have you used the new “diverging diamond” interchange at I-285 and Ashford Dunwoody Road? Did it work well? Any complaints? Confusion?

Please post your thoughts and let us know what you think.

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Sunday issue: lobbyist spending limits

The July 31st GOP primary ballot is one of the signs that our state senators and representatives are starting to hear the people on the matter of capping lobbyists’ largesse at the Gold Dome. Below, read what the editorial board has to say, along with an opposing commentary.

Reform effort catches on

By the AJC Editorial Board

Eventually, the message will sink in, for the concept is pretty simple. It goes like this:

Georgia voters seem increasingly tired of the free spending ways at the Gold Dome. We’re certainly not referring to profligate spending by members of the General Assembly. Not at all, given lawmakers have cut state government outlays by the billions since the Great Recession struck.

Rather, the ongoing issue is with the millions lavished each year on state legislators by lobbyists for virtually any entity you can envision. The sky is the only limit to the good times and good feelings that lobbyists can engender among our elected leaders. That’s not good …

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Baptists on gay marriage

When President Barack Obama voiced his support for gay marriage, it set off another lively debate, some of which was captured on our pages last week. Today, two Baptist ministers on opposite sides of the issue hold sway.

Tom Sabulis is today’s moderator. Commenting is open and follows the column by Bryant Wright of the Southern Baptist Convention.

By Randall C. Bailey

The basic understanding of marriage in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament is one man with many women. Polygamy is the norm for marriage in both Testaments. The only ones to be limited to monogamy in the Bible are bishops and deacons, according to 1 Tim 3:2, 12. We in the church today have evolved from the biblical view of polygamy and embraced monogamy for all, not just for bishops and deacons.

Paul argues that men should not touch women, but if they cannot resist the sexual urge, they should get married. The only reason not to have sex in marriage is if one wants to pray. So, for Paul, the reason to marry …

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