Archive for November, 2013

The gift of gratitude

Making our thanks heard

By Alvin Sugarman

A couple of days ago, Americans celebrated our annual day of Thanksgiving. If we were fortunate enough, we celebrated this holiday with a festive meal alongside family, and perhaps even some friends.

Many of us offered prayers of thanksgiving to the One we deem to be our Creator. These prayers are appropriate, but we must not forget those who are less fortunate than ourselves. By this, I mean that our prayers to God are much more likely to be heard and appreciated if they are not simply hollow words of gratitude.

Our prayers are words linked to a pledge to ourselves and Him, to do whatever we can to help and touch the lives of those in need.

As wonderful as it may be to set aside one day a year for giving thanks, wouldn’t it be all the more wonderful to take some time every day of our life to take stock of our blessings?

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to show that gratitude to God by giving back, whenever possible, some of our time by …

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The fight against obesity

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

It may not be fair to bring up obesity during the holidays when many of us like to indulge thankfully, and guiltlessly, in our favorite feasts. But there may be no better time to discuss it. The American Medical Association recently classified obesity as a disease, and experts say Medicare needs to cover treatments. Another columnist writes that younger people can guide their elders in keeping their weight and health under control.

Commenting is open.

Our youth can fight obesity

By John E. Maupin Jr.

Something dramatic happened a few years back when an elementary school in DeKalb County began teaching students about nutrition, health and fitness. The children became interested in the quality of the food they were eating and in exercise. Soon, they were telling their parents what to put in their lunchboxes and dragging them to early morning fitness classes at school.

I think about this example every time someone asks me what we’re going to do about …

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The Equity Atlas

Moderated by Rick Badie

This year, Georgia moved from fourth to first place in a trade publication’s ranking of states with the best business climate. Today, the commissioner of an economic development agency explains why. Meanwhile, the founder of a non-profit challenges leaders to address the region’s economic inequities.

Georgia’s superb business climate

By Chris Carr

When Gov. Nathan Deal took office in January 2011, he made a promise to the people of Georgia that he wouldn’t stop until Georgia was the No. 1 place in the country to do business.

He kept that promise.

Earlier this month, Gov. Deal announced that Georgia is the No. 1 place for business in the United States, according to Site Selection magazine’s annual rankings of states based on their attractiveness to corporate facility investors.  Not only is this trade publication ranking a testament to the governor’s dedication to improving our state’s business climate, but it also speaks to the commitment …

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Delta vs. Paulding County

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The fight over a second airport for metro Atlanta continues. A Paulding County official says limited commercial service at Silver Comet Field will stoke the local economy. But a Delta executive writes that once a second airport develops — no matter how small — it damages prospects at the primary airport, in this case Hartsfield-Jackson.

Commenting is open.

Delta obstructing Paulding’s growth

By David Austin

Atlanta’s economic success has always been tied to transportation. Originally founded as a railroad hub, one of the primary reasons for the city’s success has been its aggressive pursuit of new transportation opportunities to keep our region open for business.

However, Delta Air Lines’ recent comments on the development of commercial service at Paulding County’s airport show the company is intent on shutting down new opportunities for growth. Last week’s letter from a Delta senior vice president claimed that bringing more airline …

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Happy neighbors, walkable communities

By David Ibata

Today, an official of the Atlanta Regional Commission talks about a public opinion poll that found the vast majority of metro residents are happy where they live and, rather than looking to new construction for future growth, favor redeveloping older areas and living in walkable communities. Also contributing to today’s page are builders of two Developments of Excellence recognized by ARC as “cutting-edge, livable designs”: a model senior housing project in Decatur, and a pedestrian-friendly new-home community in Woodstock.

Region moving in good direction

By Douglas R. Hooker

Even though all of us can find something about the Atlanta region that we would improve, most of us who live here think it’s a pretty good place to be.

That’s the feedback that the Atlanta Regional Commission received when it recently conducted a public opinion poll of nearly 2,200 residents of the 10-county Atlanta region. The responses show that people like where they live, and …

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The farm bill and SNAP

Moderated by Rick Badie

A new farm bill will likely include spending cuts to the federal food stamp program called SNAP — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Today, two Catholic bishops warn against deep cuts and asks lawmakers to show compassion for the hungry. Meanwhile, a coordinator for a non-profit that advocates limited government opposes the farm bill being used to fund SNAP.

Hear the hungry

By Wilton Gregory and Gregory J. Hartmayer

Legislators in Washington are negotiating the final text for a five-year farm bill, a $500 billion law that sets agricultural policies for the country. At stake are programs that help the hungry at home and abroad.

In the United States, the most important farm bill program helping hungry people is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as food stamps. SNAP is one of the most effective programs to combat hunger in our nation. It is also one of the best-run programs that targets seniors, children, persons …

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Braves – still a city brand?

Moderated by Rick Badie

The Atlanta Braves have announced plans to build a new stadium in Cobb County and begin play there in 2017. At that point, Turner Field, also known as “The Ted,” is to be demolished. Today, we discuss the economic impact the move may have on the city as well as nearby neighborhoods like the Pittsburgh community.

Braves remain a city brand

By William Pate

As a lifelong Atlanta resident and Braves fan, I share the disappointment of many with the Braves’ decision to move to Cobb County. It is difficult to imagine the team leaving a historic part of town where Hank Aaron surpassed Babe Ruth, where the Braves won their first World Series in Atlanta, and where Atlanta hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games.

Emotionally, this move is very hard to accept.

But it is equally important to keep this announcement in perspective. Atlanta is not losing its baseball franchise. The team is simply moving ten 10 miles up the road. …

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Transit and roads to the stadium

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The Atlanta Braves’ decision to relocate to a new stadium in Cobb County for the 2017 baseball season has prompted a barrage of opinions about fixing transportation to the new site at I-75 and I-285. Today, we hear about possible solutions incorporating mass transit and new roads. We also hear from a former county commission chairman who wonders where we will find the money to fund the projects.

There are three columns today. Commenting is open.

Stadium should put transit in the lineup

By David Emory

Throughout metro Atlanta, the Braves’ announcement that they are moving from Turner Field to a new stadium in Cobb County has generated a wide variety of reactions. But whether you support the move or not, everyone agrees the proposed location, at the traffic-choked intersection of I-75 and I-285, presents a major transportation challenge.

The good news is that the move also presents an opportunity to advance a conversation of critical importance to …

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The traveling medicine show known as the ACA

As seen by the L.A. Times’ liberal-leaning editorial cartoonist. What think ye?david horsey obamacare 111913

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Far from a regional home run

By Andre Jackson

Great opportunities carry responsibilities of a commensurate weight. Cobb County officials should recognize that truth, now that they’ve enticed the Atlanta Braves to ditch the downtown Ted for new digs alongside I-285.
Last week’s bombshell announcement of the Braves’ intent to set up shop in Cobb by 2017 left metro Atlantans puzzling over what it all means for our piece of America’s pastime.
Regrettably, questions far outweighed answers last week, even though Cobb County leaders have fast-tracked for Thanksgiving Week approval the $672 million proposed stadium development at a nexus of the Northern Arc.
Regardless of whether Cobb officials agree, the Cobb-Braves announcement brings a large, influential occurrence squarely before our entire region. And it’s now up to metro Atlanta, and likely even the state, to collaboratively determine whether we capitalize on it to mutual gain – or get pummeled by its backwash.
Consider the best of what the …

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