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"Young cited the figure to illustrate the challenge of job training for individuals who have troubles past or present."

If you fail a drug test, you have present drug problems. So let's be clear - 90% of those who applied were druggies, not troubled people.

By 2025, futurists predict that one of every three of today's jobs will be performed by robots or software. The jobs eliminated are the jobs these druggies want. What will they do then?

19 hours, 40 minutes ago on Dreams of jobs training hit reality; Atlanta vows it won’t surrender

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@AmyAdams Being the victim of an embezzlement, I know there is no incentive for a perpetrator to admit taking more. I suspect WAC wanted to minimize bad press, including how they had been easily duped for years. They might have claimed more and tried to collect more insurance money.

1 day, 14 hours ago on As problems grip Turner and ASO, Atlanta’s image, and its sound, fade

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@SWK I agree with you. The WAC Trustees have protecting the ASO endowment as their top priority and the ASO itself lower on the list.

They seem unaware of their own hypocrisy. They portray a $2 million charge against the endowment as a huge problem, yet portray a $1.4 million embezzlement of their operating funds as of no consequence. Of course, the embezzlement reflects badly on their stewardship.

2 days ago on As problems grip Turner and ASO, Atlanta’s image, and its sound, fade

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I wonder which of the litigious King siblings will attend, and whether they will bring their lawyers.

2 days, 12 hours ago on King Center to honor Bill Clinton at 2015 Salute to Greatness dinner

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@Lee Biola MARTA's Dunwoody and Medical Center stations opened in 1996 and the Sandy Springs and North Springs stations opened in 2000. North Fulton and North DeKalb were booming long before MARTA arrived there. 

MARTA's Brookhaven station opened in 1984 but the area is just now prospering, in part because it incorporated to remove part of the DeKalb County noose around its neck. MARTA brought no prosperity to Brookhaven.

MARTA follows the prosperity but doesn't create it.

2 days, 12 hours ago on Clayton’s Nov. 4 MARTA vote could shift metro growth to the south side

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@Wormser Hats Vernon Jones vowed "to put a darker face on DeKalb County" and delivered, as have his successors. DeKalb is the next Clayton County.

2 days, 12 hours ago on Clayton’s Nov. 4 MARTA vote could shift metro growth to the south side

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Atlman, you are on target. Clayton County with MARTA will be nothing more than a smaller South DeKalb County. The growth in DeKalb has not been in South DeKalb.

QED.

3 days, 12 hours ago on Clayton’s Nov. 4 MARTA vote could shift metro growth to the south side

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"Funds aren’t readily available for projects on the scale of the redevelopment of Bellwood Quarry."

That is an understatement. It's been 9 years since the City acquired the property and the City's finances don't seem promising to do anything with it. The City already has a $1+ billion backlog of decayed infrastructure that must be replaced, and can only scrape together funds for a bond issue to address 1/4 of it.

For the record, the City has owned 10,130 acres in Dawson County since 1971 and 10,003 acres in Paulding County in 1975 and has never developed either site. The area of these two sites is not quite 24% of the total area of the City. Based on these sites, the City could leave Bellwood undeveloped for a long time.

City Councillors can talk all they want but, until they have the funds, it's all posturing and hot air.

6 days, 11 hours ago on BeltLine’s Bellwood Quarry to be propelled by city committee

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Although not listed in the RFP, the only criterion for selection is how much money will go to Hizzoner.

1 week ago on City seeks proposals to redevelop Atlanta Civic Center

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@Focus on the future The City has a $1billion backlog of decayed and failing infrastructure that must be replaced. The City can only afford a bond issue to correct 1/4 of the the backlog. And you want to squander a portion of it on "green" projects that interest you but don't positively effect the majority of citizens.

LOL

1 week, 2 days ago on Investing in Atlanta’s sidewalks will contribute to our quality of life

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@PEvans  Maria seems to get in a hurry on occasion and doesn't confirm facts.

A similar situation occurred recently when she reported the ASO musicians had agreed to mediation (based on an WAC press release) when in fact they had not been approached at the time, much less agreed.

1 week, 5 days ago on Philips Arena chief Bob Williams named president of the Atlanta Hawks

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@Native Texas Girl @Native Atlanta Boy Do with your own funds what you will, but let me do with mine what I will. Do not seek to use the power of government to force me to your will.

Regarding quote 9 "Sustainability literally pays for itself", this is generally untrue in most locations unless tax rebates and subsidies are provided . For example, photo-voltaic panels are not cost effective in most locations in Georgia.

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Author Andrew Winston makes a business case for saving the earth – evoking the memory of Ray Anderson

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Hizzoner's arrogance knows no bounds. The City's infrastructure continues to rot around him, yet he wants to play kingmaker in a private enterprise.

2 weeks, 6 days ago on Mayor Kasim Reed: NBA’s Silver vows to keep Hawks team in Atlanta

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Fulton County taxpayers would be better served by using the money to reduce County taxes and to protect themselves from County Commissioners.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Fulton County to hire lobbyists as state seeks to control tax rate

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@Equitable No confederate flags in my house.

What do you specifically propose the City do with its $1+ billion accumulated backlog of decayed and failing infrastructure? No vague, banal platitudes or insults, please - just specific, focused proposals.

The City's mayors have been kicking this can down the road for decades, just as they did with the sewer system problems.

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Investing 15 percent of bond package on bikeways a good way to make Atlanta a top 10 city for cycling

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@KathyShawAmos I hope Stanley Romanstein's resignation today will result in a agreement between the parties.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians agree to mediation

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Rebecca, I disagree with your plan. This bond issue is intended to repair/replace the most urgent 1/4 of the City's $1 billion backlog of decayed infrastructure. Siphoning off part of the bond proceeds for new construction defeats the purpose of the bond issue. Heaven knows when the City will be in financial condition to float another large bond issue to replace the other 3/4 of the decyed infrastructure backlog.

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Investing 15 percent of bond package on bikeways a good way to make Atlanta a top 10 city for cycling

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@KathyShawAmos Maria should have confirmed with both sides before publishing.

Best of luck!

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and its musicians agree to mediation

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Reports like this are quietly filed away without becoming public because they don't validate the political objectives of the organization that commissioned the report.

Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.

1 month ago on Atlanta BeltLine: North gets parks, trails; South gets affordable housing, according to little known report

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@vic I am asking myself why you would repeat the same inane statement three times. Can you clarify? Just once, please.

Forgery is a crime; stupidity, bad decisions, and laziness are not.

1 month ago on Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

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@ScottNAtlanta It is not government's job to protect citizens from the consequences of their poor decisions. If you wish to buy a home and don't understand the contract, retain a lawyer to explain it to you. And don't assume the closing attorney is their to represent you.

The lender is entitled to foreclose when and if (1) the contract provides for it, and (2) it makes business sense for the lender.

1 month ago on Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

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@ScottNAtlanta It is not government's job to protect the unwary and heedless from purchasing more home than they can afford. A lender is entitled to foreclose on a property if the buyer falls into default.

And no bank or lender should be "to big to fail."

1 month ago on Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

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@mnst Or Arthur Blank might be a preferable long term patron for Hizzoner than the Braves.

1 month ago on Mayor Kasim Reed pledges to do all he can to keep Hawks in Atlanta

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He speaks of himself in his letter in the Imperial We mode, like the Queen of England. Of course, she speaks for a nation while he speaks only for himself.

I suspect this is his effort to support Jason Carter for a hoped-for future quid pro quo. He might have better luck suing his siblings again. 

1 month ago on Martin Luther King III’s renewed focus on role of big lenders in foreclosure crisis could impact governor’s race

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Hizzoner the Mayor didn't have the money and political clout to keep both, so he chose Arthur Blank, thinking Arthur may be of more use to him later.

1 month ago on Mayor Kasim Reed pledges to do all he can to keep Hawks in Atlanta

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@writes_of_weigh Georgia Power and its predecessors owned and operated the streetcar system from 1902 until the last one ran in 1949. They were glad to get out of the transit business because of the chronic labor union problems, and I strongly suspect they have no intention of returning to the business.

As far as Branson goes, he is 6 years late on delivering his spaceship. As for Musk, he chose Texas for his spaceship. So you're stuck with the City of Atlanta and MARTA.


1 month ago on Public invited to give feedback on potential new streetcar routes

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It seems the streetcar's main focus is to move people between the isolated east side and west side sections of the beltline. If you want to focus on moving people inside the beltine, start with the old streetcar system as it was at its 1920s peak, and then update it. See http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-7LB53fF3LaA/SF1yM9zOf6I/AAAAAAAAARs/Am68J_uR8zU/s1024/1924.jpg.

1 month ago on Public invited to give feedback on potential new streetcar routes

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Nothing like promising public support of a privately-owned professional sports team to salve the wounded ego of a lame duck politician.

1 month ago on Mayor Kasim Reed pledges to do all he can to keep Hawks in Atlanta

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Fort Valley is not affiliated with the University System - it has been a unit of the University System since it was created in 1939 by consolidating two predecessor institutions.

This article is reminescent of the recent unpleasantness at Georgia Perimeter College. The Board of Regents had to take control of finances at GPC and perhaps the same will happen at Fort Valley. If the Board of Regents were minding the store, finances would not get this far out of hand.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Another historically black university in Georgia faces weak finances, negative credit rating from Moody’s

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Maria, you should take off your rose-colored glasses about line employees' role in Market Basket. I suggest you read Holman Jenkins recent WSJ op-ed piece on the subject (http://online.wsj.com/articles/holman-jenkins-the-right-lessons-of-a-supermarket-war-1409699987). Here's an excerpt:

"It may be heartwarming to think of workers rallying to save Arthur T. Demoulas, the CEO who ran the family supermarket chain allegedly to benefit customers (low prices) and workers (high wages) rather than shareholders. Unfortunately, this requires overlooking a lot.

The walkout was led not by store employees, but a handful of long-serving headquarters and warehouse executives whose actions were plainly coordinated with Arthur T. (so known to distinguish him from cousin Arthur S.). Their main concern, over which they were prepared to destroy the company, was their extraordinarily generous but otherwise not highly rated profit-sharing plan, which they considered endangered by a change in management (in fact, the $520 million fund, in which fewer than half of employees participate, is protected by federal law)."

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Contrasting stories at Market Basket and Turner Broadcasting for Labor Day

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@Equitable LOL. You must be joking. If you're not, I suggest you seek professional help ASAP.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on A shooting in August, and the horizontal spread of urban blight

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@Matt Garbett LOL. Since you mentioned "the law", you must be familiar with it. How does "the law" define "historic"? Would a 100 year old privy in Sweet Auburn be classified as "historic"?

If you and your fellow travelers really love this building, buy it with your money and restore it to your heart's content. Just like the Atlanta Daily World building.

As far as design excellence, the building wasn't an example of design excellence in 1910 and is not one today. Of course, this is my opinion.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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@kevinalynch Please review the common definitions of "historic":

1. famous or important in history, and 

2. having great and lasting importance, and

tell me how either is relevant to this building. Dr. Borders doesn't practice in it, so obviously she doesn't place great value in it.

As to your citation, it is a preview of a 31 year old academic paper in which the author proposes "On the contrary, black progress in the 1960's and 1970's marks the onset of a new system of segregation." What specifically do you find worthwhile and relevant in this paper? I am not going to pay $22 to download the entire paper.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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@kevinalynch The Borders medical practice opened in 1965, long after Sweet Auburn's heyday, the Atlanta Daily World ( founded 1928) and Atlanta Life (founded 1905 and HQ built 1920).

Once again, why is this building historic (see definitions in original post)? Or are you insisting any building is historic if it's both old and once housed a black business?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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@mariasaporta Please respond to my original post - why is this building historic? If it were not in the Sweet Auburn area, would you be campaigning as hard?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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Why the focus on black youths killed by white officers, but no mention of a 20 year old white Salt Lake City man killed by a black officer.

Why does color matter at all? Why have blinders on?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on A shooting in August, and the horizontal spread of urban blight

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@54pontiac I was commenting on Maria's statement, "Once again, Atlanta is at the precipice of losing an all-too-important historic building..."

From what you posted, it is neither historic or important; instead, it's just over 100 years old and is of that period's style. Why the angst?

1 month, 3 weeks ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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Please post exact information why this building is historic. Being built in 1910 makes a building old but not necessarily historic. Two of the common definitions of "historic" are:

1. famous or important in history 

2. having great and lasting importance

1 month, 4 weeks ago on It’s time for Atlanta to demand design excellence – let’s save 20 Hilliard St.

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Don't be surprised if Chair John Eaves and other Commissioners next claim the State legislation is racist. And hasn't it been only a few months since the Commission was crowing it hadn't raised the millage rate in 20 years and had no plans to raise it?

2 months, 1 week ago on Fulton County tax case moves to Cobb County, along with potential statewide impact on local taxation

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Climate has been changing before human memory and will continue to change.

Our weather is no more extreme than it has been. Climate change alarmists have been unable to substantiate that man's activities have the slightest effect on global climate. What's more, they have been exposed changing the raw weather data upon which their predictions are based.

The change has been the increased media coverage of global weather and the increased marketing spin of opportunists seeking to make their fortune by convincing others of catastrophic climate change and to spend money with the opportunists. Al Gore is the most notable but he is only the tip of the iceberg, and the author is yet another.

2 months, 1 week ago on Local leaders, weather experts seek to prepare Atlanta for climate change

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And don't forget the part that opines Nunn can milk a lot of campaign contributions from Jews if she gets her political stance on Israel correct. Of course, she has no stated position on Israel or much of anything else as she seeks to straddle most every fence.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on General election campaign for U.S. Senate has begun with hyped memo

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“Finally, I am concerned that this is occurring in a predominately African-American community,” Fort wrote. “I wonder if this would happen in other communities.”

It happens when an African-American Mayor and a majority African-American City Council cut a behind-the-door deal with an African-American movie maker, leaving an African-American State Senator out of the deal and out of the money.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on State senator seeks Army secretary’s help to keep a studio out of Fort McPherson, as Tyler Perry proposes

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This column is more about social engineering than it is about architecture - notice the repeated use of "diversity." As far as architecture, it is intended to encourage business for minority architects, which is understandable since the author was recognized as the 2013 member of the year by the National Organization of Minority Architects, and is newly registered in Georgia.

Of course, there is no mention of who would have to pay for the projects he moots.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Environmental justice offers a new way to engage Atlanta’s architects

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Ron Allen was a weak and ineffective President and CEO at Delta, and continued that performance level at Aaron's. It is past time he retired.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Ron Allen, 72, to retire as CEO of Aaron’s at the end of August

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We shall see if he's correct after the Streetcar goes into service - that's promised in November but it's been promised before.

Not mentioned is that the City Council has agreed to pay $1million/year to support it. That's a tacit admission that ridership will be less than outed.

3 months ago on Atlanta Streetcar exec says year-old audio message, actual transit service will boost business at nearby shops

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@Daraka There is no need to develop at AUC what already exists at Georgia Tech. Excepting Spelman, all of the AUC members are financially stressed and the facilities required for  STEM are expensive. Where would they get the money?

3 months ago on Atlanta University Center a pathway to increase diversity at technology firms

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The author fails to mention that Morehouse, Spelman, and Clark Atlanta (plus other HBCUs) already have a dual-degree arrangement with Georgia Tech. The student attends (for example) Morehouse for three years and Georgia Tech for approximately two more years, and receives both a liberal arts degree from Morehouse and an engineering degree from Georgia Tech. See http://www.coe.gatech.edu/content/dual-degree for details.

3 months ago on Atlanta University Center a pathway to increase diversity at technology firms

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@maketransitregional Just what part of what I wrote makes no sense? Please be exact.

This website is a nice gesture but little else. Four hours and $10 per day to get from Dunwoody to the Galleria area and return is no service.

3 months, 1 week ago on New regional transit trip-planner website growing slowly, as planned

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This site illustrates the inadequacy of present transit options. I could take MARTA bus, MARTA rail, and CCT bus to my job at a cost of 4 hours and $10 per day. Or I can drive my 2007 Corolla at a cost of 50 minutes and $13 per day.

I will continue to drive since 3 hours of my time is worth more than $3.

3 months, 1 week ago on New regional transit trip-planner website growing slowly, as planned

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@ Archie

Jihad Cindy needed no assistance getting herself voted out in a rout in the 2006 primary runoff. Democratic voters tired of her strident craziness and uneven performance.

3 months, 2 weeks ago on Black votes count in “stunning” Mississippi runoff

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