Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Hollis Gillespie

Hollis Gillespie is one of Atlanta's best known literary personalities. She has published three books, and a fourth is on the way. Gillespie for years was a columnist for Creative Loafing. She now writes for the Georgia Online News Service and Atlanta magazine, giving readers her unorthodox and often-hilarious point of view on life in Georgia. She also runs a writing academy. Learn more at www.hollisgillespie.com.

Editor's note: Hello, Georgia.

Two of our stories today offer perspectives into the quandary that's created when government, morality, money, and hard times collide.

But, it's not all about sin today.

Consider a story about farmers who have expanded into Africa just to stay in business. In the tough world of agriculture, sometimes it's all about survival.

Columnist Hollis Gillespie has 'fessed up to a sin, too. Hey, it's from childhood, but it's still a confession.

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Today's GONSO

Puff the Magic Drag Lived by a Sea (of Red Ink)

by K. Patrick Jensen
Some caution against relying on sin taxes to fund state government too much since the point of such a tax is to reduce use of the product. But others note that more money is raised in tough times by smoking and drinking than when times are good.

Full Story

Some Georgia Farmers Look to Africa for their Future

by Nadirah Z. Sabir
Once a cornerstone of national and community economic growth, black American farming today is in a "miserable" state, said Georgia-based organic farmer Rasheed Nuri, one of hundreds of U.S. black farmers who have tried to expand into Africa. To stay in the ag game, many are looking to commercial production: soybeans and cattle as opposed to family farming.

Full Story

Georgia Power and the Power of Paying in Advance

by Hollis Gillespie
If the utility is anything like our columnist in her youth, we should ask to pay for these new nuclear power plants when they’re finished, not before construction has begun.

Full Story


The Reality is Outpacing the Distortions About Sunday Liquor Sales

by Jim Tudor
The president of the Georgia Association of Convenience Stores outlines a bill that would empower voters to decide when and where alcohol is sold.

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Tomorrow's Budget
How will the housing bust affect a renaissance in downtown living in cities across Georgia?
by Jeanne Bonner
Bill Overhauling State's Transportation Lands in Senate Committee
by Maggie Lee
Straight out of Georgia: Madea is a deserved hit
by Eleanor Ringel Cater
Again, the "frivolous lawsuit" card is played
by Jay Cook

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