Tuesday, February 24, 2009

K. Patrick Jensen

KRIS JENSON has spent 35 years in journalism, including 21 years at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. His experience includes reporting, editing and design. He wrote the Newsstand and Cyberscene columns. He left the paper as section editor of the AJC's Gwinnett News, which was eliminated in a cost-cutting move after two decades of serving Gwinnett County readers.

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.

As always, we'd like to hear from you. GONSO is an enterprise founded and staffed by more than two dozen leading journalists and media executives in Georgia. We're providing content free -- for a limited period. Newspapers, broadcasters, bloggers and websites are welcome to use our articles -- please credit the writers and the Georgia Online News Service.

Send your comments and any story ideas to executive editor John Sugg at john.sugg@georgiaonlinenews.org. You can also call us at 800-891-3459.


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

SOAPBOX

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.

Full Story

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

Recent stories
   
Congressman Sanford Bishop: A Powerful Peanut Industry Politico by Maynard Eaton   [More]
The Oscars: Wondrously Inventive and Well Executed, With a Gloss of Genuine Sentiment by Eleanor Ringel Cater   [More]
To Better Serve Georgia, the DOT Must Change by Sonny Perdue, Casey Cagle and Glenn Richardson   [More]
Nuclear Finance Bill Breezes through House Committee by Maggie Lee   [More]
Nuclear Finance Bill Sails through House Panel by Maggie Lee   [More]
School vouchers: People are capable of making their own decisions by Susan Laccetti Meyers   [More]
Economy is toughest for (best) older workers by Nadirah Z. Sabir   [More]
Georgia Power Ties Nuclear Option to SB 31; Others Consider Alternatives by Maggie Lee   [More]
A Hope Program for Transportation by Michael Dobbins   [More]
Georgia's Legislative Black Caucus at a Critical Political Crossroads by Maynard Eaton   [More]
Gov. Perdue's Transportation Shuffle by Lyle Harris   [More]
View to a Georgia Kill: A New Book Looks at Leo Frank on Film by David Lee Simmons   [More]
Vouchers recognize the fact that one type of school doesn't fit all students' needs by Lisa Baron   [More]
More nuclear power in Georgia? It's 'pro America,' sponsor says by Maggie Lee   [More]
Governor Takes the Road to Streamlining Transportation Agencies by Maggie Lee   [More]
The Capitol is not on Fire by Hollis Gillespie   [More]
Steroids? You're Outta Here! by Paul Kaplan   [More]
What really matters to sports fans isn't the score – it's who is scoring with whom by Paul Kaplan   [More]
Protecting Big Pharma from lawsuits isn't the way to build a healthy economy in Georgia by John Sugg   [More]
Murder In Oak Meadow by Bill Osinski   [More]
FOR ATLANTA: Sometimes you do have to reinvent the wheel – if you want to sell condo units in this real estate market by Jeanne Bonner   [More]
FOR AREAS OUTSIDE OF ATLANTA: Sometimes you do have to reinvent the wheel – if you want to sell condo units in this real estate market by Jeanne Bonner   [More]
Valentine's Day Done My Way by Jeanne Bonner   [More]
The Audacity of Hype by Ralph Reed   [More]
Governor Perdue: Deliver us from the land of nuclear make believe by Lyle Harris   [More]
 
Copyright 2009 - Georgia Online News Service