Author: George Chidi

Remembering DeKalb’s Jim McMahan

I say this with love in my heart: there are a small number of people I can blame for drawing me into politics and public policy in DeKalb, for convincing me that it would be worth it. We lost one of them today. Jim McMahan, a former school board member, died in a boating accident

The Crime Of Housing The Working Poor

We believe public meetings should be a place for open dialogue, civil discourse, and fair debate, where two sides can each present their case.  Unfortunately, as evidenced at the C.T. Martin Recreation Center a few weeks ago in June, Councilwoman Andrea Boone demonstrated that she doesn’t share this belief. She left the floor largely unmoderated

Decatur, I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down

The Decatur school system hired Governor Brian Kemp’s frat brother to lobby for a veto of hard-won legislation to keep annexations from decimating DeKalb County schools. Decatur City Schools didn’t bother giving much feedback to the legislative delegation as they worked through the thorny problem this year, according to a press release from the DeKalb

Saying The Quiet Part Out Loud

Black people live in Hoschton. Who knew? Perhaps mayor Theresa Kenerly should have considered that possibility when she whispered to city council people that Hoschton wasn’t ready for a black city manager, according to documents obtained by the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The revelation, along with comments from Councilman Jim Cleveland — apparently unbidden — attacking

Don’t Blame Racism For Gwinnett’s MARTA Vote

The wailing and gnashing of teeth about the MARTA vote in Gwinnett has begun. Almost everyone is starting the critique with accusations of lingering racism driving anti-transit sentiment. Almost everyone is wrong. The MARTA vote lost in large part because of a revolt among black taxpayers in southeastern Gwinnett around Snellville. These voters — who

Walter Jones, Hank Johnson and Me

There it is, in the fourth paragraph of the News and Observer’s story about the death of Walter Jones, veteran congressman from the eastern shores of North Carolina. “An early supporter of the war, Jones was generally credited with coining the term “freedom fries” and bringing them to House cafeterias, to protest France’s refusal to

Do Not Bring Your Gun To The Airport, People

“Furloughed and broke,” Mark Howell said to friends on his birthday a couple of weeks ago. He’s smiling in his pictures, but he’s plainly pissed off and I can’t blame him. Mark is the Transportation Safety Administration spokesperson for Hartsfield-Jackson airport and the rest of the southeastern United States. He spent the day with his

News That Can Kill You

Some stories you find in the news are confusing. That’s to be expected; life is complicated. Some stories actually make you less informed if you read them. But some are a working version of Roko’s Basilisk: if you read it and believe it, you might die. Last night, the AJC posted a story about hypothermia