Author: Susan Percy

Why Early Reading Matters

The first thing to know about early literacy is that it is critically important; the next, that it connects to a whole lot of other conditions and challenges. But the best thing to know is that there are solutions to…

Political Notes

Airport Restaurant Bids: The city of Atlanta expects to rebid restaurant contracts for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport starting this month, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Contracts for retail shops should start early in 2020. Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said last…

On the Move

Tim Keane, Atlanta’s planning commissioner, wasn’t happy when he came across an e-scooter lying on the sidewalk downtown, blocking pedestrian traffic and access to a handicapped ramp. “It was almost like someone was doing it on purpose,” trying to create…

Political Notes

In Memoriam: Veteran public servant and businessman George Berry, 82, has died. He served as head of the Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism, forerunner of the Department of Economic Development, and worked for four different Atlanta mayors, serving…

Business Casual: Welcome Season

For me, there are two official harbingers of the oh-so-welcome, what-took-you-so-long? fall season: the first UGA football game and the scent of cinnamon brooms in my local supermarket. The first of these is welcome, promising the yin of eventual cool…

A Study in Contrast

In an Albany clinic, Elois Edge, an experienced midwife, sees a woman in her 31st week of pregnancy who has had no previous prenatal care and begins the process of trying to catch her up. In a Macon hospital, Dr.…

Political Notes

Era Ending: Georgia’s senior U.S. senator, Republican Johnny Isakson, is leaving his Senate seat at the end of the year due to ill health. “After much prayer and consultation with my family, I have made the very tough decision to…

Business Casual: Do Something

From the long hot summer of horrifying and generally dispiriting news, there is a whole troubling series of images I can’t get out of my head: the dead and injured in California, Texas and Ohio; festival-goers, weekend shoppers and people…

Q&A with Governor Brian Kemp

Georgia’s 83rd governor, Republican Brian Kemp, took office in January, after defeating Democrat Stacey Abrams in a close 2018 race. A former secretary of state and Georgia legislator, Kemp campaigned in the primary on gun rights and tough immigration tactics…