Author: CommonFutureATL

Okefenokee: Just say ‘No mine’

By David Pendered Sept. 15 – The Georgia Water Coalition is trying to insert the proposed mine near the Okefenokee Swamp into the November gubernatorial campaign via a letter-writing campaign based on a survey released Thursday that shows a solid majority of Georgians oppose the mine. The coalition has launched an online campaign targeting the gubernatorial candidates, […]

The Queen’s sheep

By David Pendered Sept. 10 – Jill Taylor loved the monarchy and Queen Elizabeth II. Jill must have loved me, too. Or she’d have brained me for speaking ill of the Queen’s sheep. Jill and her husband, Doug Taylor, lived in the West Midlands of England. They were proud of their hometown and its melodic […]

Right to choose: Sofia Talvik

By David Pendered Aug. 6 – Swedish indie artist Sofia Talvik has added her voice to the pro-choice side of the post-Roe debate. America’s Deep South figures prominently in her new single, Too Many Churches. “I am of the opinion that if you have a voice you should use it. I am using mine now,” Talvik […]

Okefenokee mine back in play

By David Pendered Aug. 23 –The federal government has dropped its efforts that had the potential to delay a proposed mine near the Okefenokee Swamp, according to a paper filed Monday in federal court in Waycross. This leaves the State of Georgia as the sole arbiter of permits for the sand mine proposed by Twin Pines […]

Two rock stars, one national championship

By David Pendered Au. 18 – Two rock stars of women’s match racing prepare to face off this weekend in the legacy-rich waters of Oyster Bay, off New York’s Long Island Sound, in a regatta celebrating its 20th anniversary as the nation’s governing body of sailing seeks to infuse more equity into the sport. Nicole Breault […]

Time to rebuild a homebuilding industry

By David Pendered Aug. 14 – Metro Atlanta provides a case study of a home-building industry that hasn’t rebounded since its peak in 2004, Census data show. The phenomenon has widespread implications in the escalating effort to ease housing costs. For one, President Biden’s Housing Supply Action Plan, released May 16, envisions the private sector making […]

Back-to-school smiles

By David Pendered Aug. 12 – This gallery of smiling faces of parents and children celebrates this year’s annual back-to-school party hosted in Clarkston by the Islamic Circle of North America Relief. Clarkston Mayor Beverly Burks was in the crowd gathered Aug. 8 for the celebration at Masjid Al Mumineen. Also joining in the festivities […]

Cancer Moonshot, food deserts

By David Pendered Aug. 10 – The Biden administration talked Wednesday about research that aims to devise and produce foods so nutritious they can help prevent cancer and lower health care costs. A related challenge to improve diets involves overcoming food deserts. The U.S. Department of Agriculture named Wednesday as a Day of Action in its […]

King’s regatta: Women sailors, sustainability

By David Pendered Aug. 8 – An elite Spanish regatta in the Mediterranean has concluded, and with it the third women’s division to participate and an intense sustainability program intended to reduce the event’s environmental impact. The Copa del Rey/MAPFRE is a major event in the Mediterranean yachting and social circuit, hosted by the king of […]

No peace: Turtles, whales, dredging

By David Pendered Aug. 2 – No black letter law guides the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ decisions over how to balance the reproductive schedules of sea turtles and North American right whales with the calendars of dredging companies that help keep Georgia’s ports open for business. The animals’ reproductive schedules leave about a dozen weeks […]