Atlanta’s global reputation

7:18 am Nov. 19, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

In today’s lead column, the director who oversees international affairs for the city of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed talks about efforts related to trade, economic development and other activities that connect this region to the world. The second column, written by the Sandy Springs mayor, highlights that town’s sister-city relationship with a community in Israel.

Working to enhance Atlanta’s reputation

By Claire Angelle

Making sure the city of Atlanta

Powder Springs: “Integrity-based” policing

8:13 am Nov. 12, 2015

Moderated By Rick Badie

“Integrity-based policing” is the mission of the Powder Springs Police Department. To that end, the department and Cobb County police joined forces to present “Bridge the Gap,” community gatherings to discuss procedure and address residents’ concerns. Our lead column, written by the Powder Springs police chief, explains the importance of such continuing discussions. In the other column, a writer challenges us to combat bullying.

Bridging the gap in

Our reality: A more digital future

8:35 pm Nov. 10, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Let’s peer in to our technological future and see what awaits us. Top experts recently gathered at Georgia Tech to do just that, and surmised we must embrace computational literacy if we are to comprehend devices that allow the blind to see and the deaf to hear. Today, a Tech dean writes about the new generation of computing and its effect on the fabric of our lives.

HIV/AIDS testing – Take the first step

10:22 am Nov. 5, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

In our lead column, medical experts entrenched in the AIDS battle stress the importance of HIV testing as a first step toward curbing the disease. And, with Year Three of open enrollment for health exchanges underway, an advocate writes about her nonprofit’s efforts to sign up immigrant populations for care. Finally, the third essay outlines a national initiative to improve the health of our community and beyond.



12:37 pm Nov. 3, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia has more timberland for commercial use than any other state in the nation – over 24 million acres. Today, an executive for an advocate agency highlights the value the state’s forest lands provides citizens and stresses the importance of maintaining certain provisions in the country’s tax code to ensure future economic contributions. Authors of the other column explain the Human Needs Index, a new tool to

King at Stone Mountain Park?

1:44 pm Oct. 29, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Stone Mountain Park, a family fun park for locals and international visitors, finds itself in the thick of a racial conflict — whether to erect a “freedom bell” on the site dedicated to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Today’s guest writers opine on whether the 3,200-acre park is a suitable location for a King tribute.

Find a solution to racist symbols at Stone Mountain

By Vincent Fort

Things changed

Find solution to racist symbols

5:39 pm Oct. 28, 2015

By Vincent Fort

Things changed on June 17.

The Charleston massacre at Emmanuel AME Church changed forever how we as Americans consider racist symbolism in our country. Symbols matter. They were used to motivate and justify the

Carve new Stone Mountain legacy

5:33 pm Oct. 28, 2015

By Hank Johnson

“Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.” – The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Those hallowed words of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, uttered more than 50 years ago to more than

Expansion of Georgia’s “other” port

12:57 pm Oct. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The state has an ambitious capital improvement plan of nearly $155 million over the next 10 years for the Port of Brunswick – a testament to the automotive tonnage and bulk cargo that pass through its terminals. The Georgia Ports Authority’s executive director explains the infrastructure upgrades in today’s lead column. In the second essay, a state agency head touts the economic benefits of early child care

Atlanta’s Giving Kitchen

10:38 am Oct. 22, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Sometimes tragedy inspires long-term initiatives to help the broader community. Hence, The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit devoted to assisting Atlanta restaurant industry employees in their times of need. In our lead column, the organization’s executive director explains its origins and the growth of its mission to help hard-hit workers stay afloat. The other essay deals with food, travel and international volunteerism here and abroad via a nonprofit