Guarding patient info

4:00 pm Jan. 23, 2015

Protecting health data critical

By Annie Anton and Peter Swire

As our everyday lives become more connected – via smartphones, tablets and other devices – so will information about our health care. This will provide enormous benefits to patients and to the health care system, allowing innumerable breakthroughs on the way we track health and medical information and enhancing our well-being. Many of these breakthroughs will take place here in Georgia, where

Medical marijuana lives

2:00 pm Jan. 22, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Critics and sufferers lamented when Gov. Deal sent a portion of Georgia’s medical marijuana bill back to a study group to figure out how to cultivate the plant here for its cannabis oil. The stripping of HB 1, they say, means another year-long delay in getting medical marijuana to citizens suffering from an assortment of maladies (although this year’s legislation still calls for decriminalization). But the bill’s

Our veterans shouldn’t be homeless

9:49 am Jan. 22, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Imagine serving in the U.S. military only to return home and eventually find yourself homeless. It happens often, but a national movement to end homeless here and elsewhere is making progress. I write about an auxiliary program of American Legion Post 207 that offers safety nets to homeless female veterans, while the head of a coalition gives a snapshot of state initiatives to address the issue.

Giving homeless

In a bind for transportation dollars

2:00 pm Jan. 19, 2015

Moderated By Tom Sabulis

A state House study committee recently filed its final report on whether Georgia should allow driverless cars on its roads. It recommended that the state take a wait-and-see approach; there are simply too many unknowns about the technology. A Fayette County commissioner today writes about what should come next. In our lead column, a conservative policy advocate weighs in on the tough choices needed to raise transportation

Religious liberty law needed?

4:00 pm Jan. 15, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The so-called religious liberty law being pushed in the General Assembly has rallied opponents and defenders alike. Today, two faith leaders write that the potential for misuse of new religious freedom laws is already being realized around the country in dangerous and discriminatory ways. A supporter of House Bill 29, however, cites examples of why it’s needed, and why the sky will not fall if it becomes

Chief Cochran firing: Anti-gay or anti-Christian?

10:22 am Jan. 15, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

“Who Told You That You Were Naked?” That’s the title of former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran’s self-published book, the one with comments some construed as anti-gay and that led to his dismissal by Mayor Kasim Reed. We continue dialog on the topic with two essays. One writer questions the reason given for the firing, while the other applauds the city’s response. The third column, about good

Companies, consumers battle cybercriminals

12:33 pm Jan. 14, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

A bank executive implores Atlanta to utilize its businesses, technology centers and research institutions to lead the nation in combating cyberattacks, and suggests how to fight what he deems a threat to our regional economy. A companion essay continues the conversation and offers consumer tips on personal identity theft prevention. The third essay notes the local uptick of women in technology.

Prevent cybercrime

By Christopher Torie

Cybercrime is today’s version

Killing the electric car tax credit

4:52 pm Jan. 12, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Battle lines are being drawn over an attempt to eliminate Georgia’s $5,000 tax credit for electric vehicles. An Alpharetta Republican is re-introducing legislation this year to phase out the credit, one of the most generous in the country. Today, he explains the rationale for his bill in an exclusive column for the AJC. But EV supporters say removal of the credit, used primarily by buyers of the

On Charlie Hebdo and a Gold Dome To-Do list

11:36 am Jan. 10, 2015

Liberty’s precious price

A murderous rampage hurled the words Charlie Hebdo into common knowledge last week. The French journalists who paid with their lives for having irreverent ideas would likely appreciate that.
Armed fanatics can quickly cut down unarmed innocents. But they will wholly fail in their larger quest.
For an incessant clash of ideas and ideals is essential to the higher nature of humankind. The necessary clangor of disparate thoughts can, should

Open letter to Tech president

2:00 pm Jan. 9, 2015

Take steps on crime, or lose my son

By Clark E. Blackwell

My son is in his third year at Georgia Tech. Until this week, I’ve been willing to turn a blind eye to, and to even place blame on, the students who were often victimized off-campus while returning from after-midnight carousing, or who had stupidly ventured into areas near campus that are commonly known to be unsafe.

During the past eight months,