A healthier Fulton; a people rising together

10:38 pm Apr. 15, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

How healthy is your county? Well, Forsyth has been tapped as Georgia’s healthiest, according to a recent ranking that measures certain health factors of every county in every state. Metro Atlanta took four of the fop five slots in overall rankings. Accolades to Forsyth, Gwinnett, Fayette and Cobb. Fulton County, meanwhile, made substantial progress; today, a county commissioner explains how. In the other column, an Atlanta-based activist

The growth of digital entertainment and media

6:03 pm Apr. 14, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Contributions of the film and television industry to our region’s economy have been well-publicized, but there’s a related sector that’s showing promising growth — digital entertainment. Today’s lead column shines light on this budding creative cluster. Elsewhere, advocates of the propane industry extol the benefits of using the fuel residentially and commercially. The third column notes the importance of creating a consistent brand, identity and

Fayette voting discrimination?

3:34 pm Apr. 9, 2015

A divisive Fayette County voting battle continues today as an NAACP Legal Defense Fund lawyer writes about the alleged injustice of the county’s election system, and a local official argues that the civil rights organization is not interested in seeking a compromise. Opponents say Fayette’s at-large voting systematically keeps blacks from serving on the county commission and school board. A U.S. district judge agreed and cleared the way for district

Depressed home values; living on fees, fines

9:59 am Apr. 9, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today’s topics: negative home equity and court-imposed fees. A south DeKalb County resident questions depressed property values, seemingly omnipresent on that end of the county. Not so up north, he writes, and wonders why. The other column, written by a former DeKalb district attorney, looks at court-imposed fees and fines — what he deems revenue-generators for local governments.

South DeKalb’s depressed home values

By Wayne Early

Residents of south DeKalb

Sustainable Georgia

5:01 pm Apr. 7, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

We hear the terms “sustainability” and “sustainable” used interchangeably in private and public sectors. What, exactly, do they mean to our region’s well-being? The lead column highlights area efforts to create economic practices that balance and renew the environment and its resources. The companion essay implores companies and organizations to use better available data in their green initiatives. The third write-up offers consumer tips on residential solar

Racial violence, racial healing

8:33 am Mar. 26, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Andrew Sheldon, a jury consultant, has assisted in the prosecutions and retrials of eight civil rights murder cases. Today he writes about founding the nonprofit organization, Southern Truth and Reconciliation (STAR), along the lines of the South African Truth Commission. A companion essay, written by one of my former University of Georgia professors, notes the work of the Moore’s Ford Memorial Committee, a biracial response to “the

The rise of Georgia solar

10:22 am Mar. 25, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia’s solar energy future looks bright as the state’s clean energy sector attracts record-setting private investment and creates jobs. Today, two advocates for renewable energy address the topic, while I compile a list of pros and cons associated with the implementation of sun-kissed energy.

Investing in our solar system

By Phyllis Cuttino

Phyllis Cuttino directs the Clean Energy Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

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