Time to tax soda?

5:20 pm Jul. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Sweet tea, peach cobbler and soft drinks. No matter the product, many Southerners love sugar. We’re also often fat and unhealthy, reasons proponents like our lead columnist favor a tax on sodas and other sugary drinks. Today’s companion piece offers an opposing view that questions the efficacy of beverage taxes and suggests alternative measures to curbing obesity and disease.

Tax sodas for public good

By Jim O’Hara

These days

Atlanta’s green movement

9:57 am Jul. 23, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Atlanta’s going green. The concept of energy-efficient buildings and sustainability measures has taken hold across the city. The writer of today’s lead column cites the Atlanta market as a leader in the green real estate movement, but suggests more should be done to bring small and medium-sized businesses into the mix. The second column explains sustainability efforts at Emory University that resulted in BestColleges.com naming it being

Marriage Equality

7:44 pm Jul. 21, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

We’ve debated the merits of same-sex marriage to no end. What about the potential economic impact of marriage equality? In our lead column, an economics professor offers a perspective based on a study of wedding expenses and related economic factors as compiled by the Williams Institute of UCLA. The other column questions the concept of same-sex marriage as “the new normal.”

Same-sex marriage will fuel economy

By M.V. Lee

8:05 pm Jul. 14, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, an advocate for the payment processing industry writes about our standing in a growing financial sector that employs thousands of Georgians. A companion essay outlines the alliance between the UK and the U.S. in the fight to thwart national and regional cyberthreats. The third column deals with water quality regulations of the Chattahoochee River at Peachtree Creek.

Growth in payment processing

By Jason Oxman

Jason Oxman is the

Homeless youth: Beyond shelter

8:43 am Jul. 9, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

For Atlanta’s homeless youth, more is needed than simply a place to stay. In our lead column, executives from two of the city’s leading charity organizations write about the services they provide “unaccompanied youth” on our streets and seek more community input to address a growing population. The second column highlights a consortium that gives Liberian college students access to universities, colleges and schools in our state.

Helping

The Cuban Thaw

9:26 am Jul. 8, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

In May, the United States removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terror. Last week, steps toward diplomatic renewal continued with the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in more than half a century. Today, a Georgia Republican congressman writes that a recent fact-finding trip to Cuba left him quite concerned about President Barack Obama’s measures toward the island. The

Curbing Ozone pollution

8:35 am Jul. 2, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

It’s summertime and, in Georgia, that means stifling heat and occasional poor air quality. Ground-level ozone, a main ingredient of smog, has harmful effects, notably on the young, older adults and those with respiratory illnesses. It’s the focus of today’s discussion, led by a pediatric pulmonologist who calls for stronger ozone standards based on scientific evidence. The other column is written by an Atlanta teen who suffers

Patent Trolls

9:04 am Jun. 25, 2015

Curbing patent trolls

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today we turn to patent legislation as Congress prepares to deal with patent reform — curbing so-called “patent trolls.” In the lead column, an inventor and entrepreneur calls patent trolls an exaggerated crisis. The companion piece, written by three University of Georgia professors, explains why they favor the Senate-offered Patent Act as an attempt to reduce frivolous patent lawsuits.

I am not a “patent troll”

By Kristi

Atlanta’s Lustre

6:15 pm Jun. 23, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Two years ago, a noted economist wondered in print if Atlanta was another Detroit, a place where “the American dream seems to be dying, where the children of the poor have great difficulty climbing the economic ladder.” Earlier this year, AJC reporters Dan Chapman, Jeff Ernsthausen and Michael Kanell compared Atlanta to Charlotte and the Dallas-Fort Worth market in a series of articles that found our city

Building Fathers

6:45 pm Jun. 17, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Tapping a father’s DNA

Face it — Father’s Day seems more of a made-up holiday than anything else. Yet, serious issues around fatherhood would seem to demand as much societal attention as the annual scramble to acquire gifts for the old man. With Father’s Day three days away, we offer an essay from an Atlanta activist who works closely with young black men to ensure success at bringing