Discussion on Atlanta's economy, schools, transportation, leadership, quality of life

Efficiencies pay dividends; high-tech wood

11:33 am Dec. 31, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today’s topics deal with energy building codes and the rebirth of our state’s pulp and paper industry. Executives for an alliance that promotes energy efficiency touts its benefits as an economic driver, notably in construction. Meanwhile, the president of a technical association says researchers are developing new uses for paper and wood-based products that appeal to manufacturers.

Energy codes equal efficiency

By Mandy Mahoney, Judy Knight and Lauren Westmoreland

A vet’s VA experience

2:00 pm Dec. 26, 2014

Medical Center’s cycle of caring

By Robert C. Fuller

The woman appeared to be in her early sixties. She was trim, neat, wearing clothing that was a little more formal than that worn by most of the people in the waiting room. Her skin was dark ebony, and the way she held her head and shoulders spoke of dignity, but she was ill at ease.

She wasn’t reading, chatting, or napping like so

Major gift for the arts

2:00 pm Dec. 25, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta’s cultural capital, was recently gifted $38 million by the Woodruff Foundation (no relation). Today, the center’s leader writes about what that bestowal will do for the city and its cultural climate. In our second column, two writers teams up to explain the economic power of the arts and why they are so important to the business well-being of Atlanta.

A great city needs

Fear and hope

2:00 pm Dec. 24, 2014

Igniting our energy and imagination

By Joanna M. Adams

“Be not afraid,” the angels admonished the shepherds who were tending their flocks in the fields the night Jesus was born. Easy for angels to say. Mere mortals have a hard time tamping down fear. Indeed, the reality of fear lies at the heart of the human experience and shows up in a variety of degrees, shapes and sizes.

Recently, the North Korean government

Multiple generations in 21st Century

7:01 am Dec. 24, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

They work side by side — baby boomers, millennials and generation Xers. It’s the workplace of the 21st century, disparately rich with personalities, communication styles and ideas of work values. Today, a Georgia Tech engineer offers ways to get them all on the same page and focused on goals. Another guest writer asks millennials to step up and serve. The third author shares his job-hunting experience.

Change yourself,

Southern, gay, not leaving

4:00 pm Dec. 19, 2014

Change coming for gay rights

By Brian M. Basinger

It would be tempting for a gay Georgia resident to leave the South and head for California or the Northeast, where same-sex marriage and workplace non-discrimination policies are the law of the land. I can see my husband and I starting over in another state where we cannot be mistreated at work because of our sexual orientation, where we don’t pay additional state

Technology in Georgia: Predictions for 2015

1:47 pm Dec. 17, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

What will be the region’s top technology trends for 2015? As the new year looms, two corporate executives outline trends that could further transform our robust technology/innovation scene, as well as new-age marketing and branding practices that strive to humanize relationships between consumers and brands.

Georgia helps blaze a high-tech trail

By Frank Green

Ten years ago, when someone pictured the vital companies headquartered in Atlanta, those that came to

MARTA expansion

3:00 pm Dec. 15, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

MARTA is proposing a light rail line to serve the busy Clifton Road Corridor, home to Emory University, the CDC and the Atlanta VA hospital, among others. At a recent information session for residents, citizens were cautiously receptive to the project, which would run from the Lindbergh MARTA rail station southeast along Clifton to the Avondale station. If anything, the consensus wanted to see more tunneling near

DeKalb’s wannabe cities

4:26 pm Dec. 11, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Two DeKalb County communities are fighting a border war in order to get approval from the Legislature to proceed with incorporation. “If the people in this room want something to happen, they’d better get their act together and come up with a map that we can approve, ” Rep. Mark Hamilton, R-Cumming, said at a public hearing. If the General Assembly and Gov. Nathan Deal rule favorably

Local Muslim-Americans condemn terrorism

8:42 am Dec. 11, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Last week, the Kennesaw City Council rejected a zoning request to open a Muslim prayer center in a strip shopping center. Some protesters said it would be used to teach Sharia law. Suffice it to say, Muslims generally have an image issue. A guest writer notes efforts by moderate Muslims here and abroad to educate the public about Islam and condemn violence and terrorist acts. The other