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

Will photo IDs for food stamps prevent fraud?

5:10 pm Oct. 15, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia officials say it will cost nearly $8 million to create food stamp cards that include recipients’ photographs. A state lawmaker who co-sponsored legislation to allow the IDs says it would be well spent money to curb the resell of benefits meant to help feed families. But a policy analyst contends such fraud is minuscule and calls food stamp photos an “untested hypothesis.”

IDs fight food stamp fraud


Union blasts MARTA

2:35 pm Oct. 13, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Amalgamated Transit Union workers at MARTA are protesting stalled contract negotiations with the transit agency and MARTA’s move to privatize certain operations such as paratransit. Today, the local union president says MARTA is following a faulty road map on its way to ourtsourcing jobs and its well-paid leaders are betraying thousands of middle-class workers who deserve better. In turn, MARTA’s board of directors lay out their plans

Same-sex marriage in Georgia

2:00 pm Oct. 9, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The Supreme Court’s decision to not deliberate on same-sex marriage was a big victory for gay rights and should allow allow same-sex marriages to move forward in 30 states. But not in Georgia, where it remains legally banned. Today, we hear from an Emory University law professor who writes about the court’s surprising non-decision, and a Baptist pastor who criticizes it. Also, a Georgia State University professor

Miracles at the homeless shelter

8:22 am Oct. 9, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

On Sept. 26, the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless avoided having water shut off at its homeless shelter by paying a nearly $600,000 city debt. The money was raised through private donations, something the task force director likened to “a miracle.” Today, she invites the community to visit and see various miracles underway at the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter. In the other essay, a state lawmaker

Full speed ahead, to the future

1:50 pm Oct. 8, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia’s maritime leader says the Port of Savannah is poised to surpass New York as the busiest seaport on the East Coast. Today, our top port executive outlines what’s being done to ensure the port — which is experiencing record-setting growth in container movement — does just that in the coming years. In the other essays, read about a series of regional “Community Conversations” taking place to

Driverless cars: What to watch for

1:49 pm Oct. 6, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Lawmakers in various states including Georgia are trying to get their heads around the rapidly accelerating technology involving driverless cars. There are a lot of questions: Who will be responsible in case of accidents? How will they interact with standard cars? Today, we offer three columns written by presenters at the first hearing of the Georgia House study committee on autonomous vehicles. They elaborate on their concerns,

Georgia’s failing medical health

3:59 pm Oct. 2, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

When it comes to health care, state leadership is failing Georgia citizens, especially those who need help the most, a local health policy expert writes. With trends looking grim, he criticizes politicians for erecting barriers for Georgians to access care through federal programs such as Medicaid. In response, a nonprofit think tank leader suggests a reasonable alternative to Medicaid expansion is a greater buildout of efficient, locally

Homeless youth: A crisis we choose not to see

8:08 pm Oct. 1, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

They hide in plain view, yet many of us don’t acknowledge their existence: homeless youth. On any given night, hundreds of teens — many turned away by their parents or guardians because they came out of the closet — sleep on Atlanta’s streets and alleys and bunk in abandoned buildings. Today’s guest writers explore a growing problem in the region and solicit your help to serve this

Improving community health, job opportunities

10:29 am Oct. 1, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Too often, health and wellness issues fall below the radar as they relate to metro Atlanta’s burgeoning South Asian communities. One of today’s writers advocates for the creation of holistic health programs that can combat illnesses as well as treatment costs. Elsewhere, an official with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition previews a local economic summit to feature U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx.

South Asian health dialogue needed