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

Turning a “food desert” in to a healthy garden

12:55 pm Nov. 28, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today’s topic focuses on steps being taken to increase wellness and turn the Bankhead community in to a “healthy hub.” I interview the owner of the Super Giant food store, who stocks his grocery with a variety of healthy offerings and allows part of his parking lot to be used as a community garden. The manager of the garden writes our guest column.

Building an oasis in a

Healing, service, kindness

10:58 am Nov. 26, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

An especially contentious political cycle and the racial volatility surrounding the Ferguson, Mo., shooting death of Michael Brown have cast our national day of Thanksgiving in a different light this year. Today, we hear from three spiritual leaders who write about the renewing, forgiving qualities of faith and gratitude. We share too many values and traditions to remain so divided. What if the holiday season’s strived-for harmony

Georgia’s tanking transportation

4:00 pm Nov. 24, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Planning a road trip for Thanksgiving this week? You might want to pay attention to the condition of the highways and bridges. Many are in a sad state of repair, their maintenance wanting for lack of funds. It’s gotten so bad, the state can’t afford to pay for even basic infrastructure fixes. Today, three important players write about our dwindling stream of transportation revenue and how other,

Pro/Con: Immigration

2:00 pm Nov. 23, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

President Obama has announced that he will use his executive power to act unilaterally on immigration, allowing some five million undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. and work without the threat of deportation. His executive order followed a congressional stalemate over a bipartisan bill that was passed in the Senate but stalled in the House. Today, a local immigration lawyer and a member of the state’s

Georgia loses two great leaders

12:12 pm Nov. 22, 2014

Leaders by example, and what they can teach us

“Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them … .”
Old Testament book of Joshua.
In one weekend, Georgia and its capital city lost two great servants: former Gov. Carl E. Sanders Sr. and businessman Herman J. Russell.
Their joining of that incessant caravan traveling irrevocably away

Secret Ebola treatment centers

12:45 pm Nov. 20, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

AJC reporter Craig Schneider recently wrote that Georgia health officials have refused to name six hospitals that will join Emory University Hospital as the state’s primary Ebola treatment centers. They fear negative reactions from the public and vendors could slow the hospitals’ preparation. “We don’t want to slow down the process,” a Department of Public Health spokesman said. Today, a patients’ advocate responds to that decision. A

How to stop men from battering women

8:48 am Nov. 20, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

What can men do to combat domestic violence? Perhaps, rethink perceptions of manhood. An executive with a Decatur-based nonprofit explains how the program educates men to curb violence against women and girls, while a sociologist who has researched the issue offers suggestions to males interested in volunteering to stop such abuse.

Combat disturbing masculinity

By Dona Yarbrough

For 33 years, Men Stopping Violence has led efforts to end violence against

Future farmers look to the sky

12:52 pm Nov. 19, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Some day, Georgia farmers will use aerial drones as routinely as tractors and mechanical cotton harvesters. Likewise for other industries in our region. Today a state official outlines how Georgia is preparing itself to capitalize on drone use, a practice expected to add jobs and have an economic impact across multiple sectors. Another guest writer deals with an emerging investment concept: crowdfunding. And a third writer talks

Take back your streets

3:28 pm Nov. 17, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

No one knows our city streets like the people who live on them. So how do you want them to look in 10 years, or 20, in terms of walkability and traffic flow? Today, an expert pedestrian advocate writes about what it takes for a community to accomplish some of the basics. In our other columns, a downtown worker sings the praises of the Cobb County commuter

Street harassment in Atlanta

4:29 pm Nov. 13, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

A young woman was videotaped recently enduring catcalls and harassment as she walked through Manhattan. The video immediately went viral, prompting outrage, parodies, criticism and dialogue. The local director of the activist group that disseminated the video writes that sexual harassment is also prevalent in Atlanta. (MARTA and the city of Atlanta declined to write on the issue for this page.) Our second column comes from local