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

A whites-only environment?

3:21 pm Jan. 30, 2015

Black, brown want green jobs, too

By Carlton E. Brown

The lack of racial and ethnic diversity in most mainstream environmental groups and government agencies is no revelation; for decades, it’s been a hushed issue that’s fractured the green movement and kept minorities out of the insider’s club. But we now have empirical evidence of the industry’s lingering racial divide.

Dorceta Taylor, professor of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the

Medical marijuana

2:15 pm Jan. 29, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Today, we offer the second of a two-part series on medical marijuana. A law professor specializing in forensic medicine writes about factors complicating the decriminalization of medical marijuana in Georgia, called for in HB 1 (a gutted version of the original bill that endorsed growing and regulating the plant in Georgia). A doctor outlines current research that can guide the state. And an advocate endorses the senate

Helping Atlantans eat healthy, local food

10:25 am Jan. 29, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The Atlanta Community Food Bank has partnered with a newly formed organization to expand its regional efforts to drive away hunger and improve access to fresh, healthy products. An executive with the Food Well Alliance explains the concept. The other column highlights a Texas-based youth and family nonprofit that has plans to expand to metro Atlanta.

Atlanta’s food movement

By Bobbi de Winter

Atlanta is growing a big opportunity

City on the move

11:51 am Jan. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Several reports show small-business owners are bullish about the economy, with expectations to hire and boost revenue in 2015. Today, the state director for a small-business advocacy group throws some what-ifs into those feel-good predictions, citing unknown variables such as policy decisions at the Gold Dome and White House. Elsewhere, a business owner talks about contemporary office culture, while an executive highlights Atlanta’s economic strides in 2014.


Transportation taxes

2:00 pm Jan. 26, 2015

The Georgia General Assembly is deep in discussions about adding transportation revenue through new taxes. Even Republicans seem to agree something must be done to raise more than $1.5 billion annually to pay for the upkeep of our aging infrastructure. But the idea of new taxes still rankles some fiscal conservatives, such as today’s lead columnist. And while we’re on the topic of new taxes for projects to move people,

Guarding patient info

4:00 pm Jan. 23, 2015

Protecting health data critical

By Annie Anton and Peter Swire

As our everyday lives become more connected – via smartphones, tablets and other devices – so will information about our health care. This will provide enormous benefits to patients and to the health care system, allowing innumerable breakthroughs on the way we track health and medical information and enhancing our well-being. Many of these breakthroughs will take place here in Georgia, where

Medical marijuana lives

2:00 pm Jan. 22, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Critics and sufferers lamented when Gov. Deal sent a portion of Georgia’s medical marijuana bill back to a study group to figure out how to cultivate the plant here for its cannabis oil. The stripping of HB 1, they say, means another year-long delay in getting medical marijuana to citizens suffering from an assortment of maladies (although this year’s legislation still calls for decriminalization). But the bill’s

Our veterans shouldn’t be homeless

9:49 am Jan. 22, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Imagine serving in the U.S. military only to return home and eventually find yourself homeless. It happens often, but a national movement to end homeless here and elsewhere is making progress. I write about an auxiliary program of American Legion Post 207 that offers safety nets to homeless female veterans, while the head of a coalition gives a snapshot of state initiatives to address the issue.

Giving homeless

In a bind for transportation dollars

2:00 pm Jan. 19, 2015

Moderated By Tom Sabulis

A state House study committee recently filed its final report on whether Georgia should allow driverless cars on its roads. It recommended that the state take a wait-and-see approach; there are simply too many unknowns about the technology. A Fayette County commissioner today writes about what should come next. In our lead column, a conservative policy advocate weighs in on the tough choices needed to raise transportation

Religious liberty law needed?

4:00 pm Jan. 15, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The so-called religious liberty law being pushed in the General Assembly has rallied opponents and defenders alike. Today, two faith leaders write that the potential for misuse of new religious freedom laws is already being realized around the country in dangerous and discriminatory ways. A supporter of House Bill 29, however, cites examples of why it’s needed, and why the sky will not fall if it becomes