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

Racial violence, racial healing

8:33 am Mar. 26, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Andrew Sheldon, a jury consultant, has assisted in the prosecutions and retrials of eight civil rights murder cases. Today he writes about founding the nonprofit organization, Southern Truth and Reconciliation (STAR), along the lines of the South African Truth Commission. A companion essay, written by one of my former University of Georgia professors, notes the work of the Moore’s Ford Memorial Committee, a biracial response to “the

The rise of Georgia solar

10:22 am Mar. 25, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia’s solar energy future looks bright as the state’s clean energy sector attracts record-setting private investment and creates jobs. Today, two advocates for renewable energy address the topic, while I compile a list of pros and cons associated with the implementation of sun-kissed energy.

Investing in our solar system

By Phyllis Cuttino

Phyllis Cuttino directs the Clean Energy Initiative at The Pew Charitable Trusts.

A clean energy leader


Transportation bill “fixes”

4:43 pm Mar. 23, 2015

As the transportation bill undergoes changes in the General Assembly, we turn today’s Atlanta Forward opinion page over to industry representatives and observers who sound the alarm on how the legislation could hurt consumers and businesses. Delta Air Lines weighs in on a proposed tax hike on aviation fuel. The National Consumers League attacks the proposed $5 rental car fee. And, in our lead column, a policy analyst

Guns on college campuses

2:50 pm Mar. 19, 2015

Should Georgia legalize concealed carry of weapons on college campuses? Today, the mother of a rising college freshman writes about the dangers such a law would pose. No weapon, she says, can replace good judgment as a deterrent against sexual assault. In our second column, UGA students argue that properly licensed students 21 and over and university employees should be allowed to carry firearms and not denied their rights

Healthy local food choices for Atlantans

10:42 am Mar. 19, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

AJC features writer Gracie Bond Staples recently wrote a special report on “food deserts” and how lack of neighborhood access to fresh, healthy food leads to chronic illnesses. Today, we highlight two programs working to curb the number of Georgians with limited means to healthy products. The third column, unrelated, deals with the opening of a diverging diamond interchange in Gwinnett County — metro Atlanta’s third such

Poultry: A key Georgia export

11:09 am Mar. 18, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

U.S. poultry exports enjoyed a record year in 2014, but an industry executive suggests this year may present a more challenging global market in the demand for chicken products, including Georgia’s. The other column looks at the relationship between Georgia Tech and Liberia in the technology sector. The third column notes the important connection between our forests and drinking water.

Volatile poultry market affects Georgia

By James H. Sumner

Pro/Con: Atlanta’s infrastructure vote

9:05 pm Mar. 15, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Atlanta residents get to vote Tuesday on a bond referendum worth up to $250 million. If approved, the city says the money will address a nearly billion-dollar backlog of repairs to streets, bridges and municipal buildings. Mayor Kasim Reed encourages voters to cast a “yes” ballot to make Atlanta a more livable city. But an open-government advocate wonders if we can trust the city to be

Ireland’s Atlanta connection

4:00 pm Mar. 13, 2015

Bringing in the green

By Enda Kenny

I am delighted to be paying a first visit as Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland to the city of Atlanta. St. Patrick’s Day is a time of year when we celebrate with our global family of Irish people and people of Irish descent all over the world. And we know this constituency to be strong and vibrant in Georgia, where almost a million residents claim