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

Patent Trolls

9:04 am Jun. 25, 2015

Curbing patent trolls

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today we turn to patent legislation as Congress prepares to deal with patent reform — curbing so-called “patent trolls.” In the lead column, an inventor and entrepreneur calls patent trolls an exaggerated crisis. The companion piece, written by three University of Georgia professors, explains why they favor the Senate-offered Patent Act as an attempt to reduce frivolous patent lawsuits.

I am not a “patent troll”

By Kristi

Atlanta’s Lustre

6:15 pm Jun. 23, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Two years ago, a noted economist wondered in print if Atlanta was another Detroit, a place where “the American dream seems to be dying, where the children of the poor have great difficulty climbing the economic ladder.” Earlier this year, AJC reporters Dan Chapman, Jeff Ernsthausen and Michael Kanell compared Atlanta to Charlotte and the Dallas-Fort Worth market in a series of articles that found our city

Building Fathers

6:45 pm Jun. 17, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Tapping a father’s DNA

Face it — Father’s Day seems more of a made-up holiday than anything else. Yet, serious issues around fatherhood would seem to demand as much societal attention as the annual scramble to acquire gifts for the old man. With Father’s Day three days away, we offer an essay from an Atlanta activist who works closely with young black men to ensure success at bringing

Payroll debit cards arrive in Georgia

4:03 am Jun. 17, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

This year, Georgia joined states that have established laws that regulate and permit the use of payroll cards to pay employees. It’s sorta like a bank debit card that gives workers access to their earnings. Our law allows workers to opt out of using a payroll card if they prefer direct deposit or a paper check. Today, a labor attorney discusses this payment option by advising employers

Marietta PD: We embrace body cameras

5:29 pm Jun. 3, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Count the Marietta Police Department as our region’s latest agency to implement body-worn cameras among its ranks. Today, in our lead column, a lieutenant explains the move to the device. The companion essay, written by a college professor, reminds us that good cops exist — despite headlines of late. A third column notes Atlanta’s contributions to training criminal justice officials overseas.

Police body cameras: The view from Marietta


Ghana and Georgia

8:40 am Jun. 3, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Cultural ties link Ghanaians with African-Americans. So does the growing promise of two-way trade. Our lead column highlights current and potential business investment opportunities between this region and the West African country. The second column explores “Internet bullying” and outlines what businesses can do to manage and protect their online reputations.

Building economic ties with Ghana

By Matilda Arhin and Cynthia L. Blandford

Ghana has been on our minds a