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

Deny birthplace citizenship?

6:26 pm Aug. 26, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

A plank in presidential candidate Donald Trump’s immigration reform policy would contravene the 14th Amendment and deny birthright citizenship to American-born babies of illegal immigrants living in the United States. Today’s lead columnist calls the idea impractical and raises issues the policy might cause our region, with its large Hispanic population. A companion piece suggests “children of interlopers” should not be regarded as U.S. citizens. Elsewhere, we

Georgia: Movies and music

3:57 pm Aug. 25, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Most of us know about Georgia’s booming TV and film industry, buoyed by a preponderance of idyllic locations, low production costs and tax incentives that welcome producers. Today, the president of SCAD offers three “main acts” the state should attend to in order to keep the cameras, lights and action afloat. Meanwhile, a music advocate wants more attention given to growing that industry, something she considers a

Voting rights and the environment

5:52 pm Aug. 19, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Our lead columnist pays tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, and says the landmark legislation has come under attack by states like Georgia that have adopted voter ID laws, likening them to minority voter suppression. The companion writer questions opponents of such laws and criticizes Republicans for not educating the public about their overwhelming support for early congressional passage of the VRA.

Voting rights

Agritourism – Ga.’s growing economic sector

5:32 pm Aug. 18, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

You may not know it, but when you pick your own pumpkins, blueberries and apples, enjoy a wine tasting or some other farm-related activity, you contribute to agritourism, a growing economic sector in the state. A state official explains the concept and its growth, while a Young Harris vineyard owner does likewise for our region’s burgeoning wine industry.

Get out to a farm

By Cynthia Norton

Was that a hint

The plight of LGBT teens

10:01 pm Aug. 12, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The number of homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender teens is growing here and nationwide. An Atlanta filmmaker has written and directed a fictional short film that he hopes generates meaningful discussion about the issue, especially in the South, where religion tends to play a substantial role in family dynamics. In the companion essay, an activist writes about his experience at a recent “Stop the Violence” rally.

A “rooftop revolution?”

4:37 pm Aug. 11, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The new Clean Power Plan, regardless of your thoughts on it, could affect the current and future energy economy in our state. What could be the potential impact in Georgia? Today’s guest columnists present dueling views. The lead writer considers the landmark measure a “viable option” for the environment and the economy. The companion piece derides extensive regulations and argues that Georgia, already on a path of

Homeless, hungry too

5:24 pm Aug. 5, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

No plans for Saturday? The Fulton County sheriff invites you to attend and assist with an annual Homeless Initiative, a block party for a worthy cause that takes place this weekend on Central Avenue in downtown Atlanta. In the companion column, a volunteer for a Lawrenceville nonprofit tells us the shelves of many food pantries across metro Atlanta are running low. She explains how the situation puts

Seaport News

10:10 am Aug. 5, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Chalk up another record year for the Georgia Ports Authority. The total volume of goods handled by the ports increased nearly 8 percent from last year and there was a double-digit increase in the number of container units handled at the Port of Savannah. An executive says to expect more businesses to utilize our seaports and notes steps that have been, or will be, taken to make