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

Georgia leads prison reform efforts

11:09 pm Sep. 30, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia has become a national leader when it comes to criminal justice reform. Last month, a blue-ribbon panel, set up by Congress to address needed changes in the federal prison system, visited Atlanta to tour facilities and talk with area leaders about comprehensive justice reform. Our lead column highlights that visit. A companion essay encourages Georgia lawmakers to support the state’s criminal justice reform effort. The third

Putting Atlanta’s homeless, vets to work

9:31 am Sep. 30, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia Works!, a nonprofit that works to get chronically homeless men off our city streets, recently held commencement exercises for graduates who now enjoy permanent housing and a full-time job. Read about the Class of 2015 in our lead column. The companion piece focuses on military veterans, their struggles to find sustainable employment and to fit in the civilian workforce.

A graduation that celebrates skills, self-sufficiency

By Phillip Hunter


Acworth Police: Matters of life and death

8:08 am Sep. 24, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The Acworth Police Department has added a new tool to its traditional training program — a firearms simulator. It offers more than 500 scenarios of what sworn officers or detention personnel might encounter when responding to a varied number of incidents. I write about my experience trying out the “use-of-force” simulator, while Acworth’s police chief explains the importance of implementing the technology.

Matters of life and death


Teach teens about money

6:03 pm Sep. 22, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

No doubt, many adults would benefit from a brush-up on finances — bank accounts, credit cards, savings, expenditures and such. It’s no different for teens, many of whom already handle money. For today’s topic on financial literacy, we highlight an initiative by Junior Achievement of Georgia and some area public schools designed to educate middle schoolers on dollars and sense. The companion piece continues the theme with

Water Conservation

8:41 am Sep. 17, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Apparently, our region’s water conservation efforts are paying off. The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s long-range water demand forecast for 15 counties predicts we’ll use 25 percent less water in 2050 than was projected in 2009. In today’s lead column, the chairman of the water district governing board takes note of the potential decline. Elsewhere, a medical officer writes about the importance of quality time between

Home care providers: Pay us $15 an hour

3:54 am Sep. 16, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Home care providers across the nation have joined the movement for a $15 an hour minimum wage. An Atlanta provider writes about her love for the job as well as the need for a larger paycheck. Also today, a researcher for a fiscally conservative think tank warns about the negative consequences of raising the minimum wage, especially for small business owners.

Home care workers fight for $15 an

Georgia Tech: Fighting Cyber terrorism

9:49 am Sep. 10, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia Tech plays a critical role in efforts to combat cyber terrorism. A Tech cyber expert writes that the federal government recently awarded the institution grants of more than $5 million to develop methods and mechanisms that address security flaws and snare cyber invaders. The companion essay deals with consumer phone fraud — the kind that starts with a ring, your “hello” and a silent line.

Tech helps

Energy Autonomy

9:36 am Sep. 9, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

A Georgia Tea Party pioneer has joined forces with both like-minded conservatives and progressives nationwide to advocate for solar energy and fight state regulatory barriers that they say limit the ability of utility customers to switch to the energy source. Today, she writes about her efforts to help families and businesses acquire more energy autonomy. Meanwhile, the state director for a conservative nonprofit provides an opposing view,

Workplace Violence

8:05 am Sep. 3, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Is your workplace prepared for violence? It’s something that should be pondered, given what seems like a preponderance of such incidents, most recently the on-air slayings of two Virginia TV journalists. Today, a mental health professional who works with employers on safe responses to workplace violence suggests a response plan that takes long-term risks in to consideration. The other essay addresses barriers Latinos face in trying to

Georgia’s economic rebound

3:38 pm Sep. 1, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

When the president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta studies the region’s economy, he sees a balanced portfolio that’s experiencing solid, steady expansion on multiple fronts. Here’s his take on the metro area’s continuing recovery. The companion essay encourages Georgia businesses to map out their exporting niche.

A resilient region moving past recession

By Dennis Lockhart

Over the last eight years, I’ve witnessed big swings in