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

Should we welcome Syrian refugees?

12:06 pm Nov. 26, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Syrian refugees are seeking shelter. Should Georgia allow them to resettle here as the state has done in the past for ethnic groups fleeing persecution and war-torn regions? Our lead writer suggests we should welcome the Syrians and calls current security screening rigorous and demanding. Another author begs to differ and echoes concerns Gov. Nathan Deal recently expressed in a letter to President Barack Obama.

Congress must act

Atlanta’s global reputation

7:18 am Nov. 19, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

In today’s lead column, the director who oversees international affairs for the city of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed talks about efforts related to trade, economic development and other activities that connect this region to the world. The second column, written by the Sandy Springs mayor, highlights that town’s sister-city relationship with a community in Israel.

Working to enhance Atlanta’s reputation

By Claire Angelle

Making sure the city of Atlanta

Powder Springs: “Integrity-based” policing

8:13 am Nov. 12, 2015

Moderated By Rick Badie

“Integrity-based policing” is the mission of the Powder Springs Police Department. To that end, the department and Cobb County police joined forces to present “Bridge the Gap,” community gatherings to discuss procedure and address residents’ concerns. Our lead column, written by the Powder Springs police chief, explains the importance of such continuing discussions. In the other column, a writer challenges us to combat bullying.

Bridging the gap in

Our reality: A more digital future

8:35 pm Nov. 10, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Let’s peer in to our technological future and see what awaits us. Top experts recently gathered at Georgia Tech to do just that, and surmised we must embrace computational literacy if we are to comprehend devices that allow the blind to see and the deaf to hear. Today, a Tech dean writes about the new generation of computing and its effect on the fabric of our lives.

HIV/AIDS testing – Take the first step

10:22 am Nov. 5, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

In our lead column, medical experts entrenched in the AIDS battle stress the importance of HIV testing as a first step toward curbing the disease. And, with Year Three of open enrollment for health exchanges underway, an advocate writes about her nonprofit’s efforts to sign up immigrant populations for care. Finally, the third essay outlines a national initiative to improve the health of our community and beyond.



12:37 pm Nov. 3, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia has more timberland for commercial use than any other state in the nation – over 24 million acres. Today, an executive for an advocate agency highlights the value the state’s forest lands provides citizens and stresses the importance of maintaining certain provisions in the country’s tax code to ensure future economic contributions. Authors of the other column explain the Human Needs Index, a new tool to