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

Combating Uganda’s HIV, TB epidemic

3:43 pm Dec. 17, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The University of Georgia has received a $1.4 million grant to conduct tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS research in Uganda. Today, a UGA professor writes about the importance of the work underway and that will continue in conjunction with university counterparts in Uganda. The second article deals with Atlanta’s HIV/AIDS epidemic — specifically, the importance of family care and support for those diagnosed with the illness.

Combating Uganda’s HIV, TB

Millenials, social corporate responsibility and charitable giving

10:48 am Dec. 16, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Millennials, a formidable economic segment that tends to get generalized as being self-absorbed and non-caring, are more attuned to corporate social responsibility than some may realize. Our lead column dissects a recent Aflac survey which shows Atlanta millennialS prefer to spend their money with companies and brands with definitive charitable strategies. The companion column outlines ways individuals can plan and budget for philanthropy.

Social responsibility’s good for business


Will religious liberty law ding our economy?

11:38 am Dec. 9, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

We offer differing views on whether a Ga. religious liberty law would ding our economy.

Preserve Georgia’s economic reputation

Thomas J. Cunningham

As the General Assembly considers the Religious Freedom Restoration Act next year, legislators should enter this debate with their eyes wide open. Based on the experience in Indiana – which passed a nearly identical bill earlier this year – we can safely predict that Georgia would suffer a

Atlanta and Paris mourn together

8:47 pm Dec. 2, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Last month, Atlanta joined the world with symbolic gestures and vigils to mourn victims of coordinated terrorist attacks in Paris. Today, the Atlanta-based consul general of France expresses gratitude for the love and support our city and the Southeast bestowed upon the French here and in his homeland. The companion piece, written by Georgia Tech officials, explains the importance of strengthened manufacturing ties between the U.S. and

Exports and Morocco

9:37 am Dec. 2, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

A business leader speaks to Georgia’s exports and ways to boost same. And a Georgia congressman writes on U.S. ties with Morocco.

Challenge for local companies on exports

By Jen Yun
When people think of exports, they often think of tangible products – perhaps luxury items like cars or agricultural items like peanuts. What they do not often consider are services. Services such as legal, financial, architectural, IT and healthcare

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.