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.


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

Expansion of Georgia’s “other” port

12:57 pm Oct. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The state has an ambitious capital improvement plan of nearly $155 million over the next 10 years for the Port of Brunswick – a testament to the automotive tonnage and bulk cargo that pass through its terminals. The Georgia Ports Authority’s executive director explains the infrastructure upgrades in today’s lead column. In the second essay, a state agency head touts the economic benefits of early child care

9:33 am Oct. 21, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The former General Motors plant in Doraville is slated to become the home of a major movie studio, part of a massive commercial, business and residential project known as The Assembly. Doraville’s mayor couldn’t be happier about the development and touts its economic benefits in today’s lead column. The companion piece addresses the state’s booming film industry and what private property owners should weigh when approached by

Reforming Georgia’s tax code

3:05 pm Oct. 14, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgians of varied economic stripes might benefit from state tax reform, but in what form? Earlier this year, a state representative presented a bill that would shift the tax burden toward more consumption taxes and lower personal income and corporate taxes. He writes about misconceptions around that proposal. Meanwhile, a policy analyst suggests alternatives to such a tax shift and champions creation of a state Earned Income

Building unified communities: Gwinnett and DeKalb

10:08 am Oct. 8, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

They covet the same thing — more peace, understanding, civic engagement and equal footing for all residents in their respective communities. One is a nonprofit that serves the immigrant and refugee population; the other, a newly formed alliance of Gwinnett County residents whose name says it all. The writer of the first essay invites us to participate in Saturday’s 11th annual TEA (Together Empowering All) Walk along

Reauthorize the Export-Import Bank?

6:10 pm Oct. 6, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The Export-Import Bank closed its doors to new business this summer, but congressional attempts are afoot to reauthorize the government agency that finances some exports of U.S. companies. Supporters of the bank, including the writer of today’s lead column, say it’s necessary for firms in Georgia and elsewhere to compete globally. The author of the companion column, however, calls the bank “corporate welfare” and rebuffs its reauthorization.

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


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

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