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

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

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.

Working together to build communities

9:37 am Jul. 30, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

South Downtown, arguably the heart of Atlanta, has had a rich history you may not be aware of, given the current grit of the area. These days a resurgence is afoot, thanks in part to today’s lead column writer, an architect who has formed a community improvement organization to address issues. The companion column continues our theme, this time for immigrant-infused neighborhoods off Buford Highway. The third

8:05 pm Jul. 14, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, an advocate for the payment processing industry writes about our standing in a growing financial sector that employs thousands of Georgians. A companion essay outlines the alliance between the UK and the U.S. in the fight to thwart national and regional cyberthreats. The third column deals with water quality regulations of the Chattahoochee River at Peachtree Creek.

Growth in payment processing

By Jason Oxman

Jason Oxman is the

Homeless youth: Beyond shelter

8:43 am Jul. 9, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

For Atlanta’s homeless youth, more is needed than simply a place to stay. In our lead column, executives from two of the city’s leading charity organizations write about the services they provide “unaccompanied youth” on our streets and seek more community input to address a growing population. The second column highlights a consortium that gives Liberian college students access to universities, colleges and schools in our state.


The Cuban Thaw

9:26 am Jul. 8, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

In May, the United States removed Cuba from its list of state sponsors of terror. Last week, steps toward diplomatic renewal continued with the reopening of embassies in Washington and Havana for the first time in more than half a century. Today, a Georgia Republican congressman writes that a recent fact-finding trip to Cuba left him quite concerned about President Barack Obama’s measures toward the island. The

Curbing Ozone pollution

8:35 am Jul. 2, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

It’s summertime and, in Georgia, that means stifling heat and occasional poor air quality. Ground-level ozone, a main ingredient of smog, has harmful effects, notably on the young, older adults and those with respiratory illnesses. It’s the focus of today’s discussion, led by a pediatric pulmonologist who calls for stronger ozone standards based on scientific evidence. The other column is written by an Atlanta teen who suffers

Patent Trolls

9:04 am Jun. 25, 2015

Curbing patent trolls

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today we turn to patent legislation as Congress prepares to deal with patent reform — curbing so-called “patent trolls.” In the lead column, an inventor and entrepreneur calls patent trolls an exaggerated crisis. The companion piece, written by three University of Georgia professors, explains why they favor the Senate-offered Patent Act as an attempt to reduce frivolous patent lawsuits.

I am not a “patent troll”

By Kristi

Building Fathers

6:45 pm Jun. 17, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Tapping a father’s DNA

Face it — Father’s Day seems more of a made-up holiday than anything else. Yet, serious issues around fatherhood would seem to demand as much societal attention as the annual scramble to acquire gifts for the old man. With Father’s Day three days away, we offer an essay from an Atlanta activist who works closely with young black men to ensure success at bringing