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

Marietta PD: We embrace body cameras

5:29 pm Jun. 3, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Count the Marietta Police Department as our region’s latest agency to implement body-worn cameras among its ranks. Today, in our lead column, a lieutenant explains the move to the device. The companion essay, written by a college professor, reminds us that good cops exist — despite headlines of late. A third column notes Atlanta’s contributions to training criminal justice officials overseas.

Police body cameras: The view from Marietta


Georgia’s hurricane season

10:06 am May. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

For years, Georgia’s been blessed with quiet hurricane seasons, but a state emergency management executive suggests we not take that for granted. Despite forecasts of a silent 2015 season, he advises all Georgians to prepare. In the other column, a Taiwan diplomat writes about the efficacy of the sovereign state’s health-care system.

Prepare for hurricane season

By Jim Butterworth

In a deadly storm 117 years ago, Cumberland Island was struck


3:44 pm May. 20, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, the executive director of Lost-n-Found Youth — a nonprofit that serves homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered young people — talks about the group’s work and efforts to convert a Midtown building in to a homeless shelter. The other column notes the changing culture of Buckhead due to a rise in apartment dwellings proposed and under construction.

Nonprofit serves homeless gay youth

By Rick Badie

When Dustin Lance Black

Wanted: Kidney organ donors

3:33 pm May. 13, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

When it comes to transplants, kidneys are the most sought-after organs. My friend, a three-time kidney recipient, needs one now that his body has begun rejecting the one his younger brother gave him 15 years ago. Here’s his story, one shared by many Georgians in need of donors. Companion essays continue the health theme — one on a health disparity based on zip codes in our city,

Atlanta: Rise up for peace

4:28 pm May. 6, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Last week, the AJC hosted a live chat in which we posed a question to readers that my colleague, Jay Bookman, had asked in a column: “Could what happened in Baltimore take place in Atlanta?” Today, an Atlantan who took part in that dialogue takes the issue a step further and challenges our community to host a conversation on racial matters in regard to contemporary inequities and

Women in leadership: Faith, careers, justice

4:18 pm Apr. 29, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Americans generally assume Muslim women aren’t treated equally with men and perceive them as oppressed, weak, dormant and submissive. Today, an executive for a local magazine considers public ignorance and false images of Muslim women a major social challenge. A companion essay deals with the lack of women in the science, technology, engineering and math industries. The third column champions Gov. Nathan Deal’s efforts to reform the

Public trust of the police

6:43 pm Apr. 22, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Accountability, trust, transparency. We expect it from our police departments and, in light of recent killings, some are taking steps to deliver. Agencies are moving to independent investigations of officer-involved killings and shootings. Gwinnett County Police Chief Butch Ayers recently announced the GBI would investigate actions that result in death or serious, life-threatening injury. Today, an official for a state law enforcement group applauds such policy shifts.