Toward a bright future in Cobb, South Metro

9:47 am Feb. 26, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

What’s good for Cobb County? Well, for starters, the Atlanta Braves move , according to the newly formed “Good for Cobb.” Its co-founders say the group was formed to identify and publicly express support for initiatives deemed good for the county. Elsewhere, a former Fulton County commissioner writes about “smart growth” for the South Metro area, while the other guest writer advocates for a Bosnian-American Day in

Opinion: End chronic homelessness

7:41 am Feb. 25, 2015

Moderated by RICK BADIE

Today we highlight a nonprofit whose founder says it’s a moral and fiscal imperative to end chronic homelessness on the streets of downtown Atlanta. Read his perspective and the mission of his organization, Georgia Works! A companion essay stresses the need for additional state money to help adults with developmental disabilities get into the workplace.

 Georgia Works!

By BILL MCGAHAN, founder and chairman of Georgia Works!

The rebirth of town centers

8:44 am Feb. 19, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

It’s hard to keep current with the number of suburban communities with plans to spruce up city halls or town centers. Today, I highlight Lilburn and its plans for a city hall-library complex. A companion column touts the regional push toward sustainable living and notes communities that embrace the concept. In a third column, a consultant challenges everyday citizens to connect with their communities via small-scale projects.

Town

AIDS, measles and educating the public

12:00 pm Feb. 12, 2015

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Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, a Fulton County medical director writes about the vigilance necessary to prevent and treat the AIDS virus. She wants to make Atlanta “greater than AIDS,” and outlines a new program in Fulton and DeKalb counties to inform and curb stigmas. Monday, the Georgia Department of Public Health announced the state’s first confirmed case of measles since 2012. A labor attorney offers guidelines

Should U.S. normalize relations with Cuba?

10:15 am Feb. 5, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

On Dec. 17, President Barack Obama announced a historic Cuban thaw: The U.S. would resume full diplomatic relations with Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years. Today, a Georgia congressman hails the Cuba-U.S. deal, citing the expansion of Georgia imports to the island and gains of U.S. influence in the region. Meanwhile, a U.S. representative from South Florida calls the initiative a threat to

Helping Atlantans eat healthy, local food

10:25 am Jan. 29, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The Atlanta Community Food Bank has partnered with a newly formed organization to expand its regional efforts to drive away hunger and improve access to fresh, healthy products. An executive with the Food Well Alliance explains the concept. The other column highlights a Texas-based youth and family nonprofit that has plans to expand to metro Atlanta.

Atlanta’s food movement

By Bobbi de Winter

Atlanta is growing a big opportunity

Our veterans shouldn’t be homeless

9:49 am Jan. 22, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Imagine serving in the U.S. military only to return home and eventually find yourself homeless. It happens often, but a national movement to end homeless here and elsewhere is making progress. I write about an auxiliary program of American Legion Post 207 that offers safety nets to homeless female veterans, while the head of a coalition gives a snapshot of state initiatives to address the issue.

Giving homeless

Chief Cochran firing: Anti-gay or anti-Christian?

10:22 am Jan. 15, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

“Who Told You That You Were Naked?” That’s the title of former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran’s self-published book, the one with comments some construed as anti-gay and that led to his dismissal by Mayor Kasim Reed. We continue dialog on the topic with two essays. One writer questions the reason given for the firing, while the other applauds the city’s response. The third column, about good

Addressing challenges of young black males

10:00 am Jan. 8, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Oprah Winfrey said she wants to see “strategic, peaceful intention” arise from ongoing police protests regarding the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Savannah’s mayor pro tem says the state’s oldest city is trying to deliver just that through an initiative that addresses the plight of young black males and their high incarceration rates. A companion essay talks about Atlanta’s black gay men as activists for

Do body cameras help police do their jobs better?

9:45 am Jan. 1, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Trust is paramount between police and the communities they serve, especially in challenged neighborhoods where longstanding tensions fester. A state lawmaker would like to see all Georgia police officers equipped with body cameras, but acknowledges the prohibitive costs of such an initiative. A Chicago grassroots organization questions the value of the cameras for civilians. The third essay notes the experience a Gwinnett County agency has had since