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.

A healthier Fulton; a people rising together

10:38 pm Apr. 15, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

How healthy is your county? Well, Forsyth has been tapped as Georgia’s healthiest, according to a recent ranking that measures certain health factors of every county in every state. Metro Atlanta took four of the fop five slots in overall rankings. Accolades to Forsyth, Gwinnett, Fayette and Cobb. Fulton County, meanwhile, made substantial progress; today, a county commissioner explains how. In the other column, an Atlanta-based activist

Depressed home values; living on fees, fines

9:59 am Apr. 9, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today’s topics: negative home equity and court-imposed fees. A south DeKalb County resident questions depressed property values, seemingly omnipresent on that end of the county. Not so up north, he writes, and wonders why. The other column, written by a former DeKalb district attorney, looks at court-imposed fees and fines — what he deems revenue-generators for local governments.

South DeKalb’s depressed home values

By Wayne Early

Residents of south DeKalb

Racial violence, racial healing

8:33 am Mar. 26, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Andrew Sheldon, a jury consultant, has assisted in the prosecutions and retrials of eight civil rights murder cases. Today he writes about founding the nonprofit organization, Southern Truth and Reconciliation (STAR), along the lines of the South African Truth Commission. A companion essay, written by one of my former University of Georgia professors, notes the work of the Moore’s Ford Memorial Committee, a biracial response to “the

Healthy local food choices for Atlantans

10:42 am Mar. 19, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

AJC features writer Gracie Bond Staples recently wrote a special report on “food deserts” and how lack of neighborhood access to fresh, healthy food leads to chronic illnesses. Today, we highlight two programs working to curb the number of Georgians with limited means to healthy products. The third column, unrelated, deals with the opening of a diverging diamond interchange in Gwinnett County — metro Atlanta’s third such

Cityhood: There’s got to be a better way

9:15 am Mar. 12, 2015

Cityhood – its appeal and potential harm

Moderated by Rick Badie

The creation of new cities in our region’s unincorporated areas continues at a rapid pace. Cityhood is en vogue; numerous communities are pursuing incorporation this legislative session. Our lead columnist outlines the negative financial consequences of cityhood and calls the state process for birthing new governments “flawed.” The other writer asks what, exactly, can taxpayers who reside in the county or