Georgia leads prison reform efforts

11:09 pm Sep. 30, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia has become a national leader when it comes to criminal justice reform. Last month, a blue-ribbon panel, set up by Congress to address needed changes in the federal prison system, visited Atlanta to tour facilities and talk with area leaders about comprehensive justice reform. Our lead column highlights that visit. A companion essay encourages Georgia lawmakers to support the state’s criminal justice reform effort. The third

Acworth Police: Matters of life and death

8:08 am Sep. 24, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The Acworth Police Department has added a new tool to its traditional training program — a firearms simulator. It offers more than 500 scenarios of what sworn officers or detention personnel might encounter when responding to a varied number of incidents. I write about my experience trying out the “use-of-force” simulator, while Acworth’s police chief explains the importance of implementing the technology.

Matters of life and death


Water Conservation

8:41 am Sep. 17, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Apparently, our region’s water conservation efforts are paying off. The Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District’s long-range water demand forecast for 15 counties predicts we’ll use 25 percent less water in 2050 than was projected in 2009. In today’s lead column, the chairman of the water district governing board takes note of the potential decline. Elsewhere, a medical officer writes about the importance of quality time between

Georgia Tech: Fighting Cyber terrorism

9:49 am Sep. 10, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia Tech plays a critical role in efforts to combat cyber terrorism. A Tech cyber expert writes that the federal government recently awarded the institution grants of more than $5 million to develop methods and mechanisms that address security flaws and snare cyber invaders. The companion essay deals with consumer phone fraud — the kind that starts with a ring, your “hello” and a silent line.

Tech helps

Workplace Violence

8:05 am Sep. 3, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Is your workplace prepared for violence? It’s something that should be pondered, given what seems like a preponderance of such incidents, most recently the on-air slayings of two Virginia TV journalists. Today, a mental health professional who works with employers on safe responses to workplace violence suggests a response plan that takes long-term risks in to consideration. The other essay addresses barriers Latinos face in trying to

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