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

The new Civil Rights movement

7:20 pm Mar. 4, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Protests, demonstrations and sporadic violence spewed across the nation after the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. A spotlight was cast on civil rights leaders. The Old Guard, in some arenas, shared stages with younger voices, a contingent often edgier and eager to join the conversation. Today, an Atlanta reverend outlines efforts to merge the two groups into a “civil and human rights” endeavor that addresses

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.

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