Should we welcome Syrian refugees?

12:06 pm Nov. 26, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Syrian refugees are seeking shelter. Should Georgia allow them to resettle here as the state has done in the past for ethnic groups fleeing persecution and war-torn regions? Our lead writer suggests we should welcome the Syrians and calls current security screening rigorous and demanding. Another author begs to differ and echoes concerns Gov. Nathan Deal recently expressed in a letter to President Barack Obama.

Congress must act

Atlanta’s global reputation

7:18 am Nov. 19, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

In today’s lead column, the director who oversees international affairs for the city of Atlanta and Mayor Kasim Reed talks about efforts related to trade, economic development and other activities that connect this region to the world. The second column, written by the Sandy Springs mayor, highlights that town’s sister-city relationship with a community in Israel.

Working to enhance Atlanta’s reputation

By Claire Angelle

Making sure the city of Atlanta

Powder Springs: “Integrity-based” policing

8:13 am Nov. 12, 2015

Moderated By Rick Badie

“Integrity-based policing” is the mission of the Powder Springs Police Department. To that end, the department and Cobb County police joined forces to present “Bridge the Gap,” community gatherings to discuss procedure and address residents’ concerns. Our lead column, written by the Powder Springs police chief, explains the importance of such continuing discussions. In the other column, a writer challenges us to combat bullying.

Bridging the gap in

HIV/AIDS testing – Take the first step

10:22 am Nov. 5, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

In our lead column, medical experts entrenched in the AIDS battle stress the importance of HIV testing as a first step toward curbing the disease. And, with Year Three of open enrollment for health exchanges underway, an advocate writes about her nonprofit’s efforts to sign up immigrant populations for care. Finally, the third essay outlines a national initiative to improve the health of our community and beyond.


King at Stone Mountain Park?

1:44 pm Oct. 29, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Stone Mountain Park, a family fun park for locals and international visitors, finds itself in the thick of a racial conflict — whether to erect a “freedom bell” on the site dedicated to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Today’s guest writers opine on whether the 3,200-acre park is a suitable location for a King tribute.

Find a solution to racist symbols at Stone Mountain

By Vincent Fort

Things changed

How to address school shootings, violence

8:36 am Oct. 15, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today’s topic focuses on mass shootings in America — which occur frequently and under similar circumstances — and ways society should address them. An Atlanta educator suggests that, since many shooters are school-age students, society should rethink its approach by becoming a community that embraces, listens and show support for those who feel unheard. The companion essay calls for a public health approach to the issue.

Stop hiding

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