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.


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