Legalizing marijuana in Georgia

3:56 pm Dec. 4, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Legal marijuana may be coming to Georgia next year, at least in some form. The leading bill expected to be filed in the General Assembly will allow Georgians to use cannabis oil to reduce the seizures that accompany epilepsy and other illnesses. But a state senator is taking a broader approach. He’s filed legislation that would expand access to multiple forms of medical marijuana. He also calls

Turning a “food desert” in to a healthy garden

12:55 pm Nov. 28, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today’s topic focuses on steps being taken to increase wellness and turn the Bankhead community in to a “healthy hub.” I interview the owner of the Super Giant food store, who stocks his grocery with a variety of healthy offerings and allows part of his parking lot to be used as a community garden. The manager of the garden writes our guest column.

Building an oasis in a

Healing, service, kindness

10:58 am Nov. 26, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

An especially contentious political cycle and the racial volatility surrounding the Ferguson, Mo., shooting death of Michael Brown have cast our national day of Thanksgiving in a different light this year. Today, we hear from three spiritual leaders who write about the renewing, forgiving qualities of faith and gratitude. We share too many values and traditions to remain so divided. What if the holiday season’s strived-for harmony

Secret Ebola treatment centers

12:45 pm Nov. 20, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

AJC reporter Craig Schneider recently wrote that Georgia health officials have refused to name six hospitals that will join Emory University Hospital as the state’s primary Ebola treatment centers. They fear negative reactions from the public and vendors could slow the hospitals’ preparation. “We don’t want to slow down the process,” a Department of Public Health spokesman said. Today, a patients’ advocate responds to that decision. A

Take back your streets

3:28 pm Nov. 17, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

No one knows our city streets like the people who live on them. So how do you want them to look in 10 years, or 20, in terms of walkability and traffic flow? Today, an expert pedestrian advocate writes about what it takes for a community to accomplish some of the basics. In our other columns, a downtown worker sings the praises of the Cobb County commuter

Street harassment in Atlanta

4:29 pm Nov. 13, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

A young woman was videotaped recently enduring catcalls and harassment as she walked through Manhattan. The video immediately went viral, prompting outrage, parodies, criticism and dialogue. The local director of the activist group that disseminated the video writes that sexual harassment is also prevalent in Atlanta. (MARTA and the city of Atlanta declined to write on the issue for this page.) Our second column comes from local

Parental pleas for medical marijuana

3:00 pm Oct. 30, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Cannabis oil, or medical marijuana, is gaining traction around the country as a treatment for controlling seizures. Already, 23 states and Washington, D.C. have legalized it for medical use. After the Georgia General Assembly failed to act on medical marijuana last session, a legislative committee was formed to study the issue and make recommendations. At the second meeting, in Macon, I met the two parents who agreed

DeKalb corruption

4:50 pm Oct. 27, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Suspended DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis’ fate is still not known. A jury could not reach unanimous verdicts on any counts in Ellis’ recent corruption trial. The mistrial has spawned a fury of opinions. Today, an Emory University-based ethicist criticizes jury members for considering personal feelings about Ellis and condemns Georgia governments for their corrupt legacy. The jury’s forewoman writes about the difficulties of attaining unanimous verdicts,

Beltline as social engine

3:00 pm Oct. 23, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Still in its early stages, the Atlanta Beltline is already a success as a recreational destination. But its real power may be as a vehicle for social connection. Today, my column focuses on a lecture delivered by Beltline CEO Paul Morris at the Georgia State University School of Public Health, in which he detailed the impact of the Beltline on environmental rehabilitation, business and society. A GSU

Georgia’s failing medical health

3:59 pm Oct. 2, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

When it comes to health care, state leadership is failing Georgia citizens, especially those who need help the most, a local health policy expert writes. With trends looking grim, he criticizes politicians for erecting barriers for Georgians to access care through federal programs such as Medicaid. In response, a nonprofit think tank leader suggests a reasonable alternative to Medicaid expansion is a greater buildout of efficient, locally