Guarding patient info

4:00 pm Jan. 23, 2015

Protecting health data critical

By Annie Anton and Peter Swire

As our everyday lives become more connected – via smartphones, tablets and other devices – so will information about our health care. This will provide enormous benefits to patients and to the health care system, allowing innumerable breakthroughs on the way we track health and medical information and enhancing our well-being. Many of these breakthroughs will take place here in Georgia, where

Medical marijuana lives

2:00 pm Jan. 22, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Critics and sufferers lamented when Gov. Deal sent a portion of Georgia’s medical marijuana bill back to a study group to figure out how to cultivate the plant here for its cannabis oil. The stripping of HB 1, they say, means another year-long delay in getting medical marijuana to citizens suffering from an assortment of maladies (although this year’s legislation still calls for decriminalization). But the bill’s

Religious liberty law needed?

4:00 pm Jan. 15, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The so-called religious liberty law being pushed in the General Assembly has rallied opponents and defenders alike. Today, two faith leaders write that the potential for misuse of new religious freedom laws is already being realized around the country in dangerous and discriminatory ways. A supporter of House Bill 29, however, cites examples of why it’s needed, and why the sky will not fall if it becomes

Open letter to Tech president

2:00 pm Jan. 9, 2015

Take steps on crime, or lose my son

By Clark E. Blackwell

My son is in his third year at Georgia Tech. Until this week, I’ve been willing to turn a blind eye to, and to even place blame on, the students who were often victimized off-campus while returning from after-midnight carousing, or who had stupidly ventured into areas near campus that are commonly known to be unsafe.

During the past eight months,

New cities changing landscape

3:46 pm Jan. 8, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The cityhood trend continues in metro Atlanta, with various communities seeking to incorporate in south Fulton County and southeast DeKalb County. Today, the Fulton County chairman writes that many residents are not aware of the services, such as libraries and animal control, that Fulton must provide whether residents vote for cityhood or not. In our second column, the leader of the grassroots drive to establish the city

Major gift for the arts

2:00 pm Dec. 25, 2014

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

The Woodruff Arts Center, Atlanta’s cultural capital, was recently gifted $38 million by the Woodruff Foundation (no relation). Today, the center’s leader writes about what that bestowal will do for the city and its cultural climate. In our second column, two writers teams up to explain the economic power of the arts and why they are so important to the business well-being of Atlanta.

A great city needs

Fear and hope

2:00 pm Dec. 24, 2014

Igniting our energy and imagination

By Joanna M. Adams

“Be not afraid,” the angels admonished the shepherds who were tending their flocks in the fields the night Jesus was born. Easy for angels to say. Mere mortals have a hard time tamping down fear. Indeed, the reality of fear lies at the heart of the human experience and shows up in a variety of degrees, shapes and sizes.

Recently, the North Korean government

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