Discussion on Atlanta's economy, schools, transportation, leadership, quality of life


12:37 pm Nov. 3, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia has more timberland for commercial use than any other state in the nation – over 24 million acres. Today, an executive for an advocate agency highlights the value the state’s forest lands provides citizens and stresses the importance of maintaining certain provisions in the country’s tax code to ensure future economic contributions. Authors of the other column explain the Human Needs Index, a new tool to

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

Find solution to racist symbols

5:39 pm Oct. 28, 2015

By Vincent Fort

Things changed on June 17.

The Charleston massacre at Emmanuel AME Church changed forever how we as Americans consider racist symbolism in our country. Symbols matter. They were used to motivate and justify the

Carve new Stone Mountain legacy

5:33 pm Oct. 28, 2015

By Hank Johnson

“Let freedom ring from Stone Mountain of Georgia.” – The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Those hallowed words of King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, uttered more than 50 years ago to more than

Expansion of Georgia’s “other” port

12:57 pm Oct. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The state has an ambitious capital improvement plan of nearly $155 million over the next 10 years for the Port of Brunswick – a testament to the automotive tonnage and bulk cargo that pass through its terminals. The Georgia Ports Authority’s executive director explains the infrastructure upgrades in today’s lead column. In the second essay, a state agency head touts the economic benefits of early child care

Atlanta’s Giving Kitchen

10:38 am Oct. 22, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Sometimes tragedy inspires long-term initiatives to help the broader community. Hence, The Giving Kitchen, a nonprofit devoted to assisting Atlanta restaurant industry employees in their times of need. In our lead column, the organization’s executive director explains its origins and the growth of its mission to help hard-hit workers stay afloat. The other essay deals with food, travel and international volunteerism here and abroad via a nonprofit

9:33 am Oct. 21, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

The former General Motors plant in Doraville is slated to become the home of a major movie studio, part of a massive commercial, business and residential project known as The Assembly. Doraville’s mayor couldn’t be happier about the development and touts its economic benefits in today’s lead column. The companion piece addresses the state’s booming film industry and what private property owners should weigh when approached by

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

Reforming Georgia’s tax code

3:05 pm Oct. 14, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgians of varied economic stripes might benefit from state tax reform, but in what form? Earlier this year, a state representative presented a bill that would shift the tax burden toward more consumption taxes and lower personal income and corporate taxes. He writes about misconceptions around that proposal. Meanwhile, a policy analyst suggests alternatives to such a tax shift and champions creation of a state Earned Income

Building unified communities: Gwinnett and DeKalb

10:08 am Oct. 8, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

They covet the same thing — more peace, understanding, civic engagement and equal footing for all residents in their respective communities. One is a nonprofit that serves the immigrant and refugee population; the other, a newly formed alliance of Gwinnett County residents whose name says it all. The writer of the first essay invites us to participate in Saturday’s 11th annual TEA (Together Empowering All) Walk along