Building Fathers

6:45 pm Jun. 17, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Tapping a father’s DNA

Face it — Father’s Day seems more of a made-up holiday than anything else. Yet, serious issues around fatherhood would seem to demand as much societal attention as the annual scramble to acquire gifts for the old man. With Father’s Day three days away, we offer an essay from an Atlanta activist who works closely with young black men to ensure success at bringing

Payroll debit cards arrive in Georgia

4:03 am Jun. 17, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

This year, Georgia joined states that have established laws that regulate and permit the use of payroll cards to pay employees. It’s sorta like a bank debit card that gives workers access to their earnings. Our law allows workers to opt out of using a payroll card if they prefer direct deposit or a paper check. Today, a labor attorney discusses this payment option by advising employers

Marietta PD: We embrace body cameras

5:29 pm Jun. 3, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Count the Marietta Police Department as our region’s latest agency to implement body-worn cameras among its ranks. Today, in our lead column, a lieutenant explains the move to the device. The companion essay, written by a college professor, reminds us that good cops exist — despite headlines of late. A third column notes Atlanta’s contributions to training criminal justice officials overseas.

Police body cameras: The view from Marietta


Ghana and Georgia

8:40 am Jun. 3, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Cultural ties link Ghanaians with African-Americans. So does the growing promise of two-way trade. Our lead column highlights current and potential business investment opportunities between this region and the West African country. The second column explores “Internet bullying” and outlines what businesses can do to manage and protect their online reputations.

Building economic ties with Ghana

By Matilda Arhin and Cynthia L. Blandford

Ghana has been on our minds a

China’s New Normal

10:21 am May. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

China, with its dynamic energy, boasts the world’s fastest-growing economy as well as its second-largest. A guest essay suggests the country stands ready to conduct business with our region, a potential benefit for job creators and investors in Georgia. A companion write-up shines light on the country’s smoking habits and efforts to combat its people’s deadly smoking addictions.

China’s new normal could be a boon for Georgia businesses


Georgia’s hurricane season

10:06 am May. 28, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

For years, Georgia’s been blessed with quiet hurricane seasons, but a state emergency management executive suggests we not take that for granted. Despite forecasts of a silent 2015 season, he advises all Georgians to prepare. In the other column, a Taiwan diplomat writes about the efficacy of the sovereign state’s health-care system.

Prepare for hurricane season

By Jim Butterworth

In a deadly storm 117 years ago, Cumberland Island was struck


3:44 pm May. 20, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Today, the executive director of Lost-n-Found Youth — a nonprofit that serves homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered young people — talks about the group’s work and efforts to convert a Midtown building in to a homeless shelter. The other column notes the changing culture of Buckhead due to a rise in apartment dwellings proposed and under construction.

Nonprofit serves homeless gay youth

By Rick Badie

When Dustin Lance Black

Transaction Alley

9:02 pm May. 19, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgia’s financial transaction industry dominates that particular field so handily some in the business call it “Transaction Alley.” Today an advocate says future industry growth could stall unless the state produces a skilled, trained workforce for job vacancies. Elsewhere, writers opine on the “sharing economy” and the 40th anniversary of an advocacy agency for minority-owned supplier businesses.

Building Georgia’s tech workforce

By H. West Richards

H. West Richards

Wanted: Kidney organ donors

3:33 pm May. 13, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

When it comes to transplants, kidneys are the most sought-after organs. My friend, a three-time kidney recipient, needs one now that his body has begun rejecting the one his younger brother gave him 15 years ago. Here’s his story, one shared by many Georgians in need of donors. Companion essays continue the health theme — one on a health disparity based on zip codes in our city,