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,

Atlanta’s tech start-up scene

6:37 pm May. 12, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

A tech entrepreneur with nearly three decades as an innovator explains why he chooses Atlanta over Silicon Valley and other notable start-up hubs to nurture his career. The other essay explains the importance of social media marketing for growing businesses. Elsewhere, we continue the discussion of the Fair Tax, which today’s writer says fails to add up numbers-wise.

A seasoned secret for tech startups

By Chris Poelma

With no shortage

Kill Georgia’s death penalty?

3:07 pm May. 7, 2015

Capital punishment in Georgia has become too costly and inefficient and runs counter to conservative principles, writes an attorney and Republican Party leader. It is no longer worth the price, and the state should move to life sentences without parole as its toughest criminal penalty. But another expert argues we’d all be safer if the justice system applied the death sentence only to the worst of the worst —

Atlanta: Rise up for peace

4:28 pm May. 6, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Last week, the AJC hosted a live chat in which we posed a question to readers that my colleague, Jay Bookman, had asked in a column: “Could what happened in Baltimore take place in Atlanta?” Today, an Atlantan who took part in that dialogue takes the issue a step further and challenges our community to host a conversation on racial matters in regard to contemporary inequities and

National debt and the FairTax

9:47 pm May. 5, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Republicans and Democrats must rein in a growing national debt, writes Georgia’s junior senator. It’s an issue that’s reached a “tipping point” in need of fixes, he says, proposing the FairTax as an option that he writes would allow the economy to create jobs and thrive. Two companion essays deal with federal fiscal spending in 2016 and tax provisions on timber, a vital economic sector for the

MARTA’s panhandling problem

3:52 pm May. 5, 2015

By Tom Sabulis

After a weekend in New York, I caught an early plane home to Atlanta Monday morning. As I was coming up the escalator to the MARTA train platform, I saw a man standing in the doorway of my North Springs train. He was politely, if loudly, asking fellow travelers where they were going on the system, and then directing them to either the Doraville or North Springs trains,

MARTA to Gwinnett?

4:03 pm May. 4, 2015

A recent poll in Gwinnett County revealed that 63 percent of those questioned were in favor of expanding MARTA into the county, a figure that dropped to 50 percent when people were asked if they would pay a penny sales tax for it. Those results indicate Gwinnett may have turned the corner on transit, right? Not quite, writes County Commission Chairman Charlotte Nash, who says it’s not time for

Pharmacists’ moral judgments

2:15 pm Apr. 30, 2015

Should pharmacists be allowed to refuse to fill prescriptions based on moral grounds? A recent incident at a Milledgeville Wal-Mart raised that question when a pharmacist denied a woman medication ordered to treat her miscarriage. In media accounts, the pharmacist allegedly assumed the drug was needed for an abortion, and the woman had to go elsewhere for her medication. Today, an OB-GYN criticizes laws that allows pharmacists to make