Chief Cochran firing: Anti-gay or anti-Christian?

10:22 am Jan. 15, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

“Who Told You That You Were Naked?” That’s the title of former Atlanta Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran’s self-published book, the one with comments some construed as anti-gay and that led to his dismissal by Mayor Kasim Reed. We continue dialog on the topic with two essays. One writer questions the reason given for the firing, while the other applauds the city’s response. The third column, about good

Companies, consumers battle cybercriminals

12:33 pm Jan. 14, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

A bank executive implores Atlanta to utilize its businesses, technology centers and research institutions to lead the nation in combating cyberattacks, and suggests how to fight what he deems a threat to our regional economy. A companion essay continues the conversation and offers consumer tips on personal identity theft prevention. The third essay notes the local uptick of women in technology.

Prevent cybercrime

By Christopher Torie

Cybercrime is today’s version

Killing the electric car tax credit

4:52 pm Jan. 12, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Battle lines are being drawn over an attempt to eliminate Georgia’s $5,000 tax credit for electric vehicles. An Alpharetta Republican is re-introducing legislation this year to phase out the credit, one of the most generous in the country. Today, he explains the rationale for his bill in an exclusive column for the AJC. But EV supporters say removal of the credit, used primarily by buyers of the

On Charlie Hebdo and a Gold Dome To-Do list

11:36 am Jan. 10, 2015

Liberty’s precious price

A murderous rampage hurled the words Charlie Hebdo into common knowledge last week. The French journalists who paid with their lives for having irreverent ideas would likely appreciate that.
Armed fanatics can quickly cut down unarmed innocents. But they will wholly fail in their larger quest.
For an incessant clash of ideas and ideals is essential to the higher nature of humankind. The necessary clangor of disparate thoughts can, should

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,

Ashes to ashes

4:59 pm Jan. 8, 2015

Cremation’s appeal to mobile populace

By James Gallant

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recently published a piece on the growing popularity of cremation of the dead, as opposed to burial (“More Atlantans choose cremation,” Living, Jan. 5). Among the explanations mentioned for this trend were the lower cost of cremation, its environmental friendliness and the decline 0f organized religion.

The author of a book on American attitudes on this matter, interviewed on National Public Radio,

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

Addressing challenges of young black males

10:00 am Jan. 8, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

Oprah Winfrey said she wants to see “strategic, peaceful intention” arise from ongoing police protests regarding the cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Savannah’s mayor pro tem says the state’s oldest city is trying to deliver just that through an initiative that addresses the plight of young black males and their high incarceration rates. A companion essay talks about Atlanta’s black gay men as activists for

Expanded world trade benefits Georgia

6:27 pm Jan. 6, 2015

Moderated by Rick Badie

India, led by its prime minister, wants to chart a better path for the country’s economic growth, an initiative the Atlanta-based consul general of India says regional businesses and investors should embrace. In a related column on global commerce, an international trade executive explains the importance of “trade promotion authority” legislation to economic recovery in Georgia and the nation.

Invest in India

By Ajit Kumar

The outcome of a historic

A good year for transit

3:00 pm Jan. 5, 2015

Moderated by Tom Sabulis

Last year was a good one for MARTA, as CEO Keith T. Parker outlines in today’s column. There’s a chance that 2015 could be even better, if the legislature follows suggestions from its transportation infrastructure committee and dedicates an annual revenue stream for transit around the state, presumably including MARTA. In our second column, a local think tank executive questions the enthusiasm for transit in a recent