Local Muslim-Americans condemn terrorism

8:42 am Dec. 11, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Last week, the Kennesaw City Council rejected a zoning request to open a Muslim prayer center in a strip shopping center. Some protesters said it would be used to teach Sharia law. Suffice it to say, Muslims generally have an image issue. A guest writer notes efforts by moderate Muslims here and abroad to educate the public about Islam and condemn violence and terrorist acts. The other

Should terminally ill have a “right to die”?

10:24 am Dec. 4, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

In November, Brittany Maynard, a 29-year-old terminally ill woman, took her own life under Oregon’s Death with Dignity law. Lawmakers in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Wyoming are considering similar bills. Where does this region stands as it relates to the right to end one’s life? Expect lobbying efforts for a Georgia law during the 2015 General Assembly, writes the state president of an aid-in-dying advocacy group. Meanwhile,

How to stop men from battering women

8:48 am Nov. 20, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

What can men do to combat domestic violence? Perhaps, rethink perceptions of manhood. An executive with a Decatur-based nonprofit explains how the program educates men to curb violence against women and girls, while a sociologist who has researched the issue offers suggestions to males interested in volunteering to stop such abuse.

Combat disturbing masculinity

By Dona Yarbrough

For 33 years, Men Stopping Violence has led efforts to end violence against

Should police detain immigrants?

11:39 am Nov. 6, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Pro-immigrant activists praise Fulton County’s decision to not honor the federal government’s request to hold suspected undocumented immigrants, a common practice in Georgia and nationwide that the writer deems illegal imprisonment. Meanwhile, a Manhattan Institute scholar expresses support for the enforcement policy as part of the Secure Communities program.

Detention requests warrantless

By Azadeh Shahshahani and Adelina Nicholls

In September, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners moved to limit the

Georgians generous to world

11:14 am Oct. 30, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Georgians, apparently, know charity begins at home. How else to explain Atlanta’s ranking as the fourth most-generous among large metropolitan areas? Our guest writers focus on philanthropy at home and abroad: A Spelman College administrator writes about the school’s growing philanthropic endeavors, from students to alumni and beyond. A business executive and a nonprofit official note the importance of Georgia’s engagement in global matters. In the third

Redefine DeKalb

9:39 pm Oct. 22, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

DeKalb County residents are sick of a government seemingly ripe with accusations of malfeasance and poor oversight. We turn today’s page over to two groups that want to spark change. Blueprint DeKalb leaders outline their suggestions for government transparency and reform that include creation of an internal auditor to watch over taxpayer money. Also, the founder of the South DeKalb Improvement Association explains an “Economic Bill of

Miracles at the homeless shelter

8:22 am Oct. 9, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

On Sept. 26, the Metro Atlanta Task Force for the Homeless avoided having water shut off at its homeless shelter by paying a nearly $600,000 city debt. The money was raised through private donations, something the task force director likened to “a miracle.” Today, she invites the community to visit and see various miracles underway at the Peachtree-Pine homeless shelter. In the other essay, a state lawmaker

Homeless youth: A crisis we choose not to see

8:08 pm Oct. 1, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

They hide in plain view, yet many of us don’t acknowledge their existence: homeless youth. On any given night, hundreds of teens — many turned away by their parents or guardians because they came out of the closet — sleep on Atlanta’s streets and alleys and bunk in abandoned buildings. Today’s guest writers explore a growing problem in the region and solicit your help to serve this

Georgian voted for progress

4:00 pm Sep. 19, 2014

When Weltner stood alone

By Nathaniel Meyersohn

In November 1860, Thomas R.R. Cobb, author of an influential legal defense of slavery, called for the immediate and unconditional secession of Georgia. Cobb would go on to serve in the Confederate Congress and later became a general for the Confederacy. He was killed in 1862 during the Battle of Fredericksburg.

Fifty years ago this summer, Cobb’s great-grandson, Charles L. Weltner, issued another decisive call on

Time to talk race in Atlanta

10:28 am Sep. 18, 2014

Moderated by Rick Badie

Can we talk? About race, that is. Given the Hawks’ controversy, now just might be a good time for racial dialogue. Today, a guest writer invites us to partake in “It’s Time to Talk: A Forum on Race,” an inaugural event Tuesday at the Delta Flight Museum. Two other essays also delve into racial matters; one suggests racial justice begins at the ballot box, while the other