Your Voice


YOUR VOICE: At 72 percent, Georgia’s high school graduation rate is 9 points lower than the national average. Why do you think that is?

“Personally, to a certain extent, I believe it’s the teachers. All they see is a check, well, most of them. The students, they can, sort of feel that they are not really there for them.

YOUR VOICE: Did Georgia do the right thing when it joined 24 other states that are suing the Obama Administration over amnesty for young illegal aliens?

Shaniya Colonel, Riverdale “I don’t think it’s fair they are blaming the kids for their parents’ actions… There is so much opportunity here for work and colleges and I guess, by sending them back, you are limiting their opportunities in ...

YOUR VOICE: What’s one thing you think the police need to do to earn the public trust?

Shelby Johnson, Atlanta “Demilitarize immediately. I don’t know why every cop on the street has enough riot gear to to take on a militia. I think that’s not cool.

YOUR VOICE: What’s one piece of advice you would give to the college graduates of 2015 as they enter the marketplace?

Robert Harold, Atlanta “I would advise them to find somebody ecstatic about what they do and apprentice under them, even if they have to work for free so that they would get some experience. Apprentice, apprentice, apprentice.”

YOUR VOICE: A printer in Suwanee refused to print the wedding invitations of a lesbian couple because of the owner’s religion and the Supreme Court could change that. How do you feel about the Court b

Milayo Robinson, Atlanta “My first feeling is pretty neutral because I feel everyone has free will and every person, undeniably, should be able to express that as long as it does not harm themselves or others…

YOUR VOICE: What do you think people should take from the controversy, conflict and violence of the events following the suspicious death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore?

Arianna Lima, Atlanta “I believe, absolutely, that it is a 100% valid response to the police brutality that has been happening across the nation. We have lost more black youth to the police violence than we have number of days ...

YOUR VOICE: Now that the APS trials have concluded, what should we do for the students who were the victims of the scandal?

M. A. Davidson, Jonesboro “I think they should all have college paid for across the board. I think they there should be remediation for the children and I think they should be able to attend in Georgia college and that ...

YOUR VOICE: Do you think the prison sentences of the APS educators were fair?

Soleil Lee, Lawrenceville “I do not [think the sentences were fair], because of the pressures that teachers and school systems receive about high stakes testing and how they want to determine whether you are a good teacher based on a ...

YOUR VOICE: With the sentencing of the APS educators approaching, what do you think their punishment should be?

Monica Crim, Atlanta “I don’t think they should have did shackles and things, I think that’s a bit much. I think they should get probation, like, five years probation. [Prison?] No.”

YOUR VOICE: What do you think of a Ga. House proposal to amend the state constitution to expand legal gambling to include casinos and horse racing in which the state would receive additional funding?

Courtney Butler, Gainesville “I, absolutely, think we should expand gambling because we’ve already allowed it [to fund education] thru lottery, so yes I think we should so that we don’t have to travel out of state.”

YOUR VOICE: In the wake of MARTA expanding bus services to Clayton Co., do you think the transit system is an effective service to Metro Atlanta?

“I come from the west coast and it doesn’t have a great transportation system, so for me Atlanta’s is great. I get everywhere I need to go. I definitely think it can be improved: They are always changing their schedules, ...

YOUR VOICE: What do you think should happen to DeKalb County police officer Robert Olsen who shot and killed Anthony Hill, a naked, unarmed man? And what do you think will happen?

Leslie Woods, Stone Mountain Nothing. Honestly, I think he should be made the example of…When the people of authority, who’re there to protect and serve society, start killing people, unarmed people who can not defend themselves against your guns and ...

YOUR VOICE: After they reviewed the case, US Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice decided, this week, that they did not have enough evidence to pursue a case against Ron Zimmerma

Kalonji Changa, Smyrna “I think that it’s business as usual. The Department of Justice has never been on the side of Africans and other oppressed people and that there will never be justice on stolen land.”

YOUR VOICE: What figure from black history do you most admire?

Eric Jones, Ellenwood “Malcolm X because of the man, the mind and the mission. I stand for all of the beliefs that he had, I’ve read his book front-to-back and I am a firm believer in his cause for the ...

YOUR VOICE: In light of recent events in Alabama, how well do you think same-sex marriage would be received in Georgia?

Matthew White, Decatur “I think Georgia is ready because the new generation, Generation X, has accepted it more.