Your Voice


YOUR VOICE: In light of the ISIS attacks in cities all over the world, should Syrian refugees be allowed to reach America via Hartsfield, the busiest airport in America?

Zaynah Mason, Atlanta “Yes because it’s impossible to say that all Syrians are going to be terrorists, as when 9/11 happened, you can’t expect all Muslims to be terrorists because they are not.”

YOUR VOICE: How much of a threat is the #blacklivesmatter movement and should law enforcement have them under surveillance?

John Gelzer, Marrietta “I do not believe it is a dangerous organization and I believe that people have freedom of organization. There’s no reason the police should have any surveillance over the organization.”

YOUR VOICE: What are your thoughts and/or feelings on the link to the rise in violent crime being, in part, a result of police being reluctant to respond for fear of scrutiny, according to the heads o

Fredrick Ephram, Lithonia I think the system created all of this. I think it’s an excuse… I really don’t feel the police are being overly scrutinized. I think it’s a lack of discipline in the police system as well as ...

YOUR VOICE: What should we do to deal with unruly students in the classroom and how far is too far?

Marlin Carter, Fayetteville “We should, definitely, not implement any harm to the students. We should use, maybe, pressure points, just to remove the child from the classroom, using minimum necessary force. We should subdue the individual and not implement harm.”

YOUR VOICE: How do you think Martin Luther King would feel about having a ‘Liberty Bell’ placed at the top of Stone Mountain in honor of his name?

Dean Curtin, Alpharetta “It does not reflect the modern times that we are in. So, to me, it’s not symbolic of what’s going on today. I think he (Martin Luther King) would agree. Especially with what’s going on with the ...

YOUR VOICE: What responsibility, if any, should a gun dealer have for selling a firearm to someone that appears to be irrational and that person uses it to kill people?

James Pennie, Atlanta “At the end of the day people have to be responsible for their own actions… If you decide to take gun and go kill someone, just because you are angry, upset or mad or just to prove ...

YOUR VOICE: How do you feel about members of the Atlanta Board of Education and school district staff marching together in the 2015 Atlanta Gay Pride Parade this weekend?

Raine Beckett, Decatur “I can’t say that I feel one or another about it….They are just representing what they have to deal with because nowandays there are a lot of kids that are gay and lesbian so I don’t see ...

YOUR VOICE: In wake of the recent execution of Kelly Gissendaner, the first woman to be put to death in this state in 70 years, what are your current views on capital punishment in Georgia?

Taniah Morgan, Atlanta “I don’t specifically agree with the death penalty at all. I feel like if we are trying to rectify a mistake, doing the exact same thing doesn’t rectify it. So if you kill a murderer, you become ...

YOUR VOICE: What are your thoughts about the possibility of casino gambling coming to Georgia?

John Asanga, Atlanta “Well from the business aspect of it I feel it’s beneficial as it will bring in a lot more revenue, a lot of tourists… But for the consumer it could also bring a lot of danger because ...

YOUR VOICE: Did the marriage clerk in Kentucky, Kim Davis, deserve to be jailed for exercising her rights in deny marriage licenses to gay couples?

Coralee Hall, Atlanta “Absolutely she deserved to be jailed because she swore an oath of public office and when the law changed she was still sworn to her public office.

YOUR VOICE: What are your thoughts and/or feelings on the connections being made in the media of a relationship between the recent murders of police officers and the #blacklivesmatter movement?

M.A. Davidson, Atlanta “Connections between #blacklivesmatter and the recent cop killings: NONE. That organization is not that deep; they don’t have that kind of flexibility nor do they have that kind of financing. Those are underground splinter groups that are ...

YOUR VOICE: What are your thoughts and/or feelings regarding civil rights activist, Jesse Jackson comments on Pres. Obama having “failed” black people when it comes to economic empowerment?

Tracy Sellers, Red Oak “I just think, regardless if you white or black, if what has taken place is to help the black people, if a law is passed, white people are going to gain from that. It’s not, specifically ...

YOUR VOICE: Pittsburg Steelers linebacker James Harrison sent the “participation trophies” his two sons received back, stating no one in his home gets a trophy for just showing up.

Larisa Cockham, Fayetteville “I feel like it’s a good confidence builder. And I feel, if you explain to them that this is a trophy just for participation and nothing more that that and that they need to strive to do ...

YOUR VOICE: As Donald Trump continues to defy the odds, how close do you think his campaign will make it to the Republican nomination?

Christopher Scott, Atlanta “I don’t think he will get the Republican nomination, per se, because Donald Trump aligns himself with a lot things that will disenfranchise the Republican vote.

YOUR VOICE: As a new school year starts in the wake of pass accreditation controversies and testing scandals, are we doing enough to prepare our kids for secondary education?

Nicole Butler, Stone Mountain “I definitely think we are. My daughter attends school in DeKalb County and DeKalb has a new superintendent, Dr. Green, who has come in recently and he is going to move things in the right direction.”