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“Citizen’s Arrest: Subpoena Powers & Police Accountability”

Tapped to be part of the commission examining the long-simmering controversy over subpoenaing Columbus Police Dept. officers, Rev. Adrian J. Chester says he has “a Biblical mandate” to take a stand. The Greater Beallwood Baptist Church pastor shares his insight into the history of the Public Safety Advisory Commission, its political shortcomings, the need for police accountability...

Sunday Q&A: Rabbi Beth Schwartz of Temple Israel

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What does International Holocaust Memorial Day every January mean to you and the congregation here at Temple Israel? “In the spring, within the Jewish world, there is an observance called Yom HaShoah, That is timed to coincide with the uprising at the Warsaw ghetto uprising. That’s mostly observed within the Jewish world, but World Holocaust Memorial Day makes everyone stop and think about their...

Scattershot: Full Moon Ritual

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“Maybe everyday is Saturday morning.”—Drive-By Truckers* BURN, BABY, BURN I’m way too ADD to meditate.I’m well aware of meditation’s many-fold miracles and how it would especially serve to benefit someone as whack as me. Science has shown that this sacred ancient practice increases gray matter in the brain. Specifically, mindful meditation thickens gray matter in the prefrontal...

Sunday Q&A: Ben MacMinn

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Director, StartUp Columbus Why has Columbus struggled in recent decades to foster small businesses and entrepreneurship?“There are a lot of different reasons that people have given for it. I have my speculations, which are that we’ve had a lot of really successful large businesses. For the population, we probably have more Fortune 1,000 companies than any community our size. the size of our city...

Sunday Q&A: Dominick Perkins

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Georgia Political Director for Biden/Harris 2020 Campaign Were you surprised that Joe Biden won Georgia? “No. We had a tremendous campaign with volunteers giving up their time and driving all over the state to encourage voter turnout. This was positive and important work for the [Democratic] Party. Plus all the voter registration efforts of Stacey Abrams and the Fair Fight organization...

Sunday Q&A: COVID-Unit Nurse

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A Columbus-based Registered Nurse shares their observations from the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19. Due to the sensitive nature of their job—and to speak without the filter of administrators and attorneys—this established local RN was granted anonymity for our interview. What have you personally encountered while working at the hospital during the pandemic?“In my six years as a nurse...

Sunday Q&A: Carl Brown

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Insurance Broker, Financial Consultant, Veteran, Community Leader Why is finding and buying an individual health insurance plan so confusing and frustrating? “One of the main reasons is that, after the Affordable Care Act was incorporated, so many companies had to decide if they wanted to actually participate in it. So you had companies going in, companies going out. That forced a lot of...

Caught Up: Seth Brown, Director, Mayor’s Office of Crime Prevention

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How politics, faith, and community connection share one man’s fight to keep his ‘finger in the dyke’ and cut off crime in Columbus at its root. “Caught Up: Criminal Justice in the Chattahoochee Valley” Vol. 5 Seth Brown in his “broom closet” office inside the city’s Annex building at 420 9th Street. “As you can see, all our office’s...

Sunday Q&A: John Greenman

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President & Publisher, Ledger-Enquirer, 1995-2004; Professor and Carter Chair in Journalism emeritus, Henry Grady School, University of Georgia Greenman presents “How to Survive as a Writer in the 21st Century” Masters Class at Columbus Writers Guild Conference on Saturday, Sept. 21 How does a writer survive in the 21st century? “The point I’m going to make, which is on the...