Statue of Liberty

Staring down the terrorists with the American Dream

By Guest Columnist BILL IDE, a partner with Dentons and a former president of the American Bar Association

Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,” reads Emma Lazarus’ sonnet written for the Statue of Liberty, a gift from France and the most iconic and universally-recognized symbol of the United States.

"Missing Map and More - Fountain Hall" Photo by Andrew Feiler

An embattled historic college and the state of the American Dream

A large bell hangs in the clock tower overlooking the campus of Morris Brown College. Its inscription reads, in part, “Dedicated to the Education of Youth, Without Regard to Sex, Race or Color.” Today, its largely empty campus stands as a testament to a proud past, a challenging present, and an uncertain future, not only for this one institution but for all historically black colleges.

Marine Barracks in Beirut moments after bombing, October 23, 1983 (credit: Wikipedia)

Beirut, Paris and the sudden enthusiasm for the French

On Oct. 23, 1983, suicide bombers detonated truck bombs outside two barracks buildings housing U.S. and French peacekeeping forces in Beirut, killing a total of 307 people, including themselves. It’s important to remember the relative calm with which that was handled, especially after what has been one of the most unseemly episodes of politically induced hysteria in a long time.


It’s a case of what might have been

Oglethorpe University began its career as a liberal arts and sciences university in 1835 in the community of Midway, Georgia, not too far from, what at that time, was the state’s capital, Milledgeville. The Civil War interrupted Oglethorpe’s progression and the university closed its doors in 1862.

Detroit, Downtown Sports Zone, 2013

Compared to Detroit, Atlanta is such a new city

After spending a few days in downtown Detroit, I’m reminded of Atlanta’s adolescence.

I’ve spent the past few days walking all over Detroit’s downtown and using its convenient people mover to get one from destination to the next. (It’s worth noting the automated trains come every three to four minutes.)

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Column: Paul Bowers, Larry Gellerstedt named to JA Atlanta Business Hall of Fame

By Maria Saporta
As published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on November 20, 2015

Junior Achievement of Georgia and Atlanta Business Chronicle have selected Paul Bowers, president and CEO of Georgia Power, and Larry Gellerstedt III, president and CEO of Cousins Properties, to be inducted into the JA Atlanta Business Hall of Fame on Feb. 27, 2016.

Bowers and Gellerstedt will join the list of 87 Atlantans recognized for their significant contributions to Atlanta’s civic and economic vibrancy.

The JA Atlanta Business Hall of Fame, a black-tie gala to benefit JA of Georgia, was established in 1989 to honor dynamic business and civic leaders who have shaped Atlanta into the city it is today.