Maria’s Metro

Contrasting stories at Market Basket and Turner Broadcasting for Labor Day

What a fitting story for Labor Day.

Employees of the Market Basket grocery store chain in New England had walked off their jobs for six weeks because they wanted to work for the company’s fired CEO, not his not-so-liked cousin, who had won a family rivalry over who would be in charge.

The stand-off ended Aug. 28 when Arthur T. Demoulas announced he had been able to buy a majority of the company and would be reinstated as CEO. The response from the employees was nothing short of jubilation.

It made me pause. Which CEOs in Atlanta would employees be willing to fight for – be willing to put everything at risk – because they believed in that person’s leadership?
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Guest Columns

When dealing with addiction disorders on college campuses, we all benefit

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By Guest Columnist TERESA WREN JOHNSTON, director of the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery at Kennesaw State University and founding president of the Association of Recovery in Higher Education

In a world where mental health and substance use disorders get top billing only when a tragedy occurs to a celebrity, a famous athlete or a music superstar, it is easy to overlook the millions of people suffering unnoticed.

When the headlines read heroin overdose, death by suicide or famous entertainer enters treatment, we stand up and take notice; in fact, we can’t get enough.
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Jamil’s Georgia


Communities need civic education and involvement in order to thrive. The State YMCA leads the way

Modern education reform is part of a national effort to promote student achievement. A thoroughly modern idea, it grew in response to the 1950s Cold War race between the United States and the Soviet Union for worldwide technology dominance. If one could point to a symbol of that era, probably it would be the 1957 launch of the satellite “Sputnik,” a threatening image in the American mind.

Indeed Sputnik not only launched a space race but changed forever how we talk about education. Certainly the space race unlocked the U.S. treasury in pursuit of new national priorities. And near the top of this list was education — at every level.

Civics, however, was shuffled into the netherworld of the nonessential. Today, when the term civics is used in our schools, it usually means instruction in the history of the United States, the Constitution, the Supreme Court, and elections. These are important, obviously. But the “civics” we may be leaving behind is that of experience, participation, and reflection in the context of community.
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Saba Long

Allies need to step up as U.S. weighs interventionism versus isolationism

A week ago I stopped to say hello to the security guard in my building. I hadn’t seen him in a while and felt compelled to speak. Normally jovial, I immediately noticed his energy was different so I asked how he was doing.

An Army reservist, he had just received orders to go to the Middle East and would be leaving after Thanksgiving. For the few minutes I listened to him speak, his Caribbean accent slightly heavier than usual, it was evident he was still dealing with the scars of earlier Middle East deployments.

Why are we trying to save other countries when we’re dealing with problems like Ferguson, he questioned. What are we going to accomplish by going there, he continued.
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Larry Gellerstedt’s Moment led to creation of one of nation’s most successful children’s hospitals

By Chris Schroder

In 1995, Larry Gellerstedt III had a difficult choice to make. For nine years, he had been CEO of Beers Construction, a $1 billion firm his father had led before him. The firm had successfully served two long-standing clients that were also bitter rivals by dividing Beers’ healthcare division into two teams.

Things got awkward when the Egleston board asked Larry to follow his father onto its board even though he had led construction for its biggest rival. “I went to the chairman of the board and CEO at Scottish Rite and asked if this would be OK,” Larry said. “And they said no, it would not be OK – they wanted me to be on the Scottish Rite board.’”
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