This three-day series grew out of focus groups conducted April 26 by the Beacon Journal in conjunction with the Bliss and Taylor institutes at the University of Akron.
The examination of war is part of the America Today project, which attempts to define the issues dividing the nation. The newspaper, the university and the faith community will use the stories as a foundation for a civility project aimed at changing the way we discuss divisive issues. The focus group was facilitated by Alice Rodgers of Jemez Springs, N.M., and the participants were recruited by Amy Merrill-Boren of DecisionPoint Marketing in Canton.
More focus groups will be held the last week of July and first week of August. Topics include:
■ “I'm mad as hell,” looking at issues that make people angry.
■ How relationships are changing for each generation, and how they relate to one another.
■ Science and the environment — what do we believe is happening?
■ What’s up with government.
Readers can volunteer by going to http://America Today2.questionpro.com.
DecisionPoint Marketing and Research will select from the volunteers to organize diverse discussion groups and to provide confidentiality.