AJC top teacher Maureen Wales of Fulton goes above beyond for students, past and present

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers share a key trait: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel...


Opinion: Equifax CEO: What I’ve learned in three weeks

Opinion: Equifax CEO: What I’ve learned in three weeks

Since Equifax announced a data breach affecting more than 145 million consumers in September, the public scrutiny on us has been enormous, and the criticism of the company’s response has been extreme. Days after I was appointed interim CEO, I apologized to the public in a column in The Wall Street Journal. I do so again now. We had a massive breach, and we failed to support consumers as well...
How Equifax can win next battles

How Equifax can win next battles

I recently took a call from a reporter who was looking for a new angle to the massive Equifax breach. The fact that years ago I worked as Equifax’s senior vice president and international counsel and am now in the cybersecurity industry seemed to hold some allure. Having dispensed with a long list of anticipated questions, there was a follow-up by the reporter: “Can Equifax survive this...

Opinion: A president finds uneasy peace with the press

This column appeared on the combined 1967 Thanksgiving Day Editorial page of The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution: WASHINGTON — Who says Lyndon Johnson doesn’t like press conferences? He had one Friday and nobody in the East Room enjoyed it more. It has suddenly dawned on the President that the institution has its uses, and he employed every last one of them. It is, for one...

Opinion: Challenges of holidays past still show way forward

The first rough drafts of history that are newspapers can offer valuable perspective during the year-end holidays. They prove that troubled times are nothing new to our country, and world. A Thanksgiving Day 1967 column by The Atlanta Constitution’s Ralph McGill, reprinted here today, included this paragraph that could have been written right now: “The winter is cold. There are new graves...
AJC top teacher Kari Parlier of Gwinnett roots for students in and out of classroom

AJC top teacher Kari Parlier of Gwinnett roots for students in and out of classroom

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers have a trait in common: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
Opinion: This is a lawless administration

Opinion: This is a lawless administration

(AP) Six weeks ago, the inspector general at the Department of Homeland Security completed its investigation into the agency’s disastrous handling of the first travel ban announced by the Trump administration. However, in an extraordinary and unprecedented step, the Trump administration won’t let that report become public. In a letter to members of Congress this...

Opinion: Out of a random road trip, a purpose worthy of thanks

It was the kind of trip that makes little sense to those who didn’t make it, nor even to some who did. I don’t fully remember how the idea of it came about, how I thought to connect some unrelated dots. Only now, more than a year later, do I truly understand why my family was led to get in the car and travel more than 1,200 miles on an otherwise random summer road trip. Only now am I truly...
The Right may need to dump Roy Moore, but they want to see the Left dump Al Franken first

The Right may need to dump Roy Moore, but they want to see the Left dump Al Franken first

Is it OK when it’s our guy involved in sexual misconduct, but not when it’s theirs? A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From The Resurgent: Do you think Republicans are going to condemn Roy Moore if Democrats are not doing the same with Al Franken? From Townhall: Roy Moore has to go, but, then, so does Sen. Al Franken. In the end, it’s all about politics. ...
The Left questions the reasons behind deporting Haitians who were here legally

The Left questions the reasons behind deporting Haitians who were here legally

Thousands of Haitians have now lost their Temporary Protected Status, the deportation protection that allowed them to live and work in the United States following the devastating earthquake of 2010. A roundup of editorials Tuesday takes a look at the issue. From The New York Daily News: Trump’s decision is not about undocumented immigrants. The Haitians are here with permission to stay. From...
AJC top teacher Tiffany Bunch inspires fellow DeKalb educators

AJC top teacher Tiffany Bunch inspires fellow DeKalb educators

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers share a critical trait: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
AJC top teacher Farhat Ahmad gives Fulton students voice and hope

AJC top teacher Farhat Ahmad gives Fulton students voice and hope

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers have a trait in common: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
Opinion: These ghosts will haunt us

Opinion: These ghosts will haunt us

(AP) As head of Rhino Resources, David Zatezalo oversaw a coal-mining company with one of the worst safety records in the industry. Conditions in Rhino mines were so bad that the U.S. Mine Health and Safety Administration twice cited the company for broad “pattern of violations,” a rare designation “reserved for mines that pose the greatest risk to the health...
The Right looks forward to the relief promised by tax reform

The Right looks forward to the relief promised by tax reform

Will tax reform bills in Congress offer Americans families a break? A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue. From The Oregonian: Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley warns that the tax reform bill isn’t what you may think it is. From The Democrat-Gazette: Arkansas State Sen. Jason Rapert says the tax reform plan is the best shot for reinvestment into small businesses, new jobs. From The...
The Left warns that GOP tax reform will help no one but the rich

The Left warns that GOP tax reform will help no one but the rich

Tax reform bills offer a break, the left says, but they are a break for businesses, not families. A roundup of editorials Monday takes a look at the issue.Opinions from the Left:1. For tax reform worthy of the name, make it pro-employmentFrom The Hill: Now, just how is this plan going to help American workers? 2. Tax-Cut Bill to Make Scrooge McDuck ProudFrom The New York Times: Does this...
Torpy at Large: Too bad Atlanta’s immigration hypocrisy isn’t illegal

Torpy at Large: Too bad Atlanta’s immigration hypocrisy isn’t illegal

Earlier this month, Mayor Kasim Reed boasted on his very active Twitter account that his town is immigrant friendly. “Atlanta is proud to be a welcoming city,” he wrote. “Pleased to be a part of the Safe Cities Network offering legal representation for those individuals facing deportation.” Fighting for the rights of immigrants is now an important battleground for Dems and...
AJC top teacher Angela Gray of Gwinnett created ‘Sunday Socials’ in the park to engage kids

AJC top teacher Angela Gray of Gwinnett created ‘Sunday Socials’ in the park to engage kids

The AJC created the Celebrating Teachers Awards this year to showcase remarkable Georgia educators. More than 375 teachers were nominated in the inaugural round of the awards, and a panel of education professors chose 10 winners. These teachers share a common trait: They go above and beyond for their students and their schools. Since this is Thanksgiving week, a time to express...
Torpy at Large: Shattered families, broken hearts — America on ICE

Torpy at Large: Shattered families, broken hearts — America on ICE

Candidate Trump vowed to sweep up the “bad hombres” here in America, the illegal aliens peddling drugs or waging mayhem on our native population. It makes sense. Who wants to import pistoleros, criminales and “hombres mals”? We have enough of our own. Julio Moran and his wife, Anna Escobar, fit none of those descriptions. Moran, a native of El Salvador, is a church deacon;...

Opinion: “The works I’ve done ….”

We lost the great Sharon Jones a year ago tomorrow, after a long and heroic battle against cancer. Before her departure, however, the Georgia-born Jones left us with this, a cut off her new, posthumously released album “Soul of a Woman.” In an interview shortly before her death, she referenced her fondness for a gospel classic, “May the Works I’ve Done Speak ...

Opinion: Hospice care helps make every day count

There are two things certain in life, death and taxes. We talk a lot about taxes, but rarely talk about death — or the dying process. Most people, especially people of faith, don’t fear death. They fear the dying process. They fear being in pain and having other symptoms, such as nausea or shortness of breath. They fear dying alone and they fear being forgotten. Not talking about death...

Opinion: Thriving communities embrace economic mobility

The grim statistics tell the story. Economic mobility, the ability to move from a low income to a middle or higher income, is stagnant or falling in Atlanta and many American cities, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research’s 2015 Equality for Opportunity Project Study. The best predictor of whether a person will be poor, middle class or wealthy is whether that person’s parents...
Who got into University of Georgia today?

Who got into University of Georgia today?

From UGA: Nearly 15,000 students applied for early action admission to the University of Georgia’s Class of 2022, bringing record academic qualifications to the birthplace of public higher education. This year more than 8,000 students are being offered early action admission to UGA, and their average GPA of 4.11 reflects their dedication to academic excellence and rigorous...
Opinion: A humble suggestion to improve our politics

Opinion: A humble suggestion to improve our politics

AP File Photo / J. Scott Applewhite Angels do not govern men, a fact we face more and more often. The U.S. Senate this week alone featured one member who may face an ethics investigation (Robert Menendez of New Jersey, whose corruption case ended in a mistrial ), one member who asked for...
Pulling both ends of the rope on campus free speech

Pulling both ends of the rope on campus free speech

College students, including those on Georgia campuses, are battling for free speech, challenging school administrators on limits to protests and demonstrations. At the same time, students can be the first in line to try to shut down speakers they don’t like. Witness what happened to Ann Coulter at Berkeley earlier this year. AJC reporter Eric Stirgus, who covered the...
Opinion: Power, its uses and abuses

Opinion: Power, its uses and abuses

(AP) Out of frustration, I asked Twitter this morning to serve as my open-source assignment editor: My Trump era dilemma: Do I write about the outrage of someone with Trump's history of sexual harassment gloating about Franken's downfall? Or about the fact that in this "middle class tax cut," the middle class gets $1 for every $9 that goes to rich and corporations?...
In the light of the news about Al Franken, will the Left own its own sexual misconduct issues?

In the light of the news about Al Franken, will the Left own its own sexual misconduct issues?

Will Sen. Al Franken’s conduct call into question Democrats’ commitment to championing women who have been sexually harassed? A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. The Week: Do the Democrats take sexual harassment seriously? We’ll see. From The New Yorker: As the two apologies from Franken show, men still need to work on the conversation about gender and power...
The Right points to Franken as a symptom of the Left’s hypocrisy

The Right points to Franken as a symptom of the Left’s hypocrisy

The Right has always questioned Franken’s qualifications for the Senate. The revelations of sexual misconduct by the Minnesota  Democrat have added fuel to the fire. A roundup of editorials Friday takes a look at the issue. From The Boston Herald: It’s “physician heal thy self” when it comes to sexual harassment in Congress. From The Weekly Standard: Al Franken has a lot...
Opinion: Our public schools are better than most Georgians realize

Opinion: Our public schools are better than most Georgians realize

Matt Cardoza is the communications director for the  Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and former spokesman for the state Department of Education where he got to visit schools across Georgia on a regular basis. In this piece, Cardoza says Georgia schools are unfairly labeled as failing. He cites several examples of measurable improvement and...
Opinion: Adoption month’s worth celebrating

Opinion: Adoption month’s worth celebrating

In 2014, I adopted a two-year-old girl from the Texas foster care system. After starting the adoption process, I got some of the strangest questions and reactions to my plans. A colleague once asked me what breed I was getting? Assuming I was talking about a pet. Some friends and family members would ask me directly or indirectly why I would do such a thing? Some assumed I was living the best life...

Opinion: A humble solution to what ails the nation

Angels do not govern men, a fact we face more and more often. The U.S. Senate this past week alone featured one member who may face an ethics investigation (Robert Menendez of New Jersey, whose corruption case ended in a mistrial), one member who asked for an ethics investigation into himself (Al Franken of Minnesota, accused of sexually assaulting a woman on a USO tour 11 years ago) and one aspiring...

Opinion: Study and act on economy’s boosters

With a catfight over federal tax reform now occupying much of the national mind-space given to dollars-and-sense matters, it’s refreshing to take a look at America’s numbers game from the standpoint of economists — not politicians. Economics is called the Dismal Science for good reason — it’s not light work. But we all know it’s important stuff — our wallets...
Opinion: Tax reform clears a major hurdle, faces another

Opinion: Tax reform clears a major hurdle, faces another

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) applaud with their fellow House Republicans during a news conference following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Thursday. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images) Big news out of the U.S. House just now: House passes GOP tax...

Opinion: Dear Alabama: As a friend and neighbor, let me ask …

Is this who you are, Alabama? I’m asking as a friend, and as a neighbor and fellow American: Is this really, deep down, who you are and how you want to be perceived? I am talking of course about this man, this “Judge Roy Moore.” You continue to call him by that title, even though he has had to be ousted — twice — from his position as chief justice on the state Supreme...
Opinion: Is this the best you have, Alabama?

Opinion: Is this the best you have, Alabama?

Is this who you are, Alabama? I’m asking as a friend, and as a neighbor and fellow American: Is this really, deep down, who you are and how you want to be perceived? I am talking of course about this man, this “Judge Roy Moore.” You continue to call him by that title, even though he has had to be ousted — twice — from his position as chief justice...

Opinion: The need for quality childcare

Lack of access to quality, affordable childcare is an obstacle for our businesses and our region. Today’s employers face a number of challenges in recruiting and retaining top talent. One of the major barriers to any parent entering the workforce or advancing his or her career is uncertainty around, and lack of access to, high-quality childcare for children. We know that children who attend...
Was DeKalb board member wrong to allow son to wear insulting T-shirt to CNN tour?

Was DeKalb board member wrong to allow son to wear insulting T-shirt to CNN tour?

DeKalb elected officials Nancy and Stan Jester live public lives and often take positions that earn them criticism in their county. She’s a county commissioner; he is a school board member. I assume a thick skin runs in their family, given what they allowed their seventh grader to wear on a school field trip to CNN. Jaxon wore a T-shirt that mocked the network, proclaiming...
The Left says silence on Moore is as damning as support is for him

The Left says silence on Moore is as damning as support is for him

Is one TV commentator’s comment, “Better a deviant than a Democrat,” one that voters in Alabama want to embrace? A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at what has kept Roy Moore in the race for Senate. From The Peoria Journal Star: How can Alabama voters defend sending this man to the Senate? From The Washington Post: Aren’t believers called on to speak the truth?...
The Right wonders if the ‘Jeff Sessions option’ can save a Senate seat

The Right wonders if the ‘Jeff Sessions option’ can save a Senate seat

What can be done about Alabama’s Senate race? Maybe Jeff Sessions has the answer. A roundup of editorials Thursday takes a look at the Roy Moore mess. From The Federalist: Don’t be fooled by Moore. Even if there were no allegations of sexual misconduct, he is not what he claims to be. From The Daily Caller: When it comes down to it, does Washington really need someone else with a problem?...
Opinion: Only wealthy can afford grad school under House tax plan up for vote today

Opinion: Only wealthy can afford grad school under House tax plan up for vote today

Jenny C. Bledsoe is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in English at Emory University, specializing in medieval literature. She was featured in a New York Times story last week that examined how the GOP House tax plan would impact a range of American students. In this essay, Bledsoe focuses on the change that makes graduate tuition waivers taxable income. The tax plan...
Torpy at Large: Why Atlanta’s runoff race can’t simply run on race

Torpy at Large: Why Atlanta’s runoff race can’t simply run on race

In the 2009 Atlanta mayoral race, a group called the Black Leadership Forum circulated a position paper calling for African-American voters to unite around the most viable black candidate to stave off a challenge by a strong white contender, Mary Norwood. It should be noted that Kasim Reed, then a state senator running for mayor, strongly denounced the message as racially divisive. It also should...
The Right may be a little too excited about a possible Clinton special counsel

The Right may be a little too excited about a possible Clinton special counsel

Attorney General Jeff Sessions sent a letter to the House Judiciary Committee suggesting his department is looking into a possible investigation into Hillary Clinton’s time in the State Department. The news excited some conservatives, but should it have? A roundup of editorials Wednesday takes a look at the issue. From The Associated Press: What will weigh heaviest on Sessions – doing...
Opinion: The GOP makes stupid promises

Opinion: The GOP makes stupid promises

(AP) The Republicans keep telling themselves that current political problems are caused by their failure to keep promises to voters. I think it’s even more basic than that: Their current political problems are caused by the fact that their promises suck, and the American people understand that they suck. For example, in poll after poll, Democrats now hold a 10- to 15-point advantage...
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