Opinion: John Kelly should apologize

(AP) In his attack on U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson Thursday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly made a number of serious allegations, including the charge that it had been inappropriate and even dishonorable for Wilson to have listened in on a telephone call between President Trump and Myeshia Johnson, the grieving widow of a slain soldier. Kelly was apparently unaware that...
(AP) In his attack on U.S. Rep. Frederica Wilson Thursday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly made a number of serious allegations, including the charge that it had been inappropriate and...


Opinion: Where protest meets reverence

Given the sadly viral popularity of an American pastime best described as hissing and spitting, figuratively or even literally, at anyone with whom we might disagree, it’s no surprise that “taking a knee” has rapidly entered our lexicon. In a nation deeply riven by differences over most anything you can name, it follows naturally that protests during playing of the National Anthem...

Opinion: KSU president on kneeling flap

Statement by KSU President Sam Olens sent to the AJC: “Following the September 30 football game, the Department of Athletics leadership informed me that they were making a change to the pregame activities, which involved the spirit squad. This was the only conversation I had about any changes involving the cheerleaders and mascot. The call I received from Sheriff Warren came after I was notified...

Opinion: KSU, pols wrong to squelch right to protest

Kneeling is as American as apple pie. Confronting the gaps between our American values and our behavior is patriotism. We are either going forward toward our values; freedom, equality, fairness, and tolerance — or moving away from them. That the Constitution-mocking Cobb County Sheriff Neil Warren and State Rep. Earl Ehrhart attempt to wrap their totalitarian actions in the cloak of patriotism...
Opinion: The GOP’s elder statesmen speak up

Opinion: The GOP’s elder statesmen speak up

(AP) In recent days, we’ve seen Republican senators Bob Corker and John McCain and now former President George W. Bush speak out eloquently about the direction in which President Trump is attempting to steer this nation. Yet another prominent Republican, former presidential nominee Mitt Romney, has also spoken passionately against the divisiveness and tolerance of bigotry...

Vet respects right to protest during anthem

I’m a veteran. Apparently this means that I am supposed to be upset and insulted by the NFL anthem-kneeling trend. Twitter rants and video of fans burning the jerseys of any player that kneels tell me that my service to this nation is denigrated every time a player chooses to kneel during the anthem. I hardly ever stand for the National Anthem anymore. Not because I seek to make a statement...
The Right reminds the president that, in the end, it’s all about the grieving families

The Right reminds the president that, in the end, it’s all about the grieving families

A roundup of editorials Thursday points out that the issue isn’t who said what, it’s that four soldiers were killed serving their country. From The Washington Examiner: Don’t make the death of a serviceman a political football. Remember the grieving families. From The Reason: It’s difficult to honor the dead when U.S. foreign policy leads members of our military to needless...
The Left wonders why the president can’t even get a condolence call right

The Left wonders why the president can’t even get a condolence call right

A roundup of editorials Thursday questions President Donald Trump’s decision to make a soldier’s death a political issue. Washington Post: What was needed was a moment of grace and dignity. From The Miami Herald: How did the death of an American hero dissolve into a political fight? From the Los Angeles Times: The families of those who lost their lives deserve better, Mr. Trump.

Opinion: Anthem, military deserve visible respect

Not standing for the national anthem is just wrong. There is simply no excuse, no reasoning that gives anyone license to disrespect the American Flag, the National Anthem; American soldiers, veterans, military families — the fallen and those still serving — and their families. Professional athletes are viewed as role models to youth and young impressionable children. Teaching children...

Readers Write: Oct. 20

Cheerleaders should be praised for bravery The Kennesaw State cheerleaders who knelt during the national anthem have more courage in their little fingers than all of their critics put together. This has nothing to do with disrespecting the national anthem. It has everything to do with a desperate attempt to wake people up to the injustices of racism in this country. These cheerleaders are more patriotic...
Torpy at Large: Mayor’s race heats up as bribery probe keeps cookin’

Torpy at Large: Mayor’s race heats up as bribery probe keeps cookin’

As the election comes to its final weeks, and as the corruption scandal dumps a new load of fertilizer at City Hall, Mayor Kasim Reed has moved to ensure he’ll have as close to a third term in office as possible. Hizzoner is term-limited, but he wants to keep his hand in his pet project — running Atlanta. So last week he made official what has been known for months: He wants...
Opinion: Trump and Gold Star families

Opinion: Trump and Gold Star families

(AP) Let me offer a few words in defense of President Trump — at least up to a point. The president has argued, strenuously, that he had been respectful, polite and appropriate in a condolence call this week with the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four U.S. soldiers killed two weeks ago in Niger. A Democratic congresswoman who overheard the call says that to the...
Cherokee teacher in Trump T-shirt incident resigns after threats on life, attacks on character

Cherokee teacher in Trump T-shirt incident resigns after threats on life, attacks on character

Cherokee County math teacher Lyn Orletsky announced today she is resigning after her request to two boys to turn their Trump Make America Great Again T-shirts inside out exploded into a social media maelstrom and led to her suspension. She made the request only after students in her pre-algebra class voiced concerns about the message on the shirts worn that morning by...
Fallout from KSU cheerleader protest casts shadow over Sam Olens’ investiture tomorrow

Fallout from KSU cheerleader protest casts shadow over Sam Olens’ investiture tomorrow

Several updates occurred today in the story about the five Kennesaw State University cheerleaders who kneeled during the national anthem in silent protest of police misconduct and racial inequality. Following their actions on Sept. 30, KSU kept the cheerleaders off the field during the anthem, a decision that President Sam Olens attributed to the university’s athletic...

Opinion: Don’t put much faith in new bipartisan health deal

So desperate are some folks to see Congress “do something” about health care that there was much rejoicing Tuesday about the bipartisan deal Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) announced. But even if the deal winds up winning approval from the rest of the Senate and the House, it’s very unlikely to stabilize markets as advertised. The gist of the deal, which...

Readers Write: Oct. 19

Pets also source of distracted driving Much has been written about, discussed and legislated regarding the use of cell phones and other devices while driving in order to reduce the number of accidents, injuries and deaths. This is certainly a worthwhile direction. However, there is another that should also be addressed. Can anyone doubt that a pet, usually a dog, in the lap of a driver would not be...
Opinion: Take from the sick and old, give to the rich

Opinion: Take from the sick and old, give to the rich

David Koch (AP) The Republican budget resolution that the Senate is expected to approve this week cuts $475 billion out of Medicare for seniors over the next decade and cuts another $1 trillion out of Medicaid.¹ Both steps are highly unpopular with voters, which is why you don’t hear Republicans bragging about their actions. In a poll taken by the Kaiser Family Foundation...
Opinion: Bipartisan health deal won’t cure what ails Obamacare

Opinion: Bipartisan health deal won’t cure what ails Obamacare

Sens. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) confer during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 6. (Pete Marovich / The New York Times) We still need to see more details, but there’s a pretty good chance the bipartisan health deal announced Tuesday by Sens. Lamar Alexander...
The Left wonders why Trump is targeting his own base on health care

The Left wonders why Trump is targeting his own base on health care

A roundup of editorials Wednesday questions President Donald Trump’s reasoning for changes to the Affordable Care Act. The Detroit Free Press: Maybe Trump’s attacks on health care coverage are linked to a new study that shows those who live longer vote Democratic.  From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: It is up to the Republicans in Congress to fix what the president has done to health...
The Right is cheering Trump’s latest efforts to find an alternative to Obamacare

The Right is cheering Trump’s latest efforts to find an alternative to Obamacare

A roundup of editorials Wednesday lauds President Donald Trump’s plan to cut portions of the Affordable Care Act. From Sens. Tom Cotton and Pat Toomey: Sens. Cotton and Toomey have introduced a bill to exempt many from the individual mandate, killing the penalty Obamacare imposed. From Townhall.com: Trump's new regulation would give people the choice they are asking for.   From the...
In response to KSU cheerleaders, Olens shows students their fears were justified

In response to KSU cheerleaders, Olens shows students their fears were justified

When news broke a year ago that the Board of Regents intended to name Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens to the presidency of Kennesaw State University, faculty and students expressed concern about a politician leading an institution of higher education. Olens had also been a former two-term chairman of Cobb County’s board of commissioners. Turns out those fears were...
Opinion: When the right to choose is stripped away ….

Opinion: When the right to choose is stripped away ….

(AP) If you want to know where this is headed, if you want a glimpse of what the future may hold if things aren’t turned around politically, take a look at what is happening to pregnant, undocumented teenagers being held in government-funded refugee shelters down in Texas. According to Politico, several of the pregnant girls have decided against bringing a child into...

Opinion: The vast, unending emptiness that is ‘Trumpcare’

“Obamacare is finished. It’s dead. It’s gone,” President Trump announced during a Monday Cabinet meeting. “You shouldn’t even mention it; it’s gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore.” Hmmm. Apparently, all that struggle about “repeal and replace” from our GOP-run Congress turned out to be unnecessary. With a few strokes of the...
The Left warns Trump that any strike on North Korea could well start World War III 

The Left warns Trump that any strike on North Korea could well start World War III 

A roundup of editorials Tuesday warns President Donald Trump about the severe and lasting damage to which a nuclear conflict with North Korea will lead. 1. Don't comfort yourself with talk of a 'preemptive' strike on North Korea From The Hill: When it comes to war, there are more than the obvious things to consider. From Time: What do we do About North Korea? Six experts give their opinion. ...
The Right counsels Trump that a war of words is better than one with nukes 

The Right counsels Trump that a war of words is better than one with nukes 

A roundup of editorials Tuesday looks at the consequences of President Donald Trump’s decision in North Korea. Straits Times: While the U.S., China and Russia have their own interests, it’s the United States alone that can force North Korea to surrender its nuclear weapons.  From The National Interest: Trump can solve the North Korea issues if he will take some measured steps. 3. ...

Readers Write: Oct. 18

Players should not be compared to military I read with some consternation Gracie Bonds Staples’ article, “Do white NFL fans see players as mascots?,” Oct. 8. Much of Staples’ article quoted Erin C. Tarver, an assistant professor of philosophy at the Oxford College of Emory University. I strongly disagree with much of what she said but most of all her comment regarding NFL players...
College daze: Georgia Tech honors grad shares secrets to maintaining grades & sanity

College daze: Georgia Tech honors grad shares secrets to maintaining grades & sanity

William Konop began tutoring teens for the ACT and SAT while he was still an undergraduate at Georgia Tech. A recent graduate, Konop co-founded of the Seneca Education Group, a tutoring company based out of Alpharetta. A highly requested tutor who began writing math curriculum while still in college, Konop graduated Tech with highest honors in pure mathematics...
Opinion: The sheer nothingness that is ‘Trumpcare’

Opinion: The sheer nothingness that is ‘Trumpcare’

(AP) “Obamacare is finished. It’s dead. It’s gone,” President Trump announced during a Monday Cabinet meeting. “You shouldn’t even mention it; it’s gone. There is no such thing as Obamacare anymore.” Hmmm. Apparently, all that talk of “repeal and replace” from our GOP-run Congress turned out to be unnecessary. With a few ...
The Left wonders why Trump is virtually handing Iran a nuclear weapon

The Left wonders why Trump is virtually handing Iran a nuclear weapon

A roundup of editorials Monday looks at President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal, and the feeling he’s helping to arm Iran with nukes. 1. Editorial: Trump's step backward on Iran nuclear pactFrom The Tampa Bay Times: Doesn’t Trump’s decision on the Iran deal marginalize the U.S. in the region and around the world?  2. Trump Is Handing...
The Right wonders if Congress will have Trump’s back on the Iran deal

The Right wonders if Congress will have Trump’s back on the Iran deal

A roundup of editorials Monday looks at President Donald Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran nuclear deal and the question of whether Congress step up to make sense of what’s left? From The Sun-Sentinel: Could the best thing that comes out of Trump’s decision to decertify the Iran deal be that he no longer has to recertify it? From Fox News: For America to stay strong in Iran&rsquo...
Torpy at Large: Knock, knock! The HOA is here for an inside inspection

Torpy at Large: Knock, knock! The HOA is here for an inside inspection

If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you live under the vigilant eye of a homeowners association. Estimates say one-fifth to a quarter of Americans live in situations where a gaggle of neighbors have the right — no, the duty — to make sure you keep up your part of the bargain and not let your home degenerate into a tumbledown dump. It’s all about keeping...
To get more girls in math, should we get more men in the classroom?

To get more girls in math, should we get more men in the classroom?

My husband attended his Harvard University reunion this weekend where he was one of the few grads who wasn’t a hedge fund manager or titan of industry. (He’s a journalist, too.) He told me about a fascinating discussion with a fellow alum who is a mathematician and computer scientist with a radical notion about how to interest more girls in math. The woman&rsquo...

Readers Write: Oct. 17

Tired of hate directed at Trump There has been nothing but criticism of Donald Trump since he first showed interest in running for president. There have been so many salacious comments, indiscrepancies and nasty talk, not only about him but also his family. I have silently, but begrudgingly, fumed at the disrespect of the first family. However, when we have to be subjected to it daily, you finally...
What Georgia thinks about...

What Georgia thinks about...

Introducing the Politically Georgia panel: We invited Georgians to weigh in on big questions facing the state. It’s not a scientific sample, but we did our best to get a cross section of folks – they come from across the state and across the political spectrum. Our group of about 50 includes teachers, tech industry workers, retirees, stay-at-home moms and one farmer. Each week we will...
Opinion: The difficult realities of outlawing partisan gerrymandering

Opinion: The difficult realities of outlawing partisan gerrymandering

DeKalb County voters go to the polls in Scottdale, May 24, 2016. (AJC Photo / Hyosub Shin) Gerrymandering is ugly business; there’s no getting around that. The question pending at the U.S. Supreme Court, and in two federal lawsuits filed in Georgia , is whether judges can impose a remedy that, to borrow from James...
Opinion: Data show campus carry is unwise and unnecessary

Opinion: Data show campus carry is unwise and unnecessary

University of North Georgia professor Matthew Boedy continues to examine the impact of campus carry on Georgia’s public campuses. Like many faculty members, Boedy opposes guns in his classroom and has become one of the state’s most ardent and active researchers on the question. Georgia joined a handful of states permitting guns in its institutions of higher education...
The Right rallies ‘round Trump’s tax plan

The Right rallies ‘round Trump’s tax plan

A roundup of editorials Friday cheers on the idea of President Donald Trump’s tax plan, and suggests it will be another step toward draining the swamp in D.C. From The Hill: If, as some studies suggest, 75 percent of the corporate tax is borne by labor, any reduction would benefit the middle class. From PennLive: U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, (R-Pennsylvania), sees the president’s tax reform...
New executive order on health has Left worried for the sick

New executive order on health has Left worried for the sick

A roundup of editorials Friday looks at the executive order President Donald Trump signed Wednesday that cuts health care insurance subsidies provided through the Affordable Care Act. From US News and World Report: Trump's executive order kills the subsidies Obamacare promised working-class Americans. From Bloomberg News: Trump’s executive order was born of frustration, not concern for sick...
Opinion: The real fallout from Trump ending these health subsidies

Opinion: The real fallout from Trump ending these health subsidies

This group might be reconvened to talk about health reform after the president’s latest move. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci) It’s an odd spectacle to see Democrats attacking a proper implementation of Obamacare that is projected to reduce health costs for many consumers and soon lead more people to have insurance. But that’s what’s happening after the Trump administration&rsquo...
Opinion: Who best as Atlanta’s next mayor?

Opinion: Who best as Atlanta’s next mayor?

(AJC) Voters in Atlanta face a problem. A good problem. In this year’s election for mayor, they have the luxury of choosing from more than a half dozen well-qualified, competent and honest candidates. That alone is a sign of maturity for the city, an indication that it is producing quality leadership, in numbers, at a critical...

Readers Write: Oct. 16

Mental afflictions are source of shootings Each public mass shooting triggers a torrent of rapid-fire commentary, political posturing and arguments laced with massive misinformation. One might think the recurring nature of these events would have led to greater accuracy in dealing with their details, but no. Each event’s disjointed aftermath becomes as numbing to the public’s senses as...

Opinion: Of law, pardons and executive privilege

On a recent Friday night when the headlines were being dominated by a killer hurricane, Donald Trump quietly used a power of the presidency to pardon a controversial national figure. Is there more where that came from, as the political storm intensifies and dangerously swirls around Trump himself? In the wake of numerous ongoing investigations into the U.S. president, the concept of “executive...
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