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Readers Write: Oct. 25

2:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, 2016

U.S. losing standing on world stageIt is very disconcerting that after eight years of Obama’s foreign policy, we have completely been jettisoned by Middle Eastern countries such as Iran and Syria and replaced by Russia, which is now considered the pre-eminent power in that region. In addition, China’s sphere of ...
Democrats undermining our confidence in institutions

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

Because of what came later — Donald Trump’s refusal to say whether he’d accept the results of the election — Hillary Clinton’s similar, if somewhat less incendiary, remark about our system’s legitimacy went nearly unnoticed.Right out of the box, responding to a query from Chris Wallace about the Supreme Court, ...
Here’s a novel idea: Maybe Clinton really is a great candidate

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

Hillary Clinton is a terrible candidate — that’s what pundits have been saying ever since this endless campaign began. You have to go back to Al Gore in 2000 to find a politician who faced as much jeering from the news media, over everything from claims of dishonesty (which usually ...
Readers Write: Oct. 24

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016

Another reservoir would help in dry timesAgain, metro Atlanta is in the grip of a drought. Haralson County is now in a water crises. As much as Florida and Alabama complain, the Lanier reservoir keeps the flow at a reasonable rate even with the rain shortage. It would be much ...
The crisis that can’t be debated

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

It’s bizarre, really. The most important story in our lifetime and in the lifetimes of our children and grandchildren as well, a story with global, permanent implications, is playing out right before our eyes, in plain sight. Yet it has gone without notice in any of the three presidential debates ...
More anti-OSD claims that fall flat

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

One source of angst I hear about the Opportunity School District is the mere fact that it’s a constitutional amendment.Why, wonder some who oppose it and others who are just leery of it, must we change the Constitution to fix these chronically failing schools? (This is often asked as if ...
Colleges should encourage — not suppress — diversity of viewpoints

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

WASHINGTON — A specter is haunting academia, the specter of specters — ghosts, goblins and “cultural appropriation” through insensitive Halloween costumes. Institutions of higher education are engaged in the low comedy of avoiding the agonies of Yale.Last October, the university was rocked to its 315-year-old foundations by the wife of ...
DuVernay’s documentary ‘13th’ fits the pieces together

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

“Not whips and chains — all subliminal; instead of n——r, they use the word criminal” — Common from “Letter to the Free”In the end, she gives us grace. And by then, you really need it.The end credits roll over pictures celebrating everyday joys of African-American life. A beaming girl rides ...
Readers Write: Oct. 23

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Trump outrage has nothing to do with vulgarityA writer (“Hypocrites decry vulgar remarks,” Readers Write, Oct. 14) states that “there is not a man alive that has not made a vulgar remark in private conversation about a woman at some point in his life.” The conclusion is that taking Trump ...
When being on-site is risky work

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

In the dying sunlight the moment for the deadly hurricane was arriving.Jeremy Redmon, one of our best reporters, sent me a few images of the water rising steadily toward my house on St. Simons Island. As some of you may remember, in the days as Hurricane Matthew lumbered angrily toward ...
‘Yes’ vote will give poor kids better odds for success

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Rural Georgians, either through geography or ideology, often feel isolated from “metro-urban Georgia,” as well as alienated from the legislative decision-making process. Why? Because there are so few legislators in these areas who are able to make a significant impact on rural-related legislation. Conversely, issues affecting metro areas of the ...
OSD plan should come with sprinking of fairy dust

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

On Nov. 8, voters will be asked to amend Georgia’s constitution to allow the governor to create a statewide school district, called the Opportunity School District (OSD). On the ballot they will see words to make them believe that Amendment 1, if passed, will “fix” schools that are allegedly failing, ...
Study guide to charter schools vote

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

It’s no surprise that nearly all Georgians agree on the importance of improving K-12 education for students at the most risk for sub-par performance. That’s generally where agreement ends, though, as the campaigns both for and against Amendment 1 plainly show. The measure, if approved by Georgia voters, would use ...
Analyzing mixed results, potential of Ga.’s charter schools

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016

Editor’s note: A much-longer version, complete with links to Apperson’s research, is on my AJC.com’s Get Schooled blog: Depending on which ad you’ve seen, Gov. Nathan Deal’s Opportunity School District is either a white knight coming to save public education or a headless horseman coming to pillage the state’s most ...
Dad, baseball and great Turner Field memories

10:56 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

My dad’s a lefty. So when he came to bat the right fielder began measuring the distance to the fence and warning his teammates.I must have been 5 or 6. My dad, he was still in his late 20s, an ex-Marine with bulging, scarred forearms and a deadly gaze. Leroy ...
Now’s time for a national popular vote

4:00 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

As the general election for President nears, one cannot miss the unconventional nature of this election cycle. No matter which candidate you support, four out of five voters are rendered politically irrelevant due to the current system of state-based, winner-take-all laws, which results in an over-concentration of attention and resources ...
Trump confirms everyone’s worst fears

3:22 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

It was a two-track debate. At times, it was the setting for a detailed argument over serious issues in which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offered voters a relatively straightforward clash of progressive and conservative perspectives.But this is 2016, and eventually the third and final debate on Wednesday reached the ...
Readers Write: Oct. 21

2:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

First Lady a sanctimonious hypocriteYou’re absolutely right, Michelle Obama. Trump’s behavior cannot be ignored. And neither can your sanctimonious hypocrisy. You have welcomed into the White House entertainers whose depraved behavior and lyrics have degraded and demeaned women for decades. You have honored them in the eyes of your own ...
Is the system rigged? You betcha.

12:03 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016

“Remember, it’s a rigged system. It’s a rigged election,” said Donald Trump in New Hampshire on Saturday.The stunned recoil in this city suggests this bunker buster went right down the chimney. As the French put it, “Il n’y a que la verite qui blesse.” It is only the truth that ...
Readers Write: Oct. 20

2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016

DeKalb gov’t needs complete changeThere was a time in the not too distant past when DeKalb County government was a role model for other counties in Georgia, as well as those in other states. Over the past several administrations that certainly has changed. Due to unqualified, inept and at times ...
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