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Sanchez: To bolster the American family, we need a grip on what it is

8:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

The typical American family. Does that phrase mean anything to you? Can you picture what it looks like?For a few these days, it may still conjure a breadwinner dad, a stay-at-home mom and a couple of kids. Others, prepared to believe the worst, might imagine a single mom and a ...
Douthat: Rape and Rotherham

8:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

There are enough grim tidings from around the world that the news from Rotherham, a faded English industrial town where about 1,400 girls, mostly white and working class, were raped by gangs of Pakistani men while the local authorities basically shrugged and did nothing, is already slipping out of American ...
In Deal case, a coverup of a coverup of a coverup

2:51 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

Fulton County Superior Court Judge Ural Glanville was not happy, and he has made that displeasure clear. Last week he levied a $10,000 fine against Holly LaBerge, who at the time was still the executive secretary of the state ethics commission, and another $10,000 fine against the state attorney general’s ...

Rules when flying the unruly skies

2:37 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

Incidents of unruly behavior in flight are making news yet again. Before we start asking to ban seats that recline or go full pitchforks and torches on the airlines, a little perspective is needed.Unruly behavior on an airliner is dangerous, costly and unacceptable. It is also a difficult matter not ...
READERS WRITE

2:12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

No deals for BoyerWhen an elected official steals over $90,000 from taxpayers, the thief should be required to fully cooperate with law enforcement to identify and prosecute the co-conspirators involved. If no cooperation is offered, then additional charges should be applied for assisting and helping to conceal the illegal activities ...
Let kindness trump frustration

2:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

During a heavy downpour last week, I found myself caught for an hour in a traffic jam of historic proportions.Thirty minutes into it, I became really worked up; so much so, that when the driver in front of me allowed a car that had just pulled up to cross into ...
On the front lines for flight safety

2:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

Imagine boarding your next flight and hearing, “Welcome aboard today’s flight from New York to Denver. Unfortunately, we will be making a brief stop in Chicago to remove a couple of disruptive passengers. But once they are detained, we will be en route to our final destination.” No one wants ...
TUESDAY CONVERSATION: TRANSPORTATION

2:00 p.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

I’m not an airline seat recliner. I rarely tilt my seat back on an airplane, mostly because I know how much I dislike it when the person in front of me pushes their seat back — and into my lap. But many fliers do, and recent disruptions on flights due ...
More evidence the public favors school choice

8:44 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

Freedom is a popular thing. But those who oppose educational freedom have resorted to inventing bits of conventional wisdom about its lack of appeal to various groups, using them as bulwarks to keep school choice from advancing. So, we are told school choice is only for Republicans; for white people; for rich ...

Levenson's Hawks email tells some awkward truth

8:39 a.m. Monday, Sept. 8, 2014

In the wake of the NBA's Donald Sterling fiasco, Bruce Levenson had to go. And he knew it. Over the weekend, Levenson announced that he would be selling his controlling interest in the Atlanta Hawks after an internal marketing email that he wrote more than two years ago became public. ...

Brooks: The body and the spirit

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

Like everyone, I was revolted by the beheadings of the American journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff. It wasn’t just that they had been killed — though that is horrendous enough — it was the monstrous way the deed was done.I’ve been trying to understand why the act of beheading ...
Krugman: The deflation caucus

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

What is it that makes a powerful faction in our body politic demand tight money even in a depressed, low-inflation economy?On Thursday, the European Central Bank announced a series of new steps it was taking in an effort to boost Europe’s economy. There was a whiff of desperation about the ...
READERS WRITE

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

Beheadings on demand: Seeing is demeaningI went almost 50 years with seeing only one old photo of a beheading. I was in my teens, and it was from perhaps Africa or India, but at least it was humane, accomplished by a skilled swordsman.Then there was murdered journalist Daniel Pearl, and ...
Students must think less like Americans

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

As college students head back to campus, I have what may seem a strange request for them: try to think less like an American.Don’t get me wrong. We all should have pride in the U.S. and its many achievements. But I’m not talking about nationalism – I’m talking about globalism.In ...
Response to recent conversation

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

Commenters on the AJC Get Schooled blog had a range of reactions to whether teachers ought to keep a stash of pencils and paper for forgetful students. They also disagreed on whether teachers can penalize students who repeatedly show up without supplies. Here is a sampling of comments:SGATeacher: Federal law, ...
New research on developing teen brain

12:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

Many of us believe if we arm our teens with enough facts they won’t drink and drive, smoke pot or have sex at 16. To that end, the United States spends more than a billion dollars a year educating teens on the dangers of smoking, drinking, drugs, unsafe sex and ...
MONDAY CONVERSATION: SCHOOLS
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12:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014

An expert on the teenage brain says adolescents know drinking, sex and drugs are dangerous, but are wired to take risks. I talk to the researcher about how the key to keeping adolescents safe may not be more education about risky behaviors but fewer opportunities for such behaviors. A guest ...
How the state pardons and paroles board works

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

The following information was gleaned from the website of the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Paroles and its 2012 Annual Report (the most recent available online):Mission Statement: To serve the citizens of Georgia as an integral component of the Criminal Justice System by making informed release considerations and protecting ...
Schooling critics of choice

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Freedom is a popular thing. But those who oppose educational freedom have resorted to inventing bits of conventional wisdom about its lack of appeal to various groups, using them as bulwarks to keep school choice from advancing.So, we are told school choice is only for Republicans; for white people; for ...
READERS WRITE

12:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014

Teen birthsColumnist right about boon of lower birth rateJay Bookman’s pointing out the reduction in teen births, “We’re not doomed; no, really,” (Opinion, Aug. 31) is exactly what needs to be the focus of continuous coverage by the media: His statement is absolutely correct; that a cut in teen birth ...
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