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Readers Write: July 25

12:00 a.m. Sunday, July 24, 2016

Citizens have most influence locallyDavid Brooks’ observations in (“Are we on road to national ruin? Trust in local leaders,” Opinion, July 15), amplify my thinking which dates back to animated discussions in high school American History class over 50 years ago. We students shared our concerns about the most effective ...
Kyle Wingfield: Rethinking skepticism of Donald Trump

Updated: 4:54 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

CLEVELAND — A Republican I know wrote this week to voice his disappointment in my “doom and gloom approach” to the GOP’s purported unity around its presidential nominee, Donald Trump. Another reader criticized my “continued whining and disrespect” for Trump, which he called “disgusting.” I think most people would say ...
Trump’s dangerous delusions

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

For almost 70 years, Article Five of the North Atlantic Treaty has been the cornerstone of American national security policy. It requires the United States and fellow members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization — now numbering 28 — to come to each other’s mutual defense should any of them ...
Readers Write: July 24

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

GOP ignores voters at their perilListening to the voters back home has become a lost art for many Republicans whenever they gather at the State House. They continue to ignore, marginalize and sell out the very people who placed them in power. Conservative Christians in Georgia make up approximately 65 ...
Pence the pliable

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

Crucial political decisions often concern which bridges to cross and which to burn. Donald Trump’s dilemma is that he burns some bridges by the way he crosses others. His campaign depends on a low-probability event, and on his ability to cause this event without provoking a more-than-equal and opposite reaction.Extrapolating ...
Battle between left and right no longer a contest of ideas

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

Well, that was sure ugly.Last week’s Republican conclave in Cleveland came across less as a nominating convention than as a four-day nervous breakdown, a moment of fracture and bipolarity from a party that no longer has any clear idea what it stands for or what it is. Everywhere you turned ...
Honor slain officers by respecting Black Lives Matter

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

President Obama was in Dallas for the memorial service honoring the five police officers killed by a gunman while they protected a peaceful Black Lives Matter demonstration. As our country attempts to grapple with a week marred by devastating violence both against African-American men at the hands of police and ...
A victim of policing for profit long before his death

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

He was a major revenue source for the local government, and he’s not alone. When Philando Castile was pulled over for the traffic stop which would end his life, it would have started off as a familiar experience. That’s because he’d been stopped by Twin Cities police at least 52 ...
Black Lives Matter is no Civil Rights offshoot

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

During a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas in response to the police shootings of Alton Sterling in Louisiana and Philando Castile in Minnesota, no one expected the protest would end with someone shooting five police officers dead and injuring nine more. But no one was surprised that it happened ...
Heeding others’ voices

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

This summer has proven to be a rough ride — one that shows no sign of smoothing out anytime soon. Widespread anger hangs as heavily as the dripping humidity in this season’s superheated air. We even politicize and argue over whether the weather’s a random occurrence or Exhibit A for ...
Reporting on an historic week

12:00 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2016

CLEVELAND – Daily breakfast gatherings serve as a rituals for delegates to a national political convention, and Georgians in Ohio got a taste of the ritual last week. Each morning at the Republican National Convention, the Georgia contingent was bused from their hotel near the Cleveland Clinic to another hotel ...
Trump seeks to forge a center-right coalition

3:00 p.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

“They are a rotten crowd,” Nick Carroway tells Gatsby in “The Great Gatsby,” referring to the careless, corrupt rich elite at his parties. So it is with the rotten crowd on the political left.Now that the Republican Party has unveiled its Trump-Pence ticket, the left’s lies, smears and misinformation — ...
An Atlanta poet’s take on the fatal police shootings of black men
Jericho Brown is an award-winning poet and creative writing professor at Emory University. TAYLOR CARPENTER / TAYLOR.CARPENTER@AJC.COM

10:24 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2016

Jericho Brown is an award-winning poet who teaches creative writing at Emory University. The recent recipient of a prestigious Guggenheim fellowship, he was the subject of a Personal Journeys article in May. Brown has granted The Atlanta Journal-Constitution permission to republish his searing poem “Bullet Points” — first published on ...
Readers Write: July 22

2:40 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

France attack is latest in our world warEight years after we elected the president who was going to “heal the nation” and bring us “hope and change,” little has changed that isn’t for the worse. The most recent attack is especially poignant since it occurred to our oldest ally, France, ...
Trump is getting even Trumpier

12:46 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

Does anybody else have the sense that Donald Trump is slipping off the rails? His speeches have always had a rambling, free-association quality, but a couple of the recent ones have, as the Republican political consultant Mike Murphy put it, passed from the category of rant to the category of ...
The GOP’s long capitulation to Trumpism

12:34 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016

The Donald Trump Family Reunion, formerly known as the Republican National Convention, illustrates how a once great political party now sees its main purpose as harnessing the opposition to the devil.There were chuckles and dismissals when Ben Carson, the neurosurgeon turned right-wing crank, used his convention speech Tuesday to tie ...
RNC hasn’t eased all misgivings among Trump holdouts

4:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016

CLEVELAND — Donald Trump is officially the GOP nominee for president. There was no delegate revolt, no late coup attempt by another Republican. Yet there remains a persistent drive to compel and cajole the party’s faithful not just to support Trump but to trust him.Early on in this Republican National ...
Readers Write: July 21

2:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Atlanta needs a no-smoking lawSince the 1960s, we have known that smoking is harmful to those who smoke. It also takes a financial toll on the economy, with $170 billion spent in direct medical care to smokers. And the cost to non-smokers? We are exposed to dangerous secondhand smoke in ...
A history of white delusion

2:09 p.m. Wednesday, July 20, 2016

In 1962, 85 percent of white Americans told Gallup that black children had as good a chance as white kids of getting a good education. The next year, in another Gallup survey, almost half of whites said that blacks had just as good a chance as whites of getting a ...
Trump plumbs the depths of his supporters’ gullibility

Updated: 3:49 p.m. Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Donald Trump keeps telling us that he opposed the invasion of Iraq, because he knew that it would destabilize the Middle East. Invariably, he cites that stance as proof of his extraordinary insight. “Frankly, I’m one of the few that was right on Iraq,” he said just this week on ...
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