You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Readers Write: Feb. 13


Families should have rights in education

Education Secretary Betsy Devos’ job is to help provide education for children who want to learn: not deal with poverty and family stability. There are vulnerable students of course, but there are students who are held back because of efforts to make sure every student is on the same page. Children who can’t speak English and children of poverty need special schools that will allow them to move at a slower pace. Empowered families want more rights in how their children are educated and that’s what DeVos is about. Families who care nothing about their children and only want a place to park them should not be able to hinder the education of ambitious children with supportive parents.

JACK FRANKLIN, CONYERS

Expanding Medicaid would benefit Ga.

Georgia could lose $20 million if the ACA is repealed, but keeping it and expanding Medicaid would economically boost the whole state, including rural Georgia. Per the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute, over a period of 10 years, Medicaid expansion would create tens of thousands of new jobs throughout the state as well as billions of dollars in new economic activity and increased tax collections, a big bang for every buck invested at both state and local levels. Not to mention that hospitals wouldn’t need to close and that half a million more Georgians would have health care. As home to one of the highest uninsured rates in the country, and with a rural unemployment rate higher than the state’s overall 5.4 percent, Georgia can’t afford not to take advantage of expanded Medicaid. The solution is here and it’s a no-brainer; Republicans are simply too arrogant and unfeeling to implement it.

MICHAELENE GORNEY, JOHNS CREEK




Next Up in Opinion

Opinion: Can we see past our own cultural blind spots?

Michigan is set to become the 26th state to join the federal government in criminalizing female genital mutilation, even as two Detroit area doctors and one of their wives await trial for inflicting the procedure on a number of young girls. FGM, which is common in some parts of Africa and the Middle East, involves using a razor to remove all or part...
Opinion: You can’t take the low road to the high place

The other day, a Muslim saved a terrorist. It happened just after midnight Monday in London. The terrorist, according to authorities, was Darren Osborne, 47, from Cardiff, Wales, who drove a rented van 150 miles to the British capital, where he jumped a sidewalk and plowed into a crowd of worshipers outside a mosque as people were attending to a man...
Opinion: Let us plunge toward our fast-unfolding future

WASHINGTON — In 1859, when Manhattan still had many farms, near the Battery on the island’s southern tip The Great American Tea Company was launched. It grew, and outgrew its name, becoming in 1870 The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, which in 1912 begat the first A&P Economy Store, a semi-modern grocery store. By 1920, there were...
Opinion: … because fathers deserve more than just one day

I know Father’s Day was last weekend and all, but this weekend I’m making an overdue visit to the parental units, so this is where my thoughts still are. Dad sang a lot of songs to us as we were growing up, accompanied by his trusty ukulele. His repertoire was mostly traditional folk songs like “The Ballad of the Boll Weevil&rdquo...
Opinion: Health care plan would dig big Ga. budget hole
Opinion: Health care plan would dig big Ga. budget hole

Since its inception in the late 1960s, Medicaid has been a lifeline for the nearly 2 million Georgians who depend on it for vital health services. The modest medical coverage provided by Medicaid goes to the most vulnerable in our society. In fact, 92 percent of Medicaid goes to children, seniors or the disabled. Medicaid is administered by the state...
More Stories