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Opinion: Bringing clarity, history to monumental decisions

As the noisy removal of four Confederate monuments in New Orleans pushes the issue back into national headlines, the Atlanta History Center remains committed to a grassroots conversation about Confederate memorials. 


Opinion: The president brought it on himself

Opinion: The president brought it on himself

This week, we learned that special counsel Robert Mueller has expanded the scope of his probe, bringing President Donald Trump personally under investigation for attempting to obstruct justice. The president responded to the news in his typically restrained, understated fashion, proclaiming himself the victim of the greatest witch hunt in American political history. Others picked up the theme. As...
Opinion: Why back to ‘normal’ is a bad thing after congressional shooting

Opinion: Why back to ‘normal’ is a bad thing after congressional shooting

It’s been a few days. Are you back to normal? By “normal,” I mean trafficking in the nastiness that’s come to characterize our political discourse. If your answer is yes, you need to take some more time to think things over. Individuals are responsible for their own actions, and the man* who opened fire at a baseball practice for Republican congressmen on Wednesday could not...
Opinion: Old, proven lessons should guide us after shootings

Opinion: Old, proven lessons should guide us after shootings

Are we so far gone as a country that nothing but death and near-death can stir within us a sense that we and those who disagree with us are equally worthy of respect? The shooting of U.S. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and four others Wednesday during practice for the congressional baseball game has brought an outpouring of sympathy from across the political spectrum. At the White House, President...

Readers Write: June 15

Dems, courts need to get real on terrorism The London Bridge attack was the third Islamist terrorist attack in Britain in as many months. The second in 11 days. Many killed, scores injured. Prime Minister Theresa May said June 4, “Embarrassing conversations need to be had.” May was not “embarrassed” to call out Islamist extremism and too much tolerance in the U.K. No more Islamist...
Opinion: What liberals think of Jon Ossoff’s ‘moderate’ stances

Opinion: What liberals think of Jon Ossoff’s ‘moderate’ stances

It seemed clear after the first debate between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff that the Democrat surely didn’t want to participate in a nationally televised debate because his paeans to moderation and independence would sound jarring in the ears of the California and New York liberals who have largely funded his campaign. But it turns out there may be another explanation: What passes for &ldquo...
Opinion: Dear Paul Ryan — listen to Planned Parenthood patients

Opinion: Dear Paul Ryan — listen to Planned Parenthood patients

Dear Paul Ryan, As you work with President Trump to cut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood, Mr. Ryan, I consulted some experts — patients in your own district. I visited the three Planned Parenthood clinics in your congressional district in Wisconsin and spoke to women and men arriving full of anxieties. They feared unwanted pregnancy, gonorrhea, breast cancer, and they can’t understand...
Opinion: GOP right to drain Dems’ toxic Dodd-Frank swamp

Opinion: GOP right to drain Dems’ toxic Dodd-Frank swamp

The House just passed the Financial CHOICE Act, which enacts major reforms to the Dodd-Frank Act, signed into law by President Obama in 2010. The 2,300-page Dodd-Frank Act was passed to fix what supposedly was broken in our financial system that led to the massive financial collapse in 2007. The potential economic impact of the sweeping reforms of the Financial CHOICE Act are as far reaching as anything...
‘I Alone Can Fix’ not going well for Trump, or nation

‘I Alone Can Fix’ not going well for Trump, or nation

It began as a rumble and has swelled to a chorus. Anonymous White House aides, outside well-wishers and Republican apparatchiks are all begging President Donald Trump to stop tweeting. The Wall Street Journal editorial page, which has performed acrobatic contortions attempting to coax normality and actual results from the current president, erupted with frustration at what it called the “cycle...

Readers Write: June 12

Paris Accord gives China free pass President Trump and anyone who insists we need a better deal than the Paris climate agreement because it is bad for the U.S. is missing the point. The Paris agreement is bad for the entire world, if you believe in climate change. The agreement mandates that the U.S., which is already reducing its carbon footprint, further reduce carbon emissions by at least 25 percent...
Engineering without a license

Engineering without a license

WASHINGTON — Beginning this week, Washington hopes that infrastructure, which is a product of civil engineering, will be much discussed. But if you find yourself in Oregon, keep your opinions to yourself, lest you get fined $500 for practicing engineering without a license. This happened to Mats Jarlstrom as a result of events that would be comic if they were not symptoms of something sinister...
Opinion: Where did Maher get the idea he could say that word?

Opinion: Where did Maher get the idea he could say that word?

Here’s a good rule of thumb for aspiring comics. Whenever you are compelled to say, “Hey, it was a joke,” it probably wasn’t. At the very least, it didn’t land like one. Bill Maher is an accomplished comic, not an aspiring one, but he deftly illustrated that rule Friday night on his HBO show. As you’ve surely heard, Maher was interviewing GOP Sen. Ben Sasse, who...
Opinion: Creativity, caution needed to solve rural Georgia’s broadband problem

Opinion: Creativity, caution needed to solve rural Georgia’s broadband problem

If you live 100 miles from Atlanta, odds are you won’t read this column in print. If you live much farther than that, there’s a decent chance you literally don’t have the bandwidth for it. Urban and suburban Georgians may take high-speed internet for granted. Not so in rural Georgia. When you can count the number of utility poles between homes, not the other way around, you&rsquo...
Leaks have long history, purpose

Leaks have long history, purpose

Imagine you work somewhere deep in the bowels of a government agency. The head of your organization is publicly highlighting a narrative you know to be false, or you’re aware of corruption or illegal activity that’s being covered up. And you believe it should be exposed. Of course, the place you work has a policy for this. You’re to follow internal procedures, call attention to the...
Opinion: Early tax fears can produce reasonable reforms

Opinion: Early tax fears can produce reasonable reforms

It’s no surprise that there is great concern by many about the dramatic property assessment increases in the Atlanta area. This is a starting point for reform, but it’s not necessarily a bitter end of expected increase in tax cost.  State law requires assessments at true (100 percent) value, which has hardly ever been the actual result. In fact, it would seldom be the case that the...
Opinion: ATL anti-Sharia rally sets bad example for children

Opinion: ATL anti-Sharia rally sets bad example for children

On June 10th, an organization calling itself “ACT for America” plans to hold an anti-Muslim rally in Atlanta and over 20 cities nationwide. As a Sikh American, I am concerned rallies like these will set a bad example for our children and lead to an increase in bias-based bullying in our public schools. (Editor’s Note: ACT for America leaders say its rally is anti-Sharia...
Opinion: We can achieve world without polio

Opinion: We can achieve world without polio

Atlanta has long been a hub for action on global health issues, and during the upcoming Rotary International Convention, our city has the chance to step up once again as global leaders and Rotary members gather here to support ending polio once and for all. Polio is a devastating disease, and Rotary International has been a leader in helping stop it. As a Rotary member and founder of the United Nations...
Opinion: Take in entire tale, not fragments

Opinion: Take in entire tale, not fragments

Two things are important if we’re to glean any value from history. One is preserving it in the first place. The second is interpreting it with as much fidelity as possible for succeeding generations who will analyze the past from their contemporary viewpoint. Fall short on the first point, and the human narratives and physical evidence of civilization-shifting events can be hopelessly muddled...
Opinion: Pulling down Confederate statues is a disgrace

Opinion: Pulling down Confederate statues is a disgrace

The cavalier removal of the Robert E. Lee statue in New Orleans is a slap in the face to the millions of Americans who hold the Confederate general in highest esteem. Following the Civil War, respect for Lee spread nationwide in large part because he refused calls for continued Southern resistance and instead urged reconciliation. Among his soldiers, wrote Northern historian Bruce Catton, Lee was...
Opinion: 10 things we learned this week

Opinion: 10 things we learned this week

Ten things we learned this week from former FBI Director James Comey: 1.) Based on an alarming private dinner conversation with President Trump, Comey believed that his continued employment as FBI director depended on showing personal loyalty to Trump. The FBI director is not supposed to be loyal to any political figure. 2.) When Trump asked Comey in a separate private conversation to “let Flynn...
‘Forever’ wars can kill republics

‘Forever’ wars can kill republics

On May 22, Salman Abedi, 22, waiting at the entrance of the Arianna Grande pop concert in Manchester, blew himself up, killing almost two dozen people, among them parents waiting to pick up their children. Saturday, three Islamic terrorists committed “suicide-by-cop,” using a van to run down pedestrians on London Bridge, and then slashing and stabbing patrons of pubs and diners in the...

Readers Write: June 9

Justifications flimsy for tax commissioners’ fees Reading the rehash of old news regarding the ability of Fulton and DeKalb tax commissioners to legally skim taxpayer money from their counties’ coffers (“Tax collectors fees questioned,” News, May 30) reminds me again of the tales from Sheriff of Nottingham days. The royal tax collector would show up, accept the king’s...
Opinion: Handel’s real experience vs. Ossoff’s practiced promises

Opinion: Handel’s real experience vs. Ossoff’s practiced promises

The first debate between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel was Tuesday night, and it’s pretty clear there are a couple of reasons Ossoff wanted to avoid a nationally televised showdown. First, he surely didn’t want too many of his liberal benefactors in California, Massachusetts and New York to see him playing the moderate budget-and-defense-hawk he’s selling to voters...
Opinion: What Monkeys can teach us about fairness

Opinion: What Monkeys can teach us about fairness

Monkeys were taught in an experiment to hand over pebbles in exchange for cucumber slices. They were happy with this deal. Then the researcher randomly offered one monkey — in sight of a second — an even better deal: a grape for a pebble. Monkeys love grapes, so this fellow was thrilled. The researcher then returned to the second monkey, but presented just a cucumber for the pebble. Now...
Opinion: Bill Maher’s poster child for liberals’ perpetual adolescence

Opinion: Bill Maher’s poster child for liberals’ perpetual adolescence

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” to promote his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming of Age Crisis — And How To Build a Culture of Self Reliance.” Thanks to Bill Maher’s infamous and irreverent mouth, a routine publicity spot turned into a media storm. Now Maher has discovered that even a rich, left-wing...
Opinion: Flyover country’s just fine, thanks

Opinion: Flyover country’s just fine, thanks

Love it or hate it, you need not worry about The New York Times. Or the Washington Post, for that matter. While no newspaper is immune to the changes that have been wrenching the business for more than a decade, neither is close to failing. If anything, things look relatively rosy in both newsrooms. Both say their subscriptions are up. The Times’ stock price has jumped 30 percent since the election...

Readers Write: June 5

Many Americans still have cowboy mentality Because America is a “recent” nation, we have felt that the frontier still exists. The gun has always been the main weapon used by so many people in this country. Having largely been a product of Great Britain, we have failed in the gun department. Too many people view the gun as a way of life. The cowboy mentality seems to be the prevailing thought...
Opinion: Trump’s right on taxation

Opinion: Trump’s right on taxation

How much tax is too much tax? It’s a practical as well as a moral question. No matter how much you feel a person or corporation ought to pay, the fact is that once they are asked to pay beyond a certain threshold percentage, the tax becomes effectively punitive. If, for every dollar earned, more will simply be taken — it’s an incentive not to earn the dollar in the first place. Economic...
Opinion: Georgia no longer ‘peachy’

Opinion: Georgia no longer ‘peachy’

The winter of 2016-17 was the warmest in the global record, and it had a devastating impact on Georgia’s signature peach industry, reducing the expected crop by as much as 80 percent. Most locally grown varieties of peach trees require 750 to 1,000 “chill hours” — hours with the temperature below 45 degrees — to induce the trees to go dormant and then produce healthy...
Opinion: Ga. GOP needs bold new direction

Opinion: Ga. GOP needs bold new direction

This weekend, thousands of grassroots Republicans will gather in Augusta to elect a new chairman to lead the state GOP. With a new President in the White House, nothing could be more important for Georgia Republicans than to embrace a leader with a bold vision for our state. President Donald Trump has big ideas to save this country, from cutting wasteful spending in Washington and reducing the tax...
Opinion: Sharing ways to improve schools

Opinion: Sharing ways to improve schools

Gwinnett County Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks believes most schools across Georgia are working hard to improve outcomes for their students. “You can work very hard but if you are not working on the right thing, you can’t get what you want,” said Wilbanks at a recent panel at the Metro Atlanta Chamber. Wilbanks was speaking to a receptive audience of metro Atlanta business, civic...
Opinion: Here we go again: The arrogance of assumption

Opinion: Here we go again: The arrogance of assumption

Learn4Life is the latest effort in corporate America’s exploitation of public schools and their students. The problem is, at root, the arrogance of assumption. Consider three central problems with Learn4Life (not counting the idiotic use OF a number for an actual word in what is purported to be an education initiative): 1) monumental lack of expertise; 2) specious motives; and 3) mythological...
Opinion: Collaborative effort needed to improve region’s schools and future

Opinion: Collaborative effort needed to improve region’s schools and future

Across metro Atlanta, the statistics are sobering. Just 40 percent of third-grade students in the region are reading at grade level. Even fewer eighth-grade students – 38 percent – are meeting state math standards. And consider that for every 100 students who enter ninth grade, only 37 enroll in a second year of college or other post-secondary institution. The distressing question: What...
Comey is jumping into the fire by testifying about Trump. What's in it for him?

Comey is jumping into the fire by testifying about Trump. What's in it for him?

WASHINGTON — James Comey just can't seem to stop haunting President Donald Trump. Trump fired Comey as FBI director a few weeks ago, drawing criticism from Democrats and Republicans since the FBI is in the middle of an investigation into Russia meddling in the U.S. election and whether Trump's campaign helped. Then we learned Comey took "detailed" notes that outline potentially...
Opinion: On Portland train, the battlefield of American values

Opinion: On Portland train, the battlefield of American values

America may seem leaderless, with nastiness and bullying ascendant, but the best of our nation materialized during a moral crisis on a commuter train in Portland, Oregon. A white man riding on that train on Friday began screaming anti-Muslim insults at a black 16-year-old girl and her 17-year-old Muslim friend wearing a hijab. One can imagine people pretending not to hear and staring fiercely down...
Opinion: A Georgia lesson in budgeting for Trump, Congress

Opinion: A Georgia lesson in budgeting for Trump, Congress

There’s a saying about government: The budget is policy. No other document, from legislation to campaign materials, represents an administration’s vision and priorities with the breadth and depth of its plan for spending tax dollars. All $4.1 trillion of it, in the case of President Donald Trump’s first budget. Trump’s budget for the 12 months beginning Oct. 1 represents a...
Opinion: The most important House race in U.S. history?

Opinion: The most important House race in U.S. history?

The race for Georgia’s 6th Congressional seat will go down in history as the single most expensive House campaign in U.S. history. That’s OK, though, because it might also be the single most important in U.S. history. Admittedly, that claim is not as earth-shaking as it might sound. Looking back through the history books, the potential significance of the 6th in setting the future course...
My son the graduate is also a Georgian. It’s official.

My son the graduate is also a Georgian. It’s official.

Friends, meet my son Isaiah Chapman. He’s a freshly minted high school graduate. He’s a new car owner. He’s a recovering wrestler. And, he’s a Georgian. He wasn’t born here. Our family arrived in Georgia six years ago, under pretty familiar circumstances. The jobs were here, so my wife and I moved to grab two of them. Isaiah was born in South Carolina. His roots run deep...

Opinion: Honoring our heroes, their loved ones this Memorial Day

The last Monday in May is a solemn one, particularly for those whose loved ones have sacrificed their lives for our nation’s freedom. Memorial Day was originally celebrated as Decoration Day, and it was proclaimed in 1868 by Gen. John Logan, who had been a Northern commander in the Civil War. The day was intended to honor those who laid down their lives to defend their country in the Civil War...
Opinion: The unfinished symphony that’s Morehouse College

Opinion: The unfinished symphony that’s Morehouse College

In his book, “Strength to Love”, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote, “one of the most agonizing problems within our human experience is that few, if any, of us live to see our fondest hopes fulfilled. The hope of our childhood and the promises of our mature years are unfinished symphonies.” It is a rare privilege to serve as a college president, let alone at one’s Alma...

Opinion: Cost of war measured in sacrifice, what might have been

A tear welled up in Hal’s eye, a deep sadness etched across his face as he recalled the moment. Omaha Beach, the day after the D-Day invasion. Hal had been tasked by his company commander to go back down onto the beach and retrieve some equipment. A farm boy from Iowa now deep into his sixties, he shared this memory with me, his words below. “It was a beautiful day — the sun was...
Opinion: Sacrifices forever worth our thanks

Opinion: Sacrifices forever worth our thanks

Another Memorial Day weekend is upon this nation. Our freedom to enjoy any manner of leisure pursuits this weekend, to move freely about this great land and otherwise observe — or not, if we’re so inclined — the hallowed nature of this holiday speaks to the awesome benefits of liberty that we too often take for granted. One by one, an unending caravan of American military personnel...

Opinion: Remembering the highest price many paid for our freedom

Our nation and state will celebrate Memorial Day on Monday, May 29th. While you observe the holiday in your own unique way, I ask that you take a moment during the day to think about the freedoms we enjoy by living in this great nation. Those freedoms are the result of the sacrifices of those we honor on this special day. We have celebrated Memorial Day since 1868 when it was known as Decoration Day...

Opinion: After the ISIS war, a U.S.-Russia collision?

On Sunday, a Navy F-18 Hornet shot down a Syrian air force jet, an act of war against a nation with which Congress has never declared or authorized a war. Washington says the Syrian plane was bombing U.S.-backed rebels. Damascus says its plane was attacking ISIS. Vladimir Putin’s defense ministry was direct and blunt: “Repeated combat actions by U.S. aviation under the cover of counterterrorism...

COMMENTARY: Off into the jungle of political suspicion

Let it be said that for one lovely moment, House Speaker Paul Ryan and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi responded exactly as those in authority should to a shocking assault on human lives and our political system. After last week’s shooting on a baseball field, both spoke in a spirit of thoughtful solidarity and genuinely mutual concern. Kudos to them. Unfortunately, so much else that has...

Federal health care plan would dig $400M 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, but with a shared funding, about 60 percent...

Agnes Scott still supports intent of Paris Accord

In December 2015, leaders from 197 nations reached unanimous agreement on the necessity of stabilizing the world’s climate, and signed a comprehensive commitment to fight climate change. The Paris Climate Accord demonstrated that when the stakes are high, the world’s nations can set aside their differences and come together. Our rapidly warming climate threatens all human beings and only...
Should preschool concentrate on building forts or math skills?

Should preschool concentrate on building forts or math skills?

Many parents bemoan academically oriented preschools, contending the trend squelches the natural curiosity and creativity of young children and tethers them to their seats when they should be running through meadows and building blanket forts. The argument is children learn through play and formal lessons in phonics and math can wait until kids are older. But a new national study out of the University...

Opinion: On death row, but is he innocent?

One June day in 1983, a California professor drove over to a neighbor’s house to pick up his 11-year-old son from a sleepover. Nobody answered the door, so the professor peered through a window — and saw a ghastly panorama of blood. The professor found his son stabbed to death, along with the bodies of Peggy and Doug Ryen, the homeowners. The Ryens’ 10-year-old daughter was also...

Readers Write: June 22

Budgets are reflections of priorities When I read that our Forest Service is in line for a 73 percent cut in the administration’s budget for next year, it took me aback. You also report that the defense spending is “popular” with voters. But voters should question our priorities. The Pentagon has their own, and wants an extra $54 billion over their $600 billion next year. One more...
Opinion: A win, or a loss, in the 6th would be the biggest for …

Opinion: A win, or a loss, in the 6th would be the biggest for …

After months of TV ads, debates and speechifying, the 6th District race is almost over. (Branden Camp / Special) I’m back from four days in Philadelphia, where I heard exactly zero talk about the 6th District. (Hey, it’s not like I was in San Francisco.) Of course, there’ll be a lot of it over the next 24 hours-plus. Starting right here. I was on a panel last week at an event...
Opinion: The bill comes due. Always.

Opinion: The bill comes due. Always.

(Russian News Service) One after another, the heads of the top intelligence agencies in the U.S. government told Congress, under oath, that Russia had directly, aggressively interfered in the 2016 U.
If kids ran schools: Shorter classes, better technology, fewer worksheets

If kids ran schools: Shorter classes, better technology, fewer worksheets

Jim Arnold, former superintendent of Pelham City Schools, recently talked with some Georgia middle school students about what they liked about school and what they didn’t. He wrote a long piece about those conversations, which I have condensed. You can read his full account here. I agree with Arnold that students are seldom consulted about school reforms, and we should spend more time asking...

Readers Write: June 20

Delta cares little for passenger safety Let me get this straight: Delta Air Lines allowed a military service member to board a plane with a “chocolate lab pointer mix emotional support” dog that was untrained, unrestrained, and not muzzled — and to sit on his owner’s lap in the middle seat from Atlanta to San Diego, California? (“Support dog repeatedly bites Delta passenger...
Opinion: Last week’s shooting a boon to Handel, GOP?

Opinion: Last week’s shooting a boon to Handel, GOP?

(AJC) Brad Carver, GOP chair for Georgia’s 11th Congressional District, told the Washington Post Saturday that the tragic shooting at a congressional baseball practice will give Republicans the advantage in Tuesday’s special election in the neighboring 6th District.

Readers Write: June 19

Sign tiff just a bunch of drama So people are surprised that someone is stealing political signs? Pardon me if I don’t care. I hope the police have better ways to spend their time. The whole practice seems to be predicated on the dubious assumption that there are fools who base their vote on which candidate has more signs blighting our roadways. I am told it is called “branding.&rdquo...

Opinion: Media justification gives criminals cover for aggression

“He was hunting us.” Those were the words of Republican Congressman Mike Bishop describing the depraved gun assault on members of Congress while they were innocently fielding ground balls and practicing base hits on a suburban Virginia field. The politics of personal destruction became literal. Within a few hours, the president and congressional leadership put aside bitter partisanship...

Opinion: A simple traffic stop left Ayanna Cruver terrified

Two weeks ago, a black woman driving alone in Princeton, Louisiana, was pulled over for no apparent reason. But she was not shot and killed. Or hauled from her car and body-slammed. Or even arrested for getting snippy. The officer explained that she was driving under the speed limit, something he said drivers do when they are tired or inebriated. He said he just wanted to make sure she was OK. &ldquo...

Opinion: Demolition of a 1931 law would make building much cheaper

“You really ought to give Iowa a try. Provided you are contrary.” — “Iowa Stubborn,” from Meredith Wilson’s “The Music Man” WASHINGTON — “Contrary” does not quite capture Steve King’s astringency. The Iowa native and conservative congressman was born, appropriately, in Storm Lake, and carries turbulence with him. He also carries...

Readers Write: June 18

Fed officials have forgotten oaths The shooting in Virginia on June 13 is tragic and our thoughts are with those involved, although one could easily argue this toxic environment was created by Donald Trump. However, during a crisis, the majority of Americans stand together even when it may only be for a brief moment. Over the last several weeks, Sen. John McCain disrespectfully interrupted Sen. Kamala...
An involuntary manslaughter conviction turns cyberbullying from tragic to criminal

An involuntary manslaughter conviction turns cyberbullying from tragic to criminal

In a legal decision already being debated, a Massachusetts judge ruled today that a teenage girl who texted her boyfriend to follow through on his intent to kill himself was guilty of involuntary manslaughter. The judge did not appear swayed by Michelle Carter’s age at the time, 17, or her own history of eating disorders, suicidal thoughts and social anxieties. Carter’s conviction may...

COMMENTARY: Destroying health care from the shadows

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell once had passionate views about how carefully Congress should consider sweeping changes to the health care system. “Fast-tracking a major legislative overhaul such as health care reform or a new national energy tax without the benefit of a full and transparent debate does a disservice to the American people,” McConnell said in 2009, referring to the...

Opinion: The best job a man can have

The most important job I’ve ever had has been that of being a father. I’d rather fail at anything else I ever tried than fail at that, and the good news is that doesn’t seem to be the case. The kids have done themselves alright. And for that, I have the model of my own father to thank. Happy Father’s Day weekend, everyone.   [youtube=]
How can we revive rural Georgia and its schools?

How can we revive rural Georgia and its schools?

In many of the major education debates underway in Georgia and nationwide, rural areas sit on the sidelines. The innovations under review — charter schools, vouchers or tax credits for private school scholarships — seem as unlikely to spring up in their communities as a Starbuck’s or Pottery Barn. Most rural districts are too small or remote to draw the powerhouse charter school...

Readers Write: June 16

Some people just want to be ‘victims’ “Microagression - the indignities of daily life,” News, May 30, is a pathetic attempt to make individuals “victims.” Everyone will go through life suffering some indignity because they wear glasses (“Four-eyes”); or are tall (“how’s the weather up there?”) or short (“hey shrimp”), or...
Georgia unveils plan to meet new federal education law

Georgia unveils plan to meet new federal education law

OK, put on your comfy clothes, pour that cup of coffee and read this 94 pages from the Georgia Department of Education on its plan to meet the requirements of the new education law. When you are done, tell us what you think. DOE is taking public comment so share your views with the agency as well. The Every Student Succeeds Act replaces No Child Left Behind. ESSA was created on a premi se of more...
Opinion: Trump brought this all on himself

Opinion: Trump brought this all on himself

(AP) Special counsel Robert Mueller has sought interviews with three top U.S. intelligence officials regarding requests made by President Trump over the Russia probe, signaling an important new step in his investigation: Trump is now personally under investigation for attempting to obstruct justice.

Opinion: Are we nearing civil war?

President Trump may be chief of state, head of government and commander in chief, but his administration is shot through with disloyalists plotting to bring him down. We are approaching something of a civil war where the capital city seeks the overthrow of the sovereign and its own restoration. Thus far, it is a nonviolent struggle, though street clashes between pro- and anti-Trump forces are increasingly...
Freezing Fulton property taxes would leave Atlanta Public Schools out in the cold

Freezing Fulton property taxes would leave Atlanta Public Schools out in the cold

In an emergency meeting today at 12:30 p.m., the Fulton County Board of Assessors will face property owners angry over steep climbs in the assessed values of their homes. Those assessments determine property taxes, and Fulton and Atlanta homeowners naturally don’t want to see higher tax bills. Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, whose own Atlanta tax bill shot up 53 percent...
Opinion: Political violence is an attack on us all

Opinion: Political violence is an attack on us all

(AP) A grim-faced President Trump offered the nation appropriate words of unity and deep concern this morning in the wake of an ambush attack on Republican congressmen at a ballfield in Alexandria, Va.
Opinion: The law applies to government too

Opinion: The law applies to government too

(AJC) From the beginning, the latest attempted deportation of 29-year-old Jessica Colotl has smacked of petty bureaucratic vengeance masquerading as law enforcement, with an innocent young woman as its intended victim. The good news is that Colotl’s deportation has been halted, thanks to a federal judge who recognized what was happening and called out immigration officials for violating their...
Opinion: Those ‘frills’ and ‘fads’ are often what make schools succeed

Opinion: Those ‘frills’ and ‘fads’ are often what make schools succeed

David B. Parker is a history professor at Kennesaw State University. In this essay, the historian draws parallels between what is happening in education nationwide under the Trump White House to what occurred in Atlanta in the 1920s. A Duke and University of North Carolina graduate, Parker teaches classes in Georgia history, the history of American religion, the Gilded Age, and research methods. Today...

Opinion: Jessica Colotl a target of bureaucratic vengeance

From the beginning, the latest attempted deportation of 29-year-old Jessica Colotl has smacked of petty bureaucratic vengeance masquerading as law enforcement, with an innocent young woman as its intended victim. The good news is that Colotl’s deportation has been halted, thanks to a federal judge who recognized what was happening and called out immigration officials for violating their own...

Readers Write: June 14

Letter-writer has obvious anti-Trump bias The letter-writer of “Justice more important than Republican Party,” Readers Write, June 11, fails to know the meaning of the word “apolitical.” He characterizes himself as “an independent voter and apolitical writer,” and then proceeds to lambast CNN and Fox News for providing any airtime or credence to any view supporting...
Opinion: What a prominent liberal makes of Ossoff’s ‘moderate’ stances

Opinion: What a prominent liberal makes of Ossoff’s ‘moderate’ stances

Jon Ossoff (AJC Photo / Bob Andres) I observed after the first debate between Karen Handel and Jon Ossoff than the Democrat surely didn’t want to participate in a nationally televised debate because his paeans to moderation and independence would sound jarring in the ears of the California and New York liberals who have largely funded his campaign.
Betsy DeVos today: Charter schools are not a cure-all

Betsy DeVos today: Charter schools are not a cure-all

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos continues to promote a single strategy to improve U.S education: expanded school choice. Her speech today to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools in Washington praises charters with this caveat, “But we must recognize that charters aren’t the right fit for every child. For many children, neither a traditional nor a charter public...
Opinion: Is Trump crazy enough to fire Mueller? You know the answer

Opinion: Is Trump crazy enough to fire Mueller? You know the answer

Special counsel Robert Mueller (AP) Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has become an eager remora, or sharksucker, to Donald Trump’s ever-moving shark, attaching himself to the new predator at the top of the GOP food chain and dedicating himself to cleaning, protecting  and polishing the Trumpian image. Bad as that duty sounds, it does have its compensations. Newt publishes a fawning...
Worth County economics teacher named Georgia Teacher of the Year

Worth County economics teacher named Georgia Teacher of the Year

From the Georgia Department of Education: John R. Tibbetts, an economics teacher from Worth County High School in Sylvester, is the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year, State School Superintendent Richard Woods announced today. As Georgia Teacher of the Year, Tibbetts will serve as an advocate for public education in Georgia. “I am grateful to Mr. Tibbetts for his service to our country and his...
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